Mahuli FortHeight : ft.
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Shahapur
District : Thane Grade : Easy
माहुली (Mahuli) किल्ल्याची ऊंची : 2785
किल्ल्याचा प्रकार : गिरीदुर्ग डोंगररांग: माहुली
जिल्हा : ठाणे श्रेणी : मध्यम
Mahuli Fort At 2815 ft, this is a popular trekking destination and a paradise for rock-climbers because of many nearby pinnacles with interesting names like Vazir, Vishnu, etc., given by the local trekking and climbing fraternity. This mountain complex is actually a group of two or more hills with common cols and pinnacles.
It is the highest point in the Thane district. The forest surrounding Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary. Once Shahaji Raje, father of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, had this fortress the fort has been declared as a protected monument.
Besides an open Shiva temple there is a small perennial drinking water cistern on top, three caves of which the larger can be used as overnight shelter, like as on many other such natural hill forts of Maharashtra Western Ghats (Sahyadri Range). There is a stone arch historically known as the ‘Kalyan Darwaja’ but the dome of the arch is now broken.
MANIKGAD FORT history
Manikgad Fort (T. Panvel; 18° 45′ N, 73° 10′ E), in Manikgad village, on the hill of the same name about fifteen miles southeast of Panvel and about 1,878 feet high, is impregnable from three sides, and the upper part can be reached only from the south. The fortifications on the top, which are of extremely rough workmanship, were probably raised by Angre, to whom it was ceded in 1718 by the Pesva [Mr. Cumine’s MS; Grant Duff’s Marathas, Vol. I, 328.]. The fort is now ruinous and the village has been deserted.
Nearby cities: Nashik, Sinnar, Sangamner
Coordinates: 19°28’9″N 73°16’23″E