Lohagarh Fort
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Lohagarh Fort, Lonavala

The Sahyadri hills around Lonavala are dotted with strategically located fortresses and the imposing Lohagarh Fort (translating to Iron Fort) is one of them. It is said to have been used by pretty much every dynasty that ruled over the Vidarbha and Maratha regions – right from the Satavahanas to the Marathas. It was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji in the 17th century, and again by the British in the 19th century.
 
The climb begins at the base of the hill, where there are a few very basic shops selling refreshments. If you’ve forgotten to bring something to drink, this is pretty much your last chance to fix that – there’s nothing after this point. There are steps all the way to the top of the fort, so the climb is fairly easy, except in stretches where the steps are no more than slippery moss covered blocks of stone.
 
We were lucky to be there on a sunshiny day with a blue sky and fluffy white clouds, so at many points on the way up, we were treated to spectacular views of the lush green countryside.
 
On the way up the hill, you pass three layers of fortification through four huge gates, all of them very well-preserved. The top of the fort is quite empty – a Shiva temple, a Dargah, a well and a tank are about all you’ll see. This was a fort used purely for military purposes.
 
The place was almost empty, and there was only one more group of tourists, besides us. I read after we got home that we’d missed seeing a scorpion-shaped extension to the fort called the Vinchu-Kata – I wish I’d done my homework before going. No complaints, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the climb and the sensational views 🙂

Lohagarh Fort

This pic, taken about halfway into the climb, shows how the fort blends into the hill!

Lohagarh Fort

The imposing gates of the fort are still intact.

Lohagarh Fort

The barren top of the fort

Views from the fort. The hill you see on the top left of the following image is the neighboring Visapur Fort. Since the Visapur Fort is taller, British troops bombarded the Lohagarh Fort from there, forcing the Marathas out.
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7 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Pleasant !!!

  • Reply ajay August 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    wow, seems amazing place am planning to visit soon after seeing your pix

  • Reply ajay August 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    WOW. AFTER SEEING THE PIX I MUST SAY, WILL VISIT SOON,HOW FAR IS IT FROM SWARGATE, PUNE

  • Reply ajay August 27, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    wow, seems amazing place am planning to visit soon after seeing your pix

  • Reply Yoga Sadhana April 23, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    LOVELY PICS. OUR YOGA ASHRAM IS COMING UP ABOUT A KM AWAY FROM THE LITTLE HAMLET BELOW THE FORT. GOOD WRTIE UP TOO.

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan January 30, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Thank you so much Patricia 🙂

  • Reply Patricia Torres January 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Oh wow.. really.. this and more in Lonavala?? Ive been there once.. but we didnt do much.. and surely didnt see any forts near by..

    Your pics are gorgeous!! *sigh*

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