खूप दिवसांपासून मला स्वानंदीला किल्ला दाखवायला न्यायचं होतं. तिला देखील महाराष्ट्रातील गड ,किल्ले,वास्तू आणि महाराष्ट्राचा इतिहास याची ओळख व्हावी हीच अपेक्षा. या निमित्ताने कोणता किल्ला निवडावा म्हणजे तिला आवडेल आणि आपल्याला पण किल्ला चढताना त्रास होणार नाही या सारख्या अनेक प्रश्नांनी मला आणि आदिनाथला वेड लावलं होतं. पण म्हणतात ना "इच्छा तेथे मार्ग"!! आणि हो या सगळ्या प्रश्नातून मार्ग काढत आम्ही पुण्यापासून जवळलंच असलेल्या "लोहगडची" निवड केली. (सिंहगड आणि शनिरवारवाड्यापेक्षा वेगळा किल्ला म्हणून हा निवडला )
About Lohgad Fort:Lohagad Fort means Iron fort in Marathi situated at 3389 feet high, is a very widespread fort. Vinchu Kada is the famous spot of Lohagad - which is a range of hills that look like Capricorn. Pawana Dam can be viewed from the backside of Lohagad. Sinhagad fort, Tung fort, and Tikona fort can be clearly seen from the fort.Route To Lohagad Fort:Same as Visapur fort. Lohagad is 1km ahead from Visapur fort. We can reach the top of the fort by stairs.We will come across four doors while reaching the top. The first one is called 'Ganesh Darwaaja', the second one is called 'Narayan Darwaaja', the third one is called 'Hanuman Darwaaja' & fourth one is called 'Maha Darwaaja'. Out of this Hanuman Darwaaja is the most ancient of all the doors. Between Narayan & Hanuman Darwaaja there are two godowns which were used for storage purpose as a granary. After entering the Maha Darwaaja we come across an old 'Dargah'. Besides the Dargah, there are remnants of the court. Towards right we come across 'Laxmi Kothi' which has many rooms. The treasury of Nana Phadnis was kept here. In front of this place are two cannons. To the western side of the fort is Vinchu Kata. It is 1500 meter long & 30 meters wide part of the mountain, separated from the main part. Viewing from the fort this area looks like scorpion’s sting and hence it is called Vinchu Kata. As named, this portion was to keep a watch on the surrounding region, and any activity of the enemy in its vicinity could be tackled.Some Pics on Lohgad Fort:
Enchanted by the beautiful views as you reach the foot of the fort ? The fort offers another dimension to the luscious scenery for tourists.I must say trekkers must come to this fort for an amazing experience which not only tests your endurance and strength but also the desire to witness the spectacular view.Lohgad fort is a strong fort with well maintained staircase .The climb and difficulty level is fairly easy for young people .For kids and people above 40 I would not recommend this trek.
Distance from Pune: 70kmStarting Point: Malawli Railway Station, Lohagadwadi VillageDifficulty Level: EasyTrek Length: 2½ hrsBest Season: All year (monsoon preferred)7. Visapur Fort Trek