- How To Reach:
- Via Asangaon :
Asangaon is on Mumbai-Nasik rail route. From Asangaon station by walking or by auto we reach at Mahuli gaon. It is 5 km away from Asangaon station. At the base of the fort we see a very beautiful Mahadev temple. One can spend a night here. From here at the right side, after crossing a small water flow, and climbing for 3 km further, we reach at the fort. From this way we have to go by a ladder. After crossing it there are two water reservoirs.
Via Vasind :
Alight at Vasind by bus or local train. Then go at north for Duhagaon and then ‘Charyacha Pada’. Keeping Chanderi to right, one has to ascend the western trunk of Mahuli. This way is quite difficult. We reach at Kalyan Darwaaja and proceed to the top of Bhandargad. There is a lithograph on this entrance.
- In Thane district near Shahpur-Asangaon we find a group of three mountains – Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad. Here the nature is so pleasant that we must visit this place to see the natural beauty. The mountain with many pinnacles is known as Mahuli. Mahuli is divided into three parts – northern one is Palasgad, Mahuli in the middle and Bhandargad on the southern end.
- The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule of Malik Ahmed who was the founder of Nijamshahi. When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of Nijamshahi, Adilshahi and Mughals of Delhi together tried to end Nijamshahi. In the year 1635-36, in difficult circumstances Shahaji Raje transferred himself with Jijabai and Shivaji to Mahuli. Khan Jaman, son of Mahabat Khan beleaguered this fort. Shahaji Raje asked for help to Portuguese. They refused and Shahaji Raje surrendered himself.
Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and was won again by Shivrai. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts again. The Moghal sardar Manohardas Gaud was the in charge of this fort. He did much construction on the fort. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed. Thousand of Marathas were killed by Moghals. It was a bad blow to Marathas. Even after this victory, Manohardas Gaud, the chief of the fort gave up his position and a new chief Alveerdi Beg was appointed. On 16 June 1670, after two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and Palasgad became part of Swarajya.