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 is 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 soothing 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 Fort.
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 bump. Thou summit to Visapur Fort is an excuse it will always call you again and again.
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 experienced 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 it may take 2 hours to roam along the boundary walls.
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.