Trymbakgad Fort, also known as Brahmagiri Fort is located just 30 km from Nashik, in Nashik district, Maharashtra, India, this fort is a must-see for all adventure enthusiasts!
Legend has it that in ancient times, one of the trade routes from Maharashtra to Gujarat used to pass through this hill range, and the Bramhagiri fort was built for its protection. Since the medieval period, this fort has been unconquered, making it a fortress that has stood the test of time!
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Once you reach the top summit of this fort, you’ll find a large plateau with a small raised hill seen afar. As you continue on the trail, one path goes to the left towards a cave named “Siddhagufa”. But if you’re feeling adventurous, continue straight ahead until you come across a diversion. Take the right one to reach a temple in just 15 minutes! This is the spot from where the river Godavari originates, making it a unique spot to visit. After seeing this, proceed to the path on the left, which takes us to another temple in just 10 minutes. It was here that Lord Shiva made Godavari River land on our Earth by lashing his long strands of hair. How cool is that?
But wait, there’s more! You’ll also find remnants of structures on the fort, and you can see Anjaneri and Harihar forts from the top.
As for the fort’s history, it’s quite intriguing. Trimbak fortification had a significant impact in the history of Maharashtra. The fort was built during the Yadava period and was under the control of the brother of Ramchandra of Devgiri from 1271 to 1308. It was then under the control of Bahamani rulers followed by Nijamshah of Ahmednagar. Sahaji Bhosale rebelled against the Moghuls and captured many forts from Trymbak to Junnar in 1629. Who knew forts could be such a hot commodity?
In 1670, Peshwa Moropant Trimbak Pingle, a chieftain of Maratha King Shivaji, captured this fort. The Moghul army tried to recapture it after a long siege from 1682 to 1684. Finally, the fort was surrendered to the Moghuls. But the Marathas caught it again, and Colonel Mcdowell drove the last assault against it in 1818 on 24th April. After three hours of fighting, the fortress finally surrendered.
As for the present, the British army captured Trimbak and dismantled the fort. But the Multani group of Karachi rebuilt the steps and a Dharmashala, which are now being used. And let’s not forget about the Trimbakeshwar Temple settled on the beautiful green Brahmagiri (Trimbak) hills close to Nashik in Maharashtra. It’s worth a visit, not just for the stunning views, but also because the River Godavari begins on these hills and flows through the Brahmagiri (Trimbak) ranges.
So there you have it, folks! Trymbakgad Fort/Brahmagiri Fort, a place full of history, legend, and adventure. It’s definitely worth visiting it.