Lohagadh Fort

By Amit Gurav info@countrysideindia.com | 2010

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Used metal for the first time in fort wall hence the name Loha. After Lonavla comes Karla Caves on the left. Take a right from National Highway 4 and u shall reach Lohagarh Fort in about 30 minutes by car. Enroute also see Bhage Caves. Pic taken from top of fort.

View of fort from Lohagarhwadi. The four large ghats of Lohagarh are intricately arranged and still in tact. In the laster Peshwa period, Nana Phadnis (1742-1800 ad) built several structures in the fort including a big tank and a step-well (bawali). 

From the top of the fort you see Lohagarhwadi in the centre of picture and on the big mountain is Visapur Fort.

Clicked from top of fort you see Pauna Dam. On left of picture is Tikona Fort and on extreme right is Tung Fort.

Entrance to the fort is never straight, u have to go round in circles.

Closer to fort entrance. Lohagarh has a long history. It was occupied by many dynasties: Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and Marathas. Lohagarh was captured by Shivaji in 1648 AD. but by the Treaty of Purandar he had to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665.

A view of Pauna Dam from the fort and you see the reflection of the Tung Fort in water.

Entrance to the fort.

Second Gate. In Pratapgarh Fort there were three gates so also in a fort in Sangla Valley Himachal Pradesh.

After seeing Vinsukata Point walking towards the Lohagarh Fort. The point is also called Kadelot Point where people who needed to be punished were tied in gunny bags and thrown down the mountain.

Shiva''s temple inside the fort.

The big water tank called Hathi Talav. It is a indigenous way of water harvesting. Made by Nana Phadnis (1742-1800).

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