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Shivneri and Other Forts

Shivneri

Shivneri Fort is a 17th-century military fortification located near Junnar. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of Maratha Empire. Chhatrapati Shivaji was born at the fort on 19 February 1630, and spent his childhood there.he got his name SHIVBA here. Inside the fort is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi, after whom Shivaji was named. There are statues of Jijabai and young Shivaji. At the centre of the fort is a water pond which is called 'Badami Talav'. To the South of 'Badami Talav' are the statues Jijabai and a young Shivaji. In the fort there are two water springs, called Ganges and Yamuna, which have water throughout the year. Two kilometers away from this fort there are the Lenyadri caves which is one of Ashtavinayak temple in Maharastra. It has been declared as a protected monument. There are many gates structures protecting this fort. Mana daravaja ( Gate ) is one of the many gates on shivneri fort.


Chavand Fort

Chavand is a hill fortress situated 30 km from the modern-day town of Naryangoan in Junnar Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. The fort, which rises 1,036 meters (3,399 feet) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege. This is one of the forts known as the 'Famous 5'. Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan and Naneghat form the Famous 5 trek. The fort has remnants of construction that are more than 800 years old. Village of Chavandwadi lies at the base of the fort. Under the rule of Shivaji Maharaj this was known as Prasannagad.


Jivdhan Fort

Jivdhan (or Jeevdhan) is a hill fortress situated 45 km near the modern day town of Narayangaon in Junnar Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. The fort, which rises 1,145 meters (3,757 feet) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege between 1815 -1818 Jivdhan is a part of the 'Famous 5' trekking destinations among trekking enthusiasts. Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, and Naneghat are the other destinations in the Famous 5 trek. This is a high difficulty grade trek due to the misleading jungle tracks and the necessity and knowledge of using climbing equipment.


Hadsar Fort

This fort (along with Chavand, Shivneri and Jidhan) guards Naneghat - the ancient trade route between Junnar (plateau) and Kalyan, Nalasopara (both in Konkan). Reaching Junnar, one has to catch a bus (Nimgiri bus or Rajur no.1 bus) to reach village Hadsar which is only 16 km from Junnar. Reaching the village, walk for about 5 min on the tar road towards Chavand side. A well lies on the right hand side. Take a right turn here and you will reach a plateau in 10 mins. Walking ahead with Hadsar on right hand side, one sees a gully. Top can be approached through this gully (fortification can be seen at the top from the gully). Another way is from the left face (western face) of the fort and is the easiest route. Third route goes via eastern face of the fort.