Lohagad By Nikhilvbirla (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lohagad

Distance

75 Kms

Best Season

Monsoon – Winter

Overview

Lohagad is one of the many hill forts of Maharashtra state in India. Situated close to the hill station Lonavala and 75 km northwest of Pune, Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 above sea level. 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. This fort has been declared as a protected monument by the government.The nearest train station is Malavli, which can be accessed by suburban trains between Lonavala and Pune.Lohagad is connected by the Mumbai-Pune Highway and can also be accessed from Paud via Kolvan and Dudhiware Khind for all vehicles.

Attractions

Trekking

People can also hike all the way to the fort. This walk is a particular favorite of trekkers, especially in the monsoon season. It is a simple, very scenic and pleasant trek and the distance from Malavli and Lohagad can be covered in around two hours. The trekking route becomes slippery during the rainy season and is dangerous to hike to the fort during this time. A variety of birds and insects can also be spotted in these hills.

Bhaja Caves(2 km)

Bhaja Caves is a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. The inscriptions and the cave temple are protected as a National Monument, by the Archaeological Survey of India. The most impressive monument is the large shrine — chaityagriha — with an open, horseshoe-arched entrance. These caves also provide important proof regarding the history of the Tabla, an Indian percussion instrument, since carvings from 200 BCE show a woman playing tabla and another performing a dance.

Lonavala(20 km),

A famous and scenic hill station.

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