Ghargad Fort / Gadgada Fort is a fort located 145 km from Mumbai, in Nashik district, of Maharashtra.
This fort is less visited fort in Nashik district. This fort is quiet difficult to climb. Much less history about this fort is known.
However, the view from the top of fort, is absolutely breathtaking! You can see neighboring mountains like Dangya, Anjeneri, and Trimbak. And if the skies are clear, you can even catch a glimpse of the forts of Kalsubai range. But let’s be honest, the real battle here is not in the pages of history, it’s in the climb. You’ll need some serious technical climbing and rappelling expertise to reach the fort, so make sure to carry two separate ropes of 100 feet and 30 feet to avoid any snagging mishaps.
Once you reach the top, you’ll realize that the only way to get down is by stretching the rope from the door down to the temple. And let’s not forget that you’ll need to use the rope in a “U” pattern to avoid any embarrassing falls. But don’t worry, local guides are available to help you navigate the rocky patches. And for all you free climbers out there, summit and wall climbing are also possible.
Finally, at the top of the fort, you’ll see a damaged gateway and a Devadya beside it. And if you’re feeling adventurous, check out the water tanks carved into the stones. But be warned, the entrance to the next group is not for the faint-hearted.
All in all, Ghargad Fort may not be a major part of history, but it sure has a lot of character and a challenge that will leave you feeling exhilarated. So, grab your ropes, put on your climbing shoes, and let’s go on an adventure of a lifetime!