Malhargad Trek | Sonori | Saswad | Pune | Sonoricha Killa
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Malhargad is a hill fort in western India near Sasvad, 30 kilometres from Pune.
Height : 3100 feet
Time to reach-
From Sonori Village – 45 mins
From Kalewadi Village – 45 mins (From base)
From Zendewadi Village – 1 hour
Grade: Easy trek
1st way: Post 3 kms from Diveghat is a small village called Dive, from here a diversion to the left will take you to the base village “Sonori” of the fort. Locals call the fort as “Sonuricha Killa.Vehicles can be parked at the base village “Sonori”.
2nd way: Just about 2km after Diveghat exit, a road to the left will take you to Kalewadi Village.From Kalewadi you can reach to base of fort where you can park your vehicle and start trek.
Malhargad is also known as Sonori Fort due to the village of Sonori being situated at its base. The fort was named for the god Malhari and was the last fort built by the Marathas, about 1775.
The fort Malhargad is built to keep watch on Dive ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760. The fort was built by Bhivrâo Yashvant and Krishnaji Mâdhavrâo Pânsê, a Peshwa Sardar, who was the chief in charge of “Tofkhana” of the Peshwas. Citations of a visit of Elder Madhavrao Peshwe to the fort are available in historic documents. A palace, belonging to Panse, can be seen in the Sonori village though much of it is in ruins.
The fort is in good condition. There are two temples on fort: the smaller is of Lord Khandoba, and the larger one is of Lord Mahadeva. From the top of this fort, the city of Jejuri and Parvati hills can be seen. The forts of Sinhagad, Purandar, and Vajragad can be viewed from this fort.