Malhargad { Also Known as Sonori Fort }

Malhargad { Also Known as Sonori Fort }
Malhargad is just 35kms from Pune (Katraj). It is also called as Sonori Fort due to the village Sonori situated at its base. The fort has been named after the god Malhari and is the last fort built by the Marathas, 1775. It is also known as "Tarun Killa" (young fort) because it is the latest fort built in Maharashtra.
The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on dive ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760. The fort was built by Bhivrao Yashvant and Krishnaji Madhavrao Panse, a Peshwa Sardar, who was the chief in charge of “Tofkhana” of the Peshwas. Citations of a visit of Elder Madhavrao Peshwe to the fort are available in historic documents. A palace, belonging to Panse, can be seen in the Sonori village though; much of it is in ruins.
The fort is in good condition. There are two temples constructed side-by-side: the smaller is of Lord Khandoba, and the bigger one is of Lord Mahadeva.

I have been to Malhargad many times.  It is very beautiful and small fort.  It takes one and half hours to reach Malhargad from Pune and less than one hour to see the entire fort.

Best time to Visit:
Best time to visit is from September to December to see greenery around otherwise one can visit this place in any season.

What to see?
Fortification, Water cisterns, Lord Khandoba & Lord Mahadeva Temple,

Water and Food
There is no water available on the fort so advice is to carry sufficient water.
Also no food is available on the fort.

Stay / Accommodation
There is no place to stay on fort.

Places around
Jadhavgad Fort, Saswad, Dive Ghat, Mastani Lake, Daulatmangal Fort (Bhuleshwar Temple), Purandar Fort
  
Approximate Distance from Pune

Approx. 40 Kms from Pune

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Korigad (also called Kumwarigad).

Korigad is a famous hill fort in Lonavala, in Pune District. It is at an altitude of 3050 feet in the Lonavala region. The base village of the fort is Peth-Shahpur or Ambivali. There are many popular tourist sites nearby like the Korlaidevi and Ganesh temples besides several caves and a lake.
Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a fort located about 25 km away from Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by Shivaji along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. 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 cannon ball he succeeded and this fort went to the British. There are two lakes on the top of the fort.

It takes less than 45mins to reach on the fort from Peth-Shahpur village. The fort is in good condition. There are many cannons on the fort which also are in good condition. Stairs are now repaired. There are small caves on the fort. There is temple of Goddess Kori devi on the fort, which is renovated also. The idol of Kori devi is around 4 feet. There are two more temples on the fort. There are two large ponds on this fort and ahead of them are two caves. Here we can see the idol of lord Vishnu. Food is not available on the fort; however there is hotel in Peth-Shahpur. Water is available on the fort; however it is advisable to carry water. Once can enjoy beautiful view of Aamby Valley city & Aamby Valley small Airport developed by Sahara Group from the fort.

Best time to Visit:
September to April. There are heavy rains in this region; however this fort attracts many people in rainy season, but due to fog and rains you may not be able to see the beauty around this fort.

What to see?
Bastian, Fortification, Water cisterns, Aamby Valley City, Cannon, Cave, Idol of lord Vishnu  carved just before Ganesh Darwaja

Water and Food
Water is available on the Fort & there no food is available on fort.

Stay / Accommodation
There is place to stay on fort.

Places around
Tung Fort, Pawna Dam, Lohagad & Visapur Fort, Bedse Caves, Tikona Fort, Rajmachi, Ghoradeshwar Caves, Ghangad Fort
  
Approximate Distance from Pune
Korigad is 77kms to 110kms from Pune. There are three routes to Korigad from Pune and the distance varies from each route.

Route 1:- (Approx 110kms)
Pune – NH4 – Lonavala – Bushi Dam/INS Shivaji Road – Peth-Shahpur.

Route 2:- (Approx 77kms)
Pune – Chandani Chowk – Paud – Kolvan Phata – Kolvan – Hadashi Dam - Take left to Javan Tungi Road/Lonavala - Peth-Shahpur.

Route 3:- (Approx 88kms)

Pune – Chandani Chowk – Paud – Mulshi – Tamhini Ghat – Take right to Ghangad/Lonavala - Peth-Shahpur.

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Ghangad Fort


Ghangad fort is located in Lonavala region, on the western side of the Mulshi river which is in Pune District.  This region is also called the Korbarase Maval. Actually this fort is very small. The fort is surrounded by other forts like Korigad, Telbaila and Sudhagad and yet it is quite lonely and separate from the others. There are two huge rocks caves at the entrance of the fort. The fort has been renovated and still work is going on. Due to renovation the fort now look good.
The known information and history about this fort is very less. There are not much of documentation regarding this fort. Ekole village which is at the base of the fort. The height of this fort is 2500 feet.
The history says this fort is actually used as prison by Peshwa. It was originally occupied by Koli Samant and then was later annexed by Adil Shah and then later on with the Marathas.

Best time to Visit:
September to April

What to see?
Bastian, Fortification, Water cisterns, Goddess Garjai.

Water and Food
Water is available on the Fort, however not good for drinking & there no food is available on fort.

Stay / Accommodation
There is place to stay on fort.

Places around
Tung Fort, Korigad Fort, Pawna dam, Lohagad & Visapur Fort, Bedse Caves, Tikona Fort, Rajmachi, Ghoradeshwar Caves.
  
Approximate Distance from Pune
Approx. 90 Kms  [ Pune- Pirangut - Mulshi - Tamhini - Bhamburde- Ekole(Base village) ]
Distance will increase if come via Lonavala

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