On 11th July 2015 Saturday as per the plan of APEX Adventures we started the trek to Vairatgad which is situated in the province of Wai, and 8 km away from Wai. We started our journey from Pune at around 7:00 AM from Balgandharva. As usual we had introduction & antakshri rounds during this journey. After reaching base village of fort we parked our bus in front of village temple, there we saw old water well in very good condition and villagers use its water for drinking.
History of Vairatgad Fort
The fort is one of those said to have been built by Bhoj Raja, the Kolhapur Silahara chief Bhoja II. (1178-1193) of Panhala, and its name is locally derived from the Vairats, a wild tribe supposed to have dwelt in this neighborhood, who were subdued by the Pandavas. King Bhoj of the Shilahar dynasty built Vairatgad in the 11th century. The fort is partly commanded by the heights of Bavdhan three miles to the west. The view on all sides is very fine and extends on the west to Malcolm Peth. During Shivaji’s period the fort was used only as a military station. Shivaji Maharaj conquered the Wai region and included Vairatgad and Pandavgad in his kingdom. The British captured it in 1818.
This village has old history. In 1982 British Governor Li Warner saw big tree of Banyan
which is having area about 2.5 hector. It was recorded in Genius Book. Therefore this village is called Wadache or Mhasave.
As per the plan from there we headed to Mhasave (wadache) village for exploring one the biggest Banyan tree in India. We went there and saw the massive Banyan Tree spread across acres. We were not able to find the main tree route, then one old villager told us that it is vanished now & other routes created this immense structure of Banyan tree. There is one temple of goddess. We had some clicks there as well & started our back journey to Pune at 6:30 PM. We had mad dance as usual & had tea on the high way. In this way ended the whole day excitement at 9:00 PM in Pune.
- Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure, Aniket Bidkar & Amol Kotkar.
- Such an amazing fort everyone should visit at least once in life.
- Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.
Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Vairatgad & Wadache village or you have any questions related to trek.