Jungle Jaigad Fort is beautifully situated in the dense forest of “Sahyadri Tiger Reserve” formerly known as “Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary”. Showcasing breathtaking views and natural surroundings; will allow you to see a variety of birds and wild animals. Also, the forest surrounding this fort acts as a wildlife corridor between Koyna and Chandoli wildlife sanctuaries respectively. Don’t be surprised if you spot some wild animals during the trek to Jaigarh Fort. Be especially careful of snakes and scorpions.
Jungli Jaigad Fort is one of the most exciting jungle treks where you get to see dense forests. The fort extends from the main Sahyadri Range, about half a kilometre long and 30 meters wide. There is a ruined temple of Thanai Devi at Jangli Jaigad Fort. There is a lamp in front. Further to the left are the remains of a sunken well and steps leading down into it. To the south of the fort, Kumbharli Ghat connects Chiplun to Helwak and further to Karad. No water or shelter is available.
KoynanagarEarthquake in 1967
This jungle Jaigad fort was built in the valley of Koyna to watch over the Kumbharli Ghat. The fort was destroyed in the Koynanagar earthquake in 1967. In that, the well on the fort was completely extinguished. Till then, the villagers of Panchkroshi used to come to the Fort for pilgrimage to Thanai Devi; but in the earthquake, along with the well, the road leading to the fort also completely collapsed.
Junglee Jaigad Fort was in the possession of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort used to be included in the Helvak Mahal, famous as the neighbouring market. In 1758-59, Khandoji Mankar, chief of the Peshwas, conquered the fort from the Pantapratinidhis; but the Peshwas handed it back to the representatives.
Bapu Gokhale, the general of the Peshwas, conquered this fort from Tai Telni under his patronage again in 1810. Like many other forts, the British conquered this fort in 1818 under the command of Colonel Hewett.
Day 0Overnight Travelling (5-6 hrs.)
23:00 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.
Day 1Junglee Jaigad Fort Trek > Travel to Pune
04:30 – 06:30 Early in the morning, we reach Navaja village at the base of Junglee Jaigad Fort. Get quick freshened up. (Washrooms are available.) Have breakfast. Get ready for the jungle trek.
06:30 Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
06:45 – 09:30 Now we will start the trek to the Junglee Jaigad Fort; We have to climb approximately 1,150 feet. It’s an easy ascend; usually takes 2 to 3 hours to reach the top of the fort. On the way, you can experience the very dense forest.
09:30 – 10:30 You can rest for an hour at the top.
10:30 – 12:30 Now we start descending to the base village by the same route. After spending 6 to 7 hours in to the forest, our trek will end at Navaja village.
12:30 – 14:00 Refresh yourself. (Washrooms are available) Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
14:00 – 20:00 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 Gain / Loss: ⇑ 1,150 ft. / ⇓ 1,150 ft. • Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 6 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea