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Sinhagad Fort: The Lion Fort in Pune

By Akshatha

Sinhagad Fort is situated around 35km from Pune; earlier known as Kondhana Fort, it has an extravagant history. Many battles and wars have been fought to own this picturesque site. The fort might be 2000 years old and it might have been renovated by many rulers who captured it.

Marathas never allowed others to hold the fort for a long time. Chatrapati Shivaji's right hand man, Tanaji Malusare fought with Mughals to regain the fort. Thus, the 'battle of Sinhagad' happens in 1670 and Tanaji Malsure dies in this battle. Shivaji says 'we gained the fort, but lost the lion' after the death of Tanaji. The name 'Lion Fort' (Sinhagad) becomes famous thereafter.

 

Sinhagad is one of the famous forts in Pune; tourists can either trek or drive till the entrance of the fort. Usually, trekking to the fort is not difficult, as it takes around 1-2 hours depending on the speed. There are small eateries and shacks near the entrance. The view from the fort is just amazing and one can see greenery everywhere. It will be more exciting to trek through the slopes and steep mountain paths to reach the fort.

A visit to this historically beautiful place is a must in Pune!

Kalyan Darwaza (Gate)

Kalyan Darwaza (Gate)

Sinhagad Fort has only two entrances, Kalyan Gate and Pune Gate.
Photo Courtesy: Dmpendse

Pune Gate

Pune Gate

Pune Gate is built towards the North-East and is the main entrance which people use today.
Photo Courtesy: Rait 

Statue of Tanaji Malusare

Statue of Tanaji Malusare

A memorial built for Tanaji Malusare, a warrior of Maratha dynasty who fought against Mughals to capture the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Amit20081980

A Small Building Inside the Fort
 

A Small Building Inside the Fort

It is believed that Sinhagad Fort might be 2000 years old, which was captured by Nag Naik from Muhammad Bin Tuglaq in 1328.
Photo Courtesy: Shrutika.murthy

Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla Dam

Khadakwasla Dam is around 16km from Sinhagad Fort and it is a tourist place near the fort.
Photo Courtesy: Arnova

A View From the Fort

A View From the Fort

Sinhagad Fort is more attractive because of the Western Ghats adds to its beauty.
Photo Courtesy: Kambletrupti

Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Temple

There are a few temples and memorials built inside Sinhagad Fort.
Photo Courtesy: Shrutika.murthy

Chatrapati Rajaram Memorial

Chatrapati Rajaram Memorial

Chatrapati Rajaram Raje Bhosle was the younger son of Chatrapathi Shivaji. He died in Sinhagad fort.
Photo Courtesy: Amit20081980

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