Lohagad Trek is one of the most famous trek near Pune and Mumbai. Loha means iron, therefore Lohagad means iron fort. Lohagad fort is situated in the Sahyadri mountain ranges of Lonavala.
History of Lohagad fort
Lohagad fort history over a long period of time confirms that several dynasties have been here such as Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and Marathas.
The great Maratha ruler Shri Raje Chhatrapati Shivaji captured it in 1648 CE & many other Maratha and Vidarbha rulers used this citadel, making it an important part of Maharashtra’s rich history.
This is a historical citadel perched atop a hillock at an elevation of 3400 feet.
The fort can be reached from any of its four entrances, namely Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.
Exquisite sculpting can be seen on the Maha Darwaja that speaks of the art and architecture prevalent in olden times. A step well and large tank constructed during the 18th century can also be found here.
Lohagad Fort Opening & Closing Time
9 am – 6 pm. (Open all days) – Please note that as per rules enforced by Government this fort has closing time and it is closely monitored by the locals, so do not try to get on the fort during night time.
How to reach Lohagad ?
- Lohagad Directions for trek (see map below)
- Pune to Malavali railway station (railway)
- Malavali railway station to Bhaje (Walk or Rikshaw)
- Bhaje to Lohagad (walk)
- Pune to Bhaje = 60 kms
Entry doors to Lohagad
- Ganesh darwaja
- Narayan Darwaja
- Hanuman Darwaja
- Maha Darwaja
Things to see at the Lohagad Fort –
- Laxmi Kothi
- Shiva temple
- Octagonal water storage
- hexakaidecagon (16 edges) water storage
- Vinchu Kata
This was the first trek I organized on my own, that too to take our foreign guests with me ! also my project team was with me and most of them having their first trek experience in life !! so BIG responsibility.Successful :-)The enthusiasm of all members was awesome ! I was bit skeptical about our guests since they are not used to walk so long distance in different environment.
But it was a great success and all are back to work ENERGIZED 🙂
so see remaining photos on flickr in couple of days !
and do not forget to check for the list of things to carry for trek