Fort Jadhavgadh - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Pune Railway Station): 28 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Place Location: Between Pune & Jejuri

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 28 km from Pune Junction and 23 km from Jejuri, Fort Jadhavgadh is an ancient hill fort situated at Jadhavwadi in Pune district of Maharashtra.

Fort Jadhavgadh lies at an altitude of 2511 feet and commanding a spectacular view of Diva ghat. The fort was built by Sri Pillaji Jadhavrao in 1710 CE as a place of residence. Although not as magnanimous as other Maratha era Forts like Sinhagad, Jadhavgadh had quite a few architectural similarities and a fine example of Maratha craftsmanship. Built on a quaint hill top, the steps going up the main entrance were huge stone blocks making it easier for the animals like horses and elephants going up the fort. But the step way itself was curved.

Inside the fort was divided into the outer walled area and an inner structure where the women folk resided. This area was also utilized for rain water harvesting and a number of dungeons were also made in the fort for storing food grains. Till date, four of these enigmatic dungeons have been traced and are being restored. It is believed that one of the dungeons may be a secret pathway that Pillaji Jadhavrao and his men used in times of crisis.

Mr. Vithal Kamat has restored the fort back to its former glory and converted it into a heritage hotel. In order to bring no harm to the 300 year old structure the rooms of the hotel have been laid out in such a way that they seem to fit in naturally on the side walls of the fort. Visitors can even find in places, the original prehistoric stoned wall as a part of the modern room. The interiors too are a quintessential balance between the old world charm and the new world luxuries.

Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM

Entry Fee: Rs. 500 per Person which can be redeemed at Hotel Restaurant