पन्हाळा Elevation 754 m (2473 ft)
Panhalgad Location Kolhapur (30 min drive)
The Forts of Maharashtra played an important role in the emerging Maratha Empire.
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They were the strongholds which made our history glorious.One such fort which
witnessed some dramatic events in the life of Shivaji Maharaj was Panhalgad.
The fort was built during the regime of the First Shilahar king Bhoj Nrupsingh. In the
olden days it was ruled by people of tribal caste Nag and was known as Pannnagralya.
After the assassination of Afzalkhan, Shivaji Maharaj took advantage of weakening of
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Adilshahi and won Panhalgad in just 18 days (on 28th November 1659). It was further
captured by Adilshah, but the Marathas regained the fort. On 2nd March 1660, Siddhi
Johar set the siege to Panhalgad. We are aware of the famous incidence where Shivaji
Maharaj crossed the Ghod Khind and went to Vishalgad. At that time Panhalgad was
captured by Siddhi Johar. In 1673, Kondaji Farjand captured the fort with just 60
soldiers. In 1710, Panhalagd became the capital of Kolhapur. It was captured by British
in 1844. The fort has a great history and trekkers have a lot to learn from that.
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Udyan Sajja Kothi
Bus Stand Someshwar
Tin Darwaja Baji Prabhu
Guha begins his storyline as Mahalkshmi
Express left from Mumbai for Kolhapur
Anil, Rajeev, Sandesh and Amar
listening to Guha
Thanks to Amar, we got down one station
before Kolhapur at Hatkanangale
Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by
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the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,
stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of
Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a
profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among
the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and
crown amidst hills turned mauve.