(Last Updated on : 05-10-2019)
Rohida Fort, also known as Vichitragad Fort is a fort located in Pune district
. It is an important fort in Pune district. The fort
is located amongst the beautiful forests
of the Sahyadris Mountain Range
and is one of the most exciting trekking trails in Pune
. Rohida Fort is lying in ruins and its restoration is done by the Shree Shivdurga Samvardhan committee with the help of forest department and local villagers.
History of Rohida Fort
Rohida Fort was built during Yadava period. According to the inscription on the third gate, Mohammed Adil Shah of Bijapur
had repaired this fort in 1656. Shivaji Maharaj
won the fort from the hands of Bandal-Deshmukh of Rohida in a close battle
. This fort was among the 23 forts that Shivaji handed over to Mughals
during the Treaty of Purandar
in 1665. In 1670, this fort was again captured by Shivaji Maharaj. Further Mughals captured this fort. This fort was under the control of Pantsachiv of Bhor State
till the Indian independence
Structure of Rohida Fort
Rohida Fort has three gates on the main entrance path. The main entrance gate has a Ganesh
Patti and Miharab. There is a rock-cut water cistern near the second gate. There are idols of Lion
and Sharabha on the second gate. The third gate is reached after climbing 57 steps. There are idols of heads of elephants
on both side and rock-cut scripture in Farsi language and Marathi on the outer side of the gate. There is a temple of Rohidamalla in good condition inside the fort. There are seven Bastions on the fort; they are Shirawale Buruj, Patane Buruj, Damugade Buruj, Waghjai Buruj, Fatte Buruj and Sadar Buruj.
Visiting Information of Rohida Fort
The base village
of the fort is Bajarwadi which is 7 km from Bhor. The trekking
path starts from the hillock west of Bajarwadi. The trekking route is very safe and wide. There are no trees on the trekking route. It takes about an hour to reach the entrance gate of the fort.