The Lonavala hill station is a very popular one day trip or a weekend getaway destination from Pune and Mumbai. Lonavala is the most famous destination amongst the peers of these cities. The road trip from these two cities of Maharashtra to Lonavala is very famous and enjoyable throughout the year because of the vibe, atmosphere, and the beautiful highway. No wonder these are the reasons why Lonavala is always crowded throughout the year. Apart from hanging out in Lonavala, a lot of adventure enthusiasts visit the place too for trekking at the Lohagad fort.
Lohagad fort trekking is quite famous and in Marathi the Lohagad fort is called as the iron fort. The Lohagad fort is very smoothly connected to the Visapur fort with a small range. The fort overlooks the Pavna reservoir and also the fort extends to the fortified spur known as the Vinchu Kata Scorpion’s tale. It is called so because of its resembling shape. This fort is also one of the monuments protected by the Archaeology Survey of India.
This fort is a great trekking spot in Lonavala and people who love trekking and camping never skip trekking up to this fort. It is an easy one day trek that is also greatly suited for beginners.
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05.00 AM – Start the journey from Mumbai or Pune for a trip to Lonavala.
08.00 AM – Reach Lonavala and move towards Lohagad fort by jeep
08.45 AM – Reach the base and go for breakfast.
09.30 AM – Start the trek towards the Lohagad fort
11.00 AM – Post having a trek for an hour and reach the top of the Lohagad fort and start exploring the place.
1.00 PM – After two hours, it is time to descend down.
2.30 PM – It would take around 2 hours to descend down. So, after reaching down, get started with the lunch.
3.30 pm – Finally, the trek is over and the ride back to Mumbai or Pune starts
Difficulty Level – The difficulty level of the Lohagad fort trekking is easy and can easily be done by beginners as well. You don’t need expertise or any previous body workouts to climb up the Lohagad fort.
Experience Category – The Lohagad fort trekking is climbing a hill fort.
Time Take for the whole Trek – The whole time from starting the trek to explore and then to descending down would take around 4 to 5 hours.
Duration – It is a one day trek.
The fort is a splendid one to view and explore. The fort is built in an elevation of about 1033 metres. And to get to the top of the fort, one has to take the stairs. There are 4 gates that the stairs lead to. The first gate is the Ganesh Darwaza, the second gate is the Narayand Darwaza, the third gate is the Hanuman Darwaza, and the 4th gate is the Maha Darwaza. Narayana and the Hanuman Darwaza were used as a godown for storing the granary and the Hanuman Darwaza is the most ancient of them all.
There is an old Dargah that one comes across after crossing the Maha Darwaza. There are the remnants of the court beside the Dargah. The treasure of Nana Phadnis is kept in the Laxmi kothi which is an area with a lot of rooms. Also, there are two cannons placed in the front of this place.
Vinchu Kata is on the western side of the fort. It is 1500 metre long and watching this place from the fort looks like a scorpion’s sting. Hence, this is the name given to this place which means Scorpion’s sting in Hindi. This portion was built to keep a check on the vicinity and on the enemies.
So, these were some of the things to explore while being there at the Lohagad fort trek. Lohagad fort trekking is a small one day trek and for it, these places within the fort are enough for exploring to cover up the time.
The distance of Lohagad from Pune is of about 52 km.
The distance of Lohagad from Mumbai is of about 115 km.
The distance of Lohagad from Lonavala is of about 15 km.
From Lohagad Wadi it would take around 40 minutes to 1 hour to climb up to the fort. The Lohagad fort trekking is quite easy.
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