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Kalavantin Durg, world’s most dangerous fortress

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Nature, Travel Tips | Comments Off on Kalavantin Durg, world’s most dangerous fortress

Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg (Kalavantin’s Fort), is located between Matheran and Panvel in the Indian state of Maharashtra, at an elevation of 2,300 feet in the Western Ghats. It is located on a plateau very close to Matheran, but unlike Matheran Prabalgad fort does not have a good source of water supply.
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It was known as Muranjan until it was taken over and renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji’s rule.

kalavantin durg_1According to legend it was built for a queen named Kalavantin but that really seems to be all that anybody knows.

kalavantin durg_2The steps leading up to the fort were cut into the rock of the hill, a very impressive feat. If this geological formation was present in many other countries it would be fenced off and no one would be allowed to climb it.

kalavantin durg_3Kalvantin Durg is also called the Climb to Heaven. No rail on the edge and no ropes on the wall, God forbid if you have vertigo. Worst of all, the hardest part is coming down.

kalavantin durg_4At the top of Kalavantin Durg you can see the Peb, Chanderi, Matheran, Karnala, and Ershal forts. The city of Mumbai itself can also be seen. It is believed that the Fort was built around the time of Buddha or around or before 500 BCE.

kalavantin durg_5Technically this fascinating place is abandoned in the sense that it is not used for its original purpose, but it gets visits from tourist and locals often and is easily accessible from the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

kalavantin durg_6October to May is the most recommended time to go there. You need to stay away from trekking in monsoons as the steps get very slippery.

kalavantin durg_7A number of instructions must be followed during the trek to ensure maximal safety.  The surrounding terrain is extremely rugged with sharp peaks. This fort was established centuries ago.

kalavantin durg_8Climb stairs narrow peaks, steep slopes as challenges for visitors. Kalavantin worthy Durg fort is considered the most dangerous in the world.

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