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Kunjargad(Kombadgad) FortHeight : 4200
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Baalaghat
District : Ahmednagar Grade : Medium
      
As we cross the Malshej ghat while coming from Kalyan – Murbad we come across a mountain range which is the Balaghat hill range. This range falls behind Harishchandragad and has many forts like Kalal, Kunjar, Bhairavgad etc. the word “Kunj” means an Elephant in Sanskrit language and the fort derives its name from it. From the base village of Vihir this fort resembles like a giant elephant. Kombadgad is the other name for this fort. This region experiences heavy rainfall between June to September and thus it is strongly recommended to avoid this fort visit during such time. The skies here remain devoid of sunshine for many days owing to dense cloudy weather. There are many waterfalls in the region.
Fascinating Spots :

      While approaching the fort via the route between the fort and the adjoining hill, we come across a path to our left on nearly 3/4th height of the fort. This route circumvents the fort where we can find two idols in dense trees. It is being said that the villagers tried to relocate these idols to the base village temple but are unsuccessful till date.

After this, the fort can be reached either by proceeding ahead by the edge and further passing through dense shrubs or moving back from here and approaching via the cleft route. The first route circumvents the hill and takes us to the opposite side of Vihir village. The route coming from Fofsandi village joins here. On the last patch of the ascend there are rock cut steps. Half way on these steps there is a cave. This cave is being carved across the mountain wall which enable to keep a vigil on both Vihir as well as Fofsandi villages. There are remnants of structures near the cave and two dried up water tanks to the right and three dried up water tanks to the left. Further we can see remains of a mansion and a series of water tanks carved in rock.

While heading back after visiting the entire fort, proceed to the hill which is to the right side of the fort. there are three caves here. Descend this hill to reach Vihir village.
Ways To Reach :
      There are two routes to reach the fort.

१) From Vihir village:-
Reach Otur village on the Mumbai-Kalyan-Murbad_Malshej ghat route. A road besides the bus stand of Otur village goes to Brahmangaon(16 kms) – Kotul(16 kms) – Vihir(16 kms). Vihir is the base village of Kunjargad fort and from here there are two ways to reach the fort.

(A) From the cleft/pass between the fort and the hill to its right side. This route takes lesser time and all the parts can be visited.

(B) By climbing the hill to the right side of the fort we come across natural formed caves and can proceed further to the fort.
It would be best if one ascends via the cleft (A) and descend via the hill (B).


२) From Fofsandi village:-
Reach Khireshwar village on the Mumbai-Kalyan-Murbad-Malshej ghat-Khireshwar. The route to Fofsandi is next to Khireshwar. The single route from the village which goes to the fort does not have the idols of Lord Hanuman and Kaloba on its way. For that one has to circumvent the hill and reach the side of Vihir village and turn again. To visit the caves another route has to be taken.

One can ascend the fort from Fofsandi village and descend via Vihir village. As there are minimal bus services in this area it is recommended to travel by one’s own vehicle.
Accommodation Facility :
      One can stay in the school at Vihir village
Food Facility :
      Not available
Drinking Water Facility :
      Available throughout the year
Time To Reach :
      2 hrs from Vihir village and Fofsandi village
Best Season To Visit :
      July to February
Notes :
      1) Kombadgad, Bhairavgad(Kolthe), Kalalgad, Bhairavgad(Shirpunje) can be visited in 2 days if travelled by one’s own vehicle. Reach Kunjargad in early morning and finish it before noon. Have lunch at the base village temple of Kolathe and proceed to Bhairavgad. After visiting these two forts on the first day head to Pachnai village for an overnight stay. Food and accommodation could be available here. On the second day finish the Kalalgad trek before noon hours as the fort is of a difficult grade. Bhairavgad (Shirpunje) to be done afterwards.

2) Information of all above forts is available on our website.
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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)