Malhargad is a hill fort situated around 30 km from Pune. Malhargad is also known as Sonori fort because of the village Sonori situated at its base. It was the last fort built by the Marathas, Sardar Paanse. Hence it is also known as Tarun killa. Tarun in Marathi means young and Killa means fort. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on ‘Dive’ ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760.
Jejuri is one of the famous temples in Maharashtra. Popularly known as "Khandobachi Jejuri" – a popular Gods in Maharashtra. The deity of Jejuri – Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand – is popular amongst the Dhangars. As the temple is on the hill, one has to climb almost 200 steps. But the climbing is not so tough and the wonderful view of Jejuri town is marvellous.
The fort, being quite a huge one was a good place for defend. It had the capacity to house many soldier-troops, foods grains and ammunition which proved sufficient for long durations during wartime. Nonetheless, the fort hosts strong fortified places from which a watchful eye can be kept over surrounding area. The history of the Purandar fort goes back to the 13th century. The Bahamani Sultans in the 14th century built here some walls and bastions. From 1484 AD, for about a hundred years, the fort remained in the hands of the Nizamshahi rulers. In 1596 AD, the fort was given as Jagir to Maloji Bhosale, grandfather of Shivaji. However, Shivaji had to struggle very hard to establish his control over the fort in 1646 AD. In 1665 AD, Purandar was besieged by the mighty Mughal forces under the command of Jai Singh and Dilir Khan. In the ensuing battle Murar Baji Prabhu, the gallant commander of the fort, was killed. Shivaji, under a treaty, had to surrender to the Mughals his 23 forts, including Purandar and Vajragarh. At the lower fort a statue of Murar Baji Prabhu has been installed in his memory. Purandar was recaptured by Shivaji in 1670 AD Later it became a favourite retreat of the Peshwas. Purandar was captured by the British in 1818 AD. During the Second World War, the British kept here the German war prisoners. Dr. H. Goetz, one of the German prisoners, thoroughly studied Purandar and wrote a monograph on it. Maharaj’s son, Sambhaji, was born on Vaishakh Shudhha 12, Shake’ 1579, i.e. 16th May 1657, Thursday on this fort.
Height: 3100 feet / 2355 feet / 4472 feet
Base Village: Sonori / Jejuri / Narayanpur
Location: Pune region
Minimum: 7 participants
Maximum: 20 participants
Trek Leader: Mahadev
Mumbai participant can reach Pune by Indrayani Express — timings are as follows
From here by Local transport to Swargate bus depot, for comfortable journey you can book a reserved train ticket.
08:50 Shivaji Nagar
Option 2) Can catch Any MSRTC bus from Dadar around 05:00 hrs. and reach Swargate bus depot
Note: Pune participant can directly meet us at Swargate Bus Depot as we shall meet at Sawrgate on 17 October 2015 at 09:30 am.
Saturday 17 October 2015
09:30 Departure from Swargate by ST
11:00 Reach Saswad
11:45 Sonori by hired Tumtum
11:45 Trek starts
Rest, Lunch, Exploration 1.5 hrs. maximum
15:30 Saswad by hired tumtum
16:30 Jejuri by ST / tumtum
Visit Jejuri Temple, Kade-Pathar till sunset, Dinner & stay @ Jejuri
Sunday 18 October 2015
06:30 Post Break-fast & Tea, Leave Jejuri
08:15 Saswad by ST / tumtum
09:00 Purandar base by hired tumtum
Exploration of Purandar & Vajragad for 3 hrs. maximum
14:00 Lunch Time
16:30 Depart to Saswad
17:00 Saswad by hired Tumtum
18:00 Swargate by ST
19:00 Departure to Mumbai by Asiad bus / by CAB / by Train from Pune station
We will reach Mumbai by 23:00 on Sunday (Subjectively)
What is included in the tour
- Travel from Swargate to Swargate by ST bus / Tumtum
- 2 tea ( Saturday evening & Sunday Morning)
- 1 Dinner (Saturday) + 1 Lunch (Sunday) (Veg only), TreksandTrails charges if any.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Emergency Medical evacuations if any required,
- Insurance of any type and any item/event not mentioned in the inclusion list.
- Travel fro Mumbai to Pune and back.
- Identity proof, Lunch for Day 1, Fruits, Biscuits, Plum cakes, Dry Snacks, Chocolates, Health Drinks etc
- 3 litres of water, Candles and TORCH with extra batteries, Cap, Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes, 2-3 bunch of papers. Bedding / Sleeping Bag / Carry Matt, A plate, mug, and spoon, Windcheaters, Wear Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks, Pair of floaters (to relax after the trek on day one). Camera (Optional). Put your things in a haversack so your hands are free while trekking.