Jeevdhan Fort is an important historical fort standing at the edge of the Ghats of the Sahyadri Mountains. This is a hill fortress located in the Junnar Taluka in Maharashtra’s Pune district. The fort is situated at a height of about 3,754 feet above sea level. Trekking up Jeevdhan Fort is considered easy to moderate, but a must-do if you are an experienced trekker or an adventure enthusiast seeking to explore your boundaries!
While exploring the fort, you will come across a huge storehouse or Kothi, which has remained intact over the years. This pillared storehouse is sculpted out of rocks and its beauty is enhanced by intricate carvings. It has many smaller rooms inside. Besides the storehouse, there are several interesting ruins and remnants, including a few water cisterns and a temple dedicated to the Goddess Jivai.
The fort’s Northern bastion is in pretty good condition even today. There are a few cisterns and remnants of old buildings near this bastion. From this point, enjoy the stunning views of nearby places such as Naneghat, Harishchandragad, Nimgiri Fort, Hadsar Fort, Chavand Fort, etc. In addition, you will also be able to clearly see the entire Junnar plateau, the Manikdoh Dam and the full stretch of the Naneghat route.
To the west, its walls drop a sheer 1000m into the Konkan.
Jeevdhan Fort dates back to the Satvaahan era. It has been a significant fort throughout history due to its proximity to the historic Naneghat caves. Jeevdhan Fort acted as a protector of the important Naneghat trade route (toll collection point), which connected the sea to the mainland. Over time Jeevdhan Fort was controlled by several rulers including the Bahamanis, the Nizam, the Mughals and the Marathas. In 1818, Jeevdhan was captured by the British, who destroyed all approaches leading to the fort.
Day 1Jeevdhan Fort Trek
06:00 Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
06:30 You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
07:00 – 08:00 An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
09:00 We arrive at the base of the Jeevdhan Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
09:30 – 10:00 Explore Naneghat Caves.
There is some text carved in these caves. This text is in Brahmi script. The Jeevdhan fort and the ape-like cones attract attention. Also around this fort, you can see many forts and hills.
10:00 – 12:30 Now we start the trek to the Jeevdhan Fort via the “Kalyan Darwaja” route or we can say, via the “Naneghat” side. We need to ascend approximately 1,250 ft. It takes about two and half hours to reach the top from the base.
12:30 – 15:00 Explore the Jeevdhan Fort.
You can see the newly installed door to Kalyan Darwaja. The old but strong structure of the Jeevdhan fort is worth seeing. The carved steps and water tanks are very imaginatively made. You can also see a very large carved warehouse with many small rooms for storing grain. Enjoy the view of the Vanarlingi pinnacle from Jeevdhan fort. Also around this fort, you can see many forts and hills.
15:00 – 17:00 Now we start descending to the base village via the same route. Reach Ghatghar village & Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
17:00 – 18:00 Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
18:00 – 21:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
21:00 Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😀
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 1250 /1250 • Walk (approx.): 8 hrs., 8 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek