Are you looking for a serious adventure? Then Jivdhan Fort is your next destination! Located near the modern town of Ghatghar in Junnar Taluka of Pune district, Jivdhan Fort is not for the faint-hearted. This fort is for experienced trekkers who love a good challenge.
In fact, Jivdhan is one of the Famous 5 trekking destinations in Maharashtra. But beware, this is not a leisurely hike in the park. The trek is difficult due to misleading jungle trails and some hill patches that require a lot of mountaineering experience to cross. On some sections of the trek, you might even need to use ropes!
Don’t say we didn’t warn you! But if you are up for the challenge, the views from the top are breathtaking. The rock cut steps are wonderfully carved, which lead to the Kalyan Gate. But be careful, there are hooks attached to the walls of the rock-cut steps near the gate, which means you need to climb like a pro.
Here’s a pro-tip: take a guide along with you from the base villages. Not many trekkers come here, and hence there are chances that you may lose your route while trekking. You don’t want to get lost and become the next headline in the news.
But wait, there’s more. Beware of beehives on trees. There are plenty of beehives in this area, and if you trigger any, the consequences will not be good. Imagine being chased by a swarm of angry bees while you are trying to climb up a mountain! No thank you!
If you’re a history buff, you will love Jivdhan Fort. The fort dates back to the Satavahana era and has been a significant fort throughout history due to its proximity to the historic Naneghat. Jivdhan Fort guarded this route, which was a strategic location for many kingdoms. The Mughals imprisoned Murtaza, the last ruler of Adilshahi of Ahmednagar, at Jivdhan Fort. In 1635 Shahaji Bhosle, the father of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, freed him from the prison and declared him the king of Ahmednagar.
But here’s a fun fact. The fort was captured by the British in 1818, and they demolished the steps and blocked the west gate. You can still see traces of landmines as you climb the stairs even today. We don’t recommend that you try to find them though. That’s not the kind of excitement you want on your trek.
So, are you up for the challenge? If so, start planning your trek to Jivdhan Fort today! If you’re coming from Pune, reach Ghatghar, which is 25 km from Pune-Junnar. Naneghat is just 5 km from Ghatghar, and you can reach the base of the fort through this route. But don’t forget your climbing gear, and make sure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep you going. Good luck, and have fun!