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Pandavgad FortHeight : 4185 ft
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Mahabaleshwar
District : Satara Grade : Medium
      Pandavgad, situated near Wai is easily identified due to its peculiar structure. The mountain on which the fort is built looks as if it is crowned by rocky surface. It is very near to Wai village and is situated on the Wai - Maandhardev route. There are good sights near by this place.
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Pandavgad
History :
      After the Chalukyas, Shilahar dynasty established their rule over Panhalgad in Kolhapur and the Deccan region. As per a copper plate inscription of 1191-1192, Shilahar King Bhoj-II built the fort. This fort was formerly under the rule of Adilshahi. On 7th Oct 1673, the Marathas won the fort and included it in Swarajya. But in 1701 Aurangjeb captured the fort. This fort was took back again by Chatrapati Shahu Maharaj. And in 1818 British took over the Pandavgad.
Fascinating Spots :

      On the first plateau, while ascending from Menavali village, there is a temple of Lord ‘Bhairoba’. Here are remnants of ancient statues. At a distance of 15 minutes there are ruins of the main entrance. Ascending some rock-hewn steps we reach another ‘Machi’. Here are a couple of cisterns. To the northern side of the fort we can see two tanks and a Parsee’s Bungalow in front of it.

On the way to ‘Balekilla’ or the citadel there are six cisterns. One is quite bigger. Good observation indicates existence of seventh cistern, which is not distinct now. These resemble the seven cisterns on other forts like Chavand. Way ahead leads to the citadel. The entrance and the bastions here are still in good condition.

The ramparts have an approximate height of 25 ft. To the left there is beautiful carved statue of Lord ‘Hanuman’ and to the right is the temple of Goddess Pandjai. If we go ahead there are three grinding wheels, which were used for grinding a mixture of limestone, jaggery and lead. Two of them are in a better state. Next to this is a dried lake. There are remnants of old construction, neighbouring the temple, whose location near the temple is quite puzzling. There are a few cannon balls outside the temple.

The citadel is quite smaller in shape. A part here resembles the ‘Vinchu Kata’ of Lohgad. From the eastern side we can ascend to ‘Dhawadi’ village. On the way there are Pandavas’ Caves.

The fort is a private property, owned by Mapco Company. The caretaker here is Mr. Sarvodaya Wadia. The fort was private property of a Sardar, who sold it to Mapco. The caretaker has contributed to some tree plantations here, and also protected a cistern here. Hence we get potable water. Moreover, he has also prohibited smoking and drinking here.

It takes 2 hours to see the fort completely.
Ways To Reach :
From Menavali :
      Buses ply regularly between Wai and Menavali. After crossing the canal of ‘Dhom’ dam near Menavali, we can see the spectacular “Pandavgad’. After walking for half an hour, we reach on the plateau. There are two ways from here to reach on the fort. One is a long route, which takes around 1 and ˝ hrs. Second route is a straight ascent, which takes maximum one hour.
From village Gundewadi :
      There is another route from the village Gundewadi. (Wai- Dhawadi- Gundewadi). It is quite easy way to reach the top and takes nearly two hours.
From Menavali :
      Buses ply regularly between Wai and Menavali. After crossing the canal of ‘Dhom’ dam near Menavali, we can see the spectacular “Pandavgad’. After walking for half an hour, we reach on the plateau. There are two ways from here to reach on the fort. One is a long route, which takes around 1 and ˝ hrs. Second route is a straight ascent, which takes maximum one hour.
Accommodation Facility :
      1)Mr. Sarvodaya Wadia’s verandah, which accommodates 10 persons.
2)‘Pandjai’ temple, which accommodates 15 to 20 persons.
Food Facility :
      One should arrange by own. The folks may arrange on request.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Available for all the 12 months
Time To Reach :
      From Menavali - 2 hours
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Forts of Grade: Medium
 Achala  Ahivant  Ajmera  Balwantgad
 Barvai  Bhairavgad (Satara)  Bhaskargad  Bhavanigad
 Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bishta  Bitangad
 Chambhargad  Chavand  Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal
 Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Dharmapuri  Dundha  Durg
 Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad  Galna  Gambhirgad
 Gharapuri  Ghosalgad  Gorakhgad  Gowalkot
 Hadsar  Hanumantgad  Hargad  Harihar
 Harishchandragad  Hatgad  Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya
 Kailasgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai
 Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan  Kanhergad
 Katra  Kavnai  Kohoj  Kokandiwa
 Kondhavi  Korlai  Laling  Mahimangad
 Mahipatgad  Malanggad  Mandangad  Mangad
 Mangalgad  Manikdurg  Manikpunj  Markandeya
 Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad  Mordhan  Mrugagad
 Mudagad  Mulher  Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)  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
 Torna  Underi  Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)
 Varugad  Vasota  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad
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