In this blog, which is part of the series related to my trekking journey over the years, I am going to detail out my expeditions in the year of 2006. Please refer below links for blogs on earlier trekking years.
The year began with a visit to fort Kenjalgad via Ambavade village. This is fort is also not far off from Pune. I also visited Jagannath Mandir and heritage hanging bridge.
After a long break until summer, I visited to fort hill of Bramahagiri during Nashik visit. The rock facade of this fort is very impressive. Monkey menace on the this fort is well known so one needs to be careful. Due to the steps, the access to this fort is not very difficult.
In the month of July during rains, I participated in a mega-trek, covering 6 forts in the Dhule region. We started with land fort of Malegaon. Then visited Laling, Songir, Kankarala, Galana and finally Dhudhna. Most of these forts are not huge and also don’t have much of height.
In August, again amidst heavy rains, visited Narayangad fort which is near Rajgurunagar on the way to Nashik from Pune. This area is rich and famous for vineyards and wineries(such as Sula, Chateau Indage). We also braved overflowing bridges to visit Vaphgaon Gadhi(fortress) in the rains. This place became famous due to the shooting of Marathi movie Pak Pakak Pak(पक पकाक पक) starring Nana Patekar. During this month, I also made a trip to fort of Drongiri near Uran in Mumbai region.
In September, we made trip to Akluj fort which is land fort. This is situated on the banks of river Nira. This is in good condition, but it also has turned out to be picnic spot.
In the winter season, during my visit to Mumbai for vacation, visited fort Ghodbandar in Thane district. Also visited few of the seven forts of Mumbai islands such as Mahim, Sewri, Worli. All these forts are in pretty bad condition, due to lack of conservation efforts. The winter had still few forts in store for us. We ended up going to Sudhagad and Sarasgad, later to Sagargad.
And finally, during our trip to Ratnagiri and Ganpatipule, visited forts of Ratnagiri, Jaygad and Purnagad which are coastal forts. We visited Theeba Palace which is British time palace where kind of Burma Theeba was withheld by British.
During this time, I had got hold of book by M S Narawane titled The Maritime and Coastal Forts of India. In fact, I had got opportunity to attend a lecture by him on fort architecture, and was lucky enough to visit them in Pune at their home.