Korigad also known as Koraigad and Kumwarigad, is a hill fort located about 20km from Lonavla in Pune district of Maharashtra. It’s a 16th-century fort, about 929 meters above sea level. It’s a gorgeous looking fort, and perfect for a summer trek. The entire planned township of Aamby Valley can be seen from the top of this fort, along with stunning views of the landscape. Also Read - Maharashtra Makes Covid-19 Negative Report Mandatory For Travellers From Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa, Guajrat
The closest base village from the fort is Peth-Shahpur, about 1km north. The highlight of the fort includes the two lakes on the top of the fort, camping sites on the fort and three temples on the fort that also provide accommodation. The Korai Devi Temple alone can accommodate 25 people. The smaller temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Several ruins of ancient structures exist within the fort, as do some of the cannons inside the fort. Also Read - Maharashtra: Nashik Schools Shut Till January 4 Due to COVID Spike
According to history, Korigad was captured by Shivaji in 1657 along with other forts such as Tung, Tikona , Visapur, and Lohagad Fort. Korigad Fort, however, had a special importance for Shivaji. It was later lost to the British in the 19th-century. Therefore, much of its lustre has been lost to time. Even then, a trek up this fort is an absolute must for an adventure enthusiast. The top also affords incredible views of the Tung and Tikona forts. Also Read - Maharashtra Eyes Another Lockdown as CM Thackeray Says Next COVID Wave Will be Like 'Tsunami'
There are two routes to reach the top of Korigad Fort; one from Peth-Shahpur village and the other one from Ambavne village. The route from Peth-Shahpur is easier than the route from Ambavne village. You have to climb nearly 5oo steps while going from Peth-Shahpur, starting from Bhairavnath Temple. It takes about 45-50 minutes to enters through the Ganesh Gate on this route. The route starting from Ambavane village is quite slippery, as it takes you the many waterfalls in the vicinity. Both these trek routes however, take you through lush greenery and dense jungles, making it a special experience.