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Asherigad FortHeight : 1680 ft
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Palghar
District : Thane Grade : Hard
      Of all the small forts scattered around the Palghar region, Asheri can be termed as the “Elder Brother” due to massiveness of it's size and height. As it covers a huge area the fort looks impressively strong.
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Asherigad
Asherigad
Asherigad
History :
      History mentions that Bhojraj, a descendant of the Shilahar Dynasty built this fort. Hence it can be assumed that this fort is at least 800 years old. The Portuguese rebuilt this fort after they captured it during their rule. In 1737, Peshwa won this fort during his campaign of the Konkan and in 1818 this fort came under the British rule.
Fascinating Spots :

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      On the plains and on the right of the path one can see quite many remnants of settlements. One can also see quite many foundations with gutters cut in them. These could be to collect the rainwater during the rainy season or to lead away the overflow. The cave on the top is of medium size and having a large cave opening. But it has been carved into the rocks in such a way that the stray wind or the cold does not enter in. The back portion of the cave is very uneven. However, there are platforms made both outside and inside for the guards to take rest. The two hibiscus bushes outside the cave entrance point to the fact that rituals might have been conducted regularly by the villagers somewhere in the past. On left side of the top portion of the cave, there is a built in square water tank. There is a half buried cannon in this tank. There are two more half completed tanks here. From the top plateau, one can see the fort of Kohoj to the South West. One can also see the natural human form on the fort with the help of binoculars. Going ahead on the path one can see a huge depression the rock face and a bastion.
Ways To Reach :
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      There is only one route going to the top of the fort. One has to get down at Khodkona village bus stop. This village is reachable either by the S.T. from Palghar to Kasa or by private vehicles plying this highway. This village is situated around 10-11 kms ahead of “Mastan Naka”. The actual village is situated a bit inside from the main road. There is a bullock cart route to the left of the highway, which leads to the village. On the highway, if one stands with his back to Palghar, one can see Adsul to the right and the vast expanse of Asher to the left. The bullock cart route enters the village via a small bridge. Here, the small beautiful temple of Vagdev can be seen. On entering the village we see the vast expanse of fields, cultivation of mango trees and houses peeking from the greenery, which drives away the tiredness of the journey . After quenching the thirst and filling bottles with the cool well water, one should proceed ahead towards the fort, on the route shown by the villagers. As the route goes through dense jungle, one does not feel the heat even in the summer. It takes approximately 1 to 1 ˝ hours to reach the pass. The route up to the pass is easy but continuously climbing. There is a temple of Vagdev a bit ahead of this pass on a higher level. One should turn to right and proceed towards the top of the fort. We reach the base of the entrance as we go around a huge rock face in the route. Here one can find a small sculpture of Ganesh on the rock face. The entrance has been destroyed by explosives. Here, care must be taken while climbing up. As the climb is quite zigzag and steep, it is advisable to take help from someone Expert in climbing. If possible, climb without any sacks on your back. After exhausting enthusiasm to climb, we reach a flight of steps cut into the rock face to the right. There are quite many water tanks on the way, but are not potable. From this water tank, we can reach the middle of the fort making way through the shoulder length bushes growing here. To the left, below the route are 5 water tanks excavated into the rocky ground. Of these one tank has potable water. Walking ahead, after 5 minutes, another path bifurcates to the left. Going down this route, we come across three more water tanks. The water in these tanks is very clear, sweet and thirst quenching. There is also a cave on the rock face nearby on right hand side.
Accommodation Facility :
      Around 10-12 trekkers can stay in the temple and the plinth built outside. However, foodstuffs should be taken care of from mice.
Food Facility :
      Food arrangements have to be made by the trekkers themselves.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Water is available all through the year.
Time To Reach :
      Approximately 3 hours
Best Season To Visit :
      Throughout the year
Notes :
      Difficulty gradeis hard because the rock climbing part of the climb is bit tough and can be dangerous during the monsoon. It is adviced that this should be tried with the help of experienced trekkers only.
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Forts of Category: Hill forts
 Aad  Achala  Ahivant  Ajinkyatara
 Ajmera  Ajoba  Alang  Anjaneri
 Ankai  Arjungad  Asherigad  Aundha
 Avchitgad  Ballalgad  Balwantgad  Banda Fort
 Bankot  Barvai  Bhagwantgad  Bhairavgad(kothale)
 Bhairavgad(Moroshi)  Bhandardurg  Bhangsigad(Bhangsi mata gad)  Bharatgad
 Bhaskargad  Bhavangad  Bhavanigad  Bhimashankar
 Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bhudargad  Bhupalgad (Banurgad)
 Bhupatgad  Bhushangad  Birwadi  Bishta
 Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chandan-Vandan  Chanderi
 Chandragad to Arthur seat  Chandragad(Dhavalgad)  Chaulher  Chavand
 Dasgaon Fort  Dategad  Daulatmangal  Dehergad (Bhorgad)
 Dermal  Devgiri (Daulatabad)  Dhak-Bahiri  Dhakoba
 Dharavi Fort  Dharmapuri  Dubergad(Dubera)  Dundha
 Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gadgada (Ghargad)  Gagangad
 Galna  Gambhirgad  Gandharvgad  Gavilgad
 Ghangad  Gharapuri  Ghodbunder Fort  Ghosalgad
 Ghotawada Fort (Gotara)  Gopalgad  Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)
 Gowalkot  Gunawantgad  Hadsar  Hanumantgad
 Hanumantgad(Nimgiri)  Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad
 Hatgad  Hatkeshwar to Lenyadri  Honnur Fort  Indragad
 Indrai  Irshalgad  Jangli Jaigad  Janjala (Vaishagad)
 Jawlya  Jivdhan  Kailasgad  Kakati Fort
 Kaladgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai
 Kalyangad(Nandgiri)  Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan
 Kanhergad  Kankrala  Karha  Karnala
 Katra  Kavnai  Kenjalgad  Khairai
 Kharepatan fort  Kohoj  Kokandiva  Koldurg
 Kolkewadi  Kondhavi  Korigad  Kulang
 Kunjargad(Kombadgad)  Kurdugad  Laling  Lingana
 Lohgad  Madangad  Mahadevgad  Mahimangad
 Mahimatgad  Mahipalgad  Mahipatgad  Mahuli
 Malanggad  Malhargad  Mandangad  Mangad
 Mangalgad  Mangi-Tungi  Manikdurg  Manikpunj
 Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohandar(Shidaka)  Mohangad
 Moragad  Mordhan  Morgiri  Mrugagad
 Mulher  Nagardhan  Nagla Bunder Fort  Naneghat
 Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Narnala  Nhavigad
 Nimgiri  Nivati Fort  Pabargad  Pachhapur Fort
 Padargad  Padmadurg ( Kasa Killa)  Palashi Fort  Palgad
 Pandavgad  Panhaledurg  Panhalekaji Fort  Panhalgad
 Pardi Fort  Pargad  Parvatgad  Pateshwar
 Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)  Piliv Fort
 Pimplas Kot  Pisol  Plus Valley  Prabalgad
 Pratapgad  Premgiri  Purandar  Raigad
 Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajapur Fort (British warehouse)  Rajdeher
 Rajdher  Rajgad  Rajhansgad (Yellur Fort)  Rajmachi
 Ramdurg  Ramgad  Ramshej  Ramtek
 Ranjangiri  Rasalgad  Ratangad  Ratangad(Ratnadurg)
 Ratnadurg  Rawlya  Rawlya - Jawlya  Riwa Fort
 Rohida  Rohilgad  Sada Fort  Sadashivgad
 Sagargad  Sajjangad  Salher  Salota
 Samangad  Samrajgad  Sandan Valley - Karoli Ghat  Santoshgad
 Saptashrungi  Sarasgad  Sewri Fort  Shivgad
 Shivneri  ShivtharGhal  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sinhagad
 Sondai  Songad  Songir (Dhule)  Songir (Karjat)
 Songiri (near Roha)  Sudhagad  Sumargad  Tahuli
 Takmak  Talgad  Tandulwadi  Terekhol Fort
 Thalner  Tikona  Torna  Trimbakgad
 Tringalwadi  Tung  Umberkhind  Vairatgad
 Vajragad (Vasai)  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)  Vardhangad  Varugad
 Vasantgad  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad  Vilasgad (Mallikarjun)
 Visapur  Yashawantgad (Redi Fort)  Yashwantgad(Nate)