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Ghoradeshwar Hills | Best hills to visit in Pune | Ghoradeshwar Temple in Pune | Buddhist Caves |

February 26, 2022

 This place in talegaon (Ghoradeshwar temple ) is well known for it's caves and the shiva temple which is located on the hills with a vibrant scenery and peaceful place where you and your family/friends can enjoy the movement here. This Ghoradeshwar temple is 30 Km from Pune and 119 Km from Mumbai. People who willing to start trekking as start from this or dighi hills instead. I'll make video on this later. 

                   Ghoradeshwar Temple/ Ghoradeshwar Hills is very beautiful place to visit. Ghoradeshwar temple is also called ghorawadi caves (shelarwadi caves) and ghorawadi temple . This temple in Pune were carved out of a single rock formation around the 3rd and 4th century CE.

There are nine rooms for meditation adjoining the chaityagriha. 

Photos: Ghoravadeshwar घोरावडेश्वर


Jejuri Khandoba, jejuri Gad, Khandoba Temple, jejuri Temple Tour, Documentary, Information

February 22, 2022

 Tour to Jejuri Gad, Khandoba Temple, Pune, Maharashtra. 

How to reach Jejuri Gad, Khandoba temple : 

Jejuri is around 48 Km from Pune. Easily accessible by road from Pune. 

It takes around 45 mins to 1 hr to reach to the temple, and you have to climb around 385 stairs. 

Jejuri Temple is more popular among Newly married Maharashtrian couples, It is a kuldaivat for many Maharashtrian families.

Jejuri (Marathi pronunciation: [d͡ʒed͡zuɾiː]) is a city and a municipal council in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The town has an important mandir of the Hindu Lord Khandoba, the Khandoba Mandir, which is situated on a hill in this town. It is one of the most visited tirtha (holy places) in Maharashtra.

Khandoba is a clan god for many Maharashtrian castes and communities, beloved as a god who grants wishes. His wives Mhalsa and Banai represent their caste groups, the Lingayat Vanya of Karnataka and the nomadic shepherds, the Dhangar tribe.

Jejuri has lime deposits. The historic Shaniwar Wada fort, the central seat of Peshawa of Maratha Empire at Pune was completed in 1732 by the Bajirao I, at a total cost of Rs. 16,110, With lime mined from the lime-belts of Jejuri.

In 1739 Chimaji Appa, a general of the Maratha Empire and brother of Peshwa Bajirao, defeated the Portuguese in the Battle of Vasai. After the war, Chimaji Appa and his Maratha soldiers took 38 church bells from there as memorabilia and installed them in 34 Hindu mandirs of Maharashtra. They installed one of these bells in Khandoba's mandir, where it still is.

Khandoba temple

Naik Hari Makaji And Tatya Makaji

The Koli brothers Naik Hari Makati and Naik Tatya Makaji were revolutionaries from Maharashtra who revolted against the British Hukumat. With Naik Rama Krishna of Kalambai, they raised an army of Ramoshis from Satara and revolted. In 1879 their Ramoshi army raided Poona fifteen times, then Satara many times after that. In February 1879, Naik Hari Makaji attacked a portion of Bhimthadi[clarification needed] in Baramati. On the eighth raid into Baramati, Naik Hari Makaji was attacked by British police, but escaped, fighting hand to hand with two British policemen. He wounded them but two Ramoshis were captured. At the beginning of March, Hari Makaji again rose and revolted and raided in Indapur and raided, but was captured in Solapur in mid-March. After this, Tatya Makaji led his revolution until the end of the year, raiding villages on the Purandar and Sinhagad ranges.

On 17 October, Koli Naik Tatya Makaji and some of his followers killed a Ramoshi who was an informer for British Major Wise. After that Tatya Makaji Naik brought to justice


Bhimashankar : The sixth Shiva Temple in Baraa Jyotirlingas

January 10, 2020

The land of Lord Shiva, Bhimashankar does not only hold religious values but is also a good spot for a weekend getaway. Situated amidst the Sahyadri Hills and in the thick rainforest, the place is at an altitude of 3000 feet (approx.) which makes it a perfect hill station for you to relax.

About the place

Bhimashankar, as stated earlier is the land of Lord Shiva. The Bhimashankar Temple is one among the twelve shrines and is of course one of the oldest and the most worshipped places by the Hindus. In case you would want to visit the temple in the Hindu Shravan month, the suggestion is to be a bit early as by 10 or 11, it gets really crowded, crowded to this extent that you might have to park your vehicle 5-6 km ahead and walk up to the temple. Apart from this period the temple does not witness much crowd. Once in the periphery of the temple, you will come across a lot of food outlets. The temple has a lot of stairs to go down so as to reach the dome where magnificent Lord Shiva resides, silver plated.

The place also because of its diverse flora n fauna is regarded and declared as a wildlife sanctuary so it would be a good spot for a nature sucker.


The not so good time to visit this place is in the month of March-May. By the second week of June this place witnesses regular showers and which leads to quite a number of beautiful waterfalls, so the drive up till the hill is worthwhile. One problem that the travellers may face is the frequent landslides during the months of June-September which may lead to change of routes to reach the place. Also, the best time to go here is not only during the showers but also on the onset of winters i.e. from October to February when the weather would a bit chilly and foggy.

How to reach Bhimashankar/Stay

Bhimashankar is approximately 110 km away from Pune and at a distance of 225 km from Mumbai. Therefore, the best option to be here is to drive down with your own or hired vehicle which will let you witness the beauty at ease and on your own terms. The early morning i.e. the time of 6-9 can give you some eye candy views. So I would suggest you to drive a bit early to witness the sunrise and the fog in the hills.

In case you like to trek or are trekking for the first time the suitable time to go would be during the winters as the monsoons make the slopes slippery and hard to climb. However, experienced trekkers will find trekking in monsoon quite pleasing because of its challenging nature and the chill weather.

In case you plan to stay in for the weekend, you will have to make an online booking with sites like Make My Trip or Trivago and so as to avoid the dynamic fare issue, make it a week prior.

Credit: Jahanvi Joshi


TORNA Fort Trek. ( किल्ले तोरणा )प्रचंडगड

January 04, 2021

 Torna Fort, also known as Prachandagad, is a large fort located in Pune district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is historically significant because it was the first fort captured by Shivaji in 1646, at the age of 16. The hill has an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort).

This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. A Menghai Devi temple, also referred to as the Tornaji temple, is situated near the entrance of the fort.

In 1646, Shivaji captured this fort at the age of sixteen, thus making it one of the first forts that would become one of the forts of the Maratha empire. Shivaji renamed the fort ' 'Prachandagad' ' as Torna, and constructed several monuments and towers within it[2].

In the 18th century, the Mughal empire briefly gained control of this fort after assassination of Shivaji's son Sambhaji. Aurangzeb, the then Mughal emperor, renamed this fort Futulgaib in recognition of the difficult defense the Mughals had to overcome to capture this fort. It was restored to the Maratha confederacy by the Treaty of Purandar.

The fort is about 50 km via Pabe ghat southwest of Pune in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri mountain ranges at the base village Velhe. One can go from Pune via Satara road and take right at Nasarapur village. This distance is near about 65km. It is the highest fort in Pune district.


Tailbaila Trek, Mulshi, Pune, Maharashtra

January 17, 2021

 Tailbaila is also known as Telbaila or Telbail is a village and also a watch tower or so called fort nearby. It is a dyke structure consisting of twin walls separated by a V cut and temple. Perfect place for steep free rock climbing activities. Road conditions bad from Saltar Pass or Bayaji Khind.

One can also go to Savashini Ghat to Sudhagad and Waghjai Ghat to Thanala Caves

Easy trek till the temple but rock climbing will require ropes for safety. Contact some professional groups to climb. 

Tail Baila is a village in Mulshi taluka[1] of Pune District in the state of Maharashtra, India.Talukas surrounding the village are Karjat taluka, Talegaon Dabhade Taluka, Mawal taluka and by Khalapur taluka. Districts closest to the village are Raigad district, Thane district, Mumbai City district and Mumbai Suburban district. Nearest railway stations around the village are Vadgaon railway station, Begdewadi railway station, Lonavala railway station, Talegaon railway station and Kamshet railway station.


Bhramhgiri Trek | ब्रह्मगिरी पर्वत | गोदावरी नदीचे उगमस्थान आणि इतिहासची साक्ष देत उभा असलेला दुर्ग.

March 11, 2022

 Bhramhgiri,  Bhramhgiri Trek, Trimbakgad, Nashik, Fort, Durg Bhandar, Godavari,  त्र्यंबकगड किल्ला

Brahmagiri is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is situated in Nashik District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is located near this place. The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak. It flows for 1,465 kilometres (910 mi), first eastwards across the Deccan Plateau then turns southeast, entering the West Godavari district and East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, until it splits into two watercourses that widen into a large river delta and flow into the Bay of Bengal.

Brahmagiri (1298 meters) is to the west of trimbakeshwar and this fort offers a commanding view of the Jawhar Mokhada region of Thane district. Trimbakeshwar itself is a place of worship because it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.

From Trimbakeshwar, through regular steps, Ganga dwar is reached and the Gorakshanath cave which is end of Trimbakeshwar. Now again while climbing down, there is a road going towards Brahmagiri towards right. Following this route one reaches the carved steps in the rocks. The steps are very good even in the recent times. They were blown off by Britishers in 1818 but later on, they were rebuilt somewhere before India gained independence. From the base village, Brahmagiri is around 450 to 500 meters elevated

From base village, it takes 45 minutes to see Ganga dwar, the Gorakshanath caves and 108 Swayambhu Mahadev caves and in the halfway while descending, the road towards Brahmagiri takes you till the top in around 45 minutes and almost 2 hours to see the fort completely. There are 2 temples on this fort the place which is believed to be the origin point of Godavari river. From here, the river flows till Ganga dwar and then towards Kushavart teerth in Trimbakeshwar village.

One can reach this place by an ascent of about 750 steps made on concrete. There is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The river appears here as coming out from the mouth of Nandi. Kolambika Devi temple and a group of 108 shivalings are seen nearby.


Trip To Velas Turtle Beach Festival,Bankot Fort, Harihareshwar Public · Hosted by The Great Escapers

March 19, 2019
Dates:- 22nd-24th March
Departure time:  9:00 pm on 22nd March
Arrival time: 10:00 pm on 24th March
Pick up point: Pavilion Mall, Next to Hotel JW Marriott, SB Road, Pune.

About Velas:

Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district is around 200 km from pune famous as an Olive Ridley turtle hatching site in west coast of India.

At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs. Turtle lay down eggs in the month of November-December and little soul comes out in the month of feb-march each year.

Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtle. To protect and conserve these turtles, the Marine Conservation Society hosts this turtle festival at Velas every year to spread awareness and promote eco-tourism.

Places to visit on fort:

1) Velas Beach
2) Bankot Fort
3) Harihareshwar Temple


Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district (Around 200 km from Pune)

Day 1 - Friday

=> Depart from Pune at 9:30PM sharp for Velas Beach.

Day 2 - Saturday

05:00 am - Reach Velas
06:00 am - Freshen up & Get ready for the first visit.
06:30 am - Introduction round & Witness the hatching
08:00 am - Come back to the village for breakfast
10:00 am - Head towards Bankot fort
11:00 am - Reach Bankot fort & Explore
12:30 pm - Depart from Bankot fort
01:30 pm - Have lunch
04:00 pm - Visit the Beach for Turtle hatching & Sunset
07:30 pm - Play fun games
08:30 pm - Dinner
10:00 pm - Hit your bed & retire for the day

Day 3-Sunday06:00 am - Wake up Call
06:30 am - Leave for Velas beach for the last sighting
08:00 am - Come back to village & Have breakfast
10:00 am - Leave for Harihareshwar beach
11:30 am - Visit temple and spend some time at the beach
12:30 pm - Lunch
02:30 pm - Head back to Pune

You may expect to reach Pune by 10:30PM

Cost per person:-2200/-

Group discounts available

Inclusions :-

1) Dormitory Accommodation (Home Stay)
2) Private non ac bus transport
3) Meal:-
- 2 Breakfast
- 2 Lunch
- 1 Dinner
4) Tolls, Taxes & Parking Charges
5) Entry fees
6) First-Aid kit
7) An experienced and well-informed guide.

Exclusions :-

1) Any personal expenses (For E.g.: soft drinks etc.)
2) Camera charges at chargeable areas.
3) Anything which is not mentioned above in the list of inclusions.
4) Dinner on Friday and Sunday is not included in cost.

Things To Carry:-

1) Id cards (Valid Govt. IDs are mandatory)
2) Minimum 2 ltrs of water
3) Camera (Optional)
4) Snacks
5) Extra Pair of Clothes
6) Cap, Sunglasses
7) Sun Screen (Optional)
7) Please carry your personal medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

Contact details :-

Mitasha :- 9689948959
Lovelesh :- 8928911147
Anurag :- 8698650010

Mode of Payment :-
You can pay through Google Pay or PayTm on 8698650010/ 9689948959 

Hadsar Fort | Hadsar | अजस्र असा हडसर किल्ला आणि गजांच्या वाटेचा थरार

January 05, 2021

 Hadsar fort is among the many forts in Junnar region of Pune district which were meant for protection of the ancient commercial trade route from Mawal region to Kalyan via Naneghat. There is a marvelous sculpture design of the bastion and the fort entrance, which is not seen elsewhere. They are all carved from a single rock.

It is believed that this fort was built in the Satavahana Era. This fort was mentioned in the Treaty of Purandar between King Shivaji and Moghuls. This fort was captured by British in 1818.

The uniqueness of this fort is in the construction of the entrance gate. The entrance gate, rooms for sentries, water cisterns, steps to the fort are all chiselled from single rock. There is temple of Mahdev at the top of the fort. There are stone cut idols of Ganesh, Garud and Hanuman in the temple. There is a big lake on the fort.

The Hadsar fort is near the Village Hadsar. Hadsar village is located 13  km North-West of Junnar. From the village, there are two paths to reach the fort top. The easiest way is from the southern side, which passes through the main gate. the other way is from the northern side of the Fort. There is a rock path of 20feet high to climb. There are rock-cut holds and thrust to rely upon, but is a very difficult yet thrilling experience. The help of experts with climbing apparatus and ropes should be taken while climbing. A night halt can be made in the Mahadev village. The route to the village Hadsar is shared in the link.

टीप : हडसर किल्ला - खुंटीची वाट खतरणाक असल्यामुळे योग्य ती सुरशतेची साधण घेऊनच हा ट्रेक करावा उदाहरण : दोरखंड , हारणेस आणि मुख्य मह्णजे योग्य तज्ञ गिर्यारोहणाच्या मार्गदर्शन सोबत करावा हि विनंती  🙏🙏🙏

(Note :  Hadsar Fort -  While Climbing this route use proper safety while climbing like use Rope , Harness  even in presence of proper expert Mountaineer or in his Guidance.🙏🙏🙏)

किल्ल्यावर जाण्याचे दोन मार्ग आहेत. यापैकी एक वाट राजदरवाज्याची असून, दुसरी वाट गावकर्‍यांनी त्र्‍यांच्या सोयीसाठी दगडात पायर्‍या कोरून बांधून काढलेली आहे. कोणत्याही वाटेने गडावर पोहचण्यासाठी हडसर या गावी यावे लागते.

इतिहास -    

हडसर किल्ल्याचे दुसरे नाव म्हणजे पर्वतगड. सातवाहनकालात या गडाची निर्मिती झाली असून, 

नाणेघाटाच्या संरक्षणासाठी बांधलेला किल्ला.

हडसर किल्ल्याचा उल्लेख शिवकाळात फारसा आढळत नाही

सभासद बखरीत फक्त नावाचा उल्लेख आहे. हडसर उर्फ पर्वतगड म्हणून. 

हडसरचे पर्वतगड नामकरण शिवकाळातच - शिवाजी महाराजांनी केल्याचे म्हणतात. कारण सभासद बखरीत पर्वतगड उल्लेख येतो म्हणून

शिवाय हडसर किल्ल्याचा महत्त्वाचा उल्लेख आढळतो 'पर्णालपर्वत ग्रहणाख्यान' या समकालिन संस्कृत काव्यग्रंथामध्ये.

१६३७ मध्ये शहाजी राजांनी मोगलांशी केलेल्या तहामध्ये हडसर किल्ल्याचा समावेश होता, असा उल्लेख ऐतिहासिक कागदपत्रांमध्ये आढळतो. 

यानंतर १८१८ च्या सुमारास ब्रिटिशांनी जुन्नर व आसपासचे किल्ले जिंकले. हडसर किल्ल्याच्या वाटा ब्रिटिशांनी सुरुंग लावून फोडल्या.

गडाला भेट देण्यासाठी 

जुन्नर वरुन हडसर साठी बस पकडा जर खुंटीच्या वाटेने जायाचे असल्यास हडसर ला उतरा जर मुख्य राजमार्गाने जायाचे झाल्यास राजुर नं: १ किंवा पेठच्या वाडिला उतरावे


सिंहगड किल्ला !! Sinhagad fort information | Battle of Sinhagad Tanhaji । तान्हाजी

January 04, 2021

 Sinhagad is a hill fortress located at around 35 km southwest of the city of Pune, India. Some of the information available at this fort suggests that the fort could have been built 2000 years ago. The caves and the carvings in the Kaundinyeshwar temple stand as proofs for the same.

Previously known as Kondhana, the fort had been the site of many battles, most notably the Battle of Sinhagad in 1670. Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range in the Sahyadri Mountains, the fort is situated on a hill about 760 metres above ground and 1,312 metres above mean sea level.

The Sinhagad (Lion's Fort) was strategically built to provide natural protection due to its very steep slopes. The walls and bastions were constructed only at key places. There are two gates to enter the fort, the Kalyan Darwaza and Pune Darwaza which are positioned at the south east and north-east ends respectively. The fort was also strategically located at the centre of a string of other Maratha Empire forts such as Rajgad Fort, Purandar Fort and Torna Fort.

The Sinhgad Fort was initially known as "Kondhana" after the sage Kaundinya. The Kaundinyeshwar temple coupled with the caves and carvings indicates that the fort had probably been built around two thousand years ago. It was seized by Muhammad bin Tughlaq from the Koli king Nag Naik in 1328 AD.

Shahaji Bhosale, as the commander of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, was entrusted with the control of the Pune region. His son Shivaji, refused to accept the Adilshahi and initiated the task of setting up Swarajya. Shivaji gained control of Kondana in 1647 by convincing Siddi Amber, the Adilshahi Sardar who controlled the fort, that he, the son of Shahaji Bhosale, could manage the fort's defences optimally. Bapuji Mudgal Deshpande played a key role in this activity. Adil Shah jailed Siddi Amber for this treasonous act and schemed to get it back. He imprisoned Shahaji Bhosale for a concocted crime and informed Shivaji. In 1649, Adil Shah traded the fort for Shahaji's release. Shivaji recaptured it in 1656 again with the help of Bapuji Mudgal Deshpande who convinced the Fort commander by giving land in the newly created Khed Shivapur village and peacefully gained control of the fort.


Trekking Marunji Hill | Hinjewadi Pune | Amazing adventure | First Trekking Vlog | Incredible Nature

March 20, 2022

 Marunji Hills is lovely short Trekking track, located in Hinjewadi Pune. It is adventurous and very close to nature.

Marunji Hill located at the Hinjewadi phase 2, a hike of around 45 minutes to 1 hour will take you to the top of the mountain. 

Marunji Hill is a good place for trekking.

Breathtaking view can be seen from this place.

You can see whole area from single point i.e. Kasarsai Dam, Infosys Campus,Dattawadi, Nerhe, Marunji Road, Marunji Village, Phase 2 and Phase 3, and most important Xrbia Apartments, Life Republic

If you love photography then go here in rainy season.In the rainy season, the entire mountain becomes lush green, while in the winter the brownish fallen leaves provide some stunning scenes.

The sunrise and sunset view from the top are stunning. One can hike up this mountain regularly to keep himself/herself fit and that can be of great help while going for longer treks. 

There are dozens of routes from where one can ascend or descend the mountain.You can park your vehicle a few meters at the Kaali Mata Mandir which is near to Wipro Circle.  The route starts just adjacent to the Temple.We went through Xrbia Township route. 


Tikona Fort Trek | Best treking option near Lonavla |Maharashtra Fort

January 06, 2021

 Tikona also known as Vitandgad) is the dominant hill fort in Maval in western India. It is located near Kamshet around 60 km from Pune. The village nearest to the fort is called Tikona-Peth. The 3500 ft high hill is pyramidal in shape and the name Tikona means "triangular".

The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev', a water tanks (seven water tanks) and some Satvahan caves. Trek organisers also commend the views of Pawna dam and the nearby forts of Tung, Lohagad and Visapur. There is a good view of Pawana lake from the summit.

Little is known about the origins of this fort. There is a vihara on the fort datable to circa seventh-eight centuries A.D. Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty conquered the fort in 1585 and annexed it to the Nizam territory. In 1657, Shivaji Maharaj brought the whole of Konkan, which had been Nizam territory, under his control when he conquered Tikona along with the forts of Karnala, Lohgad, Mahuli, Songad, Tala, and Visapur. This fort was a strategic nexus: the centre of control for the entire Pawana Mawal region. In 1660, Dhamale family, the Deshmukhs from Maval region were charged with ensuring the security of fort Tikona.It was under the Dhamale Deshmukh family for long time. Jaysingh invaded the region in 1665 and attacked the local villages but the forts held out. Tikona fort was surrendered to the Mughal warrior Kubadkhan, who had attacked the region together with Halal Khan and others, according to the Treaty of Purandar signed on 12 June 1665. Kubad Khan took over the fort on 18 June but it was later recaptured by the Marathas. In 1682 King Sambhaji met Aurangzeb's son Akbar. After the meeting the Akbar was offered to stay on Tikona fort, however he was shifted to Jaitapur as the climate didn't suit him. A small battle was fought by Maratha army with British in 1818, before it was captured by the latter.

Basic Info: Tikona fort is a hill fort located near Kamshet [Maval region] in Maharashtra. Height from sea level is 3500 feet. Its twin fort is called Tung.

Routes: First you would have to head towards Lonavala and from Lonavala to Kamshet. Then from Kamshet the locals can guide you for the route to Gavhande Village which is also called as Tikona Peth. This is the base village for Tikona. From this point the actual trek begins.

Difficulty Level and Other useful tips: 

Difficulty level is Easy.

Ways To Reach :From the village of Tikona Peth :      The main route to the fort is from the village of Tikona Peth. To reach this village, alight at Kamshet, which is two stops ahead of Lonavala on the Mumbai- Pune rail route. From Kamshet railway station, take a bus / shared private vehicle (jeep) to Kale colony. One can also get a vehicle to reach Tikona Peth from Kale colony.

A bus at 08:30 a.m. at Kamshet bound for Paund or Morsay is convenient for reaching Tikona Peth. From Tikona Peth the fort can be reached in about 45 minutes. This straight route is quite simple and not at all tiring. After passing through the entrance door, a path leads towards left and takes us to the citadel in about 20 minutes.

From the Bedse caves :      A combined trek of Lohgad, Visapur, Bedse caves and Tikona can be done. On such a trek, Tikona can be reached from the Bedse caves.From Kevre-Bramhnoli-Tikona Peth :      A combined trek of Tung and Tikona can also be done. For that, climb down to Tungawadi after visiting fort Tung. From here reach the village of Bramhnoli with a launch available from the village of Kevre. It takes about 30 minutes' to walk from Bramhnoli to Tikona Peth.

Accommodation Facility :      Except during monsoon, about 10 to 15 persons can be accommodated in the cave.

Food Facility:      Not available, need to carry on our own.

Drinking-Water Facility:      Potable water is available throughout the year.


Ghangad Fort l किल्ले घनगड ,सह्याद्रीच्या कुशीत लपलेला हा किल्ला

January 08, 2021

 Ghangad is a fort situated near 30km from Lonavla-Khandala and 100 km from Pune in Maharashtra state, India. This fort is an important fort in the Pune district. The fort restoration is done by the Shivaji Trail group with the help of local villagers. The fort is at least 300 years old. Restoration work took place in 2011-12.

Very less information is available about the history of the fort. This fort was used for keeping prisoners and for keeping watch on the trade route from Pune to Konkan. Until 1818 this fort was under the Maratha empire. This fort was surrendered to British forces after the fall of Korigad on 17-March-1818.

The fort can be reached by road via Tamhini ghat road or via Lonavla. The nearest town is Lonavla which is 30km from the base village of the fort i.e. Ekole. There are good hotels at Lonavla, now tea and snacks are also available in small hotels on the way at Peth Shahapur. The road becomes rugged in the Saltar pass. The trekking path starts from the hillock south of the Ekole village. The route is very safe and wide. There is a dense forest on the trekking route. It takes about half an hour to reach the entrance gate of the fort. The night stay on the fort can be made on the flat ground near the entrance or GarjaiDevi temple on the way to Fort. This fort is approachable in all seasons. The villagers from the Ekole make night stay and food arrangements at reasonable rates.

There are two gates on the fort. The main entrance gate has the arch missing. The villagers have placed an iron ladder to climb to the Balekilla of the fort. There is a rock cut water cistern on the way to the second gate. The water is available round the year for drinking purpose. It takes about an hour to visit all places on the fort. There are remains of few dilapidated building on the Balekilla. The top of the bale killa gives a scenic view of the TailBaila, Korigad, Mulshi dam and Sudhagad fort



April 08, 2019
About Velas:

Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district is around 200 km from pune famous as an Olive Ridley turtle hatching site in west coast of India.

At Velas, turtle conservation movement is undertaken by the villagers. An NGO named Sahyadri Nisargmitra and the villagers committee has taken the initiative to conserve olive ridley turtles by providing protection to their eggs. Turtle lay down eggs in the month of November-December and little soul comes out in the month of feb-march each year.

Velas Turtle Festival is not just about little turtles hatching season and the beautiful beaches, there something more to it. Olive Ridley Turtles are one of the more endangered species of turtle. To protect and conserve these turtles, the Marine Conservation Society hosts this turtle festival at Velas every year to spread awareness and promote eco-tourism.

Places to visit on fort:

1) Velas Beach
2) Bankot Fort
3) Harihareshwar Temple


Velas beach, a village in Ratnagiri district (Around 200 km from Pune)


Dhak Bahiri Trek | The Most Dangerous And Thrilling trek in Sahyadri | Maharashtra | GoPro India |

May 06, 2020
Dhak bahiri trek is a very exciting trek in the #Sahyadri mountain range. This fort and Bahiri caves are popular among adventure lovers due to its challenging yet thrilling trek route.

The pair of Dhak fort and Bahiri caves is situated in the Karjat region of Raigad district in #Maharashtra. Both places are situated on the same mountain near Karjat city. The name Dhak Bahiri is derived from the name of fort Dhak and Bahiri Caves (which means Bhairavnath). Dhak bahiri trek is one of the most difficult treks in Maharashtra. It is counted among the difficult treks like Alang-Madan-Kulang, Lingana, Vazir Pinnacle, Harishchandragad etc. The fort stands a height of 2700 feet & offers quite challenging but exciting trek.

There are 3 different routes to reach Bahiri caves. It takes around 3 hours to reach the top from all routes. Trek route involves dense forest, steep approach, rocky terrain and rock climbing so it is not advisable for first-timers.
You can get a spectacular view of the surrounding mountain range from caves. While doing Dhak bahiri trek, one can observe various peaks in Sahyadri Mountain Range like Karnala, Manikgad, Duke’s Nose, Bhimashankar and 2 peaks of Rajmachi Fort: Shriwardhan & Manranjan..
Dhak Bahiri Caves:
At the end of Dhak bahiri trek route, there are 2 big caves of Lord Bhairavnath. Local people consider these caves as a place of holy pilgrimage. Bahiri caves lie in the center of the mountain while proceeding towards the Dhak fort. There is a temple of Lord Bahiri(Bhairavnath) inside caves. Many local people sacrifice animals like goat, sheep, and hen to this deity as a part of their belief.

Dhak bahiri trek will certainly give you some extremely thrilling moments to cherish for the lifetime! If you are an adventure enthusiast then this place is waiting for you.


Shivneri Fort Junnar | शिवनेरी किल्ला | शिवरायांचे जन्मस्थान

January 04, 2021

 Shivneri Fort is a 17th-century military fortification located near Junnar in Pune district in Maharashtra, India. It is the birthplace of Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire.

Shivneri is known to be a place of Buddhist dominion from the 1st century AD. Its caves, rock-cut architecture and water system indicate the presence of habitation since 1st century AD. Shivneri got its name as it was under the possession of the Yadavas of Devagiri. This fort was mainly used to guard the old trading route from Desh to the port city of Kalyan. The place passed on to the Bahmani Sultanate after the weakening of Delhi Sultanate during the 15th century and it then passed on to the Ahmadnagar Sultanate in the 16th century. In 1595, a Maratha chief named Maloji Bhonsle, the grandfather of Shivaji Bhosale, was enabled by the Ahmadnagar Sultan, Bahadur Nizam Shah and he gave him Shivneri and Chakan. Shivaji was born at the fort on 19 February 1630 (some accounts place it 1627), and spent his childhood there. Inside the fort is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi, after whom Shivaji was named. The English traveller Fraze visited the fort in 1673 and found it invincible. According to his accounts the fort was well-stocked to feed thousand families for seven years. The fort came under the control of the British Rule in 1820 after the Third Anglo-Maratha War.

Shivneri Fort is a 17th-century military fortification located near Junnar in Pune district in Maharashtra, India. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire.

How To Reach:

The nearest town Junnar is a taluka place and is well connected by road. Junnar is about 90 km from Pune. The fort is at about 2-3 km from the junnar town. It is easy to reach the fort top via main entrance, however the trekkers with proper climbing equipment can try the chain route which is located on the western scarp of the fort. From the top of the fort, Narayangad, Hadsar, Chavand and Nimgiri forts can easily be seen.

Korigad Fort | Lonavala

January 04, 2021

 Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a hill fort located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level.[1] The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort's southern and eastern foothills. The closest village is Peth Shahpur, about 1 km (0.62 mi) north of the fort.

This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by the Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On 11 March 1818, Colonel Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannonball he succeeded and this fort went to the British.

To reach Korigad you should have your own vehicle as there are very few transportation options available from Lonavla. Take the Aamby Valley road from Lonavla, keep driving till Peth Shahpur village. Parking is provided near the bus stop on the road. A 5-foot wide earthen road leads to the foot steps of the Korigad fort. It is an easy climb up to the fort. You can also hire cabs from Lonavala. The Aamby Valley buses from Lonavala bus station are also available. This fort can be visited in any time of the year. Even a night trek during summer gives nice experience. There are lot of camping sites on the fort. There are three temples on the fort which provide ample cover. The Korai Devi temple can accommodate 25 persons.


Kenjalgad Fort Trek | Hidden Fort Near Pune

January 07, 2021

 Kenjalgad Fort (also called Ghera Khelanja Fort) in Wai, Maharashtra is a fort eleven miles (18 km) north-west of Wai. It is located on the Mandhardev spur of the Mahadev hill range. The fort is visible from quite a long distance as a stone scarp 30–40 feet high rising as a cap on the irregular hill. The fort is rhomboid in shape with 388m long axis and 175m short axis.

This fort is said to have been built by Bhoj Rajas of Panhala who flourished in the 12th century. This fort was won by Adilshah of Bijapur in 1648.Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had captured all the forts in Wai and Bhor region but, he was not able to win this fort till 1674. He captured this fort as an amazing movement while he was on a military campaign at Chiplun. He along with soldiers marched to the Kenjalgad and captured the fort by surprise. The garrison head Gangaji Vishwasrao Kirdat was killed in the ambush and the fort was captured on 24 April 1674. This fort was captured by Aurangzeb in 1701. In the subsequent year i.e. 1702 this fort was captured by Maratha Army. After the fall of Peshwa this fort was captured by British under the detachment sent by Gen. Pritzler on 26 March 1818.

The fort can be reached by road from Wai 25 km (16 mi)or from Bhor 17 km (11 mi). There are mainly two trek routes to the fort. The path starting from the col joining Raireshwar plateau and the Kenjalgad takes about an hour to reach the fort. The nearest route starts from the base village-Ghera Kenjal. It takes about half an hour to reach the top of the fort. The trek path passes through forest area and reaches the southern tip of the hill. This is followed by walking along the eastern side of the scarp. Finally, there are 55 odd nicely carved, rock-cut steps on the eastern side of the fort which lead to the top of the fort. The fort is accessible in all seasons of the year, however in the rainy season, the fort is covered with monsoon clouds. This leads to poor visibility and stormy winds. There is no water available on the trek route or the fort. A night halt can be done in the temple at the base village.

The fort is very small size plateau. The main entrance was ruined while the fort was dismantled by the British. There is a small magazine room, with no roof. The Kacheri or Sadar is in ruined form. The idols of Kenjai devi are also seen on the fort. There are two lime mixers with mortar stone in good condition. There were three large and six small water tanks on the fort. After the fort was captured by the British, they blow up the walls of the tanks and let the water drain out of the tanks.[1].There are no live spring on the fort.

Kenjalgad Fort (also called Ghera Khelanja Fort) in Wai, Maharashtra is a fort eleven miles (18 km) north-west of Wai. It is located on the Mandhardev spur of the Mahadev hill range.


Naneghat | Nane ghat | नाणेघाट प्राचीन व्यापारी मार्ग

January 06, 2021

 Naneghat, also referred to as Nanaghat or Nana Ghat (IAST: Nānāghaṭ), is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range between the Konkan coast and the ancient town of Junnar in the Deccan plateau. The pass is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of Pune and about 165 kilometres (103 mi) east from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It was a part of an ancient trading route, and is famous for a major cave with Middle Indic inscriptions in Brahmi script. These inscriptions have been dated between the 2nd and the 1st century BCE, and attributed to the Satavahana dynasty era. The inscriptions are notable for linking the Vedic and Vaishnavism deities, mentioning some Vedic srauta rituals and of names that provide historical information about the ancient Satavahanas. The inscriptions present the world's oldest numeration symbols for "2, 4, 6, 7, and 9" that resemble modern era numerals, more closely those found in modern Nagari and Hindu-Arabic script.

Nanaghat pass stretches over the Western Ghats, through an ancient stone laid hiking trail to the Nanaghat plateau. The pass was the fastest key passage that linked the Indian west coast seaports of Sopara, Kalyan and Thana with economic centers and human settlements in Nasik, Paithan, Ter and others, according to Archaeological Survey of India.[9] Near the top is large, ancient manmade cave. On the cave's back wall are a series of inscriptions, some long and others short. The high point and cave is reachable by road via Highways 60 or 61. The cave archaeological site is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) north of Pune and about 165 kilometres (103 mi) east from Mumbai. The Naneghat Cave is near other important ancient sites. It is, for example, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from the Lenyadri Group of Theravada Buddhist Caves and some 200 mounds that have been excavated near Junnar, mostly from the 3rd-century BCE and 3rd-century CE period.

During the reign of the Satavahana (c. 200 BCE – 190 CE), the Naneghat pass was one of the trade routes. It connected the Konkan coast communities with Deccan high plateau through Junnar. Literally, the name nane means "coin" and ghat means "pass". The name is given because this path was used as a tollbooth to collect toll from traders crossing the hills. According to Charles Allen, there is a carved stone that from distance looks like a stupa, but is actually a two-piece carved stone container by the roadside to collect tolls.

The scholarship on the Naneghat Cave inscription began after William Sykes found them while hiking during the summer of 1828. Neither an archaeologist nor epigraphist, his training was as a statistician and he presumed that it was a Buddhist cave temple. He visited the site several times and made eye-copy (hand drawings) of the script panel he saw on the left and the right side of the wall. He then read a paper to the Bombay Literary Society in 1833 under the title, Inscriptions of the Boodh caves near Joonur, later co-published with John Malcolm in 1837. Sykes believed that the cave's "Boodh" (Buddhist) inscription showed signs of damage both from the weather elements as well as someone crudely incising to desecrate it. He also thought that the inscription was not created by a skilled artisan, but someone who was in a hurry or not careful. Sykes also noted that he saw stone seats carved along the walls all around the cave, likely because the cave was meant as a rest stop or shelter for those traveling across the Western Ghats through the Naneghat pass.

नाणेघाट  - व्यापारासाठी सोयीचे व्हावे यासाठीच देश व कोकणाला जोडत हा घाट खोदण्यात आला.  नाणेघाट हा भारताच्या महाराष्ट्र राज्यातील एक प्राचीन व्यापारी घाट मार्ग आहे. हा मार्ग पुर्वीचे जीर्णनगर(जुन्नर) व कोकणातील भाग यांना जोडतो. हा घाटमार्ग सातवाहन कालीन आहे.. इसवी सन पूर्व पहिल्या शतकात हे खोदकाम झाले. 


मौर्य राजा नंतर सत्तेत आलेल्या सातवाहन राजांनी हा घाट खोदला. या घाटात सातवाहनांनी एक लेणे तयार करत त्यामध्ये त्यांच्या कुलाची गाथाही कोरून ठेवलेली आढळते. येथे असलेल्या लेखात सातवाहन सम्राज्ञी नागणिके विषयी माहिती मिळते. या लेखांमध्ये महाराष्ट्राच्या आद्य राज्यकुल, त्यांचा पराक्रम, दानधर्माबद्दल माहिती आहे. इसवी सन पूर्व पहिल्या शतकात भारताच्या मोठया भूप्रदेशावर राज्य करणारा सातवाहन हे पहिले राजे. हा राजवंश सुमारेचार शतके सलगतेने राज्य करत होता.. प्रतिष्ठान (पैठण), जीर्णनगर (जुन्नर), तगर (तेर), नेवासे, नाशिक अशी भरभराटीला आलेली शहरे या राजवटीत उदयास आली. अशा या सातवाहनांच्या राज्यात प्रवेश करण्यासाठी ‘नाणेघाट’ हा प्रमुख मार्ग होता. 

येथील एका लेखात सातवाहनांच्या पराक्रमाशिवाय त्यांनी इथे केलेले यज्ञ, दानधर्माचे उल्लेख आहेत. सातवाहन राजांनी दोनदा अश्वमेध यज्ञ केला असे दिसून येते. याशिवाय वाजपेय यज्ञ, राजसूय यज्ञ असे तब्बल २२ यज्ञ इथे पार पडल्याची माहिती हे लेख देतात. हजारो गाई, शेकडो हत्ती, घोडे, खेडी, धान्य, वस्त्र-अलंकार आणि तत्कालीन सातवाहनांची कार्षांपण या नाण्यांचा मोठा दानधर्म केल्याचाही यात उल्लेख येतो.