Sunday, September 21, 2008

Panhala Fort

Panhala situated at an altitude of 977.2m is a fascinating hill station with a rich historical heritage.It was built by King Bhoja between 1178-1209 and is the largest of all Deccan forts. The innermost citadel is enclosed by a strong wall over 7 Km in length fortified by bastions. Panhala's historic fort throws up memories of Chhatrapati Shivaji, It was from here that Shivaji beleaguered for over four months, escaped one rainy night to Vishalgad, while his faithful general Baji Prabhu Deshpande laid down his life holding down the forces of Siddi Johar at a narrow pass, since christened Pavankhind.

How to reach :

Air:Nearest airport is Kolhapur at 20-km.

Rail:Nearest Railway station is Kolhapur at 18-km on South Central Railway.

Road :Bombay-Panhala 428-km via Kolhapur and Kolhapur-Panhala is just 20-km. There are regular buses and luxury coaches that run between Kolhapur and the Panhala Fort. Panhala is located at a distance of 20-km off the Kolhapur-Ratnagiri highway. A direct drive from Mumbai can get one to Panhala in 8 hours.

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