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1. About :
Sudhagad is one of the best hill fort near Pune. This is located in the Pali region which lies towards Lonavala Side.
Ideal place for a one day trek and can also be coupled with the Sarasgad trek if planning for 2 days.
Initially, Sudhagad was called as ‘Bhorapgad’. During empire of Shivaji Maharaj this fort was named as Sudhagad. This fort is approximately 590 meters in height. Sudhagad is a huge fort. It is called as the replica of Raigad.

2. History :
The ‘Thanale’ excavations in this area are nearly 2200 years old. This shows that Sudhagad may be that much ancient. The construction and the geographical significance indicate that some great rulers might have constructed the fort.
According to the Puranas, Sage ‘Bhrugu’ had stayed here and he had established the temple of Goddess ‘Bhorai’ on this fort.

Sudhagad was included in ‘Swarajya’ in 1648. It is described in old records as follows:
“Malavji Naik Karake put the ladders in Sakharadara. Initially, Jadhav and Saranayak both climbed the fort under the guidance of chieftain ‘Maloji Bhosale’. After that Haibatrao climbed the fort. 25 soldiers went ahead and killed the guards. Further the chief of the fort was killed in anguish and the fort was conquered.”

Shivaji Maharaj renamed Bhorapgad as Sudhagad. Later Sambhaji met Akbar (the rebellious son of Aurangjeb) in the ‘Pachchapur village’ situated at the base of this fort. Annaji Datto, Balaji Aavji Chitnis, his son Aavji Ballal and Hiroji Pharjand were all important persons in ‘Ashta-Pradhan Mandal’ of Shivaji Maharaj. Sambhaji has killed all of them in ‘Parli’ village near Sudhagad.

3. Major Attractions :
The perimeter of this fort is quite big. There are many lakes on the fort. There is a palace of Pant Sachiv on the fort, where 50 people can stay comfortably. Also there is a temple of Bhorai Devi, where 25-30 persons can be accommodated. Different kind of medicinal plants and trees can be seen in the surrounding forest.
Bhoreshwar temple :
• There is temple of ‘Bhoreshwar’ near the palace. If we move further, we can see a well with a secret door. There are steps from palace to the ‘Bhorai Devi’ temple. If we descend towards the other route, it takes us to water cisterns, which hold good drinking water. The route on the left side of these cisterns takes us towards a secret door. But this route doesn’t exist now.
Pachchapur Darwaaja :
• If we enter to the hill through this door, we come across a plateau after climbing some distance. To the left is the temple of ‘Siddheshwar’, storehouses of food grains, some cisterns, a lake named “Hawaldar Tale” and “Hattimaal”.
On the right hand side we can see natural fortification of the fort.
Takmak Tok of Sudhagad :
• After leaving the palace come up with the steps and turn to right hand side of the route. This route goes through ‘Hatti Paga’ (place where elephants were tied).
It directly takes us to one peak. This peak is very similar to the cliff “Takmak Tok” on Raigad. From this peak Dhangad, Korigad, Tel-Baila can be seen very clearly. Similarly river ‘Amba’ and the villages surrounding it can be seen from this place.
Takmak Tok of Sudhagad :
• After leaving the palace come up with the steps and turn to right hand side of the route. This route goes through ‘Hatti Paga’ (place where elephants were tied).
It directly takes us to one peak. This peak is very similar to the cliff “Takmak Tok” on Raigad. From this peak Dhangad, Korigad, Tel-Baila can be seen very clearly. Similarly river ‘Amba’ and the villages surrounding it can be seen from this place.
Dindi Darwaaja :
• The way from Ghat of Sawashni takes us directly to Dindi Darwaaja. This door is exact replica of the ‘Mahadarwaaja’ (main entrance) on Raigad. The construction and arrangement of this door is of the type called “Gomukhi” (in shape of cow’s mouth). This door is well protected since it is hidden in between two huge bastions.

There is one secret path well on the fort at the backside of the palace.
It has one tunnel in it, but now it is dumped by mud. There is also a secret path to move down from fort in case of any difficulty. There are some tombs at the backside of the Bhorai Devi temple. We can find beautiful carvings on them.

4. About event:
• Region: Pali
• District: Pali
• Range: Pali
• Height: 1936
• Grade: Easy to Moderate
• Duration: 1 Day
5.Event Itinerary:
1. 7 am Meeting Point Airoli toll Naka under the Easter Express Highway bridge
2. Regroup and start journey to sudhagad breakfast en route.
3.10 am Reach Base village and visit very famous Ganapati Temple ,Ballaleshwar.
4.10:30 am Start Ascend to Sudhagad and reach top by 12:30
5. Have lunch and explore the fort and Surprise Activity by ShoeDrillAdventutes.
6. Start Descend at 2 pm and reach base village by 4 pm.
7. Start return journey on bikes to Mumbai and reach Mumbai by 7:30 pm.

6.Things to carry:
Identity proof.
Bike (even if you don’t have one you can become pillion rider and share expenses with rider we can help you get one)
Helmet ,Bike Papers and License is must for all who will be driving bikes.
Good Shoes (sports/Trekking) is mandatory. Do carry an extra floater along.
Carry one time meal for the trek.
Ruck sack / Shoulder bag which can hold following items
Water Bottle (2 Litres Minimum)
Torch with spare set of batteries
Cap
Plate, spoon.
Spare Cotton Track pant & T- shirts 1 no each.
Waterproof jacket / raincoat is MUST
Personal medical kit (personal medicines if any, prescribed by family Dr.)
• Note: Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited during Trek.

7.Payment details:
Cost of the Event would be 350 INR per head.
One needs to deposit the full amount as advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
HDFC BANK SAVINGS ACCOUNT No-05011140109695
Name-Sameer Bhosle
IFSC Code- HDFC0000501
Branch- MISTRY BHAVAN EXTN CTR, MUMBAI

Once payment is done , please send an email to shoedrilladventures@gmail.com with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number or else SMS(NO What’s app) above details to any of the mobile numbers 9028278502/9594299141
a. What’s Included in Fees
- Morning breakfast and evening snacks
- First aid medical kits
-Trek expertise and basic safety equipment as and when needed.
b. Whats NOT included in Fees
-Travel from Mumbai-Pali- Mumbai . Everyone will be travelling by Bikes
-People on same bikes(two people Max per bike) will share Travelling expenses.
- Any kind of personal expenses
-Insurance
-Afternoon Lunch
-Anything not specifically mentioned under the Inclusions.
8.Contact Details :
Sameer Bhosle 9028278502
Aniket Deshmukh 9594299141

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