Lohagad Fort : Lonavala

One of the most frequented hill stations in Maharashtra , Lonavala is nestled in the Sahyadris and adjacent to another popular hill station – Khandala.

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Strategic location

 

Most Mumbaikars visit this small hill station in the monsoon as it transforms into a trekker’s paradise at the time but it can be too crowded and noisy during those months.

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Lohagad

Last Saturday we decided to explore another side of Lonavala and finally made it to Lohagad fort , something we hadn’t been able to accomplish in a very long time and as expected this part of Lonavala was quiet and serene

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Built in a way to confuse the enemy

Lohagad is a Marathi word which means ‘ Iron Fort’. This fort  was a bastion of the Maratha warriors and was later captured by the Mughals.

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The Ganesh Darwaza
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A few details remain intact

Shivaji Maharaj lost control of this fort when he signed the Treaty of Purandar and later managed to regain the fort.

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At the entrance

Overlooking the Pavana reservoir , the climb to the top is rewarding as it offers breath taking views of the mountains and the river.

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The Sahyadris
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Pavana River

The trek was easy and there were just a couple of small groups we met on the way up .

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As we go up

Although this fort finds a mention in the history text books of the state board , it is in a sorry state of affairs . Except the main entrance – The Ganesh Darwaza , it was difficult to identify any other significant part within the fort due to the absence of sign boards.

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Look at that door

 

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From where the enemy was attacked
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Secret pathways …… now blocked

There is some restoration work in progress but beyond a point there was rubble and no well defined pathway , so we decided not to go all the way up.

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In need of maintenance

There is no entry fee to explore the place and that is probably one reason why the upkeep of this fort has been completely neglected . A nominal entry fee is not a bad idea to preserve such heritage.

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Scattered …
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A stone inscription ( I wish there was some information about this )

Am glad I finally made it to Lohagad , who knows in the next few years what remains of this hill fort ….

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This was like planet of the monkeys… too many of them

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 thoughts on “Lohagad Fort : Lonavala

      1. True , I first started with the places around Mumbai and late night photography , since time has always been a sparse resource. Now , I have more leisure time so just practice whenever I can. Start somewhere , you will surprise yourself , am sure.

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