SINHGAD - Amazing Maharashtra


Sinhgad Fort Pune
Sinhgad Fort
Sinhgad, earlier known as Kondhana, 35 kilometers from Pune is a hill fort. It was here that Shivaji Maharaj’s general, Tanaji Malusare launched a dare devil attack on the Mughal army to recapture the fort Kondhana. He valiantly laid down his life but captured the fort. Grieving Shivaji is known to have said ‘gad aala pan sinh gela’ (The fort’s won but the lion’s gone). Whereupon the fort got its name ‘Sinh (Lion) gad (Fort). Even in this century, Sinhgad continues to infuse bravery. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was imprisoned by the British here, where he wrote a book on Arya Culture.

Tanaji Malusare is said to have climbed a 1000 foot sheer rock with the help of a ‘ghorpad’, a mountain lizard, having enormous strength and tenacity. It is amazing that what a 21st century expert climber might only, if at all achievable with most highly devised scientific equipment, the 17th century man did it with bare feet with just the aid of the amazing ‘ghorpad’.

Besides its great historical significance Sinhgad fort, situated at a height of 4322 feet above sea level, commands magnificent views and is an ideal holiday resort with its lovely air and plentiful water.

Now there stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls. However, the Devtake reservoir is still in tact. Memorial of Tanaji Malusare, Samadhi of Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj, Shivaji Maharaj’s youngest son can also be seen. The British took over this fort from Marathas in 1818.

Sinhgad can be scaled from its many approaches. From Donaje Village, reaching conveniently by bus from Pune, a well marked path climbs to the top, pass the three Pune darwazas. A shorter and less steep climb is from Kalyan Village, up past the Kalyan Darwaza. A motorable road also goes to very top.

Hotels / Tourist Lodges
Seasons - 020-40009999

Nearest Airport : Pune (PNQ/VAPO)
Nearest Railway Station : Pune

Distance (By Road)
Mumbai-Pune – 153 kilometers (Via Mumbai-Pune Expressway)
Pune-Sinhgad – 35 kilometers

Entrance Fee
for 4 Wheelers Rs.50/-; for 2 Wheelers Rs.20/-

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