Bhaskargad was built during the times of Yadava dynasty; it is located 50 km from Igatpuri in Nasik district of Maharashtra. Being a part of Trimbak ranges, it was built to protect the trade-off from the west coast to Nasik. It has seen many rulers capturing it from Bahamani Sultans to Mughals. The fort eventually got captured by the fisherman community when they revolted against the Mughals. It was then under the control of Marathas until later and lastly being captured by the British.

There are some fascinating details on the trek to this fort.

Trek Details

Height: 3000 feet approximately

Difficulty level: Moderate

Time is taken to ascend: 1- 1.5 hours

Base village: Nirgunpada

The route to Bhaskargad starts through a lush green trail from Nirgunpada. As you walk through this route, you will come across a view of the mighty Fani Hills on one side and beautiful Utwaad Fort on the other. The sunrise is marvellous from here. As the sunrises, the Vaitarna Lake shines bright like a diamond. Who would want to miss this beautiful view? None we say.

The route can be a little tricky; we would suggest you to hire a local person to guide you to the fort. As you walk through the green trail, you will see the base plateau. From these grasslands, you will see a route with rock-cut steps leading to the fort. After a point, these steps start disappearing; as the stairs are hidden under rocks that have loosely fallen over the years. This part can be a bit tricky during the monsoon. Make sure you have a good grip on your shoes while climbing this part.

As you climb, you will see half buried main entrance to the fort. Once you cross this entrance you have rock-cut stairs leading you to the fort. As you climb at the top of the fort, you will see two buried water cisterns on one side and the other is a vast landscape giving away the view of Harihar fort, Brahmagiri, Fani Hill and others. It is a must-visit fort for trekking enthusiast.

Best time to visit: Open throughout the year. However, it is best visited from June to February. As heat in summer can slow the pace and the experience is less enjoyable.

Places to visit nearby:

Harihar Fort and Utwad fort

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Kasara. There is no direct transportation to Nirgunpada. From Kasara, one needs to hire a jeep or a taxi to go to Nirgunpada. It is at a distance of 50 km from Kasara railway station.

Tips and suggestions:

  • Carry a lightly packed sack with a water bottle and protein bars
  • Carry a set of emergency clothes
  • A good pair of shoe for the trek