Trek to Chawand Fort

Half day to a greenary of Chawand...  
Type of Fort:  Chavand is a Hill fort.
Level of Difficulty:  Easy/Medium trek.
Height of fort:  3000 feet above sea level.
District: Pune, Maharashtra,India.
Taluka:  Junnar.
Base Village:  Chavandwadi.

    Chavand is the fort which was named as 'Prassanagad' by the great Maratha Ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. A controversy about the name is that locals couldn't pronounce "Chamunda" hence they started calling it as "Chavand" from here after.Chavand fort is made by Buddhist carvings and sculptures which proves it being ancient the mountain of Shambhu the fort of Jivdhan on the west, Hadsar on the north, Shivneri on the east the route of Naneghat along the fort. The grandson of seventh Nijamshah whose name was 'Bahadurshah' was imprisoned here in 1594.
     In 1636 treaty was signed by the father of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 'Shahjiraje' signed treaty with Mughals, in which mughals got Chavand. After the rule of Marathas fort was captured by Britishers. In 1818 the fort was completely destroyed by them and even the route was destroyed by them.
    Junnar was Historically and as well as Economically good it was also in a good geographical stand and even in strategic location hence the route which joints Naneghat has a very significant impact on the transport in ancient period it was a trading route to many traders and rulers this is why many forts where built to protect 'Naneghat' from the enemies from attacking they where Chavand, Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan and Naneghat forts.The mountain region has beautiful flora and fauna we can spot around many species of birds and animals in this region.

Note: Their is shortage of water in summer so water should be carried in summer. At many places their are railings so care should be taken near railings. At the top many snakes or reptiles are found.

Time to reach the top: It takes around 1 hrs. from Chavandwadi base village.It is not a tiring trek it can be completed in 1.5 hrs.

Minimum Duration: Half day to 1 day.

Best time to visit the fort: Any season is suitable for the trek but prefer Rainy season as it is adventurous & water can be easily available.

Water Availability: Yes, Water is Available on Chavand Fort but problem may be in summer season,So carry water while trek in summer.

Accommodation Availability:
Caves are available on the fort but small insects or reptiles may occur a problem while staying in night.One can stay in village schools and in Kukadeshwar temple.

Places to visit on the Chavand Fort: bris of construction which is around 700 years old.Chavandai goddess temple,"SAAT TAKIES" (7 tanks) which are carved in a single rock, 'Pushkarni'-Their is statue of gods carved on the walls near the small water ponds near the route to the fort, small Canon, a scenic view of Sahyadri region, 'Manikdoh' Dam and Kukadi river, According to 'FAMOUS 5' trek Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan and Naneghat forts can be seen.

Reach to Chavand Fort:

  1. Way from Pune to Chavand Fort: 
    1. Pune to Chavand By Bus: From Pune there are ST (State Transport) buses available to reach Junnar. These buses starts from Shivaji nagar from morning 6:30 hourly. After reaching Junnar ST buses, share Rickshaws and Jeeps are available to the base village Chavandwadi. 
    2. Mumbai to Chavand By Train: There are no Trains available to Chavand fort from Mumbai. 
  2. Way from Mumbai to Chavand Fort: 
    1. Mumbai to Chavand By Bus: From Mumbai there are S.T Buses available from Kalyan to Junnar. From Junnar S.T buses and share rickshaws are available to Chavandwadi.
    2. Mumbai to Chavand By Train: There are no Trains available to Chavand fort from Mumbai.

Places to visit nearby the Chavand Fort

Junnar Caves: This caves are situated in Junnar.Caves where discovered around 2nd cen BC to 3rd cen AD.Geologist and Archaeologist study this historical caves for scientific studies. Junnar caves are in 3 parts which are 'Tuljai', 'Lena', 'Manmodi hill', 'Ganesh leni', 'Tujai Leni' has a wonderful carved dome which is also known as 'Chaitya hall', 'Manmodi' hills are known for its architectural behaviour completed by ancient monolithic man.'Ganesh Leni' is visited by many tourist it has a large scale view of 'Viharas' and Cells From which 6th Vihara and Ganesh Vehara is famous.
Lenyadri Caves: Lenyadri is among the eight important shrines also known as 'Ashtavinayak' yatra of god Ganesh in Maharashtra many devotees visit this temple. All year around many of them visit all eight shrines in a single trip. This caves are in series of around 30 cut rock-carved caves.This are around form 1st century and 3rd century AD located on the beds of Kukadi river. It is also known as 'Shri Girijatmaka' to get there one has to climb 283 stairs in total And other caves are Viharas and empty caves.This caves are maintained by Archaeological Department of India. Their are many caves nearby.
The Ozar 'Vigneshwara' Temple: This temple is Around 10 kms away from Junnar many public transport are available.This temple was built in 1785 And was renewed by 'Shri Appashastri Joshi' in 1967. This place has mythological story which states that Seeing attacks on the sages Lord Ganesha killed demon named 'Vignaasura' from then lord Ganesh is also named as 'Vigneshwara'. The sages installed the Vigneshwara on Ganesh Chaturti from then onwards it is worshiped. Idol is decorated by gold and diamond ornaments with Riddhi Siddhi besides the idol. This temple has wonderful sculptural value a grand entrance. Their are pillars and deep mallas in the temple on four sides of the temple.
Shivneri Caves: This fort has a historical importance to Maharashtra, as in this place great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was born 1630. Maharaj spent his childhood in this fort with his mother 'Jijabai'. And took training for his ruler dignity.One who visits the fort has to cross seven gates.Besides it has a small tank which is known as 'Badami Talav', Located near the idol of Shivaji Maharaj with his mother Jijabai. The other historically related places are 'Shiv Janmasthan', Ambarkhana, Kadelot Point, Ganga Jamuna and Nane Ghat.The temple of goddess 'Shivnai' is also famous and known among the villagers nearby.

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