Hatgad Fort – Nashik
Hatgad Fort – Nashik
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharajhad built the pylons of Swarajya through the construction of many forts. Many forts, which were sanctified by the touch of Lord Shiva and are still in a very strong condition, bear witness to Lord Shiva. Hatgad fort, which stands on the edge of the fort on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, still stands today as a witness to the historical reign of Shivaraya.
Hatgad fort is the beginning of the Satmala range in the Sahyadri range on the border of Nashik district in Maharashtra. The village of Hatgad is situated at the foot of this fort, which is characteristic of Surgana taluka. Shivaraya built this fort and lived here for some time. It was from this fort that they carried out the historic looting of Surat. Hatgad fort is an important center of Nashik district which has been sanctified by the inauguration of Lord Shiva and has witnessed many historical events.
Hatgad is a village inhabited by tribals. On the way to visit the fort, you can see Maruti and Ganesha sculptures. As you walk along, you will see towering towers, awkward stone walls, inscriptions carved on pillars, and caves hidden in places that remind you of thrilling history. A line in the eastern part of the Sahyadri starts from this taluka. This is called Satmal Rang. The fort of this seven-story range is like a rampart. There is a small fort on the sub-branch of the same range. His name is Hatgad. Life in this area is normal. Very few modern facilities have reached here. Since this fort has been under the rule of Mughals for a long time, the overall structure of the fort shows the dominance of Mughals.
Places to see on the Hatgad Fort – Nashik
There are four gates before entering the fort. Right before the first door, there is a water tank carved in the upper part of the cliff. There is an idol of Hanuman carved in the rock here. Only the first pillar of the fort remains. Near these doors are two inscriptions carved. After climbing a little higher, we enter through another ‘bogysar’ door dug out of the whole rock. Seeing this door reminds me of Harihar fort. There is also a cave carved on the side.
It has three water tanks. Going a little higher through this gate, the third and fourth gates of the fort are opened. The fort is very wide. It takes an hour to walk around the entire fort. After coming up through the door, one of the steps goes down to the left. There is a large wall here. Which is still very much intact today. There is a peer in front. There is an arch carved on the right bank and a water tank. After seeing all this, I used to return the way I came. Now wait on the right side of the door. A little further up here is a water tank. Going a little further up, you can see the remains of collapsed buildings.
There is also a tower minus building. There is also a lake of water a little further down. The water in this pond is not potable. There is a large plateau of the fort in front of the lake. The fortifications of this part of the fort are still very strong. There is a flagpole at the top of the lake. A path leads to the other end of the fort next to the flagpole. Many water tanks can be seen along the way. At the other end of the fort is a tower. The entire fort ferry lasts an hour. Hatgad is at a distance of 80 km from Nashik. It can be easily seen from Nashik in one day.
Share to go to the fort To reach Hatgad
you have to reach Nashik. There is a fork called Borgaon on Nashik-Saputara road. From here one road goes to Surgana and the other to Saputara. On the road to Saputara, 4 km from Borgaon. In the distance is a village called Hatgad. That is the village at the foot of the fort. An asphalt road is reported from the village. Continue on this road. Hatgad village was kept on the left hand side. We used to walk towards the fort by the footpath on the edge. It used to be a dirt road but now with paved roads and steps, the fort is easily accessible to trekkers and amateur tourists. Those who find it impossible to walk or drive. For them, after going a little further on the Saputara side of Hatgad village, a paved road has been constructed by the Government of Maharashtra on the right side near the hill of Hatgad fort and this road can be easily reached to the entrance of the fort by four wheeler.
As a result, the number of tourists visiting Hatgad fort has increased significantly. Only 4 km from Hatgad fort. Saputara is a place of cool air. Saputara can be visited along with Hatgad fort as it is also a scenic tourist destination and there are many tourist spots there. The ropeway at Saputara is famous and there are places of interest like Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Tableland Point, Jain Temple, Ritambara University Museum, Step Garden, Rose Garden etc. in Saputara. Besides boating clubs, various rides, horse riding, camel riding etc. Saputara has excellent accommodation facilities and various hotels including the tourism department are available there according to your budget.
Star Holiday Home is a hotel with affordable accommodation for family travelers. There are many places of interest in the vicinity of Hatgad fort. You can also visit Shaktipith, Saptashring Fort, Ojharkhed, Chankapur Dam, Kemcha Dongar Bhivatas Falls etc. This Hatgad fort, which bears witness to the history of Shivshahi, is a must visit for everyone. Leave the asphalt road for 5 minutes and walk straight up the hillside on the left. In 15 minutes we reach under a mango tree. Draw a diagonal line from this tree to the top of the hill. This slash is the way to the fort. It takes about an hour to reach the fort from the base.
Nearby places of interest
Saputara, Ojharkhed Dam, Chanakapur Dam, Saptashrungi Fort, Swami Samarth Kendra of Dindori, Kemche Dongar, Bhivatas Falls.