Situated at the height of 3400 feet, Lohagad Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and formidable fort about 52 kilometres away from Pune. Perched atop an impressive hill near Malavali, this destination is the perfect amalgam of ancient architecture and natural beauty. Lohagad Fort was built in the 18th century and is an ideal destination for trekking and nature lovers, especially from Pune and Mumbai. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj used to keep his treasury in this fort.
The trek to the fort is an easy one and perfect for the first-timers, making it a favourite haunt of hiking enthusiasts. In addition to its thrilling trek route, Lohagad Fort in itself is a massive structure that was once under the control of the mighty Maratha Empire and is connected to its twin Visapur Fort as well. Until a few years back, the base of the fort was quite far from the last point connected via road, but now a proper road has been built to the base of the fort, due to which a lot of people visit Lohagad during monsoon weekends, making it quite crowded. Whether you visit this destination for its lush green beauty, adventurous trekking route, panoramic views or illustrious history, Lohagad Fort is certainly worthy of a visit.
The best time to visit Lohagad Fort is during Monsoon season, when the rains make the surroundings look fresh and verdant, while a cover of dark clouds is a big respite from the sun. The water cisterns and ponds on the top of the fort are full during this season and you can jump into them if you feel upto it! However, please note that the roads are not in a good condition during monsoon and driving to the base village becomes a bit uncomfortable. Owing to heavy rainfall, the way to the top becomes quite slipery but it is really safe if you are being careful and take your time.
Rail: If you are planning to come by train, you can get off at Malavli railway station (which falls on the suburban route from Pune to Lonavla) and then either take autos, or walk the approx. 3kms stretch to the base village.
Road: There are two routes to reach Lohagad fort:
1. Mumbai Pune old Highway
2. Paud - Hadasi - Tikona that passes through rural patches of Maharashtra
Approx trek time : 3-4 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Though trekking can be undertaken during the night as well, the unavavailability of proper illumination facilities can prove to be a major roadblock.
Base Camp : Malavali
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Easy
Height above sea level : 3420 feet
Nearest Airport : Pune
Nearest Railhead : Malavali
Starting point of trek : Malavali
Type : Hill fort
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