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Reviewed 13 May 2022

You need to walk up the hill for the adrenaline rush. Going up a vehicle is no fun. Once you reach atop, the view and the whole history is a fascinating feel.

Date of experience: March 2022
1  Thank nairgoks
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Reviewed 2 March 2022

A significant part of the history of the Maratha empire, if you are in Pune, this fort is a must-visit. Located at around 40-45 kms. from Pune, the best way to reach this is by hiring a cab or driving if you have your own car.

The fort in itself is enormous, and the climb is actually steep. However, there are a lot of things to see in the fort. The views from the edges of the fort are some of the most spectacular ones. You can see the entire hill range, and the sun rays coming from between the clouds make the entire area look stunning.

At the top of the fort, there are various important points such as tof khana (the places where cannons used to be stored), horse stables area (made inside the fort at a location that keeps the area cooler), the samadhi of Tanaji Malusare (who bravely laid down his life to win the fort) and many other significant points.

Also, across the fort, you will find tons of small shops selling Maharashtrian food items such as pithla & bhakri, vangi bharit, etc. If you are on the fort, do taste these as it is the specialty in the area and taste super delicious. We tasted the pithla & bhakri combination for merely Rs. 40 that also came with two types of chutneys.

However, the main problem is the road to reach the actual base of the fort. Many people park vehicles on both sides of the approach road if the parking above is full. This parking keeps on dragging to a point where it becomes impossible to move your vehicle. In our case, being a Sunday, we had to stop our vehicle 2.5 kms from the main gate or Darwaza of the fort and had to trek the entire way. Also, at the start of the approach road, government guys will charge Rs. 100. Yet the mismanagement of traffic on the road is rampant.

But leaving aside this issue, the Sinhgad fort is a must-visit place with scenic views. Also, have at least 2 to 3 hrs in hand to complete the entire fort.

Date of experience: February 2022
Thank Ronit1710
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Reviewed 2 January 2022

Sinhagad fort is located in Donaje village, Haveli Taluka @ 35 km Southwest to Pune in the lap of Sahyadri mountains. This is one of the favorite picnic spot for Pune Public and located 1312 meters above mean sea level.

It has been inhabited by different dynasties, predominantly Deccan rulers, Siddi dynasty headed by Siddi Amber, the Marathas under rulership of Chatrapati Shivaji and the Mughals during the reign of Aurangzeb. Even British rulers have taken shelter within the walls of the mighty Sinhagad fort.

Sinhagad earlier known as Kondhana and later named as Sinhagad after famous 1670 battle. In 1670 battle Tanaji Malusare who is Shivaji's trusted and brave General, fought a bottle here all alone with the Mogal army and Succeeded in capturing the fort, but Tanaji had to sacrifice his own life on the battlefield. When Tanaji was slain while fighting his brother took over the command and made sure that Tanaji's martyrdom was not waste. On hearing news of his death, Chatrapati Shivaji said "Gad Ala Pan Sinha Gela" Which means "We won the fort but last the lion", and so after his death Chatrapati Shivaji renamed this Kondhana fort as Sinhagad. Meaning of Sinhagad is "Lions fort".

The Sinhagad was strategically built to provide natural protection due to its very steep slopes. The walls and bastions were constructed only at key places. There are two gates to enter the fort. They are Kalyan Darwaza at southeast and Pune Darwaza at Northeast ends.

Places to Visit inside fort:

Khandkada Machi: It is the eastern tip of fort sinhagad which is near parking area close to Pune Darwaza. This is one of the view point from where one can see entire eastern region around the fort.

Pune Darwaza: Pune Darwaa is the Entrance gate which connects fort to road coming from Pune.

Tilak Bungalow: Lokmanya tilak used this fort as summer house. Mahatam Gandhi met him at this place after his return from South Africa.

Rajaram's tomb: Rajaram's tomb resembles Muslim architecture and from here, you can get a good view of Khadakwasla dam and city of Pune. this place visit is worth visit to your trip

Kaundinyshwar temple: This temple location is the highest point of fort and dedicated to lord Shiva. It has carvings that date back to over 2000 years.

Amrutheshwar temple: This templ is on the southern side of the fort. it has the idols of Bhairav and Bhairavi, who are worshipped by the local fishermen.

Kali temple: Kali matha temple where Kali matha worshipped and a Statue of Lord hanuman is situated right to this temple.

Hawa Point or wind point of this fort is the place where you can feel the strong force of wind blowing fast.

Kade Lot is believed to be the place where prisoners were punished. thrown down from the edge of the cliff. It is also called as sunset point

Kalyan Darwaza is the Entrance gate which connects fort to road coming from Kalyan.

Tanaji Samadi and memorial is the memorial of Tanaji Malusare is built over his resting place.

Tanaji Kada is the steepest cliff-side of the fort and the side from which Tanaji Malusare climbed the fort with a small army at night. As per the legends, they took the support and help of a tamed monitor lizard.

Overall the fort offers stunning views of the Kadakwasla Dam from one end and glimpse of Torna fort on the other end.

Timings:

This fort is open for visitors all 365 days from morning 05:00 to Evening 06:00.

Best time to visit:

Best time to visit is Monsoon and second best is Winter season.

Date of experience: December 2021
1  Thank Suryakatakam
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Reviewed 8 December 2021 via mobile

Entry fees :

Bike : 50rs
Car :100rs

Trek type :Easy

This location was lovely and ideal for spending time with family and friends, moreover treeking is simple and good for people of all ages. Even though this location is not in a densely forested area, there is a thriving human population in the village.

Date of experience: December 2021
Thank SunilS2663
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Reviewed 10 November 2021 via mobile

Lovely place,Lovely Scenic Roads,Lovely Food arrangements Must Visit..Just enjoy the time and the cold breeze with a magnificent view

Date of experience: November 2021
Thank Chirag K
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