Sunday, 27 June 2010

Forts of Konkan 49 : Kille Pachad किल्ले पाचाड भुईकोट


Location:
Pachad, Tal. Mahad, Dist. Raigad
Land Fort

Things to see:
The fort is spread on one hectare area. There are two bastions, a small room of security guard, palace of fort in charge, a water tank, ammunition store room and bases of many houses. There is also one base of queen mother's Rajmata Jijabai's house. There is one well. There is a temple of Somjai outside the fort. Near the fort, near one rivulet there is Jijabai's Vrindavan.
Past:
The fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj as a house for his mother Rajamata Jijabai. The fort was lost to Mughals when Raigad was lost to them on 3rd November 1689. The Mughals handed this fort over to Siddi of Janjira. The fort came into the hands of Peshavas 1734.

Present:
The fort is still in good condition despite passage of time and lack of maintenance.

Nearby attractions:
Nil

How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,

Mumbai
Pen
Mahad Pachad
Pune
Tamhini Ghat
Goa
Rajapur
Chiplun
Kolhapur
Karad


By public transport:
Mahad is connected by direct buses from Mumbai, Goa, Pune, Kolhapur. ST buses, shared and specially hired auto-rikshaws are available from Mahad to go to Pachad.

Nearby Places for stay:
Raigad fort, Mahad