Mrugagad is Hill Fort located near Bheliv Village in Sudhagad Taluka of Raigad District, Maharashtra, India. Mrugagad Fort is part of Lonavala Mountain Range and it is one of the unexplored forts in Maharashtra.
Base Village: Bheliv
Elevation/Height: 1750 feet or 533 meters
Nearest Railway Station: Khopoli
Grade level: Medium
Endurance Level: Easy
Time Required to Reach the Top: 1 Hour
Best Time to Visit: June to January
Mrugagad Fort Information
Mrugagad Fort is also known as “Bhelivcha Killa” due to Bheliv Village situated at its base. There are three mountains near the village and amongst three mountains, the middle one is Mrugagad Fort. Mrugagad provides an amazing view of Moradi Pinnacle, Lions Point and other mountains in Lonavala region. Not much known about the history of this fort. But, it is said that this fort was used during the fight between Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Karatlab Khan for Umberkhind. This fort is in ruin condition as we hardly see any fortification. Mrugagad fort offers some breath-taking views in monsoon season making your trek a beautiful and pleasant one.
Mrugagad Fort Trek Route
Bheliv Village – Jungle Route – Small Khind Climb – Rock Cut Stairs – Mrugagad Fort Top
Mrugagad Fort trek begins from behind the temple. The initial route goes through the jungle. The route is well marked with white arrows painted on rocks. after the jungle route, we have to climb small khind(valley) between two mountains. After this climb, there is a diversion. the right path takes us to a small cave and straight path takes us to rock-cut stairs. after climbing rock-cut stairs we reach the top of Mrugagad fort.
Things to See on Mrugagad Fort Trek:
- Small Cave
- Rock Cut Stairs
- Small Temple of Lord Hanuman
- Temple of Goddess Mahishasurmardini
- Multiple Water Tanks
- View of Lonavala Mountain Range
Camping / Accommodation Facility: There is no place for camping on Mrugagad fort. However, one can stay in Bheliv village.
Food / Water Facility: There are no hotels near Mrugagad Fort. However, Arrangement of food and water can be done by People of Bheliv village. Carry enough food and water supply with you.
How to Reach Mrugagad Fort
Get down at Khopoli Railway station. Khopoli can be easily reached from Mumbai, Pune and Thane. From Khopoli Bus stop catch bus going to Parali village. From Parali village we have to take share jeep to Mangaon Village. From Mangaon village walks 2km to reach Bheliv village which is the base village.
Total Cost of My Journey
- Thane to Khopoli (By Train): Rs. 50 (Return Ticket)
- Khopoli Bus Stop to Khopoli Phata (By Share Auto): Rs.10 per person
- Khopoli Phata to Parali Village (By Share Jeep): Rs.25 per person
- Parali Village to Mangaon Village (By Share Jeep): Rs.15 per person
- Mangaon Village to Bheliv Village: We walk 2km
Places to Visit near Mrugagad Fort:
- Lions Point
- Moradi Pinnacle
- Lonavala – Khandala Hill Station
- Imagica Water Park