Hadsar

Type: Hill Fort

Height (Approx in ft.): 3200

Grade: Medium

Base Village: Hadsar

District: Pune

Nearest Railway Station: Pune

How to reach:

There are two major ways to reach the fort Hadsar. One of them is the royal entrance whereas the other one is made by the villagers by carving steps in the rock. Both these ways start from the village of Hadsar. From Junnar any bus going towards Nimgiri, Rajur or Kewada takes us to Hadsar within 45 minutes. There is a well on the way where one starts ascending the hill from village Hadsar. Walk for a short while towards left on the plateau and a pass between two hillocks can be seen after traversing for about 15 minutes. Moving straight ahead in the direction of this pass brings us to the bastion in about half an hour. A simple climb on the rock will take us to the fort entrance. Two water cisterns dug in the rock can be seen on the way. To take the other route, instead of moving in the direction of the pass one has to circumvent the hill from left and reach the other side of the hill. About 150 steps from this point will take us to the main entrance in the pass. This being the royal approach is simpler than the other. About an hours time is enough to reach the fort from here.

Time to reach from base village: An hour to reach the top of the fort

What to see:

The entrance gates of the fort of Hadsar are epitomes of the medieval architecture. Twin doors in a tunnel-like entranceway, steps carved out of the rock and the “Gomukhi” construction of the entrance are worth studying. Passing through the main entrance, the path is divided into two. One leads to the top of a hillock and the other to the second gate. Immediately after the second gate a water cistern, with potable water, can be seen. Walking towards the elevated area in front of the cistern leads us to three huge stores carved in the rock butting the cliff. These are not suitable for a stay, though. The rock also has images of lord Ganesh carved on it. Towards the right, there is a big pond with a Mahadeo temple and a huge Nandi. The hall of the temple has six corners, three of which have idols of Lord Ganesh, Garuda (Eagle) and Lord Hanuman respectively on them. The pond in front of the temple gets completely filled in the monsoon. A stonewalled well-like construction can be seen at the center of the pond. Adjacent to the temple lays a strong bastion. Descending from the right of the bastion-wall, a cistern now filled up with sand soil can be seen. Proceeding little ahead leads us to a carved-out cave in the rock. This was meant for surveying purposes. A splendid view of the Manikdoh dam and its surroundings enriches this place. The whole range of Chavand, Naneghat, Shivneri, Bhairavgad and Jeevdhan is visible from here.

Accommodation Facility: About 5 persons can stay in the Mahadeo temple. However, in the monsoon the rainwater gets collected in the temple.

Food Facility: Not available

Drinking Water Facility: The cistern in front of the main gate is an all-time supply of water.

Best Season to Visit: All the year

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