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Hiking Trip to Visapur Fort
Destination : Visapur Fort

District - Pune

Height above mean sea level - 3420 feet

Base Village - Malawali/ Bhaje

Region - Lonavala

Rating - Simple

Location
It is located in Pune district, 2.5 km from Malavli Railway station. It has an elevation of 1084 meters above sea level. It is built on the same plateau as Lohagad.

History
It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa. Visapur fort was built much later than Lohagad but the histories of the two forts are closely linked.

In 1818, when reducing the Peshwa's forts, the strength of Lohagad and its fame as the treasury of the Maratha kingdom, caused the English to make special preparations for its attack. A detachment of 380 European and 800 native soldiers, with a battering train, summoned from Konkan, were joined by artillery from Chakan, and two other British battalions. On 4th March,1818, Visapur was attacked and occupied.

Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad,, the British troops set up their canons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad-Visapur was taken over by the British in 1818 AD and placed under the command of a Colonel Prother. Considering, the strategic importance of Visapur, both the north (Konkan) and the south (Deccan) gateways were blown up, and except a few huts, nothing was left standing[3]. In contrast, most of Lohagad fort is still intact.

Major Features
Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad. Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. These two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as the Peshwa's palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temple dedicated to him scattered all over the place. Hanuman (or Maruti) was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort.

There is a well which local legend says was built by the Pandavas. In 1885, near the north wall there was an iron gun ten feet long and of four-inch bore, marked with the Tudor Rose and Crown, flanked by the letters E. R. This is probably a gun of Queen Elizabeth's reign probably taken as bounty from an English ship and presented to the Peshwa by Kanhoji Angre or some other commander of the Maratha navy. Like other guns on the fort it has been disabled by breaking off its trunnions. Close to it are the remains of an old Mahadev shrine.

Unlike the inner structure, majority of its wall is still intact. At a moderate pace, it takes two hours to walk along the winding Visapoor walls. It is high and strengthened by towers along the west face. In other parts, the wall varies from 3 feet thick fortification, backed by masonry platforms where the slope of the hill is easy, to a mere parapet of dry stone where the plateau ends in a precipice. Two massive bastions still flank the ruined central gate.

Dates - 12'th September - Batch 1
           13'th September - Batch 2

Cost
Rs 650 /- per person if booked by 9'th September
Rs 850 /- per person if booked from 10'th September

To Book, Call us on 9820277797 or mail us on info@escapadesindia.com

Cost Inclusive of
Private Non A/C Transport (Mini Bus - Qualis (to seat 8) ) (seatings on first come first serve)
Packed Snacks and Lunch
Guide Fees

Cost Excludes....
Expenses of a personal nature like aerated drinks, mineral water, etc.
Any other expense not mentioned in the cost includes column.
Evening Tea

Cancellation Terms
Once Booked, Cant be cancelled for any reasons. No refunds for Cancellation
No transfer to any other trip allowed

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CHECK LIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS
Loose fitting clothes with full length cargoes or track pants (anything which dries quickly and doesnt absorb water)
Change of Clothes/ Towel
Rainwear
Good Trekking Shoes with Good Grip (compulsory)
Water Bottle (minimum 2 litres)
Cap/ Sunglasses (optional)
Sunscreen Lotion (optional)
Cord for spectacles and sunglasses (optional)
Camera (optional)
Mosquito Repellant (odomas)
Personal Medication, if any
Tang sachets/ Electral powder
Chocolates/ Dry fruits/ Nuts

IMPORTANT
Please get cotton bags to carry ur own waste.
Pls carry basic medicines like bandaid, dettol, soframycin etc

What not to bring:
Cotton Clothing, Saris, Salwar Kameez, Jeans, Chappals.
Alchohol Strictly Prohobited

A Last word
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