The place is situated in Maharashtra. It is very close to Lonavala, another famous Hill station. The place is actually a fort belonging to chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj. The fort is a part of three forts closely located near one another. Sadly though, the only existing structure is the remains of the Lohgad Fort.
One can take a private vehicle all the way to the base of the Fort, thanks to the newly constructed road. The nearest railway station is Lonavala.
For people traveling from Mumbai or staying back in PCMC, the route is via Lonavala.
If starting from Pune take the old Mumbai-Pune highway. Just after you cross toll plaza before Lonavala, keep your left till you cross “Manshakti.” There is a Y type left turn just after “Manshakti.” Take that left and drive for another 200 odd meter to take very first left again You are on the way to lohgad after crossing the place called “Bhangarwadi” from where it is just 8-10 Kms. If you come across a railway crossing and Mumbai-Pune highway twice you are on the right track. You are on the way to Paud, continue till you reach “Dudhiware Khind.” Just before it, take a left for Lohgad from here it is around 4 Kms max. The road ahead is very steep with a couple of sharp turns but safe.
Since the place is located in the heart of maharashtra, knowledge of Marathi- the local language would be an added advantage. However, the locals also do understand Hindi.
The main attraction is the fort itself. Though its is approximately 3000 feet above sea level. The climb per se is not as difficult. It is advisable to have the best footwear as the mountains can really get very slippery during the monsoon.
Of all the sections of the fort, the main attraction is the point called "vinchoo point". This point resembles the look of a scorpion's tail.[In marathi- vinchooo means scorpion]. It is a little inaccessible and requires some effort to get to the end of it.
There is a place where you get home food just at the base of the Fort. These are locals serving exclusive maharashtrian food at rates as cheap as Rs 40 per person- unlimited. Do not forget to savour their "aamti" and "sheera".
It is better to carry your own water.
If it rains very heavily, it is advisable not to climb too far up as various parts of the fort become extremely slippery and there are little gushes of water flowing from all ends, making climbing even more difficult.