For those who like variety in their exercise, I suggest you climb up this hill in Virar… it’s a pleasant climb (not too muggy as there’s always some breeze coming your way). But if you’re not used to climbing every day, I bet you’ll have sore calf muscles the next day. Climbing over 1600 steps is no easy task. The temple on the top is lovely and you can pay your respects to Jivdani mata, a Hindu Goddess.
Here are photos from my trek up hill.
There are lots of shops on the way that sell puja materials including kumkum powder, coconuts, flowers, bangles, prayer CDs and DVDs. It’s a delightful experience just to soak in all the positive vibes around. At the base, there are a couple of food places too. You can attend the aarti but be sure you know the timings.