Sinhagad or Kondana literally means Lion’s Fort, is about 30 kilometers southwest of Pune. The fort is ‘naturally’ protected due to its very steep slopes. Walls and bastions were constructed at only key places.
There are two gates to enter the fort, the Kalyan Darwaza and Pune Darwaza which are positioned at the south east and north-east ends respectively. Marathas never allowed others to hold the fort for a long time. Some of the information available at this fort suggests that the fort was built 2000 years ago. The caves and the carvings in the Kondhaneshwar temple stand as proof for the same. Sinhagad is one of the most famous forts in Pune; tourists can either trek or drive till the entrance of the fort.
A visit to this historically beautiful place is a must in Pune!
I have already done Sinhagad trek many times. This time my son Swarit insisted to visit Sinhagad after watching movie Tanhaji. I put a condition for visit, it would be by trekking on foot and not by vehicle, being 9 years old he still accepted to climb all the way to top. He agreed and was very excited, we marked the calendar 22nd Feb 2020. His excitement was increasing as the date was approaching. I had instructed him that we will have to leave around 6 AM so that we can reach the top before 11.00. But he was so excited that he woke me up around 5.00 AM and said let’s go we need to leave for Sinhgad.
We (Swarit, me and Nikhil my brother) left at around 5.30 AM from new sangvi and reached the base village (Atakarwadi) around 7.00 AM. There are lots of parking spaces available as many villagers provide their open spaces with minimal charge. We parked our vehicle and started our trek. Swarit was very energetic and excited as this was his first trek. We had a good and enjoyable trek and reach the Pune darwaja or Maha darwaja around 8.30 AM. Obviously it was me who required much time and breaks :). Once at Pune darwaja we took a short break and had lemon juice (nimbu pani). Swarit was still with full of energy and he want to explore the things saw in the movie. First we visited the Tanaji kada. Nikhil shared his experience with us, when he went with sai adventure pune for rappling on tanaji kada.
After that we visited kalyan darwaja and a place from where we can see Rajgad. But due to cloudy weather we were not able to see the Rajgad. Then we saw dev taki(water tank) its tank used for serving water to the people who stayed here. Still the people (hotels) here used water from this dev taki. Lastly we went to see the Tanaji Malusare’s samadhi. Currently the authorities has built a beautiful small garden with information about the Sinhagad. After seeing the garden we started our journey back.
Best time to visit is during monsoon and just after the end of monsoon.
Sinhagad is very good trek to test your endurance due to its steep slopes. If you are authentic food lover you can visit it and enjoy the pittal/bharit bhakari, dahi and kanda bhajji.