My trip to Lonavala had so far been entertaining with splendid views of nature from the hilltops. I wanted to take in more some of the attractions of this place and it required me to take it on a
trot. The locals in the town were busy selling their wares and I looked around for a small restaurant to refresh myself. I got into a small shop named Cooper’s and had some hot potato vadas and
cold coffee and candies (chikki); they were so delicious to ignore.
My next must-visit place was the Lohagad Fort in Lonavala, which was situated at an
altitude of around 3400 feet above sea level. I had to travel to the south of Malavali Station to reach the place. The fort lies in the middle of Indrayani and Pavani rivers, thereby dividing the
two basins. Near to the Lohagad Fort there is another fort called Visapur Fort.
The prominence of the Lohagad Fort is for its long history, which is embellished by the dynasties such as Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and
Marathas. I reached the fort though the Lohadwadi Village, paid an entrance fee, and climbed to reach the large gats, which are four large entrances called Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Narayan
Darwaja, and Hanuman Darwaja. They were elaborately designed to reveal the architectural splendor of the rulers those days.
Trekking further, I reached ‘Bawali’ (a step-well) and a large tank, which was believed to be built by Nana Fadanis during the Peshwa period. I also witnessed a temple near it, which was still
intact. Furthermore, there was also a grave of a Muslim priest. I followed a small group of people to the west side of the fort, which had a long wall that narrowed down like a fortified spur. It
was called Vinchukta, which meant the scorpion sting.
Next, I went to the Visapur Fort, which looked larger than the Lohagad Fort. This fort stands as an epitome of the war-torn Lohadwadi, which was destroyed by the British using canons to fight
Marathas. The ruins of the Visapur silently convey the dreadful story of the war. The British occupied both these forts for a long time. Brooding over the happenings from the pages of
Indian history, I climbed down to go back to my room.