Lohagad fort is a formidable fort near Pune. Lohagad makes an ideal trekking destination for trekkers from Pune and Mumbai because of its accesibility, ease of the trek and lush green surroundings. Lohagad at 3400 ft is a wide spread fort. There are 4 doors to Lohagad from the nearby village Lohagadwadi. Lohagad divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna. Malawli is the nearest railway station from Lohagad.
Lohagad is amongst the easiest trek that one can undertake from Pune and Mumbai. Lohagad is one of the few forts ideal for trekking that can be reached by train. Malawli is the nearest railway station from Lohagad and 'Bhaje Gaav' is the base village from where you can start the trek to Lohagad. Lohagadwadi is the village from where the steps up the Lohagad fort starts. Distance between Malawli and Lohagadwadi can be covered in around 2-2.5 hrs.
Karla Caves - Caves near Lohagad
The Karla Caves is a complex of ancient Buddhist rock-cut shrines in Karla near Lohagad, believed to be built between the 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD and from the 5th century AD to the 10th century AD. The complex is one of the finest examples of the ancient rock-cut caves found in India. The oldest of the cave shrines is believed to date back to 160 BC.
To reach Lohagad the easiest mode of transport is train! There are a number of local trains operating between Malawali / Lonavala and Pune & Mumbai. From Malawli, 'Bhaje Gav' - the base village of Lohagad is about 6Kms from where one can start the trek to Lohagad. Lohagad is one of the most visited forts in Maharashtra. Lohagad trek is very popular especially during monsoons .
The highlight of Lohagad fort trek is the 'Vinchu kata' - fortification resembling a scorpionís tail. This structure juts out from the main section of the fort and requires an additional 15-20 mins of walking to reach the edge. The durgah is another major landmark within Lohagad which is located near the entrance to the fort - 'Mahadarwaja'. Laxmi Kothi is a large shelter near the durgah.
Lohagad - Ideal One Day Trekking Destination..
The trekking route to Lohagad is easy even when it rains and is an ideal '1st trek experiance' with picturesque scenery, lush green grass, cool mountain air, and the pleasant salubrious climate. Lohagad is an ideal one day trek because of its ease and accesibility thanks to the local trains.