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Balwantgad FortHeight : 630
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Trimbakeshwar
District : Thane Grade : Medium
      The main aim to build this fort was to keep an eye on the Thal pass connecting Kasara and Igatpuri and also the Javhar to Trimbakeshwar route. Balwantgad is located on a hill opposite to Thal pass which stands broken from the main mountain range.
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Balwantgad
Fascinating Spots :

      The fort runs east to west and one can enter the fort from the devastated fortified wall to the west. On this side the fortification has been done simply by keeping piles of stones upon each other. There are still remnants of the fort wall and its platform on the fort. Going towards the west from the fort wall there is a small elevation in the middle of the fort. After crossing this elevated portion we come across some stones masked in vermilion which as known as Vetaal by the locals. Further from here there are remnants of two houses.


Moving ahead from the elevated portion we come come across a Shiva linga, Nandi, and a sculpture of a person with a sword in hand and a devil under his feet. After moving to the right and taking a turn there is big water tank but there is hardly any water in it due to siltation. Going back to the elevated portion and moving towards the west one can view the Mumbai-Agra highway, Railway line and Kasara village. Looking at the surrounding region with an eagle eye view highlights the importance of this watch tower oriented fort.
Ways To Reach :
      1) By Railway:- Alight at Kasara station by suburban local trains or passenger trains. S.T. buses or jeeps are available here to reach Vihigaon. Alight at Maal junction where the route to Maal village starts. From this ghat road after descending for about 1.5 kms, an unpaved road to the left leads us in the hills. There is a small unpaved road between the milestones of 1/400 & 1/600. This small route leads us to the fort in 10 minutes through a devastated entrance door.

Sometimes Jeeps could be available from Kasara which can drop us at Balwantgad junction.


2) By own vehicle:- On the Mumbai-Agra highway after Kasara ghat, drive for 3 kms on the Thal ghat. Here, take the diversion to the left for Khodala village. On this route there is a village named Vihigaon. A route from here takes us to Maal village. On this route there is a small unpaved road between the milestones of 1/400 & 1/600. This small route leads us to the fort.
Accommodation Facility :
      Nil
Food Facility :
      Nil
Drinking Water Facility :
      Nil
Time To Reach :
      45 minutes from Vihigaon
Best Season To Visit :
      All round the year
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