Location : Near Pune | Category : 1 Day Picnics | Distance from Pune : 30 KMs
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Best Season: Throughout The Year
Sinhagad is undoubtedly the favorite weekend getaway for Puneites !!! We have all been there – may it be as a road trip with our family, a  fun climb with our college friends or  net practice for one of  our Himalayan endeavors !!! Located roughly 30 kms southwest of the city, the fort is never short of visitors.
 
The road to Sinhagad , via Khadakvasla dam is exteremely picturesque once you leave the city behind. Public transport buses are available to the village at the base of the fort. A climb from here to the top of the fort takes about an hour. The road has steps for most of the way and it is an extremely easy trek. There are a large number of vendors selling nimbu paani, kulfi and other titbits on the way up  making your climb extremely stress free!!! A motorable road is also available to the top of the fort. There is ample parking space on top for vehicles.
 
Once on top you can spend the day wandering up and down the routes that were once trudged by the Maratha  and the Adil Shahi forces. The fort was earlier known as Kondana. It is of great historic importance as it has stood witness to many a battles. The most famous among those is the battle fought by Tanaji Malusare  for Shivaji Maharaj in 1670, where he successfully captured the fort but lost his life in the battle. It was then that the fort acquired the name ‘Sinhagad” after the famous saying “Gaad ala pan Sinha gela” meaning “ the fort was captured but the lion was lost”. The fort is short of an architectural wonder. The ruins are evidence of the attention given to detail in the view of protecting the fort from enemies. There are two gates to the fort.  Kalyan Darwaza to the southeast and Pune Darwaza on the northeast.  One can also see structures of breweries,military stables and ammunition godowns  on the fort. The fort houses a memorial to Tanaji as well as the tomb of Rajaram, Shivaji's younger son, who also died here.  There is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and a statue of Hanuman.
 
The view from the top is spectacular where one can see the beautiful Sahyadris in all their glory. For the best views and weather visit the place in the monsoons. This is when the whole fort is covered in a blanket of cool mist and the mountain turns a vibrant green !!! Owing to its popularity Sinhagad  is a highly commercialized destination. There are a large number of shops and restraunts on top of the fort, at the base and on the way to the fort. When here be sure to try the Khekda Bhaji ( No, not crab simply onion pakodas resembling crabs), Jhunka Bhakri and the delicious creamy yogurt offered here in earthen pots. The proximity to the city, the beautiful atmosphere and delicious food make Sinhagad ‘THE’ place to visit when in the mood for a short trip ! No visit to Pune is complete without a trip here !!!!
 
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By Suganthini
15 Aug 2015

My family and I want go to SINHAGAD.4 members in the family.Because today is INDEPENDENCE DAY.

By srinitha
15 Aug 2015

i want to go there.

By dattatraya giri
19 Dec 2014

Sinhagad is very very lovly torisum spot/fort i was a very happy and and thatd discription over mindblowing u don't belive m but c u ur aye

By Piyush Modi
28 Aug 2014

It worth watching. Amazing place no doubts. Mindblowing views and best part is when you walk between clouds. (y) do visit it.

By Mushtak Kazi
20 Jun 2014

Awasome......must visiting place..you forgot the whole world when you reached here in Monsoon. You go with anyone(Family,Friends or your dearone),you enjoyed definetly

By Rakmoddin Inamdar
18 Apr 2014

Sinhagad Fort is really a place with magnificent views which make it a must visit place near Pune. My recent blog of Sinhagad Fort in the Summer: http://beautyaroundpune.blogspot.in/2014/04/a-short-bike-ride-to-sinhagad-fort-near-pune.html

By mp
08 Mar 2014

very peaceful place

By Hemant Mangilal Patil
22 Jan 2014

Just awesome place for travelling in rainy season.

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