Location : Near Pune | Category : Trekkers Favorite | Distance from Pune : 60 KMs
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Best Season: Monsoon
This has got be the “Monsoon Trekker’s” favorite destination. Lohagad fort situated just 52 kms from Pune and is at an elevation of 1052 meters. It is a fort that is extremely easy to climb. This fort is the perfect destination for those who want to experience the natural beauty of the Sahyadris yet are not keen on going in for hardcore trekking.
 
The best part about Lohagad is that can be reached not only by a motorable road via the Mumbai - Pune highway but also by a local train. Take a local train fro Pune to Malavli station. The fort is situated at a distance of  about 8kms from the station and takes two to two and a half hours to cover by foot. On the way to the fort you can take a diversion and visit ‘Bhaje Caves’. These are a group of caves that are a popular attraction amongst trekkers. The village of Lohagadwadi is at the base of the fort. Though there are no shops on the fort, shops selling snacks, tea, coffee etc can be found in this village. 
 
The way to the top of the fort is via stone steps that are approximately 500 in number. The climb is easy and takes about an hour to complete. The view en route and on the top is spectacular. The nearby Visapur fort can be seen from here. The Monsoons especially turn this place into a nature lovers paradise. The whole fort turns a shade of bright green with waterfalls and streams at every nook and corner. The constant fog and mist add to the beauty.
 
There are several historic structures on Lohagad including the stone steps that are still intact and worth observing when on a trip here. These also include four large gates that are at various intervals on the fort. You will also find big tanks and step wells built during the Peshwa period. On the west side is a narrow wall like fortified spur known as “Vinchukata”. This portion of the fort derives this name because of its peculiar shape which resembles a scorpion’s tail. A further walk down this portion is a thrilling experience.
 
The best time to visit Lohagad is during the rainy season. But this fort makes for a good climb all around the year. It is a destination that is easily accessible yet free from the crowd and commercialized environment one often experiences in popular places like Sinhagad.
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By Sourabh Das
03 Oct 2015

We could not reach at the top,as the approaching road was too ...too..bad for 4 Wheeler...Even we found 2 vehicle tried and failed with one car Engine ceased and other Front Tyre punctured. I think if you have a SUV then go other wise treck for 5 KMs. Thats What our personal opinion. From Lonavala up to that point from where we returned is also too too bad.

By Prathamesh Mulik
03 Jul 2014

hi, Seriously Lohagad is a lovely place for treck in monsoon. also you can visit my Blog.. http://prathams-softclick.blogspot.in/

By Anjali K
02 Jan 2014

Lohgad for is a very beautiful fort. The climb is not at all tiring and easily achievable by small children or those not used to trekking.

By Apurva Bhilare
02 Jan 2014

We go for a college trip to Lohgad every year. The first years enjoy it as its usually their first college outing. The seniors never get bored because visiting Lohgad is always a thrilling experience. This destination ia also very budget friendly especially for a college goers pocket!!!

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