Basic Info: Malhargad is a beautiful fort located in the close proximity of Pune which is ideal for one day small treks. Although, the structures are not so intact here, the surrounding area is very beautiful which makes this fort worth visiting. Definitely the best close fort to visit if you are looking for a quick planned trek.
Route from Pune: From Pune, one has to head towards Saswad via Hadapsar route. There are 2 ways to get to the fort, 1st way goes to the Mahadarwaja and the second leads to the back of the fort.
Recently (Nov 2018), the Grampanchayat has undertaken the road consturction work from the backside of the Fort. This will make the fort accessible for all kinds of vehicles and it will take you to the Chor Darwaja section. Looking at the current progress of work, we think it should be completed by June 2019.
1st way: Post 3 kms from Diveghat is a small village called Dive, from here a diversion to the left will take you to the base village of the fort. Locals call the fort as Sonuricha Killa, so if you are confused about directions to this fort, you might have to ask for directions to Sonuricha Killa instead of Malhargad.
Vehicles can be parked at the base village.
2nd way: Just after Diveghat exit, a road to the left will take you to Zhendewadi Village. There is a quite prominent board on the highway itself for the way to Zhendewadi. From Zhendewadi you will have to ask the locals for the route to the fort.
What to see:
Below are a few pics that we took during our last visit to Malhargad on bicycles
Difficulty level and other useful tips: Trekking level is very easy for Malhargad. One can get to the top of the fort in 30 minutes. Dont think that this trek will not be that interesting due to the time that I have mentioned here. It actually offers some spectacular views from the top which I have never seen from even the tallest forts.
Camping Info: If you plan for an overnight trek, I would recommend that you start your trek at around 5pm in the evening. There is not much to be explored on the fort and the entire fort can be covered in about an hour.
Ensure that you take plenty of water and food with you. You would also need tents as there is no natural shelter on the fort. The fort is in a very isolated location, so make sure that your group is large for overnight treks.