Ghangad Fort

Ghangad fort comes under the 30 km from Lonavla-Khandala and 100 km from Pune in the state of Maharashtra, India. At this fort, the Tamhini Ghat can be accessed by road or the Lonavla route. From the base of the fort, the nearest town is Lonavla, which is 30 km from Ekole. Shivaji Trail Group has renovated the fort with the help of local villagers. The trekking route starts from the hill south of  Ekole village. The route is very safe and wide, and the trekking route has a dense jungle. It takes half an hour to reach the entrance to the fort and it takes about an hour to visit all the places on the fort. The night stay at the fort can be done on the flat road leading to the castle near the entrance or the temple of Garajidevi. The villagers in Ekole make arrangements for a night stay and decent food. The fort was used to keep prisoners and keep track of the merchant route from Pune to Konkan.

Ghangad fort was under the Maratha Empire till 1818. The fort surrendered to the British troops on 17 March 1818 following the fall of Korigad. There are two gates to the fort and missing arch at the main entrance. The villagers have laid an iron ladder for climbing to the Balekilla of the fort. There are remnants of some dilapidated buildings on the Balekilla. At the summit of Balekilla, there is a scenic view of TailBaila, Korigad, Mulshi Dam and Sudhagad fort. On the way to the second gate is a rock cutwater. This fort is at least 300 years old and was renovation work took place in 2011-12. There is plenty of water available for drinking purposes.

Height: 3,000 feet 

Visiting Time: 24 Hours

Time Duration: 1 to 2 Hours

Entry Fees: No entry fees

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