- Name of the Fort:
- People travelling from Pune need to take the NH4 and head towards Kolhapur. Affter the Kini Phata, there is a diversion that goes to WarnaNagar and then to the village called Panhala. This can be called the base village.
From here the locals can help you with the internal roads to the fort.
There is not much trekking involved. The motorable road takes you to the top of the fort. There is plenty of parking available.
- Panhale fort was built between 1178 and 1209 CE, one of 15 forts (others including Bavda, Bhudargad, Satara, and Vishalgad) built by the Shilahara ruler Bhoja II. It is said that aphorism Kahaan Raja Bhoj, kahan Gangu Teli is associated with this fort. A copper plate found in Satara shows that Raja Bhoja held court at Panhala from 1191–1192 CE. About 1209–10, Bhoja Raja was defeated by Singhana (1209–1247), the most powerful of the Devgiri Yadavas, and the fort subsequently passed into the hands of the Yadavas. Apparently it was not well looked after and it passed through several local chiefs. In 1376 inscriptions record the settlement of Nabhapur to the south-east of the fort.
- Panhala is a beautiful hill fort located at a distance of 20 kms from Pune. It was built to keep an eye on the nearest Sahyadri Mountain range pass which was used as a trade route during the old days.
There is not much trekking that one can do at Panhala, but it is definitely worth visiting considering its historical importance.
During the British rule in spite of no food and other necessities the fort was inhabited by the people there. Britishers later started pension for the chiefs and people of the fort. This money was paid from the Belgaum mamledar kacheri (Treasury).takamaka.