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Morgiri Fort
मोरगिरी किल्ला
Part of Lonavala Hill Range
Pune district, Maharashtra
Type Hill fort
Coordinates Latitude:
Longitude:
Construction
materials
Stone
Height 3310 Ft.
Current
condition
Ruins
Current
owner
Government of India
Open to
the public
Yes
Controlled by

 Maratha Empire (1739-1818)
 United Kingdom

  • East India Company (1818-1857)
  • British Raj (1857-1947)
 India (1947-)

Morgiri Fort (Marathi language: मोरगिर किल्ला) is a hill fort in Pune District. Its shape and structure of the fort suggest that its main function was as a watchtower overlooking Maval region of the Pawana and Mulshi valleys guarding the road to Pune city.[1]

Location[edit | edit source]

It is about 18 km from Lonavala railway station and can also be approached from Pune. The base village is Jambhulne which is on the Lonavala to Tung fort road. The fort is triangular in shape and has steep climbs with a very narrow route on the edge of the mountain throughout. It requires 3 hrs to reach the top of the fort.The path passes through dense forest. Reaching this fort requires about a 300-metre climb.The pathway starting from Essar Agrotech company leadsto the fort in 1-2 hrs.

History[edit | edit source]

Not much history about this fort is known. This fort was under the control of Maratha empire.

Major features[edit | edit source]

The highest point on the Morgiri fort is  3010 feet above the sea level. The difficulty level of the fort is hard. Morgiri Fort is less popular as compared to the other forts nearby.  There is an Indian flag and a saffron flag hosted on the fort. After climbing a patch there is a water tank but the water inside in it is unhygienic and not potable. Further from this tank, there is a 5 feet high rock patch, above which there is one more water tank which again has non-potable water. Walking further there are rock-cut steps. Once we come across this open area, there are more steps that take us to the top of the fort in 5 minutes. There is also a cave of Jakhmata. The water of Pawana Dam, Tung, Tikona, Korigad forts are visible from the top of this fort.[2]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Trekshitiz. "Morgiri". Trekshitiz. http://trekshitiz.com/marathi/Morgiri-Trek-M-Alpha.html. Retrieved 2 April 2020. 
  2. ImOutdoor. "Morgiri Fort Trek". ImOutdoor. https://imoutdoor.com/trek/morgiri-fort-trek/. Retrieved 14 April 2020. 

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