Kohoj Fort is located in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, around 104 km from Mumbai. Located near Manor, the fort can be seen while travelling on the NH-8, Mumbai – Ahmedabad highway. Kohoj fort is one of the fort from history, which the great Shivaji Maharaj surrendered it to the Mughals during Purandar deal, along with other 22 forts. The fort is around 800 years old and this history dates back to the year 1665.
Kohoj fort had many rulers among which the most notable were the Marathas and the Mughals which added the historical significance and the architectural remains to the fort. Though most of these remnants of the fort are not maintained very well now, yet, it shows the ancient architectural style and construction of the fort.
The Kohoj fort is around 3200 ft tall and the hike to this fort takes around 3 hours which is of average difficulty level. This simple and small trek has everything to offer to its trekker, say it a small and remote village cultures, lakes to the lush green hills, misty atmosphere and beautiful flora and fauna. The view of the surrounding place from the top is stunning. One can see Tak-Mak, Dheraj River and Bandre dam.
Things not to miss at Kohoj Fort:
Pazar Lake: Pazar lake is situated at the base of the fort. It is man-made lake which is used as a water supply for many surrounding villages. The water of the lake is used by natives for domestic purposes. The view of the entire fort in the crystal clear lake water is stunning and a sight definitely not to missed. The water of the lake is generally cool and also used as a natural swimming pool by villagers. So while you are here, don’t forget to take a dive into the fresh water and enjoy the nature surroundings. Additionally, it is advisable to consult to local people before going into the lake to avoid any accidents.
Ancient Temples: The hill top has several ancient temples such as Shankar temple, Hanuman temple and temple of lord Krishna. There are several water cisterns found near these temples out of which very few are in good condition. The remains of the fortification of this fort can also be seen on the top.
Naturally formed structure: On the top, a man-like structure formed due to the erosion of wind has been created naturally. This is one of the best sight to see on this trek. It is also said that the structure looks different when viewed from different directions. Don’t forget to click yourself with this naturally formed pinnacle.
How to Reach:
By Road: Kohoj Fort is accessible by road. The roads are in good condition to travel with own vehicles. One can also take lift from the ongoing vehicles to reach the destination or a city bus.
By Rail: Nearest railway station in Palghar. One can get multiple trains from Mumbai or Pune to reach to Palghar and then can look for private or sharing vehicles. The base village to Kohoj fort is Vaghote, which is around 31 km from palghar.
By Air: Nearest airport is Mumbai and Pune.
Things to remember:
- Kohoj fort has no living arrangements.
- City buses may not be frequent and may not run during late night. So plan your trip accordingly.
- Monsoon is the best time to visit this fort to avoid scratching sun. However, make sure of the heavy rain should not interrupt your transportation or the trek.
- Most part of the trek is uneven and has big stones on the way. So make sure to wear proper clothes and flat shoes.
- Ask locals for proper direction every time.
- There are no shops or restaurants nearby Kohoj fort or the nearest village. You can get some packed food packets at Palghar.
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