An unassuming fort, mostly flocked by hikers looking for an 'easier' challenge, was once witness to 4 major wars!
Kothaligad, near Karjat, was a critical vantage point, providing views of the Bhimashankar range as well as the Panvel range. It was also used as a storehouse for arms and ammunition.
Aurangzeb won this fort from Sambhaji in 1684, after a prolonged battle. After winning the fort, the Mughals renamed the fort to ‘Miftahulfateh’, meaning victory key.
The Marathas continued their efforts to conquer the fort in 1684 and 1685, but to no avail. In April 1685, 700 Marathas attacked again.
Finally, after 130 years, in 1817, Bapurao, a Maratha Sardar with Bajirao II fought with the British and won the fort.