among the many great forts in Nashik, Mulher is a hill fort that is also called
Mayurgrad in Maharashtra. It stands tall at a height of 4200 feet.
fort houses a temple and many water cisterns in addition to a tank of water
where if you look beyond the layer of glowing algae, you will find crystal
clear still water. On the lower region of the fort, there is an extensively
decorated temple of Lord Ganesha. Another temple in dedication to Lord Shiva,
Lord Rama and Laxman is also present. Adjacent to this temple, the lower part
of the fort also houses the remains of a former palace. Most of the structure
is intact, except the three huge entrances that crumbled. The fort is mainly
known for nine different water tanks present within the premises. From the top,
you can get a clear view of the Mangi Hills on the northern side and
Saptashringi on the eastern side, among other things like Tungi Hills and Dhodap.
On The Mulher Fort Trek
The trekkers should make their
own arrangements from the village at the base of the fort itself.
Tips And Tricks
If you want to complement this
trek with another one, you can visit the twin fort of the Mulher Fort known as
the Salher Fort.
In the lower part of the fort,
the Ganesha temple and the Someshwar temple can provide accommodation.
Otherwise, at the top there are more caves that may be inhabitable.
Even after you cross the village
at the base of the fort, you will find enough potable water sources inside. But
you can choose to carry your own water supply.
You can take two routes to reach
Mulher Fort. Both the routes start at the village at the base of the fort. A
banyan tree and a house will become visible once you have walked for almost 25
minutes. Take a brisk walk crossing the tree and moving ahead, you will reach
Dhangadwadi. After walking for almost another 45 minutes, you will see two
different paths emerging. The simpler one to take would be the straight route
which will take 20 minutes to lead you to the lower part of the fort at the
Ganesha temple. From the lake next to the temple, if you turn right, a broken
staircase will eventually lead you to the fort. There is another route which is
a bit longer though. While walking on this second route, you will come across
three crumbled doors. After a point, you will see a diversion. Take right on
that diversion and it will lead you to the fort straight to the top.
Best Time To Take The Mulher
The best part about visiting
this fort is that you can visit at any time throughout the year.
How To Reach Mulher Fort
railway station at Nashik can be accessed easily via local trains from Pune or
Mumbai. Several trains from East India and North India also stop here.
Road: You can reach the village at the base of the
Mulher fort by taking any state-serviced transport buses. NH50 and NH3 are
routed through Nashik and it is also connected to Mumbai and Pune through the
golden triangle of Maharashtra.