Welcome to the not-so-majestic Indori Fort, or as some call it, the Induri Fort. I mean, let’s be real here, the walls are barely standing, but hey, it’s still a fort, right? Located in Maharashtra state, India, this fort is situated close to the hill station Lonavala and 35 km (22 mi) north of Pune, giving you some stunning views from its elevation of 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level.
But don’t be fooled by its lofty location, the fort is pretty much in ruins and needs some major maintenance. However, if you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate the written format of the walls that tell the stories of the Maratha empire’s rule over the fort.
Inside the fort, you’ll find a temple dedicated to “Kadjai mata,” which is definitely worth a visit. And once you’ve hydrated yourself with some water, it’s time to move on to the next attraction. The locals recommended we check out “Bhandara Dongar,” which they claimed was a holy place. Let’s just say, I was a bit underwhelmed. I mean, it’s a tiny, and I mean TINY, fort that’s more like a parapet wall. And why is it even called a fort in the first place?
But don’t worry, the evening wasn’t a complete waste of time. The view of the Indrayani river from the fort’s walls is absolutely breathtaking. I just wish we could access the first floor of the entrance and read a brief history somewhere. And if you’re really looking to pass some time, well, then Bhandara Dongar might just be the place for you.
In case you’re curious, the fort’s historical significance lies in the fact that Shaistekhan once came here to fight with Shivaji maharaj when they were near the Chakan fort. So there you have it, folks, Indori Fort – a crumbling piece of history with a tiny side of disappointment. But hey, at least the views are worth it!
Indori fort was built by Sarsenapati Khandojirao Yesajirao Dabhade in the year 1720-21. The fort also has a mint building inside the fort which is in a dilapidated state.