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Visapur Fort: Monsoon Treks Around Mumbai

Fort is situated 52km from Pune in western India. It is at an elevation of 3,556 feet (1,084 m). It is built on the same plateau as Lohagad. Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad.

Visapur region was built by Bahmani rules. It went into the hands of Mughals in the treaty of Mahuli, between Shahajiraje and Mughals. Seeing that the Mughals were not able to keep a control over the region, Shivaji Maharaj captured almost all the forts here till 1660. Historic evidence says that current fortification was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath,the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. There are many places to see on fort. You can see Caves, old stone arch, and fort wall, cisterns of water, Old Grinder and lord Hunuman temples.

Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad, the British troops set up their cannons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad-Visapur was taken over by the British in 1818 AD and placed under the command of a Colonel Prother. Considering, the strategic importance of Visapur, both the north (Konkan) and the south (Deccan) gateways were blown up, and except a few huts, nothing was left standing. In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact.

How to reach Visapur Fort Base Village

The cheapest and convenient way to reach the fort is via railways. The nearest railway station to Visapur Fort is Malavli Station which is well connected to Mumbai, Lonavala and Pune via local train. From Malavali station auto and taxi are available for the base village of Visapur Fort

Best time to visit Visapur Fort

Undoubtedly, the monsoon months of July to September is the best time to trek to the Visapur Fort as the surroundings are lush green and there are many waterfalls all along the way. Though one needs to be little extra cautious as trails become little slippery during monsoon. If you want to explore the top of the fort and the surrounding regions, October to February would be an ideal time to have a visit to the fort.

Places Of Interest

  1. A couple of water tanks of the forts still have water even in early summer.

  2. Remains of an old Mahadev Shrine

  3. There is also a huge horse driven flour mill with the grinding stone still in place.

  4. Bedse cave is a 2 hour 30 minute walk from the base village.

  5. Temple dedicated to Hanuman is also located on this fort.

  6. One can also find huge chiseled image of Maruti out of rock.

  7. A couple of isolated caves and some old house ruins.

  8. A well which local legend says was built by the Pandava's as you wander you may even spot a few scattered cannons and numerous water cisterns.

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