अचला किल्ला - Achala Fort established in the Satmala Hill Range on the westernmost region. Ahivant Fort is the adjoining Achala Fort. Achala Fort is 55 km from Nashik, Maharashtra. Mohandar Fort, Ahivant Fort, Achala Fort are situated nearby with Achala Fort and Mohandar Fort built to defend the Ahivant Fort. Captain Briggs from the British East India Company explained the Fort as a big mountain whose incline was simple and the uppermost portion very sheer.
Adil Shah had control over Achala Fort in the year 1636. Moghul Emperor Shahjahan committed Shaista Khan to win all the forts in the Nashik district, and Cavalier Alivardi Khan won the Achala Killa for Shaista Khan. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj won the fort from Moghuls in the year 1670.
Aurangzeb Moghul Emperor assigned his chieftain Mahabat Khan to conquer the Ahivant Fort. Diler Khan, along with Mahabat Khan, began the campaign from both sides of the Avihant Fort. The assault happened extremely fierce that the Ahivant Fort yielded to Moghuls. Achala Fort consequently surrendered to Moghuls. In 1818 Achala Fort was resigned to Colonel Briggs with the other 17 forts following the fall of Trymbak Fort.
Achala Fort nearest town is Vani 44 km away from Nashik, Vani has good availability of hotels. Dagad Pimpri is the base village located 13 km from Vani. The trekking trail starts from the hillock north of the Dagad Pimpri Village. Achala Fort Trek route is wide and safe, and it lacks tree cover along the trekking path. It will take one hour to reach the col between the Avihant Fort and Achala Fort. From the col, if you choose the right track, it goes to Ahivant Fort, and the left way will go to Achala Fort. If you are planning a night stay at Achala Fort, it will be difficult as there is no potable water available on the fort. Please carry your packed lunch and drinking water for this trek. Homestay are available at Dagad Pimpri village home-cooked meals, and simple accommodation are available at a reasonable cost. The second trekking route for Achala fort starts from Daregaon village.