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Padargad Fort
Part of Sahyadri Hill Range
Raigad district, Maharashtra
Type Hill fort
Coordinates Latitude:
Height 4490 Ft.
 IndiaGovernment of India
Open to
the public
Controlled by

 Maratha Empire (1739-1818)
 United Kingdom

  • East India Company (1818-1857)
  • British Raj (1857-1947)
 India (1947-)

Padargad (Marathi language: पदरगड) is a small Fort used for vigilance in the past. is situated to the east of Karjat in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is on the famous Bhimashanker trek route in the Karjat area, because of its height and difficult climbing, it is not visited by most of the trekkers.


Much less history about this fort is known.The locals say that this is not actually a fort but a sort of lighthouse from where the directions were given to know the advancements of the enemy through the Ganapati Ghat road. In fact, it can be called a watch tower to keep a vigil on the Mawal area in the greater province of the Maratha.Records say that this fort along with Tungi fort was constructed by Aurangjeb while capturing the Kothaligad Fort.[1]

How to reach

The base village is Khandas which is 31 km from Karjat. Karjat is well connected by Road and railway from Mumbai and Pune

Trekking path

The starting point for the trek is khandas village. The path to the Ganpati ghat leads to the small hamlet Padarwadi, From Padarwadi a narrow path to the south leads to the pinnacle of Padargad. The climb is very difficult and only professional trekkers with proper types of equipment have attempted the climb. The narrow climbing path to the top of the fort is locally called chimney.[2]

Places to visit

There is a large cave and few dried up water cut cisterns on the fort. The narrow pinnacle is called Kalavantins pinnacle.

See also


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