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Markandeya FortHeight : 4383
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Ajanta Satmaal
District : Nashik Grade : Medium
      The mountain range starting from Saptashrungi hosts many forts viz; Saptashrungigad, Markandeya, Ravlya-Javlya, Dhodap etc. Markandeya stands opposite to Saptashrungi hill. The mountain and the fort derives its names after Sage Markandeya who had stayed here.
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Markandeya
History :
      Aurangzeb had ordered Alivardi Khan to gain control over the forts of Nashik province. In 1639, Alivardi Khan won all the forts mentioned above and the inscription mentioning same can be seen on Indrai fort which is in Persian text. Shivaji Maharaj won the forts of Nashik in the battle of Wani-Dindori which included Markandeya. The Mughals regained control over these forts after the death of Shivaji Maharaj.
Fascinating Spots :

      The pass/valley between Markandeya and Ravlya-Javlya forts is known as Mulanbari. The ascend to Markandeya starts from here where we come to the open part of the fort first and further rock cut steps lead to the citadel. Towards the left side on this route, beneath, there are two caves known as “Dhyaan Guha” (literally means caves for meditation). Moving upwards one can see the remains of bastions and fortification wall. Where these steps end, we can see Saptashrungi gad and from here towards left, rock cut path takes us to the citadel. Here we first come across a rock cut water tank named “Kamandalu tirth” which has water throughout the year and further there are three water tanks in a row and a dried tank alongside. There is a temple of Lord Markandeshwar on the summit which has an idol of Sage Markandeya and a Shivling. Saptashrungi gad, Dhodap, Ravlya-Javlya can be seen from the top.
Ways To Reach :
      Wani is 40 kms from Nashik on the Nashik-Saputara highway. 9 kms from Wani on Wani-Kalwan road there is a village named Babapur which is the base village of the fort. There are two ways to reach the fort. One can reach Mulane pass by a vehicle/ST bus which is 2 kms from the base village. Moving towards Kalvan village from here the road to the right leads to Ravlya-Javlya while the one to the left to Markandeya. Another route is via the valley between Saptashrungi gad and Markandeya which has a steep ascend.
Accommodation Facility :
      Nil
Food Facility :
      Nil
Drinking Water Facility :
      Throughout the year
Time To Reach :
      1 hour from Mulanbari/Mulane pass.
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Forts of Grade: Medium
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 Bhavanigad  Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bishta
 Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chavand  Daulatmangal
 Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal  Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Dharmapuri
 Dundha  Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad
 Galna  Gambhirgad  Gharapuri  Ghosalgad
 Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot  Hadsar
 Hanumantgad  Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad
 Hatgad  Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya  Kailasgad
 Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai  Kamalgad
 Kamandurg  Kanchan  Kanhergad  Karha
 Katra  Kavnai  Kohoj  Kokandiwa
 Kolkewadi  Kondhavi  Korlai  Laling
 Mahimangad  Mahimatgad  Mahipatgad  Malanggad
 Mandangad  Mangad  Mangalgad  Manikdurg
 Manikpunj  Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad
 Mordhan  Mrugagad  Mudagad  Mulher
 Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Nhavigad
 Padmagad (Malvan)  Palgad  Pandavgad  Panhaledurg
 Panhalekaji Fort  Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)
 Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajgad  Ramgad
 Ramshej  Ranjangiri  Ratnagad  Rohida
 Sagargad  Sajjangad  Salher  Salota
 Santoshgad  Saptashrungi  Sarasgad  Shivgad
 Shivneri  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sondai  Songir (Dhule)
 Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)  Suvarnadurg  Tahuli
 Takmak  Talgad  Tandulwadi  Thalner
 Torna  Underi  Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)
 Varugad  Vasota  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad
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