Lingana

Type: Hill Fort

 

Height (Approx in ft.): 3000

 

Grade: Hard

 

Base Village: Paane

 

District: Raigad

 

Nearest Railway Station: Kalyan, Pune, Thane

 

How to reach:

One has to reach Mahad city. S.T. buses ply regularly from Kalyan, thane, Mumbai, Pune to Mahad. One can also board the passenger train from Diva station at 6:00 am. From Mahad bus depot, two buses go to the village of Paane, which is at the base of the fort. From here, we can reach the village on the upper plateau, which is called Lingana machi. From here a walk of 1 hr on slippery way leads to the base of the pinnacle.

 

Time to reach from base village: 2.5 hours from Paane

 

What to see:

The fort is not a very big fort. However the soil here is eroded at much faster rate as all the existing grass that grows on the mountain slopes is burnt down. Due to this the soil loses its grip and is washed away. Hence we find bit difficult to climb and walk on the top of the fort. In the root of the pinnacle is a cave where 50 people can stay. This is supposed to be a storehouse for grains. It faces the western side, to the fort of Raigad. As the dawn arises, we can have a beautiful glimpse of Raigad. Near the cave is a small memorial of a mountaineer Santosh Gujar. He met an accident while descending Lingana in 1979 and passed away. As we go ahead of the cave, we come across some cisterns that contain potable water. Ahead of this are few broken steps, which lead us to remnants of old constructions. Here there are more cisterns. As we traverse along the periphery of the pinnacle, we have to walk all the way on slippery route, and its necessary to carry a rope. As we reach the northern end, we have to climb some vertical rock patches. After ascending for about 150 ft., we come across broken fortification. At this height there is a cistern that is the only spot for water while going on the top. Here we can see the young vultures practicing the act of flying. Their cries fill the valley with some mystery. Then one has to ascend some 200 ft more to reach the top of the pinnacle. From here we can view Nagaarkhana and Jagdishwar temple of Raigad. We can also see Rajgad and Torna on the east. Here we feel to be on the top of the world. Right at the base of the pinnacle, above the cave are some remnants. To reach to them is quite difficult. We can see it on the way to the fort.

 

Accommodation Facility: The cave on the fort is the best place to stay. It can accommodate 30-40 people

 

Food Facility: Not available

 

Drinking Water Facility: Water is available in the cistern ahead of the cave

 

Best Season to Visit: Sept to April

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