(Last Updated on : 10/09/2019)
Ghangad Fort is located in Lonavala
region in Mulshi Taluka in Pune district
. The Ghangad fort is part of Sahyadri Hill Range
and an important fort
in Pune district. The fort restoration is done by the Shivaji
Trail group with the help of local villagers. Restoration work took place in 2011-12.
History of Ghangad Fort
Ghangad Fort is around 400 years old and it is believed that it was used by the Peshwas
to keep the prisoners. This fort was also used for keeping watch on the trade route from Pune
to Konkan. Until 1818 this fort was under the Maratha Empire
. This fort was surrendered to British
forces after the fall of Korigad.
Structure of Ghangad Fort
Ghangad Fort had two gates. The main entrance gate has the arch missing. There is a rock cut water cistern on the way to the second gate. The water is available round the year for drinking purpose. From the top of the fort i.e. Balekilla, one can enjoy astonishing views of the Mulshi dam
, Korigad Fort
, Tailbaila and Siddhagad fort.
Trek to Ghangad Fort
Ghangad Fort Trek route is simple and well-marked till the top. The trekking
path starts from the hillock south of the Ekole village
and goes through dense forest. The route is very safe and wide. There is a dense forest
on the trekking route. It takes about half an hour to reach the entrance gate of the fort.
Visiting Information of Ghangad Fort
Ghangad Fort can be reached by road via Tamhini ghat road or via Lonavla. The nearest town is Lonavla which is 30km from the base village of the fort i.e. Ekole. The nearest railhead to Ghangad Fort is Lonavala Railway station
which is well connected to other parts of the country.
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