One Of The Best Forts In Kolhapur City Of Maharashtra
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Basic Info: 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.
How to reach: 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.
What to see at Panhala: There is plenty to see at Panhala as most of the structures are still intact.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit is during the monsoon season and the winter season. The weather is just perfect during the winters and a stay at some Hotel and Panhala is recommended.