Harihar Fort: A Fun And Daring Expedition
Beautiful hill forts may be found in practically every district in Maharashtra. All of these forts have interesting histories and have become famous hiking and trekking sites throughout time. Harihar Fort, also known as Harshagad, is a fort situated atop the beautiful green hills of Sahyadri, popularly known as the Western Ghats. It is 40 kilometres from both Ghoti and Nashik City, and 48 kilometres from Igatpuri in Maharashtra’s Nashik district. This strategic fort was built to keep an eye on the Gonda Ghat trade route, which connects Maharashtra and Gujarat. Its 80-degree steep slope of inherent, peculiar-shaped rock-cut steps now draws brave trekkers.
Harihar Fort: History
Harihar Fort is located in the Western Ghats’ Trimbakeshwar Mountain Range. The fort’s foundation can be traced back to the Seuna or Yadava Dynasty (between the 9th and 14th century). The fort was crucial in securing the trade route that travelled over the Gonda Ghat.
Harihar Fort had been attacked and captured by different invaders from its founding until the British Army took control. This was one of the forts owned by the Sultanate of Ahmadnagar. Shahaji Bhosale surrendered the Trimbak, Tringalvadi, and a few smaller Poona (now Pune) Forts to Mughal General Khan Zaman in 1636, along with Harihar Fort. Harihar Fort was one of the 17 forts that were conquered by the British.
Architecture And Structure Of The Fort
A partially deteriorated door may be found at the top of the steps. There is a walk beneath a rock-cut passage through the entryway, with no wall around the outside edge. The second set of steps is located after the gallery. This flight is far worse than the first, with only enough room to crawl through a trap-door at the top. This goes to a cave-like structure before opening up to a large field with spectacular views at the summit.
The highest peak is another 10-15 minutes away from there. The fort had plenty of water and other amenities back in the day. A thatched hut within the compound was used to store grains and other necessities. The storage building is still standing with a sign on it.
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