Sinhagad fort is a very popular fort in Pune. I have heard a lot about it from my friends.So, when i got a chance to visit Pune along with my husband,we decided to visit the Sinhagad fort. Pune is also known as the cultural capital of the state Maharashtra. Sinhagad fort is located to the South West of Pune at distance of around 25 kms. Trekking is the major attraction of the fort. The journey was pretty amazing for two reasons. Firstly, it was my first road trip with my husband and secondly I went out to explore a new place considering my love for travelling.
We wanted to experience sunrise from the fort so we hit the road at 4.30 in the morning. The track gets curvy and rough as we slowly move out of the city. For a normal journey of 30-35 minutes it took us around 1 hour to touch the starting point of our uphill journey to the fort. It was completely dark as we reached the entrance of the fort. The only thing visible was light bulbs and street lights. The tea stall at the entrance was still open. It was little chilly so, we had a cup of tea to fight the little cold. Then we decided to lead the way to experience the sunrise.
It was 45 degrees steep and 12 kms approximately track uphill, not easy to cover. The fort stands perched on a hill, at an altitude of approximately 1380 m above sea level. We did make a lot of stops on the way for some photo sessions. On the top of the hill the view was amazing. This was my first outing with my husband in Pune and I found something new to explore. It was like the place has magic in it, its walls, buildings, trees etc. everything was awesome. The stretch of 6 kms from fort of the hill amid bushes, thick greenery, and huge mountains with pleasant breeze flowing by is by no means less than an adventure.
Sinhagad Fort – History
Sinhagad was once known as “Kondhana”. The fort has been witness to a number of important battles, of which the most memorable one is that in which Tanaji Malusare, a general Shivaji’s army recaptured the fort in march 1670. It has two gates – the Kalyan Darwaza in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.
Sinhagad can be viewed from any part of the city – this is because of the Doordarshan Tower which has been erected on it. To reach Sinhagad one goes via the Khadakwasla dam. Currently the fort serves as a training Centre for National Defence Academy,Khadakwasla. The fort also houses a television tower for broadcasting local TV signals.
It takes three hours to move up and down the hill. It hardly takes one day trip to Sinhagad. It is must see place for one who has interest in Shivaji’s history. The panoramic view of Khadakwasla lake is an awesome place for nature lovers. That was the most fascinating experience of the day and we started our way back to home promising ourselves to come back to this place in monsoon time.