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Avchitgad , Roha
The southern part of Konkan is adorned by natural beauty. The city of Roha is situated on the banks of Kundalika River. Avchitgad is situated in the mountain ranges around Roha. This region is beautiful, and the fort is one of the rich forts of Maharashtra. Dense woods along the mountain have made it bit difficult to ascend the top.
The main entrance to the fort is still in better condition. The bastion on the way from Medhe was much better for keeping a watch on the surrounding region. As we proceed further from the main entrance, we come across the remnants of old constructions on a neighboring hillock. Near the second entrance there is a lake.
The water is potable here. Near to it is a statue of Lord Khandoba. The fort is not much wide, but stretches long enough. It takes about two hours to see the fort. The forest around the fort is dense and the fauna comprises wild hogs, leopards, foxes, monkeys, etc. it is a best monsoon trek. From the top of Avchitgad we can have a glimpse of Telbaila, Sudhagad, Sarasgad, Dhangad, Raigad, Korigad and Savashna Ghat.
There is no facility on the fort.Carrying food with us is advisable.One hour from Medhe and Pengalsai.
Pengalsai is situated at about 5 km from Roha. It is the base village. From here it takes one hour to reach the top.The village of Medha is 7.5 km before Roha on Mumbai-Roha highway. The way to the fort goes along the temple of Lord Vitthal. We have to ascend through thick woods and reach the front bastion after one hour.There is an old factory in the village of Padam. Beyond this factory is the way to the fort, which takes us to the southern entrance within two hours.
By Air :
Nearest airport to Roha is Gwalior Airport (1043 km).
By Rail :
Nearest railway station is roha.
By Road :
Roha is 150 kms. from Mumbai. Mumbai -> Pen -> Nagothane -> Roha -> Pingalsai.
Pune -> Mangaon -> Kolad -> Roha -> Pingalsai. Further hike for 1 hour from Pingalsai village.