Welcome to Indrai Fort, a hidden gem located in Nashik district. This fort may not be as popular as its neighboring forts Rajdher, Koldher, and Chandvad, but trust me, it has a lot of things to offer. First things first, let’s talk about the trek to the top. Brace yourselves for the rock-cut steps, which form a beautiful valley leading to the fort. Don’t forget to take a break at the two caves and water tank on the way up.
Once you reach the top, you’ll be amazed at the remnants of the entrance, and a stone inscription in Persian language on the left side. It’s like traveling back in time. The fort is massive and has several places to explore, including 10 rock-cut caves, the Kacheri, and the Mahadev temple. But wait, there’s more! You can also see the forts of Rajdher, Koldher, Dhodap, and Chandvad from the top.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take the leftmost way, and you’ll come across around 18-20 caves suitable for staying. Perfect for a cozy cave weekend getaway, right? Plus, there’s a water cistern nearby, so you don’t have to worry about staying hydrated.
However, there’s not much known about the history of this fort. All we know is that it was surrendered to Captain Mackintosh in 1818, after the garrison saw the burning of the neighboring Rajdher fort. So, if you’re a history buff, this fort may not be for you. But if you’re up for an adventure and some breathtaking views, Indrai Fort is definitely worth the trek.
Pro tip: Take the Mumbai-Kalyan-Asangaon-Nashik-Chanwad-Indraiwadi-Indrai Fort route for an epic road trip experience.