Asherigad

Type: Hill Fort

Height (Approx in ft.): 1680

Grade: Hard

Base Village: Khodkona

District: Thane

Nearest Railway Station: Palghar

How to reach:

There is only one route going to the top of the fort. One has to get down at Khodkona village bus stop. This village is reachable either by the S.T. from Palghar to Kasa or by private vehicles plying this highway. This village is situated around 10-11 kms ahead of “Mastan Naka”. The actual village is situated a bit inside from the main road. There is a bullock cart route to the left of the highway, which leads to the village. On the highway, if one stands with his back to Palghar, one can see Adsul to the right and the vast expanse of Asher to the left.

Time to reach from base village: 3 hours from Khodkona

What to see:

On the plains and on the right of the path one can see quite many remnants of settlements. One can also see quite many foundations with gutters cut in them. These could be to collect the rainwater during the rainy season or to lead away the overflow. The cave on the top is of medium size and having a large cave opening. But it has been carved into the rocks in such a way that the stray wind or the cold does not enter in. The back portion of the cave is very uneven. However, there are platforms made both outside and inside for the guards to take rest. The two hibiscus bushes outside the cave entrance point to the fact that rituals might have been conducted regularly by the villagers somewhere in the past. On left side of the top portion of the cave, there is a built in square water tank. There is a half buried cannon in this tank. There are two more half completed tanks here. From the top plateau, one can see the fort of Kohoj to the South West. One can also see the natural human form on the fort with the help of binoculars. Going ahead on the path one can see a huge depression the rock face and a bastion

Accommodation Facility: Available

Food Facility: Not available

Drinking Water Facility: Water is available all through the year.

Best Season to Visit: All the year

 

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