Trek Near Mumbai
Height - 3400 feet
Grade - Easy
Lohagad “Iron fort” is one of the many hill forts of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna of the Sahyadris range. The Visapur fort is located on its eastern side. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact. Historical records show that in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort.
Places to See: Pawna Lake, Ganesh Darwaza, 16 Koni Talav, Vinchukanta, attractive beauty of the pinnacle of this hilly terrain.
Hoe to Reach:
By Train: Nearest Station is Malawli
By Road: Mumbai Pune Expressway.
Sagargad Fort - Alibaug
Height: 1357 ft
Time: Maximum 3 hrs from Khandale, base village
Location: Alibaug, Raigad District
This fort is said to exist since the Satvahan dynasty. In the books it is mentioned in the Treaty of Purander (1655 AD) where Shivaji gave 33 forts to the Moghuls. It is also said that Sagargard Fort was later given to Angre, the naval chief of the Marathas in return for loyalty against Shahu Chhattrapati of Satara. In the mid-19th century the British took the fort and built retreat homes on it. Also located on this fort a Temple of Siddheshwar, a river flowing by, and most of all a cliff just behind the temple where the river becomes a waterfall; water cistrens(Pandavkund), Vanartok Pinnacle. This hill fort commands a steering view of the entire Alibaug region and is still not a seafort,
Places to See Near By : Korlai Fort, Revdanda Fort , Kulaba Fort, Alibag.
How to Reach:
Khandale village is situated on the Mumbai – Alibaug road. While travelling to Alibaug, one can reach Khandale village after crossing Karla pass. The village is about 4 miles from Alibaug. Since the road to the foot of Sagargad is unpaved, we can reach there by car except in monsoon. After crossing a small stream here, one has to climb up on stairs built in rocks. After about half an hour the path splits 2 ways. The way right takes us to a point where we can see beautiful the Dhondane falls. And the way to right takes us to the fort top.
There is another road to the fort from Poinad village via Wagholi. Poinad is situated on the Mumbai – Alibaug road before the Karla pass. There is another path to the fort from the village Vadavali.
Height: 3500 ft
Type: Hill Fort
Time: 1 ½ hours to reach the top of the fort
Region: Kamshet (Maval Region)
Tikona is a fort in Fort of a triangle so as named as Tikona lies on one side on Pavana River and Dam as one of the brave soldiers guarding “Maval” Valley. Tung and Tikona are the two forts which guard Maval Valley from one side where Lohgad and Visapur from another. Tung and Tikona are just in front of each other standing tall like guarding Pavna Dam backwater.
This mighty Fort lacks historical information. This fort was one of the prime forts which were included in “Maratha” Empire but don’t have many records but to in records of enemy “Mughals” it has many points to be noted is a sad thing to take in mind. Nijamshah in 1482-83 took over Junnar, Lohgad and the same time Tikona Fort too. Later this Fort went to Adilshah and in year 1647 King “Shivaji” took it in “Swarajya” Maratha Empire. Later in “Purandar Tah” 63 Forts including Tikona went to Mughals but again in 1670 Shivaji broke all agreements and took back many forts in Swarajya. Then till King Sambhaji this fort was a major influence to Maratha’s.
What to see on the fort:
Big Entrance Door
Lake surrounding the fort
View of Lohgad and Tung
How to Reach:
You can take public transport from Pune and Mumbai as well till Kamshet and then to Tikona Village by sharing vehicles .
The main route to the fort is from the village of Tikona Peth. To reach this village, alight at Kamshet, which is two stops ahead of Lonavala on the Mumbai- Pune rail route. From Kamshet railway station, take a bus / shared private vehicle (jeep) to Kale colony. One can also get a vehicle to reach Tikona Peth from Kale colony.
A bus at 08:30 a.m. at Kamshet bound for Paund or Morsay is convenient for reaching Tikona Peth. From Tikona Peth the fort can be reached in about 45 minutes. This straight route is quite simple and not at all tiring. After passing through the entrance door, a path leads towards left and takes us to the citadel in about 20 minutes.
Height: 3500 ft
Type: Hill Fort
Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad.Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. These two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as the Peshwa's palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temple dedicated to him scattered all over the place.Hanuman (or Maruti) was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort.There is a well which local legend says was built by the Pandavas.
How to Reach:
By Train: From Mumbai to Lonavala and then by local train to Malavali Station and by road to base village.
By Road: Drive towards Lonavala and then to Bhaje village.
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