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Mahuli Fort (Mumbai)

In Thane district near Shahpur-Asangaon we find a group of three mountains – Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad. Here the nature is so pleasant that we must visit this place to see the natural beauty. The mountain with many pinnacles is known as Mahuli. Mahuli is divided into three parts – northern one is Palasgad, Mahuli in the middle and Bhandargad on the southern end Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was won again by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again. The Moghal sardar Manohardas Gaud was the in charge of this fort. He did much construction on the fort. In Feb 1670, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed. Thousand of Marathas were killed by Moghals. It was a bad blow to Marathas. Even after this victory, Manohardas Gaud, the chief of the fort gave up his position and a new chief Alveerdi Beg was appointed. On 16 June 1670, after two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad became part of Swarajya.

From Asangaon we reach the eastern side of the fort. Here we have to climb a ladder. Here we see two water cisterns. After 5 minutes walk, another cistern is seen. At the top we come across a diversion. Way to the left goes to Bhandargad. At the right side gatehouses are seen. Further we see the ruins of Mahadarwaza. The way from cistern goes to Palasgad. On the way there is a bamboo forest. From here, Alang, Madan, Kulang and Kalsubai are seen and on the east Harishchandragad, Aajobagad are seen. To the southeast Matheran range and to southwest, Tansa and Tungareshwar range can be seen. Further from ladder way, a way at left side goes to a forest. Here we see Mahadeo temple. Next to it are the remnants of a palace. Opposite to it is a big lake. Then we reach Jamoon bag. This way takes us at a ridge. This ridge falls between Bhandargad and Mahuli. At the right side, 500 to 600 ft down, near the pinnacle Kalyan Darwaza is seen. We can come from Kalyan Darwaaja to the fort by rock climbing. After ascending the ridge, we come near a hidden cistern. The way further takes us at Bhandargad.