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Jivdhan Fort & Naneghat Caves – One Day Trek

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  • One DayDuration
  • Sun, 29 Oct’23travel dates
  • 13-55 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size

Highlights of Trek

  • Exciting Trek to Jivdhan Fort
  • Ascend via Kalyan DarwajaDescend via Junnar Darwaja
  • Explore the Jivdhan FortGates, Water Cisterns, BIG Warehouse, etc.
  • Vanarlingi Pinnacle View PointAlso, Surrounding High Mountains
  • Visit the Ancient Naneghat CavesSome inscriptions in the caves date back to the reign of the Satavahana dynasty, a prominent ancient Indian dynasty
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Key Info

  • JunnarPune District
  • GhatgharBase Village
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • ModerateGrade
  • 3,630 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 6 hrs., 6 km.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 6.5/10

Jivdhan 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 3,630 feet above sea level. Trekking up Jivdhan 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 1,000 m into the Konkan.

History ofJivdhan Fort

Jivdhan Fort dates back to the Satvaahan era. It has been a significant fort throughout history due to its proximity to the historic Naneghat caves. Jivdhan Fort acted as a protector of the important Naneghat trade route (toll collection point), which connected the sea to the mainland. Over time Jivdhan Fort was controlled by several rulers including the Bahamanis, the Nizam, the Mughals and the Marathas. In 1818, Jivdhan was captured by the British, who destroyed all approaches leading to the fort.

Vanarlingi Pinnacle

One of Jivdhan Fort’s highlights is its breathtaking view of the “Vanar Lingi”, popularly known as the “Khada Parsi” pinnacle. The pinnacle looks small from afar but starts appearing bigger as you get closer to the top of the fort. Only when you reach the top of the fort, can you fully gauge the real magnitude of the approximately 430-foot-high pinnacle!

Naneghat CavesAncient Caves from Satvaahan Dynasty

Naneghat was a part of an ancient trading route and is famous for a major cave with Sanskrit inscriptions in Brahmi script and Middle Indo-Aryan dialect. These inscriptions have been dated between the 2nd and the 1st century BCE, and are attributed to the Satvaahan dynasty era. The inscriptions are notable for linking the Vedic and Hindu deities, mentioning some Vedic Srauta rituals and names that provide historical information about the ancient Satvaahan.

The inscriptions present the world’s oldest numeration symbols for “2, 4, 6, 7, and 9” which resemble modern-era numerals, more closely those found in modern Nagari and Hindu-Arabic script.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 1Pune > Jivdhan Fort Trek > Pune

05:30
Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

07:00 – 08:00
An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.

09:45
We arrive at the starting point of our trek i.e. Ghatghar village.
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

10:00 – 14:00
Now we start the trek to the Jivdhan Fort via the “Kalyan Darwaja” route or we can say, via the “Naneghat” side. We need to ascend approximately 1,100 ft. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the top from the base.

Explore the Jivdhan Fort.

You can see the newly installed door to Kalyan Darwaja. The old but strong structure of the Jivdhan 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 Jivdhan Fort. Also around this fort, you can see many forts and hills.

14:00 – 17:00
Now we start descending to the base village via the Junnar Darwaja. Reach Ghatghar village and refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)

Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.

After a meal, visit Naneghat Caves. There is some text carved in these caves. This text is in Brahmi script.

17:00 – 21:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.

21:00
Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 🙂


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 1,100 ft. / ⇓ 1,100 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 6 hrs., 6 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek

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Inclusions

What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • A Breakfast, Meal after the TrekServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GST 18%Goods & Service Tax

Exclusions

What's Not Included?
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything Specifically Not Mentioned in the ‘Inclusions List’.
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