Lohgad Fort Trek Review Blog
Location : Lohagad Fort Base Village: Lohagiri Maharashtra

Posted By : HIKEDEN

Date of Article : 29/07/2016

Activity Type: Trekking

Difficulty/Endurance Level: Fun (Level 1)

Description:

Place: Lohgad fort, (Base Village Lohagiri, Near Lonavala)
Date of Trek: 28 Nov, 2015
Train: Take a train to Malavali Station (from Lonavala or Pune) and walk (you can also take a vehicle) around 6-8 kms to reach the base point. 
Car / Bike: Lohagad can be searched on GPS. It is around 20 minutes from New Mumbai Pune Express way. 
Rank of toughness (from 1easiest to 5 toughest) – 1(Its a beginners trek. Picnic spot category)
Must carry: Not Applicable.
Approximate trekking time from foot of Lohgad fort (one way): 20-30 minutes (max).
Terrain: Stairs For Asend/Descend. On top grassyland.

Background:

Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time: Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizams, Mughals and Marathas. Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648 CE, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 CE by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort in 1670 CE and used it for keeping his treasury. This fort was used to keep the loot from Surat. Later in Peshwa time Nana Phadnavis used this fort for living for sometime and built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well.
In the recent years the fort has been declared as a protected
monument by the government. 
Lohagad is part of the Western Ghats. It rises to an elevation of 1,033 mtrs (3,389 ft) above sea level, and is located to the southwest of the larger Visapur fort. The range divides the basins of Indrayani and Pavana rivers. Lohagad overlooks the Pavana reservoir, located to the south of the mountain. The hill extends to the northwest to a fortified spur, called Vinchukata(Scorpion's tail) because of its resembling shape. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good
condition and reasonably intact.
Team: Anik & Anuj (Team Hikeden)


Experience:
Time: 9:30 am. Initially the plan was to go with a group of other novice trekkers to Lohgad fort which was to start at 9:30 am. However the other group got late. The Hikeden team waited at the foot of Lohagad fort till 10:30 am and finally decided to go on their own for another trek called as Visapur. 
1.20pm: Team HIKEDEN after visitng VISAPUR fort (review posted earlier) now started for Lohgad fort. They reached the top in around 12 minutes. The entire way has stairs made which makes it a very easy trek. Infact Hikeden categorises Lohagad more as a picnic spot where you can go as group of friends or with family. Its a beginners trek, so if you are planning your first trek Lohagad is a perfect choice but if you are the adventurous kinds this ain't the one for you. On the base and on top, there are stalls for drinking & eating. So actually it is not necessary to carry anything. On reaching the top its
a plateau, they saw a temple and a shrine apart from a big well in the centre. This is a frequently visited place and one will find lot of tourists. Then they went to the Vinchukata Point (meaning Tail of Scorpio) at the northwest end, its around 15 minutes walk from the main fort. One gets a beautiful view of the Vispur fort, the Pavana Reservoir and farms from the Lohagad Fort. All in all its a short and easy trek, do this one with your family.

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