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Lohgad Trek - An Exciting One Day Adventure Trip Near Pune And Mumbai

Lohagad is situated close to the hill station Lonavala and 52 km (32 mi) northwest of Pune. Lohagad Fort means Iron fort in Marathi. The fort is connected to the neighboring Visapur fort by a small range. This fascinating fort is one of the amazing destination for one day trek or short trip near Pune and Mumbai.
Lohagad Fort overlooks the Pavna reservoir, located to the south of the mountain. Best trekking route near Mumbai and Pune for beginners.
Lohagad Fort is located 8-9 km from Malavali Station. Actual trek starts with well paved steps from base village, Lohagadwadi. We can reach to the top of the fort by these steps.
Lohagad Fort, in itself, is an enormous structure which was under the control of the strong Maratha Empire. This fort is one of the best wonders of Fort Architecture  The grandeur of the structure is the one imprinted in the minds of many. 
The four large gates of Lohagad Fort are very intricately arranged and are still intact.
The first gate is Ganesh darwaza, which can be identified by a Ganesh carvings flanking the gate. A shilalekh (Carved Inscription) in its vicinity indicates this gruesome fact.
Narayan Darwaja of Lohagad Fort
The Hanuman darwaza, which is the most ancient of all the doors of Lohagad Fort.
Main entrance of Lohagad Fort, Maha Darwaja. On the Maha Darwaja, the tourists can see some delightful sculptures cut out.
Point of view is between Maha darwaja and Narayan darwaja. The walk to Lohagad Fort is enjoyable with the epic scenic beauty, lush green grass, cool mountain airs and wonders of fort architecture.

Midway there is also one cave (accomodates about 5-6 people) which may have been a storehouse. Next to it is a sheltered water cistern. These structures seems to be have been for use of soldiers at entrance

After entering the Maha Darwaaja we come across an old 'Dargah'.
You can get to the top of Lohagad Fort though this. Top area spreads wide and mostly flat. Walked through all the sides of the fort, the view from the top is astounding with Pawna Lake to the south and Visapur Fort to the North-East, Lohgad forest to the north and the most popular view of Scorpions tail towards the North West and Aundholi forest to the west.
Besides the Dargah, there are remnants of the court.
Towards right we come across 'Laxmi Kothi' which has many rooms. It is a very large cave; can comfortably accommodate about 50 people. This cave serves as a shelter for the enthusiastic trekkers. The treasury of Nana Phadnis was kept here. In front of this place are two cannons.

Biggest attraction of Lohagad Fort is magnificent Vinchu Kada (Scorpion's Sting) on western side of fort. This is long and narrow wall like fortified spur and called as Vinchukada due to its natural Shape.
Vinchu Kada was to keep a watch on the surrounding region, and any activity of the enemy in its vicinity could be tackled. This is one of the best fascinating, alluring and picturesque place of Lohagad Fort. Visitores who take lot of efforts to reach this place  forget all tiredness after seeing this splendid natural beauty.
To reach Vinchu kada, we need to climb down this boulder. Its a thrilling experience for Lohagad Fort visitors.
After climbing down, a long trail over a broad and natural walls of Lohagad fort takes us to Vinchu Kada. This walk is enjoyable with epic scenic beauty.
There is also a panoramic view of the Fort Visapur which is in proximity to Lohagad Fort. Visapur Fort is also one of the best one day trek or short trip near Pune and Mumbai.
A beautiful view of Tung fort with the vast expanse of the Pawna lake adorned with the lush greenery around it.
About Lohagad Fort:

Location: Lohagadwadi village, Malavali, Near Lonavala, Maharashtra, India

Best Time To Visit: July to January is the best time to visit the fort. Monsoon season is the ideal time to visit Lohagad fort.

Difficulty Level: This fort trek falls under easy grade trekking routes.

Elevation/Formation: 3389 feet (1033 meter) above mean sea level
History of Lohagad Fort:
The fort has been declared as a protected monument by the by Archaeology Survey of India. Lohagad Fort has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time: Satvahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizams, Mughals, amd Marathas.
History of Lohagad Fort:

Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648 AD, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 AD by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji recaptured the fort in 1670 AD and used it for keeping his treasury. This fort was used to keep the loot from Surat. Later in Peshwa time Nana Phadnvis used this fort for living for some time.