Nasik is a culturally and historically rich district in the state of Maharashtra, India. There exists several structures of importance in here. These structures are standing testimony the past glorious days. Maharashtra was home to the Maratha Empire and thus it houses a number of palaces and forts. One such fort is the Bhaskargad Fort.
Bhaskargad Fort or Basgad Fort is one of the forts located in the famous Trimbak hill range. This fort is on close proximity to another fort known as the Harihar Fort. People who love adventure and exploring age old structures flock in here all over the year.
About Bhaskargad Fort
Bhaskargad Fort is a hill fort i.e. it is built atop a hill. It is situated at a height of 3500 feet from the ground. This structure is made out of stone. It is owned by the VIK local authority. Anyone can go visit this fort as its open to the public unlike a few forts housed in the city of Nasik. This ancient structure is ruins.
The main entrance of the fort is led by rock cut steps. There is a rock cut water cistern too housed in the fort. In addition to this there is an idol of Veer Maruti housed in the fort.
What to do when at Bhaskargad Fort
Bhaskargad Fort is situated amidst natural beauty. One has to trek up a hill in order to reach the fort from the base village. This trek is full of fun experiences. One gets to witness wonderful floral and faunal beauty of the adjoining forest areas. Thus, one can say that Bhaskargad Fort is a perfect location for nature lovers.
Trekkers also look forward to visiting this place. A trek to Bhaskargad Fort is a rejuvenating getaway. Water is available atop the fort but trekkers have to carry their own food and look after their accommodation. A trek up this fort is an adventurous experience.
Bhaskargad Fort is also a heaven for photography lovers. The view from up here is spectacular. One can do some interesting landscape photography as well as natural photography when in here.
The ones interested in history and historical structures must visit this place. One can get a glimpse of the architectural styles of those times. Bhaskargad Fort houses two water tanks. This elements reflect the vision and technology implied in building such structures.
Bhaskargad Fort was during the period of Yadava of Deogiri. This fort was under their control from 1279 to 1308. Then it got under the control of Bahamani Sultanate followed by the Nizamshahi of Ahmednagar. Then in the year 1629 Shahji Raje had revolted against Mohammad Adil Shah of Bijapur and the fort became his possession. Bhaskargad Fort was again capyured by Adil Shah.
In 1633 this fort was under the rule of the Mughals. Then in the year 1670, Shahaji Maharaj’s chieftain, Moropant Pingale had won the fort from the Mughals. Then in 1688 this fort was again captured by the Mughals.
In the year 1730, the Koli tribals revolted and captured the Fort.
Bhaskargad Fort was under the control of the Peshwas till 1818. After this the fort was captured by Captain Briggs of the East India Company.
Bhaskargad Fort has been through a series of being captured. When in here one wonders about the tales that the falls of this fort have to tell.
A Tourist’s Guide
Bhaskargad Fort is open on all days of the week. Entry is not ticketed here. The fort is at a distance of 45 km from the main city of Nasik and is towards Trimbak. It will around an hour to roam across the length and breadth of the fort’s premises. One can visit this fort at any time of the year. The nearest railway station from here is Nasik Road Railway Station and the nearest airport from Bhaskargad Fort is Gandhinagar International Airport. One can hotels in the city of Nasik.
Bhaskargad Fort is full of tranquility and picturesque locations. When in here one can feels as if one is enveloped by an air of serenity. The pollution free environment of this place attracts travelers and visitors from all over India.