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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
 Aad  Achala  Ahivant  Ajmera
 Balwantgad  Barvai  Bhairavgad (Satara)  Bhairavgad(kothale)
 Bhandardurg  Bhaskargad  Bhavanigad  Bhivgad(Bhimgad)
 Bhorgiri  Bhushangad  Bishta  Bitangad
 Chambhargad  Chandragad(Dhavalgad)  Chavand  Daulatmangal
 Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal  Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Devgiri (Daulatabad)
 Dhakoba  Dharmapuri  Dundha  Durg
 Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad  Galna  Gambhirgad
 Gavilgad  Gharapuri  Ghosalgad  Gorakhgad
 Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot  Hadsar  Hanumangad
 Hanumantgad  Hanumantgad(Nimgiri)  Hargad  Harihar
 Harishchandragad  Hatgad  Jangli Jaigad  Janjala (Vaishagad)
 Jawlya  Kailasgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg
 Kalsubai  Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan
 Kanhergad  Karha  Katra  Kavnai
 Khairai  Kohoj  Kokandiwa  Kolkewadi
 Kondhavi  Korlai  Kunjargad(Kombadgad)  Laling
 Mahimangad  Mahimatgad  Mahipatgad  Malanggad
 Mandangad  Mangad  Mangalgad  Manikdurg
 Manikpunj  Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad
 Mordhan  Mrugagad  Mudagad  Mulher
 Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Narnala
 Nhavigad  Nimgiri  Pabargad  Padargad
 Padmadurg ( Kasa Killa)  Padmagad (Malvan)  Palgad  Pandavgad
 Panhaledurg  Panhalekaji Fort  Pargad  Pateshwar
 Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)  Pisol
 Prabalgad  Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajgad
 Rajmachi  Ramgad  Ramshej  Ramtek
 Ranjangiri  Ratangad  Ratangad(Ratnadurg)  Ratnagad
 Rohida  Rohilgad  Sagargad  Sajjangad
 Salher  Salota  Samangad  Sangli Fort
 Santoshgad  Saptashrungi  Sarasgad  Shivgad
 Shivneri  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sondai  Songir (Dhule)
 Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)  Suvarnadurg  Tahuli
 Takmak  Talgad  Tandulwadi  Thalner
 Torna  Trimbakgad  Umberkhind  Underi
 Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)  Vardhangad  Varugad
 Vasota  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad  Visapur