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“Historic fort and a good place for a trek”
Review of Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort
Ranked #6 of 285 things to do in Pune
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Pune, India
Level 6 Contributor
392 reviews
210 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
“Historic fort and a good place for a trek”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

We visit Sinhagad fort frequently whenever we are at Pune. It is slightly outside town, but that actually works in your favour if you want a breezy bike ride. One can either go directly to the top via their vehicles or park their vehicles at the base and trek upto the top. The trek is best done in the early hours of the day and one can trek upto the fort enjoying cucumbers, raw mangoes, berries and buttermilk sold along the way by local villagefolk. There is not much to see on top except for a couple of entrance gates to the fort, Lokmanya Tilak's house and most importantly the monument to honour Tanaji Malusare, who won the fort for the Marathas and laid down his life in the process. The original name of the fort was "Kondana", which was changed to "Sinhagad"in honour of Tanaji, who was viewed as a "Sinha", the Marathi work for Lion. One should not miss lunch made up of delicious Kanda Bhaji, Jhunka - Bhakar, Vangyacha Bharit, Curds and buttermilk cooked and served fresh by local villagers. A must visit for every visitor to Pune.

Visited September 2012
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“The best experience ever”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is meant for adventure lovers.. This place is all about trekking.. The trek is beautiful and amazing. Kanda Bhajji and Dahi are supremely delicious.. This is the place where you connect with nature :)

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“A lovely Place to Visit”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Used to go often when I was studying in Pune. A lovely place for a days trip or a overnight stay. There used to be small bunglows, which used to be given on rent. A drive by a bike or a car on a full moons night is really beautiful.

Do not miss the hot Jhunka Bhakri, Kanda Bhaji & Dahi served by the locals. There is a pond called "DEVTAKI" the water is drinkable, is sweet & cold.

Visited March 2012
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“Best trekking point near to Pune”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

"SINHAGAD" also said as "The Lions fort"., is a fortress located 30 kms from Pune City. It is site of many important Battles, Most notably of 1670. It is also a centre fort to Rajgad , Purandar & Torna.
Now it has been a Picnic spot to many and a great trekking point. It is really a fun to visit here in monsoon & winter. The food (Local) is a real joy . Zunka - Bhakar, Bhaji, curd is main attraction.
Vehicles are allowed to go up at fort, But are making the atmosphere polluted.

Visited November 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Experience the Maratha History at Sinhagad Fort”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

If you are a history buff and visiting Pune City, then Sinhagad fort should be on your itenary. The fort is around 25 odd kms from Pune. You have the option of taking your car up to the fort or for the able bodied you can climb up as well. If you have small children or have aching feet then I suggest you take your car up. The Forest Check post charges a nominal fee for your vehicle. Parking though available at the top gets full over the weekends. The road is a mountain road full of steep bends and curves and not upto the quality, if you are self driving please be careful.
The Fort offers a great view of the Pune city and around. For history buffs you can visit the ramparts and the Pune Darwaja, Kalyan Darwaja (Doors to the fort). The visit is incomplete without a taste of the sweet water of "Dev Taki" (fresh water mountain spring).
If you aren't a history buff but a fooddie then the Sinhagad Fort offers a choice of mouth watering Kanda Bhajii (Onion Fritters deep fried), Bhakri (Rye or Millet bread) and Pithla (Gram flour cooked curry) or Baingan bharta (Smoked Aubergine cooked with a lot of green chilies)followed by curd (which is served in an earthen pot) or butter milk laces with cumin powder and rock salt. This basic food is worth to die for !! And it comes cheap as well !!
Be it a day picnic or a small trek or a mountain bike ride or a quick rappelling adventure, Sinhagad is the place.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Kaustubh P
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