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
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