Wednesday, 09 May 2012 18:06

Chanderi

Fort:- Chanderi

Region:- Matheran

Type:- Hill Fort

Height:- 2330 ft

Grade:- Hard

Base village:- Goregaon (near Vangni Station) 

Water and shelter availability:- Drinking water is generally available in the reservoir till the end of October every year (based on the monsoons).

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About fort:-

History:- Although worth mentioning as the jewel in the crown of forts in the district of Raigad, there is no significant history attached to this fort. Near the caves on the fort are visible some remnants of fortification. This is the only sign to designate Chanderi as a fort. In May 1656, Shivaji Maharaj conquered all territory up to Kalyan-Bhiwandi-Rairi. This was when this fort came under the rule of the Marathas. Lack of development, low water storage areas, absence of significant constructions, limited facilities for people to stay and extremely difficult approach road seem to suggest that rather than a fort, this was possibly a military base.

Fascinating spots - A desecrated idol of lord Shiva can be seen inside the cave. Very near to the cave is a reservoir of potable water. However, water is available only till the month of October. The cave can comfortably accommodate 8 to 10 people at a time. Another reservoir of water is situated at the base of the pinnacle near the cave.

The area on the top of the fort is not too much to wander. Due to landslide, reaching the top of the pinnacle has become extremely difficult. To the east of the fort, one can see Matheran, Peb, Prabalgad range, etc. while to the west, can be seen forts like Bhimashankar, Siddhagad, Gorakhgad, Peth, etc.

The area at the foothills of Chanderi is very alluringly enchanting in the monsoons. Many tourists travel here to enjoy the waterfalls.

Additional Info

  • Type: Hill Fort
  • Grade: Hard
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