||FortHeight : 1000|
|Type : Hill forts
||Fort Range : Roha|
|District : Raigad
||Grade : Medium|
| Many forts have been built on the mountain ranges surrounding Roha, of which Talgad fort is one. Its main objective was to keep a watch on the Mandad creek where the Kundalika river meets the Arabian sea. Kundalika river served as a vital trade route and thus Talgad, Ghosalgad, Avchitgad forts and Kuda caves were built for its protection which signifies the importance of the trade route.
| Shivaji Maharaj won the fort from Adilshah of Bijapur in 1648 AD. When Afzalkhan attacked the Maratha kingdom in 1659, Talgad fort was seized by Siddi. Later, on hearing the defeat of Afzalkhan, Siddi released the seize citing fear from the Maratha warriors.
The significance of this fort is clearly highlighted from the fact that Shivaji Maharaj retained the fort along with 11 others in the Purandar pact when he had to give away the rest to the Mughals. After the demise of Shivaji Maharaj, the fort was won by the Siddi, later in 1735 AD by the first Bajirao Peshwa and thereafter in 1818 AD by General Prathur.
|Fascinating Spots :|
| Itís a small fort and so is its spread. The fort runs from south to north. The main entrance is called Hanuman darwaza. The fort is in good condition with its bastions and fortification wall still intact. On the right corner of the doorway there is a carved sculpture of Lord Hanuman and a water tank. On the summit there is a two storey bastion in good condition. A bit further from here there are three water tanks and a temple structure. On the top most part of the fort there are 7 water tanks and a storage house named ďLaxmi Kotharí. Moving further towards north, there is a bastion on the tip of the fort. Many ruins of mansions and houses can be seen in the fort premises. Surrounding areas of Ghosalgad fort, Mandad creek, Kuda caves can be seen from the top.|
|Ways To Reach :|
| 1. One has to reach Indapur, 128 kms from Mumbai on the Mumbai-Goa highway. Talagaon is 15 kms from Indapur and can be reached by regular buses or autorickshaws from Indapur. |
The only route to the fort is from Talagaon. While marching towards the fort we first come across a small flat ground and then comes the plateau of the fort. Moving further, one enters the main fort area where there is a vast spread plateau.
2. One can also reach Indapur on the Konkan railway line by boarding the 6 am Diva-Madgaon train at Diva junction. The train drops you off at Indapur at 9.30 am. The train can be boarded at Indapur for the return leg at 3.55 pm.
|Accommodation Facility :|
|Food Facility :|
| Available in Talagaon|
|Drinking Water Facility :|
| Throughout the year|
|Time To Reach :|
| 30 minutes from Talagaon|
| 1) With proper planning and with own vehicle one can visit Talgad, Ghosalgad, Birwadi, Avchitgad and Kuda caves in one day.|
2) Information on Ghosalgad, Birwadi, Avchitgad forts is available on our website.