24-25 July 1999
The fort name is Parnera. It is in Atul/Gujarath(160 km
from Borivali). Atul is a small industrial place. We was seven in the
group. We traveled by Virangam passenger from Borivali st. at 11:35pm.
In the train when we was sharing our trekking & mountaineering
experience we was very enthusiast of hearing each other. Nobody had
been to this place out of seven. So we was mentally prepared for the
worst. We reached to Valsad at 3:45am. then went to Valsad Bus depo
& took little rest. Though we need to get down at Atul we could not
do so since this train doesn't have stop at this place. If by luck it
halts at Atul then that was possible. At 6:30 a we went by bus to
Parnera village. You won't find any hotels here. So for tea & all
you need to take at depo only else you need to walk 21/2 kms from
Parnera. So initially we thought of a tiresome trek, but no it was not
a trek for me it was simply walking on the steps & reach to the top
in the man made jungle of Saag Tree. As we reach there heavy rain
started. We took shelter in the Mandir for 20 min. then started to
browse through the Fort. We found it was a lone hill in this area.
Except this there was no such heighten area where who ever have build
this fort could have found commanding place for fort. The place on the
top was so less for fort. But such fort in marathi called Gadhi. The
fort has well planned structure. We found three canon(Tofh) with
different bore diameter kept a side of the fort . As usual their is
construction going on for a Masjid & Temple. Though their are
already two old temple exist. This fort has got few water tanks also.
The fort is constructed by bricks which might be according to us is an
indication of recent construction.