Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fortress Lohagad

Lohagad means Iron fortress, which was occupied by many dynasties and kings.  Lohagad is located approximately 7 kms on a steep drive or hike from Lonavala railway station.  One can see karla caves enroute to Lohagad.  

Lohagad was probably built during Chalukya times somewhere in 650 AD.  And later it was taken over by the Rashtrakutas and later to Vijaynagar Empire..  Frequently this fortress was subject to attack because of it s strategic importance.  Shivaji captured the fort in 1648 and he was forced to surrender the same in 1665.

The fortress was rapidly expanded by Shivaji, Moghuls and Peshwas.  Nana Phadnavis is credited to have built tanks and reservoirs on the fortress.  

I think people will be wasting their time here looking for treasures, which Shivaji seems have buried after he looted Surat...lot of attempts have been futile unless somebody happens to be lucky.
Lohagad can be good trekking destination for youngsters spending the entire day for going up and down including Karla can be slippery due to steep gradient.   Even if one wants to drive they have to make sure their tyres are in perfect condition.  
If one is driving around during rainy season it can be absolute pleasure with greenery around.   It is treaure trove for bird watches and nature lovers.....many avoid to visit fortress.


R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post.

Sanchit Kulkarni said...

Hello Mr.Deguide
The blog on Lohagad was really nice. That the fortress lies so close to Mumbai, just near Lonavala was enlightening. That the Karla caves can be reached en route really made me decide that I will be travelling here soon.

SAMAR DEEP Singh said...

Nice to hear a trip for spend quality time with friends . Need to take a perfect site for trip.
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