Easily the most popular getaway and weekend picnic destination from Pune, Sinhagad with the 17th century fort - Sinhagad Fort, which would quite literally transalate to as the Lion Fort, is located 25 kilometers South of Pune perched on a steep hill which used to be called the Kondhana hill. One amongst the most visited forts near Pune Sinhagad fort was also home to the summer house of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
The Sinhagad fort though now in ruins has many a tale of courage to tell. The site of the epic battle between Tanaji Malasure and the mughals, Sinhagad now holds the 'samadhi' of the martyr. Sinhagad also was the summer house of the great freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak. The cottage is still well maintained. Sinhagad fort also houses the bungalow of the famous marathi poet G.D. Madgulkar. Dev Taki - a tank with sweet and cold water is also famous in Sinhagad fort.
Tanaji Malasure - Naraveer
Sinhagad is famous for the epic battle between Shivaji's troops led by Tanaji Malasure and the mughal army led by Uday Bhan remeniscent of the series by Frank Miller - 300! Tanaji Malasure along with his troops scaled the Sinhagad fort with the help of a 'ghorpad' to fight the mighty mughals. In the end of the fierce battle the Marathas emerged victorious at the cost of the charismatic leader.
Khadakwasla is the chowpatti of Pune. Khadakwasla is popular for the 'bhelpuri' and 'bhutta' by the lake and the merry atmosphere, more like a carnival, with camel rides and numerous chat stalls along the bay. Very popular especially during weekends Khadakwasla is like a evening hangout for the punekar. Khadakwasla, on the way to Sinhagad, is a popular stop over on the way to Sinhagad fort.
Sinhagad has a road that takes the visitors uptil the fort however the trek to Sinhagad fort is also very popular amongst the trekkers from Pune. An easy walk up, the trek will take just over an hour to reach the fort only to be rewarded with beautiful view of the valley and of course the famous 'dahi' made in earthen pots. Wind point in the fort is also very popular with trekkers.
Pitla Bhakri- Sinhagad Special..
Every place has something special about it that makes it different from any other, as for Sinhagad it is 'Pitla Bhakri' and 'Kandha Bhajji'. There are numerous stalls inside the fort and also at the entarance that sells the famous 'Pitla Bhakri' and Kandha Bhajji along with 'dahi' made in small pots.