Sinhagad FortCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Thoptewadi, Sinhagad Ghat Rd, Pune, Maharashtra 411025, India
- Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 10 INR
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Hiking Trail, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Fort
Sinhagad Fort - Review
Reminders of the historic battles of the Marathas follow you while you stumble across the windswept ruins on the Sinhgad fort. This fort, 25 kms outside Pune, is a beloved weekend spot of Punekars and Mumbaikars alike.
Sinhgad is significant for the memorials of Tanaji Malusare and Chhatrapati Rajaram. Rajaram, the younger son of Shivaji was the third coronated king of the Maratha Empire. Tanaji Malusare was a Maratha general who lost his life in the Battle of Sinhgad.
In March 1640, Tanaji with the help of trained Iguanas and his handful trusted soldiers entered the impenetrable fort. Although Tanaji lost his life in the battle, his party recaptured the fort from the Mughals. Mourning the loss of his favorite general who fought like a lion, Shivaji changed the name of the fort from ‘Kondhana’ to ‘Sinhgad’.
You will find a Bungalow of Lokmanya Tilak, one of the earliest progressive Freedom fighters of India on Sinhgad. Ancient spy holes, rugged stone gates, an ancient temple of Godess Kali, a few abandoned cannons is all that remains of this legendary fort.
They say that if you look carefully, you will find old coins scattered from the wealthier days of Sinhgad. You sit gazing into the beautiful, dangerous valleys and wonder how this place looked a few centuries ago.
A meal consisting of Pithla-Bhakri (Bengal gram flour with fresh spices and Jowar bread) from one of the fort shacks is also one of the highlights of a visit to Sinhgad. Do not miss this favorite picnic spot, especially in the winters, when you can munch on sweet corn and have a memorable day with your pals.
You can take a cab or travel the way trek lovers do, you will be bewitched by the pristine aura of this place. Breathtaking views of the Panshet and Khadakwasla dams, layers of green velvet on all the hills around, Sinhagad is as it was hundred years ago.
Sinhagad Fort Information
- Start early in the morning if you are going to trek to the top.
- Carry a stick with you, for balancing while hiking.
- It can get pricky cold in the mornings, carry warm clothes.
- Be careful during monsoons, the roads get very slippery.
- Experience the food at the local shacks. The Kanda bhaji and Pithla Bhakri are mouth-watering.
- Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicating substances in the area.
- Do not litter or vandalize the structures.
- Sinhgad is a fort widely climbed by Trekkers. Many people gather here for celebrations on 19th February, Shivaji’s birth anniversary.
Sinhagad Fort Ticket Prices
- Mentioned ticket price is for vehicles only. For trekkers following the other route, there are no entry fees.
How To reach Sinhagad Fort by Public Transport
- State Transport buses from Swargate and Shaniwarwada fort.
- Awasre Wadi bus stop
- It is recommended to go on your own vehicle.
Restaurants Near Sinhagad Fort
- Local shacks and stalls
- Hotel Ratna
- Sheetal Lunch Home
- Up and above
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sinhagad Fort
95% of people who visit Pune include Sinhagad Fort in their plan
05 AM - 06 AM
53.45% of people start their Sinhagad Fort visit around 05 AM - 06 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Sinhagad Fort
92.7% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sinhagad Fort
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Sinhagad Fort, Pune Reviews
A good place to hang out with Friends and/or Family.. Recommend to visit the Fort via Trekking.. It takes just over an hour to trek to the top.. You have many places in between to have rest and refreshments.. The fort itself is clean enough.. The views offered by the spot, and the breeze of air in open areas of the fort make it a really beautiful moment to spend.. Recommend Trekking early in the Morning, so that you can enjoy the Sunrise.. If planning to visit late, visit the vehicle by vehicles and enjoy the Sunset.. Snacks, food, refreshments are good too.. If you like trekking, this Fort is worth a Trek at least once..
We went for trekking around 12 pm , we were lucky that weather was good at that time and it was raining so it became little challenging for us. Overall it was fun experience. As we reach to top, the fort was fully covered with clouds and it was a little cold there shivering us whenever wind blows. Also the food camps on the top serve hot local food, do give it a try. Also to add to our adventure we walked down the 12 km road listening to songs and singing while witnessing the mesmerising beauty of these mountains. I will suggest you to trek in morning while you climb the fort, try the local food on top and spend some good time with friends there.
Since there was landslide so the vehicular route was blocked. We had to climb up the hills. It was a tough climb. I would recommend against climbing with senior people, ladies and kids. But it was lot of fun since we were all bachelors.
Sinhagad Fort is a good option if you're looking for a short trek uphill in a time span of about 2-3 hours. The surroundings are scenic and beautiful and the best time for a trek is probably the monsoons when the greenery around the fort and hill is eye-catching. Take an early morning trek and you also get to avoid the Sun.
A nice place to trek in the early mornings. Best time to start trekking is 6 am. Take about an hour for a reasonably fit person to climb to the top. The climb down could be harsh on the knees. Hence Once the top, one can either 1. go left towards the parking, eat at one of the shacks and take a jeep down to your vehicle that is parked in the valley before the climb. 2. Take a right and roam around on the actual fort. There are few historically significant sites and few more eateries. The roaming around could take time though.
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