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Malhargad fort

Malhargad Fort

Malhargad fort is situated in western India near Saswad, 30 km from Pune. The village of Sonori located at its base so these fort known as Sonori Fort. This fort was named about the god Malhari and was the last fort built by the Marathas in 1775. The smaller temple for Lord Khandoba and the large temple for Lord Mahadeva are two temples constructed alongside. The city of Jejuri and Parvati Hills can be seen from this top of the fort. Also visible of Sinhagad, Purander, and Vijragad.

Malhargad fort was constructed during the time 1757 to 1760. And fort was constructed by Bhivrao Yashvant and Krishnaji Madhavrao Panse, a Peshwa Sardar, who was the head in charge of Tofkhana of the Peshwas. A place, belonging to Krishnaji Madhavrao Panse, can be visible in the Sonori village even if much of it is in remains.

Height: 3,100 feet

Visiting Time: All day

Time Duration: 2 to 3 Hours

Entry Fees: No entry fees

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Vijaydurg Fort

Vijaydurg Fort

The oldest fort in Sindhudurg, Vijaydurg is an imposing sea fort that lies on the coastline that was built during the reign of Raja Bhoja II of the Shilahar genealogy (during time 1193-1205) and it is restructured by Shivaji Maharaj. Vijaydurg fort was a very important fortress of the Maratha Empire, it was used as a base to mainstay their ships. Previously the area of the fort was five acres, and the sea was surrounded on all four sides. The former trench was reclaimed year after year and a road was built over it.  At present, the area of the Vijaydurg fort is about 17 acres and the Arabian sea is surrounded by three sides.

Shivaji Maharaj extended the fort area by building three walls on the east side, all 36 meters high.  And they also built 20 bastions. Earlier, the Vijaydurg fort earned the name Gibraltar, because it was almost impossible to win. The best time place to visit this fort is when the annual World Helium Day festival takes place in August. According to legend, this is one of the two Maratha forts that Shivaji Maharaj personally flagged the saffron flag with. The Second one fort is Torna.

Height: 3,389 feet 

Visiting Time: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Time Duration: 4 Hours

Entry Fees: Rs. 5 per person

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Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort is located one of the several historical forts in the hills of the green Sahyadri mountain range. In this mountain range is two twin fortresses Manaranjan Ballekilla and Shriwardhan Ballekilla, that a wide machi surrounding the two Ballekillas. Udhewadi is a small village of just about 22 homes positioned on the machi, at the southern foot of the Manaranjan Ballekilla of Rajmachi fort. From Lonavala and Kondivde or Kondhane village in Karjat Taluka of Raigad District of these two ways approaches to Rajmachi fort.

Lonavala to Rajmachi fort distance is 15 km, and it is approximately a simple walk, even if there are a few ups and downs on this pathway. The distance on foot takes about three and a half hours. From Kondivde or Kondhane village to Rajmachi is a steep climb up. In this route climb up two and a half-hour of takes about an experienced trekker. If any Trekkers’ Groups not well-known with the Trek Route, they should take on a local Route Guide, during the dried out season after rains i.e. from Nov-May in this period a strong and robust utility vehicle like Tata Sumo, Mahindra Bolero, Qualis, etc. can be taken right up to Udhewadi. The route is by way of Phanasrai, Della adventure Resort, Patel Dam, Kune village, Khandala, Jambhali Phata.

Height: 2710 feet 

Visiting Time: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Time Duration: 4 to 5 Hours

Entry Fees: No entry fees