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Nhavigad Fort
Nashik district, Maharashtra
Nhavigad.jpg
Nhavigad fort from Patalwadi village
Type Hill fort
Coordinates Latitude: 20.8331138
Longitude: 74.0448689
Built 1400
Construction
materials
Stone
Height 4100 feet
Current
condition
Ruins
Current
owner
Government of India
Open to
the public
Yes

Nhavigad (न्हावीगड) is also called as Nhavagad or Ratangad. It is located in the Baglan area of Nashik district. There are two main hill ranges in Baglan area the Selbari range is south of the Dolbari hill range. These two ranges run parallel to each other in east-west direction. Nhavigad is located on Dolbari hill range.All these forts were maintained to keep watch on the Burhanpur-Surat ancient commercial road. The road passes between the two hill ranges. Nhavigad is a small fort, but very difficult to climb.

History[edit | edit source]

In the records it is written that there was a fierce battle in 1439 between Bahamani king and the King of Gujarat at the base of the Nhavigad and adjoining Tambolya hill. Both sides received huge losses, hence both sides receded from the battleground at night.[1]

Places to see[edit | edit source]

There are few rock cut cisterns and caves on the fort, else there is nothing to see. There is no fortification or significant construction on the fort.On the half way there is a small temple of Saptashringi devi. From the fort Mangi-Tungi, Salher, Salota, Hargad, Mulher, Mora forts are easily seen.

How to reach[edit | edit source]

There is a good motorable road upto the base village Patalwadi. It takes about one an hour to reach Patalwadi from the nearest town Taharabad. It is strictly advisable to get an local escort from village Patalwadi. The trek is a steady climb. The entire hill is devoid of trees or rocks. The pathway is very risky and becomes slippery in the monsoon.The rock cut steps are near the final climb of the fort. There is no good water on the fort, so it is advisable to carry enough water. It takes about one hour to climb the fort.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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temple of Saptashringi on the half way

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Pathway on the fort

Rock cut water cistern on the fort

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://trekshitiz.com/ trekshitiz/marathi/Nhavigad-Trek-N-Alpha.html

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