From this point you can easily see views of fort, within few minutes you get beautiful view of Chilkhati Buruj (Bastion) with the pride of Maharashtra … Saffron colour flag hosted onto it.
Now just before you reach the Garaai temple, on the left hand side (slightly inside, Lahu Kadam can guide you) you can see a Shivlinga, looks like rest of the temple has ruined over time period
Further 5 minutes you reach a temple of Godess Garjai Temple – गारजाई मंदिर
Lahu Kadam showed us engraving on temple wall stone saying “Shree Garaai Maharajachi and Kille Ghangadachi”
As you move up gradual climb you can see ladders fitted to cross difficult rock patch
Now that you reach the most interesting spot which gives you super views and a photo studio spot … a huge rock fallen apart the cliff creating triangular shape hole in between … super geometrical creation of nature 🙂
This time Manoj and me decided to collect plastic garbage generated by fellow trekkers or picnic people all around the fort, Shahane sir and Nikalje sir also helped a lot. We could collect almost two big bags full of plastic waste from fort.
And finally fun part on the fort top … Boys having fun on trekking …
And then .. Why Should Only Boys have a Fun !!! Girls too …
Fort History as written by Shivaji Trail Group
In June 1665 Shivaji Raje and Mirza Jaysingh, the muslim (mogal) army chief, agreed on a truce, called “Truce of Purander”. Accordingly Shivaji Raje had to hand over 23 forts of his empire to the mogal addressors. Ghangad was one of the forts.
In 1670-71 Shivaji Raje ran a series of attacks against the mogals, winning back the said forts and land lost due to the truce. Ghangad was acquired again and was hend by the Marathas till the rein of Hon. Rajaram
After King Rajaram’s demise Ghangad was again taken over by the mogals. Then again during the rule of Queen Tarabai, it was brought back by Pantaji Shivdeo, a man under the directives of Shankaraji Narayan Sachiv
Around 1713 the navy chief Kanhoji Aangre hend Ghangad and handed it over to Shahu Maharak on 28 Feb 1714 as per the treaty Hon Shahu Maharaj gave the possession of Ghangad to Hon Balaji Vishwanath Peshwe
Between 1737 and 1739 the Marathas attacked northern region of Konkan, then possessed by the Portugese, which is known as “Vasai crusade”, 25 soldiers then stationed on Ghangad
In the later days of the Peshwe rule Ghangad was turned into a prison, housing political prisoners as well as social criminals
n 1779 Arjoji Rao Dhamale was the administrator (“Killedar”) of Ghangad. During these days Sakharam Hari Gupte, a dashing military chief of Raghoba Peshwe was imprisoned and died here.
August 1783 Ghangad saw many women prisoners and some important political once too. Raghoba Peshwe’s trusted aide Bhaskar NArayan, Morobadada Phadnis (cousin brother of Nana Phadnis, the brilliant administrator of the Peshwas), Jayasinghrao Gaikwad etc
During the rule of Bajirao Peshwe the second, fort Ghangad was administered by Baioji Junji
On 17 March 1818 Ghangad was taken away from the Peshwes by Lt Col Prother of the British army without any resistance
Difficulty level of Ghangad
- Difficult rock patch while climbing is being taken care by putting ladder by Shivaji Trail Group
- Caution to be taken since at fort top there is no boundary / protection
What to see !
- Godess Garjai Temple – गारजाई मंदिर
- Chilkhati Buruj (Bastion)
- Shiv linga on the way to fort
- Photo spot below the huge rock piece fallen creating triangle wedge
- Views of Telbaila, Sudhagad, Sarasgad
- Beautiful views of Mulshi lake backwaters,
- Nandand ghat, Vashnicha ghat and Bhorpaychi Nal
Place to stay/take food & water
How to reach Ghangad (~85 kms from Pune)
- Pune > Piranghut > Mulshi > Tamhini ghat > Ekole
- Amid of Tamhini ghat you will see diversion to Ghangad fort
ST Bus Route :
- Lonavala to Bhaburde village [40 kilometers]
- Bhaburde to Ekole village [walk 20-25 minutes]
- We combined this trek with Andharban trek
- Other possible combinations is Telbaila (base without rock climbing) or Korigad.
Map of Ghangad (Courtesy Shivaji Trail)
Lahu Kadam Guide Phone number 7741808547
I have added his photograph below for you. I visited his home to see if one can stay there and found to be of acceptable level of cleanliness ( his house also has toilet facility) So you can pre-order food to him
And finally the most important learning of this trek … acquaintance to the plant called as Dat Padi [Teeth Falling Plant !] Yes .. from years you must have heard stories about trekker who chewed bush plant stem and found all of his teeth fallen by morning !!! I saw that plant .. I came to know that villagers apply this plant juice to their bullock before selling so that he looks strong and stout to get high price !!! This happens due to swelling of skin !!! here is photograph of Dat Padi plant for you.