Visapur Trek with TreksandTrails

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History:

It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Visapur fort was built much later than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked.

In 1818, when reducing the Peshwa's forts, the strength of Lohagad and its fame as the treasury of the Maratha kingdom, caused the English to make special preparations for its attack. A detachment of 380 European and 800 native soldiers, with a battering train, summoned from Konkan, were joined by artillery from Chakan, and two other British battalions. On 4 March 1818, Visapur was attacked and occupied. Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad, the British troops set up their cannons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad-Visapur was taken over by the British in 1818 AD and placed under the command of a Colonel Prother. Considering, the strategic importance of Visapur, both in the north Konkan and the south Deccan gateways were blown up now  a few huts, nothing was left standing. In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact source Wikipedia.

Commentary:

Visapur is the opposite ridge to the famous Lohagad. Not many trek this fort. For a trekker its absolute thrill. The base village for both the forts is the same. However the trek to Visapur actually starts from the base of Lohagad fort. Hence it’s a trek in a trek – double delight.

Over the years the pakka roads have been made right till the base village – in the name of development. Every year during monsoon thousands flock to Lohagad for a one day PICNIC.

However we choose a path less travelled.

The best time to trek is a little after the rains, as the weather is a lot smoothing and easy. Plus the lush green carpet that welcomes you at Visapur fort is worth every penny. As we started the trek and walked along the walls for the mighty VISAPUR. I pondered in thought how awesome it is today and how much better would it be in its prime time. The royal decoration; chariots and horses. Troop movements and troop camp – with Shivaji Raje himself standing. As from Visapur one could get the entire view of Lohagad fort. As both forts are within striking distance, the British army captured Visapur and later also took over Lohagad fort. As i write my heart out and read aloud – gives me goose bumps. Thou sumit to Visapur is an excuse – it will always call you again and again.

Other Info:

Photos of Visapur:

Visapur Height: 3567 ft

Distance from Pune to Visapur base: 65km approx. Driving time in 90 mins

Distance from Mumbai to Visapur base: 105km approx. Driving time 2hr 30mins approx.

Difficulty: Medium – tuff

Water availability: Portable water not available on the fort. Please carry water from the base village.

Combined Trek option: YES

Suggested option:  Bhaje caves ~ Karle caves ~Lohagad ~ Visapur ~ Bedse Caves.

One of the best Trek near Mumbai

Best time to Trek: August to January

Food availability: Place an order with the local villager and return to enjoy the delicacy.

Approach to Visapur:

Reach from Lonavala from Mumbai: Take the Pune bound train halting at Lonavala.

The change trains to local shuttle train between Lonalavala and Pune.

Reach Malavali Station (next railway station after Lonavala – towards Pune)

Trekkers from Pune can also come by local shuttle train between Lonalavala and Pune.

Get off at Malavali railway station.

Alternately one can also drive thru using the expressway and get off at Malavi exit.

Cross the railway crossing over to east side. Private vehicle can drive right up till the base village.

 

TreksandTrails: Route to Visapur summit

We start our trek with the Sun on our back and keeping Visapur fort to our left. There is a steep gradient uphill climb starting as soon as the trek path begin after a short walk. One can see the crumbled fortification of the fort to the left.  A 45 minute climb should be sufficient. However this is suited for expreince trekkers only. We continue our walk ahead and 30 minute gradual walk brinks us to a village. We start our accent to Visapur from here.  A good paced walking and we arrived at the entry to Visapur gates. Visapur is a vast fort thou it may take 2 hours to roam along the boundy walls.

Places of Interest:

A couple of water tanks of the forts still have water even in early summer.

There is also a huge horse driven flour mill with the grinding stone still in place.

Bedse cave is a 2 hour 30 minute walk from the base village.

Hanuma temple is also located on this fort.

One can also find huge chillsed image of Maruti out of rock.

A couple of isolated caves.

And some old house ruins.

As we wander you may even spot a few scattered cannons and numerous water cisterns.

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