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Visapur fort trek

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Location : It is located in Pune district,10 km from Malavli Railway station out of which 5km is steep road. It has an elevation of 1084 meters above sea level. From Pune it is at 64 km via Pune-Kamshet-Pavananagar-Visapur fort road blessed with scenic beauty of Pavna river dam and Dudhiware khind.
About trek :
As explained in video, the trek route very stiff and goes through large stones, this becomes a part of running waterfall in monsoon. So it’s difficult and risky to do this trek in rainy season.
Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water (water storage tanks), a decorated arch and old houses. There are two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as ’Wada’. There are two huge carving of Lord Hanuman. In 1885, near the north wall there is a Canon ten feet long and of four-inch bore, marked with the Tudor Rose and Crown, flanked by the letters E. R. This is probably a gun of Queen Elizabeth’s reign probably taken as bounty from an English ship and presented to the Peshwa by Kanhoji Angre or some other commander of the Maratha navy. Unlike the inner structure, majority of its fortification walls are still intact. At a moderate pace, it takes two hours to walk along the winding Visapur walls. It is high and strengthened by towers along the west face.
History
It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Visapur fort was built much later than Lohagad.

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 by British. In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact.

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