Ghangad

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Ghanagad Fort
घनगड
Part of Sahyadri Hill Range
Pune district, Maharashtra
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Ghanagad fort
Ghanagad Fort is located in Maharashtra
Ghanagad Fort
Ghanagad Fort
Coordinates 18°32′44.7″N 73°21′34.5″E / 18.545750°N 73.359583°E / 18.545750; 73.359583
Type Hill fort
Height 3000 Ft.
Site information
Owner Government of India
Open to
the public
Yes
Condition Ruins
Site history
Materials Stone

Ghangad is a fort situated near 30km from Lonavla-Khandala and 100 km from Pune in Maharashtra state, India.This fort is an important fort in Pune district. The fort restoration is done by the Shivaji Trail group with the help of local villagers. The fort is at least 300 years old.[1] Restoration work took place in 2011-12.[2]

History[edit]

Very less information is available about the history of the fort. This fort was used for keeping prisoners and for keeping watch on the trade route from Pune to Konkan.Until 1818 this fort was under the Maratha empire. This fort was surrendered to British forces after the fall of Korigad on 17-March-1818.[3]

How to reach[edit]

The fort can be reached by road via Tamhini ghat road or via Lonavla.The nearest town is Lonavla which is 30km from the base village of the fort i.e. Ekole. There are good hotels at Lonavla, now tea and snacks are also available in small hotels on the way at Peth Shahapur. The road becomes rugged in the Saltar pass. The trekking path starts from the hillock south of the Ekole village. The route is very safe and wide. There is a dense forest on the trekking route. It takes about half an hour to reach the entrance gate of the fort. The night stay on the fort can be made on the flat ground near the entrance or GarjaiDevi temple on the way to Fort. This fort is approachable in all seasons. The villagers from the Ekole make night stay and food arrangements at reasonable rates.

Places to see[edit]

There are two gates on the fort.The main entrance gate has the arch missing. The villagers have placed an iron ladder to climb to the Balekilla of the fort.There is a rock cut water cistern on the way to the second gate. The water is available round the year for drinking purpose. It takes about an hour to visit all places on the fort.There are remains of few dilapidated building on the Balekilla. The top of the bale killa gives a scenic view of the TailBaila, Korigad, Mulshi dam and Sudhagad fort

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rajasthan to Junnar: Deccan College plans a host of excavationsRajasthan to Junnar:". Times of India. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. ^ Swamy, Rohan (28 November 2011). "Road To Recovery". The Indian Express. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  3. ^ https://gazetteers.maharashtra.gov. in/cultural.maharashtra.gov.in/english/gazetteer/Poona%20District/places_k.html#.