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Mohandar(Shidaka) FortHeight : 3900
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Satmaal
District : Nashik Grade : Hard
      The Satmaal mountain range in Nashik district which is spread East to West has 18 forts vested in it. Mohandar fort aka Shidka fort is one of it and is somewhat unknown to common public. This fort can be quickly identified due to its needle hole. It is 13 kms from Saptashrungi fort and 5 kms from Ahivantgad fort.

There is also a folklore about this beautiful needle hole on the fort. It is said that Goddess Saptashrungi kicked the mountain when she was chasing the demon Mahishasur after killing his two brothers who were wreaking havoc in the region of Vani. The place where she kicked was the formation of the needle hole. Another story says the arrow which the Goddess shot penetrated through the mountain thereby forming the needle hole. However, scientifically speaking such needle holes are formed when the weak part of a mountain gets eroded.

This needle eye can be climbed by using climbing equipment. Would need at least a 40 feet rope. There is a patch of about 15 feet with proper holds in it to assist in climb. The thrill and experience to climb this needle is worth it.


With our own private vehicle the forts of Achala, Ahivant and Mohandar can be easily visited in two days. Achala and Ahivant should be visited on the first day and overnight stay can be made at Maruti temple in Daregaon village or in the veranda of the ashram at Mohandari village. Second day can be kept for Mohandari fort.
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Mohandar(Shidaka)
Fascinating Spots :

      We enter the fort from its eastern side where we come across the remnants of the fortification wall. As we proceed to the west direction there is a large water tank on the plateau but the water isnít potable. On the western edge of the fort there is a devastated wall structure and the needle eye hole is on the front to the lower side. A saffron colour flag is mounted on it which makes it easily identifiable. While approaching the eastern side by passing through the entrance there are two dried water tanks on the way. Proceeding ahead from here there can be seen some structures of houses and moving further there are three water tanks of which none of them hold potable water. There is a bastion and a fortification wall located between the cleft which falls between the fort and the adjacent hill.

From the fort we can see Ahivantgad to the west, Kanhera to the east, Saptashrungi, Markandya, Rawlya-Jawlya, Dhodap to the south and Abhone village and Chanakapur dam to the north.

The point from where we take a turn to Mohandari village approaching from Nanduri village we can see 6 Veerghals of 5 feet height each and 4 Veerghals and a snake sculpture on the junction of Mohandari on the Nanduri Ė Abhona road.
Ways To Reach :
      While coming from Nashik Nanduri village falls after Vani on the Nashik Ė Saputara road. A road from this village goes to Abhona village. On this road at 3.5 kms from Nanduri there is a diversion for Mohandari village. An ashram in this village is the main point from where all the approach routes to the fort start.


The fort spreads east to west and can be accessed by 3 routes:-

1) Climb the hill from the village till the needle eye hole. From here one can cross to the other side by using proper climbing techniques. Once crossed over proceed further by keeping the hill to the right and valley to the left. It takes 1.5 hours by this route to reach the fort.

2) Climb the hill from the village till the needle eye hole. From here proceed further to the western edge by keeping the hill to the right and valley to the left. Once we cross the pass on the western edge we reach the opposite side of the village. The route takes us to the fort by keeping the hill to our right and valley to the left. As this route is trailed very less there is a lot of scree and thorny bushes. It takes about 2 hours to reach the fort by this route.

3) From Mohandari village proceed towards the eastern side of the fort which takes us between the cleft which is between the fort and the adjacent hill. Climbing further from here we enter the fort from its eastern side. It takes 1.5 hours by this route to reach the fort.
Accommodation Facility :
      The veranda of the ashram in Mohandari village can be used.
Food Facility :
      Available in Nanduri village (5 kms)
Drinking Water Facility :
      Water tanks on the fort donít have potable water.
Time To Reach :
      2 hours from Mohandari village
Best Season To Visit :
      November to March
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Forts of Category: Hill forts
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 Ajoba  Alang  Anjaneri  Asherigad
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 Bankot  Barvai  Bhagwantgad  Bhairavgad(kothale)
 Bhangsigad(Bhangsi mata gad)  Bharatgad  Bhaskargad  Bhavangad
 Bhavanigad  Bhimashankar  Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri
 Bhudargad  Bhupalgad (Banurgad)  Bhupatgad  Birwadi
 Bishta  Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chandan-Vandan
 Chanderi  Chandragad to Arthur seat  Chaulher  Chavand
 Dategad  Daulatmangal  Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal
 Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Dhak-Bahiri  Dharavi Fort  Dharmapuri
 Dundha  Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gadgada (Ghargad)
 Gagangad  Galna  Gambhirgad  Gandharvgad
 Ghangad  Gharapuri  Ghodbunder Fort  Ghosalgad
 Gopalgad  Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot
 Hadsar  Hanumantgad  Hargad  Harihar
 Harishchandragad  Hatgad  Indrai  Irshalgad
 Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya  Jivdhan  Kailasgad
 Kaladgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai
 Kalyangad(Nandgiri)  Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan
 Kanhergad  Kankrala  Karha  Karnala
 Katra  Kavnai  Kharepatan fort  Kohoj
 Kokandiwa  Kolkewadi  Kondhavi  Korigad
 Kulang  Kurdugad  Laling  Lingana
 Lohgad  Madangad  Mahadevgad  Mahimangad
 Mahimatgad  Mahipalgad  Mahipatgad  Mahuli
 Malanggad  Malhargad  Mandangad  Mangad
 Mangalgad  Mangi-Tungi  Manikdurg  Manikpunj
 Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohandar(Shidaka)  Mohangad
 Moragad  Mordhan  Mrugagad  Mulher
 Nagla Bunder Fort  Naneghat  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)
 Nhavigad  Nivati Fort  Palgad  Pandavgad
 Panhaledurg  Panhalekaji Fort  Panhalgad  Peb
 Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)  Piliv Fort  Pratapgad
 Purandar  Raigad  Raikot  Raireshwar
 Rajapur Fort (British warehouse)  Rajdeher  Rajdher  Rajgad
 Ramdurg  Ramgad  Ramshej  Ranjangiri
 Rasalgad  Ratnadurg  Ratnagad  Rawlya
 Rawlya - Jawlya  Riwa Fort  Rohida  Sadashivgad
 Sagargad  Sajjangad  Salher  Salota
 Samrajgad  Sandan Valley - Karoli Ghat  Santoshgad  Saptashrungi
 Sarasgad  Sewri Fort  Shivgad  Shivneri
 ShivtharGhal  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sinhagad  Sondai
 Songir (Dhule)  Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)  Sudhagad
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 Tandulwadi  Terekhol Fort  Thalner  Tikona
 Torna  Tringalwadi  Tung  Vairatgad
 Vajragad (Vasai)  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)  Varugad  Vasantgad
 Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad  Visapur  Yashawantgad (Redi Fort)
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