The fort has an elevation of 1084 m above sea level. It was built during 1713-1720 CE by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. Visapur fort was built to guard the Lohagad Fort and it has an impressive fortification and plateau at its top. Making use of its higher elevation and proximity to Lohagad, the British troops set up their cannons on Visapur and bombarded Lohagad, forcing the Marathas to flee. Thus, in 1818, Lohagad and Visapur were taken over by the British.
Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than Lohagad fort. The fort is famous for its protective walls and intricate designs. The fort has several structures like caves, cisterns of water and the ruins of a large stone built house known as the Peshwa's palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, and several temples scattered all over the place. Hanuman was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort. Presently the fort is in ruins and not many structures left in the fort. The scenic surroundings and the majestic panoramic views of the plains are the best attraction here.
There are 2 trekking routes to reach Visapur fort, one is from Goumukh Khind and another one is from Patan village. The first route needs 1.5 km moderate trek from Goumukh Khind which takes around 1 to 1.5 hours to reach the fort. The second route from Patan village is bit confusing so better to hire local guide from the village. This trail initially goes through a small forest and then comes to a dried up waterfall. Stick to the upstream of waterfall for the rest of the route. After hiking for close to 40 minutes on this trail, one will come across a broken staircase. This staircase leads up to the entrance of the fort. It will take 2 hours to reach the fort from Patan village. The first route is quite popular but the second route offers some wonderful views of several waterfalls in monsoon season.
From Mumbai: You need to board an express train to Pune and get down at Lonavala station if you are coming here from Mumbai. From Lonavala, you need to board a local train to drop you at Malavli Station. Once you get down, start walking in the direction of Patan Village.
From Pune: Board any express train in the direction of Mumbai and alight at Lonavala Station. After that, follow the same route to reach your final destination.
From Lonavala: You need to board a local train to Malavi. Once you get down, start walking in the direction of Patan Village.
From Mumbai: Your journey to Visapur Fort will last for 2 hours and 33 minutes. You need to opt for Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/ Mumbai – Pandharpur Road/ Mumbai – Pune Highway.
From Pune: Your journey to Visapur Fort from Pune will last for 1 hour and 45 minutes. You can either opt for –
Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway/Mumbai Highway/ Mumbai – Pandharpur Road/ Mumbai – Pune Highway
Mumbai – Pandharpur Road/Old Mumbai – Pune Highway
From Lonavala: Your journey to Visapur Fort from Lonavala will last for 31 minutes via Bhangarwadi Road.
Summers are not ideal for planning your visit to Visapur Fort. Although the fort is atop a hill, it takes great efforts to reach the top summit. The heat of summers might drench you entirely, and hence, to maintain your hydration level, you need to carry a lot of water. Winters are pleasant to visit Visapur fort as the cold weather conditions would ease your trekking adventure. Monsoons are the next best season to plan your visit to the Visapur Fort. The scenic beauty of Visapur during storms is unrivaled. Make sure that you hold on your steps firmly while trekking here as the path may turn out to be slippery due to the showers.
Bhaja Cave: Bhaja Caves is a combination of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to 2nd century BC. These caves once were the residential points for Buddhist monks. This is a must-visit place for all the mythology buffs and history enthusiasts.
Amrutanjan Point: Amrutanjan Point is the start point of Khandala Ghats and offers panoramic views of the beauty of Khopoli. As the location is still untouched by commercialization, it is a great picnic spot and weekend retreat.
Bhushi Lake: Situated on the outskirts of Lonavala, Bhushi Lake is a placid water body. Small cascades of water and the verdant hills combine to portray the picturesque beauty of its surroundings.
Duke's Nose: Duke’s Nose, is a famous landmark and a hikers paradise. Trekking, hiking, and rock climbing are activities to enjoy here. If you happen to reach here in monsoons, you might see plenty of small waterfalls gushing forcibly from the Sahyadri mountain ranges.
Explore Karla caves: Karla Caves are amongst the oldest Buddhist shrines of India. There’s a Buddhist monastery inside, which is believed to date back to the 2nd century BC. Throughout the hall of Karla Caves, you could find the presence of sculptures of animals, males, and females.
Picnic at Valvan Dam: Valvan Dam of Lonavala serves as an excellent water resource for the nearby villages. The lush green beauty in the surrounding is good to spend some quality time with your family and kids.
Trek to Visapur Fort: Trekking Visapur Fort is a fun-filled adventure for both amateur and experienced trekkers. Thousands of deciduous forests lined along your trekking route assures you a tranquil trekking experience. Ideally, people complete their trekking to the top summit within 2 hours. Just make sure to carry ample food and water resources with you.
Tunga Fort Trekking: Hikers usually prefer to explore Tunga and Tikona Fort in a single go. The beauty of this fort lies both in its elevation and water bodies on its three sides. On top of the fort, there’s also a small Tungi Devi temple.