I am Vasota Fort- one of the hot favorite destinations of the trekkers and the adventure lovers. As dense forests and a river surrounds me, so the trek towards me is a challenging and daunting one. I am located in Satara district in the state of Maharashtra at a height of 3842 feet above the sea level.
I am around 160 km from Pune and I have been declared a protected natural reserve now. I leave the visitors completely transformed once they experience the pleasure and escapade of visiting me. They witness amazing scenes of natural beauty and wildlife around me.
The Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary around me is bound to have an everlasting effect on the visitors. The fabulous views of Nageshwar peak and Shivsagar Lake from me are breathtaking as well. However, I warn the visitors to be careful while they come towards me as on the way they may encounter wild animals like wild dogs, bears, tigers and leopards.
I remain close from June to October, so the visitors should plan their trip in the rest of the months.
My history is captivating as well. I came into being owing to the efforts of Raja Bhoja II of Panhala. I was fortunate to remain with Marathas most of the times.
I was completely flattered when Shivaji Maharaj nicknamed me as “Vyaghragad.” “Vyaghra” means tiger and “gad” means place. This was attributed to my difficult landscape, virtually unconquerable. However, I suffered a lot at the hands of British as they destroyed me in 1818 by bombarding me with heavy artillery.
I still possess certain features that enthrall the visitors that include Shree Mahadev Mandir, ramparts, and ancient architecture. All this has a serene and calming effect on the visitors. They are hypnotized by my awesome natural beauty and tranquility that I offer.