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Mangad FortHeight : 770 ft
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Raigad
District : Raigad Grade : Medium
      After setting up Raigad fort as the capital of Swarajya, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built a chain of forts and also strengthened other forts around Raigad for its protection and to deter the enemies’ possibility of attacks on the headquarters. The chain of forts included Mangad, Panhalghar, Songad, Chambhargad and Lingana.
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Fascinating Spots :

      There is a temple of Goddess Vinjhai on the plateau before entering the fort. Behind the temple one can find stairs built in rock which lead us to the top of the fort and one enters the fort through a main door facing north. This doorway and the bastions are still in good shape whereas there is another doorway on the left which is in complete ruins. One can see a Nagshilpa (Snake carving) on the door’s dilapidated arch. Moving further from this doorway there is a cave which can be used for stay and a water tank. There is another water tank carved in the bastion itself.

One route from this doorway takes us to the summit where one can find six water tanks carved in rock. These tanks are surrounded by thick grass and one should exercise caution while going towards it. Back to the doorway one can reach the citadel by walking alongside the fortified wall. Here one can find a mansion on a raised platform along with a temple which is in ruins. Behind this on a lower elevation there is a water tank and there are two more water tanks on the top most part of the fort which have potable water. Raigad fort can be seen from the top in fair weather.
Ways To Reach :
      1. Mangad is 17 kms from Mangaon on the Mumbai-Goa highway. The route to the fort is Mangaon – Nizampur (10 kms) – Borwadi (4 kms) – Mashidwadi (3 kms). From Mangaon one can take a bus or an auto to Nizampur and proceed further by auto. Mashidwadi is the base village for Mangad fort. The tar road which enters the village ends at a cement pavement which further has an unpaved road towards the left and keeping the fort to the left one reaches the cleft between the hills. There is a temple in the cleft behind which there are stairs leading to the fort.

2. The cheapest mode of transport is Konkan Railway. One can board the Diva (06:00 AM) – Madgaon passenger which reaches Mangaon at 10:00 AM. After visiting Mangad fort one can proceed to Lonere village for Panhalghar fort and board the Madgaon – Diva passenger train at 05:00 PM at Goregaon Station on the return journey. In case of only Mangad fort visit one can board the train at Mangaon station at 05:00 PM.
Accommodation Facility :
      One can stay in Vinjhai Goddess temple.
Food Facility :
      Available in Mangaon.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Drinking water is available on fort.
Time To Reach :
      45 minutes from Mashidwadi.
Notes :
      1. Mangad, Kurdugad and Panhalghar can be visited in a single day provided one starts at dawn and requires proper planning.

2. Information on Kurdugad and Panhalghar is available on our Website.
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Forts in the range of Raigad
 Chambhargad  Janjira  Kokandiwa  Kondhavi
 Kurdugad  Lingana  Mangad  Mirgad(Songir)
 Panhaledurg  Ratnagad  ShivtharGhal