Photograph Courtesy: Nagraj Salian/Wikimedia Commons

Photograph Courtesy: Nagraj Salian/Wikimedia Commons

Maharashtra is home to a number of spectacular monsoon destinations. While some of these are great places for family vacations and treat you to beautiful views without you having to make any effort, there are some which are ideal for trekkers who like to earn their views. Trekking is not just great for fitness, it is also one of the most refreshing activities one can indulge in. Be it a solo trek or one with a group, trekking is a rewarding experience. As you make the climb to reach your destination, every nook and corner of the hills presents you with a unique challenge, adventure, view and unspoiled piece of nature. Maharashtra has some excellent trekking destinations for all kinds of trekkers. One such destination which is perfect for beginners is the Visapur fort (also called Visapoor fort). Also Read - Offbeat Monsoon Destinations Near Mumbai That Nobody Knows About

One of the most historic forts near Pune, the Visapur Fort is a magnificent structure that allures people of all ages. It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of the Maratha Empire. Located in the Pune district on the same plateau as its twin fort Lohagad, Visapur fort is popular among beginner-level trekkers. It is ideal for a one-day monsoon trek and attracts visitors from nearby cities like Mumbai and Pune. Here are all the details on how to reach Visapur Fort. Also Read - Here Are 10 Destinations in Maharashtra That Monsoon Fans Would Love

How to reach Visapur Fort by road

Visapur Fort is located near the Visapur village in the Pune district. You can drive down from Mumbai or Pune via the Mumbai-Bangalore road that leads to NH 48. On the Mumbai-Pandharpur road, take the left to Ekvira Devi road to reach Malavali. The base village of Lohagadwdi is just around 5 km from the Malavali railway station. You can also start your trek from the Patan village which is a longer route but just as picturesque. Also Read - Make Your Monsoon Memorable With a Visit to These 5 Waterfalls Near Mumbai

How to reach Visapur Fort by train

Visapur Fort is located 5-8 km from the Malavali railway station. You can either walk or take an auto to reach the base village from Malavali railway station. It will take you around 16 minutes by an auto-rickshaw to reach the trek base. Be advised that a part of this road is quite steep.

How to reach Visapur Fort by air

Pune Airport is the closest airport to Visapur Fort. It is located at a distance of 65 km from the Visapur Fort. You can drive down from Pune to the Visapur fort trekking base in 1 hour and 52 minutes. You can also reach Visapur Fort from Mumbai airport (105 km) in around 2 hours 15 minutes via the route mentioned above.

So, next time you are looking for some offbeat places to visit near Mumbai or Pune, consider the stunning Visapur Fort. The beautiful drive to the base village, the lush greenery all around the fort and the trek itself will make for an excellent weekend trekking getaway for you and your friends.