Kanhera Fort, also known as the Kanhira Fort is situated 65 km from Nashik.
Legend has it that this triangular plateau at the top of the hill was under the control of the Maratha empire, and was even surrendered by the great Shivaji himself after the Treaty of Purandhar.
The fort was later captured by the British forces in 1818, and since then, it’s been largely neglected. But hey, that’s what makes it even more interesting, right?
As you trek towards the fort, you’ll come across a tower carved into the rock, and if you’re lucky, you might even spot a herd of wild animals grazing nearby. Keep going, and you’ll reach the beautiful Gadmatha, which takes about an hour to explore. You’ll find 6-7 water tanks and even a statute of Mahadev!
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb up a cliff and explore a cave facing the Dhodap fort. But be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted! You’ll also find some ruins of palaces on the fort, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Saptashrungi, Markandya, Rawle Naibya, Dhodap Kanchana, and Handya from the top.
There are two ways to reach Kanhergad. You can either take the Nashik-Nanduri route or the Nashik Kalwan route. Both these routes converge at the pass of Kanhergad and Samorcha Dongar, and from there, it’s a steep climb to the fort.
But don’t worry, you’ll be rewarded with a cave that can accommodate 5 people for overnight stay! Just make sure to bring your own food! There’s also a baramhi drinking water tank at the fort, so you won’t go thirsty.
Overall, Kanhera Fort is a perfect spot for all seasons. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!