Sinhagad: When natural beauty and history come together


The Sinhagad fort�stands as a symbol of triumphing bravery of fierce Maratha warriors under the leadership of Tanaji Malusare, a general of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Capturing of this fort from Mughals in 1670 was a glorious event in Indian history. Previously known as the Kondana fort, it was�renamed after Malusare, who set an example of utter bravery by his exceptional valour. He sacrificed his life in The battle of Sinhagad.

He is referred as simha, (Marathi word for lion); hence the name Sinhagad. There’s a famous saying in Marathi –�Gadh aala, pan simha gela — that�translates to, ‘we have gained a fort, but lost a lion’.

The main entrance of the fort
The main entrance of the fort. Photo courtesy: Flickr

Iconic culture

But it’s not just the history which will keep you thrilled, but also the natural beauty which will mesmerize you. Situated in western ghats, and around�800 meters above the surrounding area, the view it offers is enthralling, especially in the mornings.

One can easily spend the whole day in Pune. Apart from the breathtaking view, the other big attraction is the local food. The�pithla bhakri�is a very famous dish of Maharashtra.

Pithla is made from besan/chickpea flour and tastes best when eaten with Bhakri which is prepared using Jowar/Bajri flour.


Yoghurt, or dahi serves as a delicious dessert

There is a wonderful lake situated in midst of the path which leads to the end of the fort. The point when you reach the end of the fort is marvelous. Overall, it’s one-day travel destination that I recommend every local to visit in Pune.�It’s cultural and historic heritage of Pune – a city in Maharashtra with iconic and unique cultural heritage.

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