With fond memories of all the visited spots till then, I swayed into the thoughts of my next place of visit. I am a girl of high expectations and full of mood in expedition. Trekking has always been into my priority lists. I can give up anything and everything for a simple trekking experience. With my backpack ready, I look forward for any areas of trekking to have a joyful achievement. Though my vacation to Kolhapur did not include any such arrangements, yet my next visited spot reminded me of one of its kind. Panhala, a small city in Maharashtra is basically a hill station in its own way, with a sense of beautification and congenial atmosphere surrounding it. My adventure to the Panhala city was restricted to a famous fort, Panhala Fort Kolhapur, not denying the fact that there are many other places of interest too with each of them having its share of haunting tales.
The Panhala Fort built on the sprawling area of the city, gives a panoramic sight of the valley below. Located 22 km away from Kolhapur district and at a height of 3177 feet above the level of the sea, the fort is intimately connected to the ancient Mughal Empire. Shivaji, founder of the fort had spent nearly 500 days at this fort, despite of other childhood homes. The varied and long history of Panhala Fort justifies its strategic significance in protecting one of the many principal routes through the Western Ghats. The most powerful and the imposing structure of the fort was the Teen Darwaza, which made me to stare at it constantly. My visit to this fort comprised of many sections, a tour to Ambarkhana housing the palace, granary and the administration department, the Sajja Koth embellished with a long interesting story of its period, Kalavaticha Mahal, Andhar Bavadi a hidden well to stationed soldiers, and last but not the least, the Dharma Kothi.
The architecture of the Panhala Fort Kolhapur is inherited from the Bijapuri style with peculiarity of the peacock motif easily visible on the different structures. The beautiful carvings and its historical evidence had a remarkable and keen impression on my experiences of the journey. I was getting contented to the uniqueness and sprawling areas of Kolhapur, with so much of literature inherited in it.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!