Hadsar Fort is nestled in the Junnar region of Pune district, this fort was built to protect the ancient commercial trade route from Mawal region to Kalyan via Naneghat. And let me tell you, it’s totally worth the trek of five hours to reach this marvel of a fort!
The bastion and the fort entrance are a sight to watch, with marvelous sculptures carved out of a single rock. You won’t see anything like this anywhere else! The fort sits at an elevation of 3200 feet, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of shooting stars while stargazing at night.
The fort was built from a gigantic rock, and you can climb up the neat, rock-cut steps to enter the twin gates. Inside the fortifications, you’ll find cisterns of water and water tanks. And don’t forget to check out the Shiva temple at the top of the fort, where you’ll see stone carvings of Lord Ganesh and Hanuman on its corners.
But wait, there’s more! The fort also has vast underground chambers which were probably used as storerooms. And the trek to the fort is made all the more enjoyable with a small temple at the base village where you can offer your prayers to Mahadev and feel contented and happy.
Now, the directions to reach the fort can be a bit confusing, so it’s recommended to hire a guide from the base village. But let me tell you, the trek is totally worth it! And if you’re lucky, the local villagers might even lead you to a well on the way to the fort.
So pack your bags and get ready for a trek of a lifetime to the magnificent Hadsar Fort.
It is believed that this fort was built in the Satavahana Era. This fort was mentioned in the Treaty of Purandar between King Shivaji and Moghuls. This fort was captured by British in 1818.