Malhargad is known as last fort built by Marathas. It is also known as Sonori because of the village of Sonori situated at its base.
Address: Near Zhendewadi, Purandhar, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Malhargad is a hill fort in western India near Saswad, 30 kilometres from Pune.
The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on Dive ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760. The fort was built by Bhivrâo Yashvant and Krishnaji Madhavrao Panse, a Peshwa Sardar, who was the chief in charge of Tofkhana of the Peshwas. Citations of a visit of Elder Madhavrao Peshwe to the fort are available in historic documents. A palace, belonging to Panse, can be seen in the Sonori village though much of it is in ruins.
The Sahyadri range, to the west of Pune in Velha taluka, is bifurcated, one of which has the forts of Rajgad and Torna, while on the other range are the forts of Sinhagad, Purandar, Vajragad and Malhargad. This range is known as the Bhuleshwar range which is spread along the East-West direction.
Through Zendewadi village :
There is an off-shoot route to Zendewadi village, after Dive ghat along the Pune-Sasvad route. The Zendewadi village is at a. distance of about 2 k.m. from this off-shoot. Here many plantations of Zendu can be seen. After passing this village we have to reach a cleft, upto which Malhargad is not visible. A well fortified Malhargad can be reached from this cleft in half-an-hours time.
Through Sonori village :
This village is situated at a distance of 6 k.m. from Sasvad. Daily three buses depart for Sonori from Sasvad. Malhargad can be seen from this village. One can climb up the fort along the ridge of the hill, and moving along the side of the Tower, we reach at the entrance door of the fort.
At the base-village of Sonori, the spectacular six-bastion palace of Panse is a must visit.
The fort is in good condition. There are two temples constructed side-by-side: the smaller for Lord Khandoba, and the larger for Lord Mahadeva. From the top of this fort, the city of Jejuri and Parvati Hills can be seen. The forts of Sinhagad, Purandar, and Vajragad are also visible.