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“Lohagad - The perfect day trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort
Near Visapur Fort, Khandala, Lonavala, India
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Khandala
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Pune, India
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“Lohagad - The perfect day trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Lohagad was an important hill fort used extensively by Chatrapati Shivaji and by all dynasties who ruled Vidharbha and Maratha kingdoms.
This fort is situated on the Sahyadri ranges and divides the Pavna basin and Indrayani basin.

It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Malavali station from Pune junction, which is the starting point for the trek.

A short walk will take you to the base village for Bhaja caves. These 22 rock caves date back to 200 BC .The caves are located 400 feet above the Bhaja Village

You then follow a scenic winding road another 1.5 hours to reach Lohagadwadi ,the base village of the fort.

Although this a moderate climb ,a first timer may have a bit of a tough time .However with some breaks to catch your breath

The fort is pretty well maintained, and holds its old world charm intact. There are huge arches with iron doors and small cannons. There was a small stone inscription placed near one of the entrance doors .The watch towers and fort defilades along with canon casemates are well .


Next you can take a small foot road ,towards the famous “Vinchu Kata” , a very picturesque watch tower at the very end of the mountain .


The way back is very pleasing walking all downhill ,a perfect time for some last moment photostops

Visited March 2014
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“Worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Located a little over an hour away from Pune, off the old Pune-Mumbai highway, this fort is well worth a visit. Park at the village below and climb up the steep, rugged path. The ascent seems a but daunting at first, but you reach the top entrance in no time. The fort is really old, ill-maintained, but has a superb view all around! It's quite an amazing feeling to be at that height and look at everything below, wondering how they ever built a fort like this in those days.

There's nothing much in the fort campus except a mosque and a temple. However, do walk along the walls and enjoy the scenery. There's a lot of walking. The best part of the fort is the narrow extension towards the west called Vinchukata (Scorpion Tail). It's not an easy walk. You need to go off the path half-way, on the side of the hill, along a very narrow trail and reach the far edge.

Once there, just sit for a while and admire the view. I went on a summer morning and loved it. Can't even imagine how beautiful the fort would look in the monsoons. I do plan to re-visit during the rains.

Travel light. But carry water and snacks. Unlike Sinhagad Fort which is completely commercialised, this fort has nothing available upstairs. No toilet facilities anywhere in the area. There are shops in the village below that sell refreshments. Please do not litter. No dustbins anywhere.

Visited March 2014
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“refrashing not tired!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

after a long treck to hilltop lohgad fort felt refreshed again by looking at the views below and the freshness in the air.

Visited July 2013
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“Lohagad - The Iron Fort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Its a very old fort of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Times or before. Like its name, this is a fort as strong as iron. One could reach from Malawali Station (Via Bhaje - Gaymukh Kind - Lohagad wadi route) in 2 hours through trekking. Soon a tar road will take us till its base.

There is a lot to see on the fort. A chain of 5 strong gates with strong bastions and fortification, Lomesh Rishi Gunfa (cave), Mahadev Temple, many water tanks and 2 well built lakes, remnants of fort and the famous natural wall called Vinchu Kata.

The fort gives a good panoramic view of Lonawala, Malawali, Visapur Fort, Tung Fort, Tikona Fort, Bhatrashi hill and Pawana Dam & lake. One can visit bhaje caves en-route.

There are local facilities of tea, cold drinks and snacks.

Visited January 2013
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“Lohagadh - The Iron Fort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you have a day to spare, want to avoid long treks and are a lover of forts, particularly of the rugged and rocky variety, a day’s visit to Lohagadh (or Lohagarh) Fort in Pune District, Maharashtra is strongly recommended. It can easily be reached by road from Mumbai or Pune. The forenoon can be spent at the fort, followed by lunch at Pavana Lake.

The best approach to Lohagadh Fort is via Kamshet on the Pune-Mumbai Highway. Kamshet is about 50 kms from Pune and about 105 kms from Mumbai. Take the Old Pune-Mumbai Highway (NH-4), rather than the Expressway, so that one can easily turn off from Kamshet towards Lohagadh (about 20 kms). There is no convenient exit on the Expressway

The road from Kamshet to Lohgarh is not too good. Although there are not too many turns, the road signs are practically non-existent, as is the case in most approaches to tourist sites in Maharashtra (shame on you, MTDC). So do ask the local people the way to Lohagadh Fort to avoid getting lost.

Once you reach the base of Lohagadh Fort, you are sure to be spellbound by the magnificent fort, rising spectacularly into the sky. It looks impregnable and Lohagadh means “Iron Fort”, which it really is. Be prepared to climb. It is not an impossible climb and any reasonably fit person can do it slowly. The steps are a great help. The base has a few restaurants serving basic food (do carry some light snacks and your own water) but I would not recommend a meal here. A cup of tea is fine. Save the meal for Pavana.

The steps, walls, gates and ramparts of Lohagadh are in pretty good shape and as one climbs up, the views get increasingly magnificent. Carrying a pair of binoculars is a good idea. One can see for miles around in different directions, including the nearby Pavana Lake and Visapur Fort. Do read up the history of Lohagadh before you go; then you will enjoy it all the more. The fort itself displays no historical information, which is a pity, but Maharashtra Tourism is indifferent to such requirements. The area at the summit of the fort is huge, but not many buildings are left. It is easy to see why Lohagadh was considered impregnable.

Once you climb down, drive down to Pavana Lake (about 5 kms). It is a very large man made reservoir and the area is extremely beautiful, particularly when the lake is full. There are a number of restaurants along the lake shore. The food in Boat Club Restaurant (Indian and Indian-Chinese) is quite good and hygienic. It also has boating facilities, as well as accommodation, in case you plan to stay.

Visited September 2013
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