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A Sunrise At Malhargad

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Introduction

Malhargad is one of the youngest forts in India. It was built by the Marathas in the latter half of the 18th century to guard the Dive Ghat route connecting Saswad to Pune. The fort can be accessed by a short climb of 20 minutes after a short detour from the Dive Ghat road, thus making it a quick getaway from Pune on any day.

The Sun Also Rises -x-x-x-

Getting (Climbing) In

One has to take the Dive Ghat route from Pune on the way to Saswad. After the ghat climb, one should take the road to the left at the next to Shakuntala Misal leading towards Zendewadi. The road deteriorates after a while, but leads on the the base of Malhargad where one can park the vehicle. Two paths from this point can be used to climb to the fort - the straight rough path or the gentle switch-back route on the right.

The fort seen from the parking lot
The stairs leading to the 'Chor Darwaza'
The gentle switch-backs
The main road of the Dive Ghat is serviced by regular local buses from Pune. The …