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Sarasgad FortHeight : 1600 ft
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Pali
District : Raigad Grade : Medium
      Shree Ganesh is the deity of knowledge. Pali is a famous place. Lord Ganesh is worshipped everywhere. The eight places, which are important pilgrimages of Ganesh, are called “Ashtavinayak”. Lord Ganesh of Pali is named Ballaleshwar. Sarasgad is situated on the borders of Pali. A very huge wall of Sarasgad is at the north south border of Pali.

This fort was mainly used to keep a check on the surrounding regions. From fort, ‘Pali’ and all surrounding areas can be seen. Shivaji Maharaj brought this fort under Swarajya and spent 2000 Hon (the prevailing currency) for its reconstruction. Till independence this fort was under Bhor Sansthan.
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Sarasgad
Sarasgad
Sarasgad
Fascinating Spots :

      Near the main entrance we see a triple curtain wall. Going rightwards and ascending 15 steps we see the ramparts. To the left there is a big water tank. Next to it was a gallery. Further there is another way to the fort. Near this is a water tank named ‘Moti Haud’. If we go at right, we have to ascend 15 steps and then we reach the base of citadel.
Base of Citadel :
      Here we see a very big water reservoir. To its left is the tomb of Shahapeer. Near to it few small lakes are seen. In a cavern nearby we see ‘Shivlinga’. Here a few can stay. At the right side of the tank we see silos, armory, jail and residences. Here also 10 to 12 people can be accommodated. Next to it is the way towards citadel.

Top of Citadel :
      On the fort we see Kedareshwar temple and a lake nearby. Two bastions are there to keep watch on surrounding areas. From citadel we can see the mountain of ‘Tin Kavdi’. We can locate Sudhagad, Tailbaila, Dhangad and Korigad. We also see Paligaon, River Amba, hot water reservoirs of ‘Unheri’, Konkan and Jambhulpada. On Vaishakh Poornima (full moon day), the villagers celebrate the festival of Shahapeer. Many people go to Kedareshwar temple on ‘Maha Shivratri’. Sarasgad is one of the favorite places of the trekkers.
Ways To Reach :
      We can go to fort through ‘Dindi Darwaza’. This is the only way to the fort. One should alight at Pali and go to the fort through ‘Dindi Darwaza’. Go to left from backside of the temple. This way heads straight to the bastion of the fort. There is a room at the base of the bastion. It was residence of the guards. From here ascend about 96 steps and go at the main entrance of the fort. Opposite to it is a gatehouse.
Accommodation Facility :
      About 7-8 people can be accommodated at silos or the gatehouse. But very few prefer this.
Food Facility :
      None. Cooking on site is very much advised.
Drinking Water Facility :
      There are many cisterns on the fort. The water reservoir near the tomb of Shahapeer at the base of citadel is mainly used for drinking purpose.
Time To Reach :
      1 hour from Pali to Dindi Darwaza
Notes :
      Care should be taken in rainy season.
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 Bus Time Table
Depot Village From Depot From Village km
Karjat   Pali   6,6.45,7.15,8,9.15,13,16.30,
17.30 via Khopoli
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