Ghangad Fort is near Ekola in Maharashtra. It is located about 30km from Lonavla-Khandala, this trek is perfect for seasoned climbers and adventurous souls alike.
First off, let’s talk about the views. As soon as you cross Salther Khind (Pass), you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular views of Tail Baila walls on your right side. And from the summit, you can see a giant boulder almost 35-40 feet tall, resting on one side of the fort – it’s enough to stir anyone’s curiosity!
But it’s not just the views that make this trek so special. The trekking path takes you through a patch of dense evergreen forest, providing a big relief for trekkers, especially in the summer season. And the route is well-defined and safe, so you can focus on enjoying the journey.
When you reach the entrance gate of the fort, take a moment to appreciate the history and restoration work that has gone into this incredible site. The fort has been restored by Shivaji Trail group with the help of local villagers, and restoration work took place in 2011-12. And although very little information is available about the history of the fort, we do know that it is at least 300 years old and was used for keeping prisoners and as a watchtower for keeping watch on the trade route from Pune to Konkan.
The trail post-entrance can be exposed during the monsoons, so utmost care should be taken. But don’t worry, a group has installed cables that can be held onto while crossing this trail, and there’s even an iron ladder that gives easy access to a difficult 15ft rock patch.
And when it comes to accommodation and camping, the flat ground near the entrance or GarjaiDevi temple on the way to the fort provides a good opportunity. Villagers from the Ekole make night stay and food arrangements at reasonable rates, so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be well-fed and taken care of.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and head to Ghangad Fort trek for an adventure of a lifetime.
With panoramic views of the TailBaila, Korigad, Mulshi dam, and Sudhagad fort, a dense forest cover, and a cave at the backside of the fort that’s difficult to reach, this trek will leave you with unforgettable memories and stories to share for years to come. Just make sure you watch your step during those monsoons!