Trekking forts in Maharashtra by sahyaadri.com

Ajinkyatara

Ajinkyatara itself is sufficient to memories Satara's history. The fort is in the heart of the city and thus can be seen from every part of the city. It is 3300 feet high and one can have a wonderful view of the city from here. The beauty of Ajinkyatara can be observed from the hill of Yawateshwar.
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Ajoba

Ajoba is one of the highest peak in Sahyadris. The fort can be climbed either from eastern or from western side. The climb from eastern side takes longer time. There is a Valmiki Ashram at half way to the fort. The rest path to the top is said to be risky during monsoon. Near the Ashram, there is a small hut where we can stay. A small water stream provides us with pure water. The way beyond Ashram leads to a rivulet, crossing which we can reach the cave of ‘LUV-KUSH’. To reach this spot we have to ascend the way of waterfall for one and half hour.
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Alang

Alang, Madan and Kulang, the forts situated in Kalasubai range, are the most difficult forts in Nashik District. Dense forest and less population have made these treks difficult. These three forts are little neglected due to very heavy rain and difficult as well as confusing ways to go.
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Anjaneri

Nestled in Western ghats or Sahyadri mountain is Anjaneri,the birth place of Lord Hanuman. Lord Hanuman was the son of ‘Pavan’ (the wind) and ‘Anjani’, and hence the fort is called as ‘Anjaneri’. Anjaneri is one of the important forts in the ranges of Tryambakeshwar near Nasik.
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Arnala

Anara Fort is located at Arnala Islands, which is at a distance of 8 miles north of Vasai in Maharashtra. As it is surrounded on all sides by water, Arnala Fort is also known as 'Jaldurg' or 'Janjire Arnala'. Arnala Fort is mainly on the north side of Arnala Island. The main entrance is on the northern side, while the fort has broad and strong high walls with three gates.
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Asherigad

Asherigad is a fort that lies on the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway. It was built by King Bhoj of the Shilahar dynasty. Hence it can be assumed that this fort is at least 800 years old. The Portuguese rebuilt this fort when they captured it. In 1737, Peshwa won this fort during his campaign of the Konkan and in 1818 this fort came under the British rule. There is a cave, water tanks, and a monsoon lake. The carved image of Lord Waghya in wood and water cisterns hewn out of rock are the major attractions. The place is ideal for rock climbing.
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Aundha

The fort of Aundh is like a pinnacle, since top of the fort is very small. The main use of this place was to keep a check on the surrounding region. We can see 4-5 cisterns on the fort. Water is available in one cave. There is an entrance carved here from the huge rock. One can see Patta fort, Bitangad, Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai and the surrounding area from this fort.
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Bhairavgad

Bhairavgad comes under the regions of Koyananagar. The significance of forts here is that they are away from the actual range and hence are invisible from long distance. The main attraction of these forts is the dense forest. This fort has been declared as ‘sanctuary’.
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Bhimashankar

Bhimashankar is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India, a pilgrimage place approximately 3500 feet high up in the hills. The area around Bhimashankar is covered with thick dense jungle. The Maharashtra Government has also declared it a Sanctuary. Bhimashankar is a good paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, jungle lovers and bird watchers.
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Bitangad


Bitangad is situated in the Kalsubai range of Sahyadri near the borders of Nashik and Ahmednagar districts. It's surrounded by Avandh, Patta alias Vishramgad, Pandharya, Mahankal etc. It is and easy walk to the top, with a cave and water at its base. Mahankal can also be easily climbed from here.
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Chandan - Vandan

Chandan-Vandan, the twin forts, are situated at about 24 kms. from Satara. These forts can be easily identified from Pune-Satara route because of their flat plateaus. These forts lie on the boundary of Satara city and Mahabaleshwar region. To the east of these forts lie Jarandeshwar Kalyangad, Bhavani hill, while to the west lie the forts like Vairatgad, Pandavgad.
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Chanderi
On the way from Kalyan to Karjat on the Bombay-Pune rail-route, lies a mountain range. Seen towering high over the rest of the range is a plateau, which is Chanderi. Lying between Badlapur and Vangani railway stations on the Badlapur to Karjat road is a village called Goregaon. From here starts the path that leads us to Chanderi.
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Chavand
This is one of the 4 forts which guards Naneghat. The whole range that has been guarding the ancient commercial route of Naneghat for thousands of years includes the forts of Jeevdhan, Hadsar, and Mahishgad & Chavand. These belong to the Satvaahan era. And Chavand being one of them is a very significant one.
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Dhak - Bahiri
To the east of Karjat and in the juxtapose to the Rajmachi lies this trek with thrilling rock patch. Thinking of any place perfect for adventures, we come across many place in Sahyadris like the differences of Naneghat, Konkan Kada, Kalakrai etc. where we can also experience the thrill of technical climbing and natural rock climbing. One of them is the fort of Dhak, situated in Karjat region, and is a quite thrilling trek.
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Gorakhgad
Gorakhgad is a fort that can be done easily in a day, both from Mumbai and Pune. Though not famous for any historical events, Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its inviting pinnacles, which offer good opportunities for rock-climbing. This region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover.
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Hadsar
The Sahyadri range has plethora of forts. Likewise, Taluka Junnar, belonging to the Pune districts is decorated with a good number. Hadsar is a beautiful fort located in this region. Starting from Naneghat, one can combine Jeevdhan, Shivneri, Lenyadri, Hadsar and Harishchandragad into a six-day trek.
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Harihar
Trimbak have their origin in this district. The fort of Harihar, lying on Trimbak range, was of significant importance in earlier periods, as there used to be a route crossing this range connecting Maharashtra to Gujarat. The fort appears to be rectangular in shape from its base village.
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Harishchandragad
Harishchandragad Fort is famous for its height, its toughness and the famous 'Konkan Kada'. Harishchandra Temple is known to be the pride of the fort. Sant Changdev stayed here for some time and completed his manuscript - 'Tatwasaar'. The Nandi and Shivling in the temple are breathtaking. A cave nearby is always full of very cold water. Harishchandragad Fort is situated in Junnar region near Malshej Ghat.
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Irshaal
Irshaalgad is a fort situated in the Karjat Region. Other forts in this region include Prabalgad and Malanggad. While driving along the Mumbai Pune highway, the forts of Malanggad, Devni Pinnacle, Matheran, Peb, Mhasmal, Prabalgad, Irshal attract one’s attention. The population in this area is quite normal. Because of the very heavy rainfall in this region, the most cultivated crop is rice. As the fort is very near to the highway, the approach road to the base village is available.
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Janjira
The fort of Janjira is situated on an island, which is quite literal. The fort was previously called as “Jazeere Mehroob”, and the folks gave imparted the name that prevails now. This island is situated 3 km within the sea, near the village Murud, a beautiful tourist center.
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Jivdhan
The whole range that has been guarding the ancient commercial route of Naneghat for thousands of years includes the forts of Jeevdhan, Hadsar, and Mahishgad & Chavand. Jivdhan lies at the mouth of Naneghat, and is a quite tougher one. Moreover it is famous for the pinnacle Vandarlingi.
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Kalsubai
Reaching the top of any trek is a real satisfaction. Reaching a top of the Everest is but a special one! As far as Maharashtra is concerned, reaching the summit of Kalsubai, the Everest of Maharashtra, should also be a special one! Situated at the height of about 5400 ft, the Kalsubai temple at the top has tempted many of the trekkers to come to her way.
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Kalyangad
Kalyangad is situated in Satara. All the forts in this area are built on the hilltops separated from the mountain range. The peculiarity of this fort is it is easiest to climb. The bus service here is good because sugar cane is grown on large scale and transportation is essential.
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Karnala
While going on the Mumbai-Goa highway we might have noticed a thumb like rock resting on a mountain. As we leave Panvel, the road towards Pen goes through green forests, and suddenly we have a glimpse of this pinnacle. That is the fort of Karnala, famous for its strange pinnacle and the bird sanctuary that is setup in the forests below. This was an important fort and dates back to 12th or 13th century.
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Kohoj
Very few forts, to the north of Mumbai in Palghar region of Thane district, are still showing their existence, among which is the fort of Kohoj. This fort lies at about 10 to 11 kms. from Wada on the route of Wada – Palghar.
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Korigad
To the west of the Mulshi dam is the Mawal of Korbarase. The forts Korigad and Ghangad lay this region. Korigad is built near the Savashni Ghat, which connects Lonavala and Pali. This fort is well known due to its fortification that is still intact. To visit the forts in this region, one needs at least 3-4 days leisure. One can also go for a cross-country trek which includes Korigad, Ghangad, Tailbaila Walls, Sudhagad and Sarasgad.
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Korlai
Alibaug is a renowned place, well known for the beautiful beach and the fort named Colaba. To the south of Alibaug is the town of “Revdanda”, which was one of the most important centers of the Portuguese in 15th and 16th century. A further southward is the fort of Korlai, which is quite beautiful.
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Kothligad
This small fort is situated to the east of Karjat & is one of the famous treks of Karjat area, because of its small height and easy climbing. One can go all around the fort in summer and winter season. The route is very narrow and is very slippery in rainy seasons.
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Kulang
Standing in the front yard of Igatpuri bus stand, the attractive sierra - dominated by this very fort in the east - is a sight to enjoy! Offering the highest climb from the base village in the entire Sahyadri ranges, this fort offers one of the greatest panorama from its top
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Lingana
The British destroyed every way to the fort in early 19th century and the fort was considered inaccessible till 1981, until a group of hikers climbed the pinnacle of Lingana. The fort played an important role as a protection to Raigad, the capital of Maratha Empire. Due to its invulnerability, the prisoners convicted of dangerous crimes were kept here.
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Lohgad
Lohgad was one of the most important forts of Satavahana Period, which takes us to 2000 to 2500 years back. Bhaje & Bedse caves where used by Buddhist monks to stay. These caves are situated in the mountain of Visapur. Sage Lomesh had been meditating on Lohgad, and this is why the fort is called so. It had been built with a primary intention to keep a watch on Nane Maval, Korbaarse Maval and Andhra Maval.
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Mahuli
In Thane district near Shahpur-Asangaon we find a group of three mountains – Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad. Here the nature is so pleasant that we must visit this place to see the natural beauty. The mountain with many pinnacles is known as Mahuli. Mahuli is divided into three parts – northern one is Palasgad, Mahuli in the middle and Bhandargad on the southern end.
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Malanggad
Malanggad is built on a hill, which is situated around 16 Kms south of Kalyan. It lies to the North East of Badlapur and East of Mumbai and “Saashti”. Karanja and Uran to the North East and Bhor Ghat, Bhimashankar and Malshej to the East of Malanggad makes this region strategically important during times of war.
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Malhargad
The last fort built in Maharashtra is supposed to be Malhargad. The Sahyadri range, to the west of Pune in Velha taluka, is bifurcated, one of which has the forts of Rajgad and Torna, while on the other range are the forts of Sinhagad, Purandar, Vajragad and Malhargad. This range is known as the Bhuleshwar range which is spread along the East-West direction. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on ‘Dive’ ghat along the Pune-Sasvad route.
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Mangi - Tungi
“Baglan” is one of the areas rich in agricultural productivity, forests and wealth. The North – South range of the Sahyadris makes it appearance in this region of Bagulged (Baglan). Here the second range running from East to West is known as the Selbari – Dolbari range. Forts Mangi - Tungi lies in this range.
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Mulher
The North-South stretch of Sahyadri originates in the Baglan region of Nashik. The North of Sahyadri, in the Baglan region, has got dual ranges, Selbari – Dolbari. Forts like Tambolya, Nhavigad, Pinnacles of Mangi and Tungi lie on Selbari range while Mulher, Moragad, Salher, Hargad, Salota lie in Dolbari range. These forts lie on the border of Dang region, a dense forest, in the West of Gujarat and Baglan region in Maharashtra.
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Naneghat
While going through Malshej Ghat, we can easily get a glimpse of Naneghat after Murbad. The significantly shaped thumb-like peak and the pinnacle of Vandarlingi are the most distinctly seen spots. This was the most important trade route, as it connected harbour of Sopara and Kalyan directly to Junnar and Paithan. The name itself suggests that it was a famous and significant route. “Nane” means famous. Today it is a good trekking spot for trekkers and tourists.
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Pandavgad
Pandavgad, situated near Wai is easily identified due to its peculiar structure. The mountain on which the fort is built looks as if it is crowned by rocky surface. It is very near to Wai village and is situated on the Wai - Maandhardev route. There are good sights near by this place.
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Panhala
Panhala or Panhalgad, about 19kms north-west of Kolhapur, is possibly the largest and most important fort of the Deccan. Roughly triangular in shape, the hill fort stands at a height of about 850 metres and has a circumference of approximately 7.25kms. Half of its length is protected by a natural scarp reinforced by a parapet wall and the remaining half is surrounded by a strong stone wall strengthened with bastions.
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Peb
Fort Peb is situated on northeast side of Panvel, on Mumbai-Pune road, at a distance of 3-4 km on west side of Neral. To avoid crowd at hill stations like Matheran, nature lovers must visit the nearby fort Peb. This is the most beautiful one-day trek.
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Peth
Peth, also known as ‘Kothaligad’, is situated in Shahapur Taluka, approximately 21Km North East of Karjat. This fort stands tall in the company of various other forts like Rajmachi, Dhak, Siddhagad and Bhimashankar, a witness to our illustrious history.
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Pratapgad
This fort has got significant historic importance due to the the famous temple of “Bhavani Mata”, constructed by Shivaji Maharaj and the event of Assassination of Afzalkhan on it. Recognised as one of the gems in the crown of Swarajya, the PRATAPGAD is situated on the western side of the famous hill station, Mahabaleshwar.
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Purandar
Purandar fort is located approximately 20 miles south-east of Pune and 6 miles south-west of Sasvad. Sinhgad is about 13 to 14 miles north-east of Purandar while Rajgad lies 20 miles to the west.. The western side of the fort is a mountainous & towards east is largely a plateau region.
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Raigad
Raigad played an important role in history. Raigas is strategically located and was a stronghold wherein was concentrated the power and possessions of the rulers. The fort played a pivotal role in the foundation, preservation and expansion of Maratha rule. Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, identified the immense potential of this fort as strategically located power centres and he exploited its peculiar architectural facets as weapon of warfare.
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Rajgad
Rajgad fort was recognized as first political base of “Hindavi Swarajya”. It still can be witnessed as an unchallengeable, undisputable and unconquerable fort in ‘Hindavi Swarajya’. A ‘Murumbadev’ mountain stands adjacent to the vally formed due to Nire, Velvandi, Kanandi and Gunjavani rivers. The same is 48 Kms. From Pune towards South-West direction and 24 Kms. Nort-West of Bhor.
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Rajmachi
Rajmachi consists of two beautiful peaks namely 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manaranjan'. Rajmachi is very famous fort near twin hill stations in Maharashtra - Lonavala and Khanadala. Rajmachi fort is nearby 18/20 Kms from Lonavala but a nice way to reach the fort is from Tungarli Lake. This trek is very good for the beginners.
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Rasalgad
The Sahyadri range extends in North – South direction along the Konkan coast. There are many mountain ranges that branch-off over several miles from the main Sahyadri mountain range. Beyond Poladpur, as we head towards Chiplun via Khed, we come across the forts of Rasalgad, Sumargad, and Mahipatgad. These forts lie in Jawali forest region. Youngsters also plan a trek as Pratapgad – Madhumakarandgad – Rasalagad - Sumargad - Mahipatgad.
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Ratangad
Ratan means jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level.It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district.
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Rayreshwar
Tableland of Panchgani is very famous but higher and longer tableland is the plateau of Rayari. It is 8 km away from Bhor. From Pune it can be visited within one day. Deep valleys, very high pinnacles, huge plateau, long trunks, difficult turnings and dense trees make this area little difficult.
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Sajjangad
Shambhu Mahadev is the sub range of Sahyadri starting from Pratapgad to eastern side. This range is divided into three parts and Sajjangad is situated on one of these sub ranges. One should touch the soil here sanctified by the feet of Samrath Ramdas Swami. Poet Anant has aptly described the place the sacred one, blessed by the existence of Lord hanuman and residence of Saint Ramdas Swami.
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Salher
The Salher fort is famous and known as the main place where Parashuram did his penance. After winning the earth and giving it as donation, he made land for himself to live in, by pushing the sea back with his arrows, right from this place. An ancient and historically significant place like this is also famous for its battles during the reign of Shivaji. Just as Kalsubai boasts to be the highest peak in the Sahyadris in Maharashtra, Salher has the distinction of being the highest fort in the Sahyadris.
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Sarasgad
Shree Ganesh is the deity of knowledge. Pali is a famous place. Lord Ganesh is worshipped everywhere. The eight places, which are important pilgrimages of Ganesh, are called “Ashtavinayak”. Lord Ganesh of Pali is named Ballaleshwar. Sarasgad is situated on the borders of Pali. A very huge wall of Sarasgad is at the north south border of Pali.
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Shivneri
This fort has lot to tell. Shivneri, a birth place of Chhatrapati Shivaji (1627), is located at a distance of around 3 km from Junnar (125 km from Pune). Shahaji, father of Shivaji kept his wife Jijabai in this fort during her pregnancy, as the fort was unique and difficult to reach. It is easier to reach the fort by the normal road than to climb from the hills.
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Shivtharghal
Whenever we talk about the era to which Shivaji Maharaj belongs, we cannot forget those ones who were behind the legendary hero. Shahaji Raje, Jijamata and of course, Samarth Ramdas Swami. The place where Ramdas resided after 1649 was a huge cavern, which came to be called as Shivthar Ghal (Ghal means cavern). This was where his famous ”Dasbodha” was written. Adorned by exotic nature, this place is worth visiting.
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Sindhudurg
Sindhudurg fort stands on a rocky island, known as Kurte, barely a km, from the Malavan is 510kms south of Mumbai and 130kms north of Goa. Sindhudurg was built in 1664-67 AD by shivaji when all his attempts to take the island fort of Janjira proved futile. The construction was done under the supervision of Hiroji Indulkar, an able architect. Shivaji had invited 100 Portuguese experts from Goa for the construction of the fort.
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Sinhgad
Sinhagad fort, whose earlier name was Kondana or Kondhana, stands 20kms, south-west of Pune. Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, its height above sea-level is 1380 metres. Given natural protection by its very steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places; it has two gates – the Kalyan Darwaza in the south-east and the Pun Darwaza in the north-east.
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Sudhagad
Sudhagad is one of the ancient forts in Sahyadri. It was the glory of Bhor state. Initially, Sudhagad was called as ‘Bhorapgad’. During empire of Shivaji Maharaj this fort was named as Sudhagad. This fort is approximately 590 meters in height. Sudhagad is a huge fort. It is called as the replica of Raigad.
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Sumargad
This fort is not, as the Marathi name suggests, very simple to trek. G. N. Dandekar, one of the greatest historians, writes about the fort, “We have to climb the cliff on eastern face of the fort by catch-holding one tree.” The fort lies in between the forts, Rasalgad and Mahipatgad. This fort is covered by dense forest and also has a difficult route to climb. This may be the possible reason that the fort has lost its familiarity among the trekkers.
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Tikona
Tikona (also known as Vitandgad) is the dominant hill fort in Maval in western India. It is located near Kamshet around 60 kms from Pune The village nearest the fort is called Tikona-Peth. The 3600 ft high hill is pyramidal in shape and the name Tikona means "triangle". The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadeva', water tank and some Satvahan caves. Trek organisers also commend the the views of Pawna dam and the nearby forts of Tung, Lohagad and Visapur. There is a lake at the summit.
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Torna
One of the popular forts for the trekkers. This was the fort won by Shivaji Maharaj. He found a pot containing gold coins, which he later used for building Rajgad. Torana is called as 'Prachandagad' because of its size. The fort is very huge and wide spread. Its height is 1400 mtrs.
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Tung
Tung is also known as 'Kathingad'. The fort Tung was built to protect the region of Pavan Maval. This fort was built with an intention to keep watch on transport from Bor Ghat. From this fort we can easily locate Lohgad, Visapur & Pavan Maval.
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Vairatgad
The fort Vairatgad is situated in the province of Wai, and 8 km away from Wai. It takes one day to see the fort. Travelling has become easy due to regular bus service and private vehicles to the base of the fort. King Bhoj of the Shilahar dynasty built Vairatgad in the 11th century. During Shivaji’s period the fort was used only as a military station.
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Vasai
The Bassein Fort is a fort near Vasai, just north of Mumbai on the mainland just north of the Mumbai. It was established by the Portuguese as the headquarters of their Indian operations in 1534 and centre of their operations until 1739. With this as the main base, they built other smaller forts such as the Castella de Aguada, and strong houses in many of the islands.
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Vasota
Situated in dense forests surrounded by river Koyna is the fort of Vasota, which according to the ‘Dnyaneshwari’ means a resting place. This fort is also known by the name of Vyaghragad. This fort is believed to belong to the Shilahar dynasty era, and probably named Vasota due to the name Vasantgad given to it during that era.
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Visapur
The forts of Lohgad and Visapur have played an important role in guarding the ancient trade routes and being the savior of Bhaje and Bedse caves. Among them, Lohgad is related to many significant historical events. Much of it is known. Unlike that, much less is known about Visapur. In spite of being a very big fort, protected by a highly impregnable fortification and presence of a large plateau, less is written about it, or much less records could have added to information about it.
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Bedse
Located in the Kole colony, the Bedse cave consists of two main caves. The main cave which is the Chaitya (prayer hall) has a beautiful Stupa. Both the caves have some carvings as well. The caves are facing eastwards. So it is recommended to visit the caves early morning as in sunlight the beauty of carvings is enhanced. The ornamentation is made up of miniature rails and repetition of window fronts or facades with a number of water cisterns in front of the Chaitya with one of the inscriptions belonging to Mandavi princess Samadinaka who got this facility made for monks and Buddhist devotees.
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Elephanta
A beautiful little island, named Elephanta, located about 11 kms off the coast of Mumbai ,is famous not only for its picturesque surrounding but also for its treasure of sculptures in a rock-cut cave temple that was built around the same period or a little later (850 A.D.) as the Ellora temple. It has the same style of architecture as that of the Kailasa temple of Ellora, representing the latest phase of rock-cut architectural activity in India.
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Ellora
Nestled in the crook of the Charanadari hill in Deccan is a series of ancient temples and monasteries hewn out of the mountain side. Situated on the ancient north south trade route or the dakshinapatha, the tiny mountain village of Verul - mutated today to Ellora -was a well- known stopover for traders, priests and pilgrims who plied the route to the western ports. Beginning sometime in the 7th century, when the Chalukyas (AD 553 - 753) ruled the Deccan, these wayfarers decided to make their presence permanent.
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Kanheri
The word Kanheri originates from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri. Krishna generally stands for black color. The other name in vogue was "Khaneri" which means black mountain. These caves date from 1st Century B.C. to 9th Century A.D. The earliest are 109 tiny rock-cut cells, carved into the side of a hill. Unlike the elegant splendor of Elephanta Caves nearby, these are sparten and unadorned.
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Karla - Bhaja
Karla Caves, an example of Indian rock cut architecture, is a complex of cave shrines built by Buddhist monks around 3rd to 2nd century B.C. It is located in Karli near Lonavala, a hill station, in the western state of Maharashtra between the cities of Mumbai and Pune in India. This complex of very well-preserved Hinayana Buddhist caves, built on the difficult terrain of a rocky hillside, is one of the finest examples of the ancient rock-cut caves to be found in India.
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Pitalkhora
Not as well known as Ajanta yet the rock-cut caves of Pitalkhora in the Satamala range of the Sahyadri hills are of great interest. There are thirteen caves, set high up on the hill, overlooking picturesque ravines. Many of the caves contain carvings and paintings that date from the 1st century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.
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Amboli
In your pursuit of peace and solitude, perhaps you will come across Amboli, a tranquil hill station on the Western Ghats, surrounded by thick forests and tree canopied hills. On the coastal side, Amboli peers over the tree lined sandy ribbon of the Konkan coast; on the other three sides, you are rewarded by a magnificent panorama of the sweeping valley. Amboli is located in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
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Bhandardara
Bhandardara is located at a distance of 70 km from Nashik. It is a small and peaceful area. This hill station is popular for fun loving and picnic lovers.Bhandardara, is situated at an altitude of 750 meters above sea level is gifted with spectacular view. The region offers a unique opportunity for nature based tourism, something desired by those who wish to break-way from the hustle & bustle of city life. Nature lovers & trekkers would be enthralled in a Bhandardara.
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Chikhaldara
Chikhaldara is in Amaravati district of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. It is believed that its name is derived from Keechaka. This hill station is the only hill station, which offers the tourists lots of wildlife, viewpoints, lakes and waterfalls in the Vidharba region. This is the place where Bheema killed the villainous Heechaka in a Herculean bout and threw him into a valley.
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Lonavala - Khandala
Locating at an altitude of 625m, Lonavala and Khandala are famous for its beautiful hills, deep green valleys, huge lakes, historic forts and waterfalls etc. These two hill stations are at the Sahyadris Mountains of Maharashtra. Lonavala and Khandala have magnificent waterfalls that give a heart catching view during monsoon. Tourists can plan their trip together with Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves, which are very near from Lonavala.
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Mahabaleshwar
Situated at a height of 4500 ft, the actual town of Mahabaleshwar spreads across a vast green plateau over an area of 150sq km. A Delightful Hill Station for the adventures people who love boating and horse riding.Mahabaleshwar is famous for its scenic beauty and the splendid views of the valleys and the sea, which is quite visible in clear days.
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Malshej
Malshej ghat is in Pune, Maharashtra. This hill station is known for its special attraction for trekkers, hikers, adventurers, and nature lovers. Malshejghat is at an altitude of 700m above the sea level. Malshejghat is a beautiful hill station with wooded countryside and colourful bird and animal, rugged mountains, historic forts, high-plateau forest houses, resorts and sanctuaries and venerated rivers all around.
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Panchgani
Panchgani derives its name from the five hills around it. At an altitude of 1334 m,Panchgani is just 38 m below Mahabaleshwar. These 38 m translate themselves into a breathtaking 18 km approach,that swoops around and bends with splendid views of the river Krishna on one side and the coastal plains on the other.
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