Chavand is a hill fortress situated 30 km from the modern-day town of Naryangoan in Junnar Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra.
With an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level, this fortress is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views and a glimpse into India’s rich history.
Chavand Fort is part of the ‘Famous 5’ trek, along with Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan, and Naneghat.
Chavand has a fascinating history, dating back over 800 years. Under the rule of Shivaji, it was known as Prasannagad, and the fort has seen its share of battles and sieges.
The British forces captured the fort in 1818, and unfortunately, they left their mark by destroying many of the monuments and approach routes. But fear not, there are still plenty of sights to see. Make sure to visit the Kukdeshwar temple at the southern end of the fort and check out the seven water tanks carved from a single rock.
The trek route is simple, but be warned, those steps can be tricky. The railings are there to help, but use caution, or you might end up with a cannonball-sized bump on your head! Once you reach the top, you’ll have a choice of two routes. The one straight ahead leads to the Chamunda temple, while the other leads to the seven adjoining tanks of water. Either way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your hiking boots, grab your sense of adventure, and head to Chavand Fort. Just remember, if you hear the cannons firing, it’s probably just your stomach telling you it’s time for a snack break!