Pune is surrounded with many monsoon destinations. One of them is Visapur!! Actually it is a duo of forts.. Lohgad and Visapur. No doubt Lohgad is beautiful because of its architectural look and strongly built walls, steps and bastions. But my favourite is Visapur Fort.. It’s less crowded and comparatively more adventurous to climb. A long wall along the sides of the fort is very attractive. Both the forts have remnants of the old structures. Lohgad is also famous for its water cisterns having colourful small fishes.
If time permits, one can also cover Bhaje caves which are situated just near the base village. You will also find waterfalls enroute to the forts. The journey from base village till base of the fort is also scenic.
Trek grade is easy. The stairs and path to the top of the forts get slippery during the monsoons, so one needs to take care while climbing. Still it holds the title of the best place for first time trekkers and kids to enjoy monsoon and develop love for trekking!!
Nearest village is Malawali which can be reached by road or train (Pune – Lonawala local train). The base village is around 4 kilometers from Malawali. Parking places available near the base village. If travelling by local train, be prepared for the rush at the station.
Food is available easily at the base village as well as at the base of the fort. It’s better to carry water and some dry food along with you so that you can enjoy wandering in this region.