Sinhagad Fort is one of the attractions in Pune for youngsters who love trekking. Sinhagad means Lion’s Fort which is located approximately 25 kilometres Southwest of Pune city. Due to its height of almost 800 metres from ground makes it a perfect place for trekking. The Sinhagad Fort is situated on the high hill side and gives scenic views from the top. The ruins of the fort are remaining today but once it was an important place because it witnesses the historic battle of capturing the fort by Tanaji who was a general in Shivaji’s army. There are samadhis of Tanaji, Rajaramji and Shivaji’s younger son that can be seen in the fort. The fort is situated in the centre of chain of forts naming Raigad, Purander and Torna fort. The fort has two doors one in the Southeast and the other is in Northeast. The first one is called the Kalyan Darwaja and the second one is called the Pune Darwaza. The hill on which the fort was built is very steep and thus a good location as per the security and safety is concerned at that time. The height from sea level is 1350 metres. The Sinhagad fort is built on the cliff of the Bhuleshwar range of Sahyadri Mountains. The carvings on the walls of the fort do tell us its age that is said to be almost two thousand years ago. The construction was really tricky as it gives natural protection from the enemies and the walls and doors are built only on the key places. This fort has seen many battles and still it is telling the stories of those moments. The fort also symbolises the great Maratha victory over the Muslims.
There are bungalows of two great personalities are also situated near fort , one of them is the great freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak and the other one is Marathi poet G.D. Madgulkarm. Here the views are magnificent and one can see the Panshet, Khadakwasla and Varasgaon dams from here. The Torna fort is also visible from the top of the Sinhgad Fort. It is a wonderful place for adventure and almost in the city. One can enjoy mouth watering snacks like bhaji and dahi handi at the top.
Apart from trekking lovers this place is also used by the National Defence Academy for training purpose.
How to reach there?
There are PMT and PCMT bus services available to reach Sinhagad foot hills. PMT bus service is available every hour from Shaniwarwada and Swargate to the Sinhagad fort. The time to climb the fort is approximately one hour and it is adventurous. There are taxies also to take you to the bottom or top. One should avoid rainy season for trekking as the path is real muddy and very slippery in rains.