Vasota Fort

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Vasota Fort
Vasota Fort is located in Maharashtra
Vasota Fort
Vasota Fort
Coordinates 17°39′47″N 73°41′50″E / 17.663150°N 73.697180°E / 17.663150; 73.697180
Site information
Owner Government of India
Open to
the public
Yes

History[edit]

Vasota Fort (also called Vyaghragad) is located in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra.[1] It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was captured. Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Bhoja II (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in 16th century & then incorporated in Swarajya by Shivaji Maharaj in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort "Vyaghragad" (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense. After Shivaji Maharaj, the brave Maratha Bajirao Peshwa carried on the Swarajya mission of ousting the Mughal invaders from our country. In 1818 however, British bombarded the fort with heavy artillery thereby destroying many buildings on Vasota (Chandika mandir, Daru-kothar, etc.) & looted property worth 5 lakhs.

Places to see[edit]

Today the fort stands in a dilapidated condition in a thick jungle with remnants of Shree Mahadev mandir, the plinth of a huge "sadar" (discussion place), the fallen ramparts & spectacular view of Nageshwar peak & Shivsagar lake (Koyna backwaters).It is a protected natural reserve and a national treasure nest. The blue-green expanse of Koyna backwaters, the evergreen forests of Koyna wildlife sanctuary, hike to Vasota fort hidden in thick jungle, the spectacular view from top of the fort along with the beauty and serenity of the place leaves one spell bound.

Location[edit]

Vasota Fort is located about 350 km from Mumbai. From Satara the road to Vasota passes through Kas pathar( Valley of Flowers of Maharashtra)and ends at Village Bamnoli on the banks of Shivsagar lake. During the day regular ferries travel towards the Vasota forest gate at village, Met Indavli. From the forest gate it is a trek of around an hour, through jungle, to the fort. There is potable water available at the fort. There is also a path which leads to Navnath caves. The Joint Forest Management people from the nearby village make snacks and food available. There are two dormitories and two camp tents available for night halt, however prior permission is required for the night halt.

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