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Lohagad Fort, Khandala

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Historic Site
A marvel of military architecture, Lohagad Fort stands at 1,033 m (3,389 ft) in the Sahyadris range, overlooking lush terraced valleys. One of the finest in the Maratha empire, this multi-access 17th-century stone fort features four large gates still in good condition. A particularly favorite among hikers, the simple and easy route here is suitable for all ages. Keep your eye out for a variety of birds and insects, as well as monkeys (who will try to grab your food). Some 8-9 km (4-5 mi) from Malavli station, a walk to the fort takes 2-3 hours. For locals, this is a popular place for picnicking in the monsoon season. See Lohagad Fort and all Lonavala has to offer by arranging your trip with our Lonavala travel itinerary planner.
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  • Beautiful place to visit but not maintained well. The fort was very big and beautiful. You will need to walk for about half and hour to go on top because no vehicle goes there.  more »
  • Road to Lohgad fort is very steap. Final about a Km is walk way using stairs well maintained by administration. It takes about 25 to 30 min with intermittent rests to reach top. On top is quite a larg...  more »
  • Fantastic views from the top all around the ghats (mountain ranges in west Maharashtra). We happened by chance to go up when there was a huge Urs (religious) going on (annual festival to honour a Sufi...  more »
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  • Best hiking anyone take: rainy season is better. The stairs are steep but worth the hike. Definitely felt rejuvenated once you reach the top, clouds were passing by and felt the rain drops! Highly recommend....
  • Amazing place. Worth visit. Breathtaking views. Best to visit in rainy season. Awesome driving experience though you have to trek to get on the top of the fort. The stairs are not proper but one can easily climb them. Once you get on the top it feels so amazing. You will see a whole new world of mountains and clouds. Beware of monkeys.
  • Good place to visit with family, not difficult to trek there anyone can trek easily. hardly take 20 minutes to complete trek. In rainy season you can see reverse waterfall, you can have fish spa at no price using natural tanks. On the top the fort you'll have beautiful view of Visapur fort. On the other end view of Vinchu Kata in fogs takes you in heaven. I must say best place to have meditation. Lots of things are to see like well out there you swim in it.
  • Easily reached destination either by bike, car or train from Pune. You can travel upto the base of the fort or trek from the village Bhaja. There are many hotels and shops at the base of the fort. The fort is well maintained. Do visit VINCHOO KAATA.
  • Most people don't complete the trek by visiting Vinchukata (Scorpion's tail) which is the extreme point of the cliff. The view from Vinchukata is stunning. During spring colorful wild flowers adorn the mountain top. There are steps till the top. Fairly easy climb. Small children can be brought along. The heat can be unbearable in the afternoon so I suggest to complete the trek before noon. Visapur and Tung forts along with Pawna Lake can be observed from the top.