Welcome to Kenjalgad Fort, or as we like to call it, the “Ghera Khelanja Fort”, located in the beautiful state of Maharashtra. This fort is a real treat for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and venture into the wild. So, grab your backpacks and let’s get started!
Firstly, let’s talk about the impressive specs of this fort. It’s situated on the Mandhardev spur of the Mahadev hill range and is visible from quite a long distance, thanks to its towering stone scarp that rises as a cap on the irregular hill. The fort is rhomboid in shape, with a 388m long axis and a 175m short axis. It’s said to have been built by BhojRajas of Panhala, who flourished in the 12th century. Now that’s ancient!
The fort is accessible all year round, and the trek to the top is much easier. There are two main trek routes to the fort, one starting from the col joining Raireshwar plateau and the Kenjalgad, which takes about an hour to reach the fort. The other route starts from the base village-Ghera Kenjal, which takes about half an hour to reach the top of the fort. Both paths pass through a forest area, and if you’re lucky, you might spot some deer or other wildlife on your way.
Speaking of the trek, make sure you carry plenty of water and packaged food from the city itself as there are no restaurants or shops at Kenjalgad. You can also cook Maggi or rice over a bonfire if you fancy some hot food. And if you’re planning to camp overnight, carry your own tents as there’s no natural shelter on the fort. But be warned, the monsoon season can be pretty intense, so it’s best to plan your trip during the Nov-Feb season.
Now, let’s talk about the fun part. The entrance to the fort is perfect with huge rock blocks carved as stairs, leading up to the flat-top of the fort which is spread over miles. The walls of the fort are stunning, and the views of the valleys nearby are breathtaking. And if you’re a shutterbug, you’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of Instagram-worthy spots. Just don’t forget to tag us, okay?
The villages around Kenjalgad are pretty remote, so if there are any females in your group, make sure you have a large group to ensure safety. But don’t worry, the trek is simple and doesn’t require much effort or trekking experience. Reaching the top of the fort takes just 40 minutes, but be careful of the slippery patches en route.
So, pack your bags, grab your friends, and head to Kenjalgad Fort for an adventure you’ll never forget. And if you see any ghosts, be sure to tell us about it. We love a good ghost story!