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 3,754 feet above sea level. Trekking up Jivdhan Fort is considered moderate to difficult, 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 and Ratangad Forts. 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.
One of Jivdhan Fort’s highlights is the breath-taking view it offers of the “Vanar Lingi”, popularly known as “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-feet-high pinnacle!
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.
SG-Trekkers representatives will be met at your pick-up point. Once we have done with all our pick-up points we will proceed to our trekking base/starting point. (3 hrs. Journey)
We will reach our base/starting point. A pre-trek briefing will be given to all participants & commence trek to “Jivdhan Fort”. We are ascending the fort via “Kalyan Darwaja”. It took approx. 2 hrs. to reach the top of the fort.
We visit & explore the various parts of forts & other remnants. Also, we enjoy the views of the surrounding from the top of the Jivdhan Fort. Later we start descending the fort via the “Junnar Darwaja” route & then we visit the very old “Naneghat caves”.
Our trip concludes with very hot & delicious local food. After having a meal we will travel to Pune with happy memories & non-biodegradable waste.
Reach Pune and it’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions. Let’s stay in touch with each other through Phone, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and meet again on yet another memorable trip. See you all!
Meal after the trek
Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Junnar > Ghatghar (Base)
22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata
Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.