Fort Jadhavgadh – A Heritage Hotel
Fort Jadhavgadh reflects the stature of Pilaji Jadhavrao – a man as strong in mind and body as the stone structure he envisioned to create. In 1707, Chhatrapati Shahuji the grandson of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was released after 21 years imprisonment by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. He handpicked a group of loyal men to recapture the region from the Mughals and restore Maratha glory. Pilaji Jadhavrao was one of them. He gathered and trained an army of men from Jadhavwadi and Saswad region to restore the Maratha regime. Pilaji breathed his last in 1784, after serving the Marathas and three generations of Peshwas. And it is this legacy — heroic and traditional — that Fort Jadhavgadh strives to keep alive.
Fort Jadhavgadh was built in 1710 as a place of residence and safe haven to Pilaji and his army. The Fort swells with Maratha architecture. The 300-year old fort covers two acres of the sprawling 25 acre property. The lawns can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. The highlights of the fort include – The armored main Durwaaza (Gate), Rock Stairways and the Dungeons. The dungeons were used as grain stores and also as prisons at the time of war.