For hundreds of years, Sinhgad Fort or Sinhgarh Fort (Lion Fort) near Pune is a prime picnic destination. People from Maharashtra. visit this fort throughout the year. There are trekkers and there are people who just want one day of outing. For any reasons, you can start from Pune City in the morning and come back by evening. The distance between City and Fort is just 25 Km.
You should see all entry and exit gates of this Fort. The first gate you see is ‘Pune Darwaja‘ (Pune Door). Tanaji Samadhi (Resting place of Tanaji Malusare, a warrior in Shivaji’s kingdom) is a place to visit on the fort along with some small temples. The Kalyan Darwaja on the rear side of the Fort. There are many other small places to visit. Roam around the complete fort for a couple of hours and you can see more historical remains. Kondhaneshwar Mandir (Temple) is another place to visit. The Sinhgad Fort was once known as Kondhana.
You can get a nice view of Khadakwasla dam, the valley, and Sahyadri Hill ranges. It is a very good place to visit in any season. You can identify Sinhgad from distance due to a two-step structure of the topmost portion of the hill. There is also a tall TV signal broadcasting tower on the hill.
How to reach Sinhgad Fort?
Sinhgad Fort was a prime Fort in the kingdom of King Shivaji and the battle of 1671 is historical. You can get local Pune Municipal Transport buses to reach the base of Sinhgad Fort. You have a choice to walk from the base which is about 12 Km of walk and can take from 2 hours to 4 hours.
If you are going by your own vehicle, you can take the Car till the top of the Fort via a different road. There is an entry fee for vehicles and in the rainy season, it is difficult to get parking space.
Village Food at Sinhgad Fort
You can get Tea, Lemonade, buttermilk, fruits, curd, Village Lunch (Pithla-Bhakari) inside the Fort area on small ‘dhabas’ . These small huts are permanent over here. The food rates are also fixed and it is not a costly place. Only vegetarian food is allowed on the Fort for last few years. There is a drinking water well called as ‘Dev Take‘ to get cold nice drinking water throughout the year. You can also buy drinking water bottles here in small shops.
Monsoon at Sinhgad
Monsoon is a very busy period over here as you can actually walk through the clouds. The place is full of tourists on all holidays and there is no booking at this place. There is no specific timing to visit and you can visit the fort throughout the day. If you are in Pune, you can spare one day to visit Khadakwasla Dam and Sinhgad Fort. Consider for Weekend Trips near Pune.