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Bhavangad FortHeight : 541 ft. from MSL
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : None
District : Thane Grade : Easy
      On western side of Mumbai, there is a famous beach of Kelve. From this village Bhavangad fort is 3 km away. During Vasai campaign the Marathas built this fort to put a check on Portuguese.
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Bhavangad
History :
      In 1526, Portuguese started building Vasai fort. To control the entire region they created chain of forts in Shirgao, Mahim and Kelve. They forced locals to change their religion. When the Peshwas got a hint of this, they started a campaign against Portuguese in 1737. Under the leadership of the great Chimaji Appa, warriors like Gangaji Naik, Shankaraji Phadke and Baji Rethekar fought against the Portuguese.
The fort was built during the time of Vasai campaign, right in the middle of the monsoons. 2000 workers were used for the same.
Fascinating Spots :

      Bhavangad is built on small hill. Within 10 minutes we will enter through main entrance on Machi. Since the fort was to be built in less time, the walls were built by just setting the rocks and no cementing material like lime was used. We can see renovated temple of Bhavangadeshwar on fort.
The western entrance of citadel is of Gomukhi style. The arch of this entrance is broken, but the bastion and the walls are intact. Limestone was used in construction of this entrance. Beside entrance, there are vestibules for guards. Inside there is a square water tank, around which the locals have built a protective wall. It is full of water.
Citadel area is full of trees. Start from the fortification on the right of tank. Small path goes down from North-East of fortification. On left of path there are 2 caves. They were probably used to store grains. This path goes to Dandapada village. Just return from caves, and complete the fort visit.
Ways To Reach :
      1. Bhavangad is at the same distance from Kelve or Saphale on western Railway. From Saphale catch a bus or 6 seat rickshaw for Dativare and get down at Madhukarnagar stop. From here fort is 1.5 km away.
2. Catch a 6 seat rickshaw from Kelve station. The road to Bhavangad goes through Dhanda and Khatali villages. This distance is 3 km. We can see Kelve fort, Futaka Buruj, Customs fort and Danda fort during the journey towards Bhavangad.
Accommodation Facility :
      You can stay at Bhavangadeshwar Temple on the fort. However, trekkers prefer to visit the forts around in one day and seldom stay on this fort.
Food Facility :
      Restaurants in Kelve and Saphale.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Recommended to carry water
Best Season To Visit :
      All the year
Notes :
      1. You can visit Bhavangad (15KM),Danda fort, Futaka Buruj, Custom Fort(15 KM), Kelve Sea Fort(15 KM), Kelve Fort(3 KM), Mahim Fort (5 KM) and Shirgao Fort, all these in a single day. But for this you must know timings for high and low tide. Cause Kelve sea fort can be visited only at time of low tide. So if you know these timings all mentioned places can be seen in single day. You can get rickshaw from Palghar or Kelve station, for full day.
2. If low tide is at morning then 1st visit Kelve sea fort. Then visit Danda fort and Bhavangad. After lunch go for Kelve fort, Mahim fort, Shirgao fort, and then go to Palghar.
If low tide is at evening then get down at Palghar, take rickshaw and visit Shirgao (5 KM), Mahim fort, Mahakavati Temple (4 KM), Kelve fort, Bhavangad fort (3 KM). At the end come to Kelve village and at low tide visit Kelve sea fort and then go to Kelve station (8 KM).
3. You can see the information about Danda, Kelve, Mahim, and Shirgao Fort on “trekshitiz.com”.
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 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  Bhilai Fort
 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
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