Kulang fort is located in the Igatpuri area of Nashik district in Maharashtra.
Firstly, let me give you some historical background. Kulang Fort, along with Madangad and Alang forts, were built to protect the ancient commercial road from Nashik to Kalyan. It was later captured by the Mughals in 1760 and then by the Britishers in 1818.
Not only is Kulang Fort one of the three forts, but it’s also a great location for bird watching! That’s right, you can catch a glimpse of some beautiful birds while trekking up this fort. And while Kulang Fort may be the easier one to hike, Alang and Madan require climbing equipment, making Kulang the perfect introduction to Sahyadri’s tough forts.
The nearest town to the fort is Ghoti, which is about 9 km away on NH3. There are two routes to get to Kulang Fort. The first route is Ghoti – Kalsuthe – Kulangwadi – Kulang, which is about a 10 km journey from Ghoti. You can reach Kalsuthe village by auto or jeep and then hike for about 2 hours to reach Kulangwadi village. The second route is Ghoti – Ambewadi – Kulang, which is a 1-hour bus ride from Ghoti. From Ambewadi, you’ll need to walk for 2 hours, and it’s recommended to take a pathfinder as the trail can be a bit tricky.
Once you reach Kulang Fort, the real adventure begins! After a 2-hour hike to the plateau, you’ll reach the first entrance of the fort. There are 100 steps between the first and second entrance, and near the first entrance, you’ll find a small cave with a beautiful view of Alang, Madangad, and Kulang. The second entrance is still in good condition with fortification, and to the right, you’ll see two to three small caves that are great for staying. There are even water tanks near these caves, one of which has potable water. To the west of the palace, you can see a big bastion with stunning views of the Ghatghar village and reservoir of Wilson dam.
Going straight for 20 minutes from the group of 10 cisterns, you’ll reach a gully where an architectural wonder awaits. The water is first stored on the mountain top in tanks, which then channels it to the gully and the small weir built. The water flows out through a “Gomukh,” and the constructor of this beautiful system is still unknown.
So what are you waiting for? .
In 1760 the fort were probably ceded by the Moghuls to the Peshwa along with many other forts in the Nashik region. In 1818 Kulang along with the other nearby forts were captured by the British forces. The British, however did not destroy the steps of this fort.