Overview of Kothaligad Fort
Atop the Kothaligad Fort is a small temple and large cave, whose origin dates back to the 13th century. Located close to the cave and also the fort is a rock cut water cistern and according to the locals, the Kothaligad Fort once used to be a watch tower to keep watch over the Mawal area in the greater province of Maratha.
In the year 1684, the Kothaligad Fort was captured by the Mughals under the reign of Aurangzeb, under whose command Abdul Kadir had captured the fort. And to honour him, Aurangzeb had renamed the fort to Miftah- ul- Fateh. Attempts were made by the Maratha Empire to overthrow the Mughals and capture the fort but their efforts came to fruition in 1817, when they finally recaptured the fort under the leadership of Bapurao who was general of Bajirao Peshwa. But in the same year on December, the fort was captured by the British and remained under them till 1862 as an outpost for vigilance on the surrounding valley and hills. Currently in ruins, the Kothaligad Fort is under the administration of the Government of India.
Visiting Information on Kothaligad Fort
The nearest railway station is at Karjat at a distance of 28 km from the fort and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai is the closest at a distance of 96 km from the Kothaligad Fort.
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