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Thursday, July 6th, 2017 | mumbai hiker | Lohagad

It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first
Peshwa of Maratha Empire .
Visapur fort was built much later
than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked.
In 1818, when reducing the Peshwa’s forts, the strength of Lohagad
and its fame as the treasury of the Maratha kingdom, caused the
English to make special preparations for its attack. A detachment of
380 European and 800 native soldiers, with a battering train,
summoned from Konkan, were joined by artillery from Chakan , and
two other British battalions. On 4 March 1818, Visapur was attacked
and occupied.Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad, the
British troops set up their cannons on Visapur and bombarded
Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad- Visapur was taken over by the British in 1818 AD and placed under
the command of a Colonel Prother. Considering, the strategic
importance of Visapur, both the north (Konkan) and the south
(Deccan) gateways were blown up, and except a few huts, nothing
was left standing.In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact…

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