किल्ले सिंहगड ( Sinhgad fort) :

Friends, I have been to Sinhgad a number of times. And believe me everytime I found something new to explore. It’s like the place has magic in it, everytime I visit it passes on something to explore, be it’s walls, buildings, trees, flowers, water bodies, climate, food stalls, etc everything becomes new each time. So I would love to share the experiences I had.

The first time I visited it was in the month of December. It was year end and we friends decided to do some exploration. We were short of time so decided to drive up the fort. The steep slopes, sharp turns, small two way roads, valley on one side and the mountains on one side, bad conditions of roads had kept telling us that the road to your destination is not a simple one. But we enjoyed the thrill, afterall what’s the use when you can easily reach the top? It was a great feeling of satisfaction when we reached the top. But the journey was not over. We decided to go through a different route (that’s the way new places are explored na??) and it payed off well. We saw the ammunition store house (daru kothar), bastions, abandoned canons in a perfect state (there’s still a mystery why don’t  these canons  get rusted) and moved on to see what other people were watching. We saw the Nar Vir Tanaji Smarak and saluted him. There we met a local old man who entertained the people by singing  the Powada ( पोवाडा ) of Tanaji Malusare (powada is a Maharashtrian form of music in which the stories of people are sung in form of poems/songs) describing his heroics making us imagine the actual battle which took place on Sinhgad. The old man described Tanaji Malusare’s body. He was a very strong man with a chest of 58 inches and at the time of battle he was carrying two swords, the one in  his right hand weighing approx 35 kgs while the other one 15 kgs in his left hand. This cleared our picture about  this Mavla’s (Maratha warrior) strength and might. We thanked the old man for the information and moved to explore more. We were tired and had a good meal of Zunka-Bhakar and Kanda-Batata Bhajjis and drank the chilled water of Dev take. We then went to historic Kalyan Darwaja and the to Kalavantinicha Buruj. We watched the famous Tanaji Kada and were totally speechless about the steep slope. We were amazed by the view of the nearby surroundings and were left with our mouths open. Then we visited the Paga (horse-stables) and started descending down the fort with alot of memories. And without fail I would like to tell you that while coming down the fort you can actually switch off your engines as the gravity itself brings you down the hill. But please check your brakes cause it’s nearly impossible to slow down your bikes. Enjoy the thrill of mountain biking in the SAHYADRIS  OF  MAHARASHTRA.

The second time we visited we decided to trek the fort. We started early in the morning  and were accompanied by lots of trek enthusiasts  of all ages. We started our treks (again through paths less travelled, afterall it was meant for exploration) through the forest cover, steep climbs, stones,  mud. We saw a number of small creatures along the climb like chameleons, spiders, etc. I cursed myself for not bringing my camera with me. We were feeling like the Mavlas and in our minds we were saying  “ हर हर महादेव !!! “. We slipped a number of times. Overall it was a thrill to climb up the fort. Though it took us only 45 mins to climb we were totally tired because of the difficult  terrain  giving us a clear idea why the Maratha forts were almost unconquerable. This  time we had total information about  the fort and decided to reach for which we had let unexplored in our previous visit. We went to the Samadhi of Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj. He had played a crucial role in the Maratha war of 27 years with the Moghal emperor Aurangzeb after the tragic, heroic and most unforgettable death of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj a war after which the Moghal empire was weaken to a great extent. Then we visited the bungalow of Lokmanya  Balgangadhar Tilak and then explored the fort’s beauty.  Then we descended down with feeling of happiness.

The third time was during monsoons. There are no words in which the experience can be given justice. I suggest you to personally experience the thrill. The fort was covered with fog and it was raining very heavily. We were totally wet from head to toe. We thanked ourselves for bringing our raincoats  although  they could do nothing to stop us from getting wet. We had a great meal of garma-garam bhajjis and hot tea. All we could see was thick fog at a few metres infront of us. We could not imagine how the climate could have been in those days. We sat at the Kalavantinicha Buruj were the wind was actually pushing each one of us backwards and we barely could balance ourselves. That was the most fascinating  experience of the day. We started are way back home promising ourselves to come back next monsoon.

किल्ले सिंहगड

 

I would like to share my photos and information with you :

Sinhgad ( सिंहगड, The Lion’s Fort ) is a fort located roughly 30 km southwest of the city of Pune. It is situated on a hill rising 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. Previously called Kondana ( कोंढाणा ), the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the Battle of Sinhgad  in 1670. Its height above sea-level is 1350 metres. It has two gates – the Kalyan Darwaza in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.

One of the most famous battles for Sinhgad was fought to recapture the fort by Tanaji Malusare a general of  Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in March 1670. A steep cliff leading to the fort was scaled with the help of a monitar lizad ( ghorpad ). Thereafter, there ensued fierce battles between Tanaji and his men, and the  Moghal killedar Udhaybhan Singh Rathod and his army. Tanaji lost his life, but his brother Suryaji took over and captured Kondana. The fort was one of the favourite forts of Jijabai ( mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ).

Upon hearing of Tanaji’s death (Tanaji was childhood friend of Shivaji Maharaj), Chhatrapati Shivaji  Maharaj expressed his remorse with the words:

गड आला पण सिंह गेला ” – “We gained the fort, but lost the lion”.

In honor of Tanaji’s death, the fort was renamed as Sinhagad.

Tanaji Malusare.

It was most  difficult fort for  the Bristish army to capture which took them 3 months the longest of all during the fall of Peshwas in 1818.

The fort  has a memorial of Tanaji Malusare and also the tomb of Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj ( younger son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj ).

छत्रपती राजाराम महाराजांची समाधी

There  are temples of  Kondhaneshwar, Amruteshwar  and Hanuman on the fort.

The fort has excellent water supply in form or fresh water tanks  Dev take being the most famous of them for it’s chilled water throughout the year. The other tanks being  Ganesh, Ram, Mahar and Hatti take.

Given natural protection by the adjoining mountain ranges and the steep slopes, the fortifications and the bastions were built only  at necessary places. The fort covers about 80 acres of area being one of the largest and strongest forts of the Maratha empire.

The fort also houses the bungalow of the architect of freedom struggle of India Lokmanya  Balgangadhar  Tilak.

Tanaji Kada :

Tanaji kada

It was this steep slope from were Tanaji and his fearless Mavlas ascended the fort with the help of moniter lizard (ghorpad).

 

Places must see  on the fort are as follows:

  1. Vir  Tanaji  Smarak
  2. Samadhi of  Chhatrapati Rajaram Maharaj.
  3. Pune darwaja
  4. Kalyan darwaja
  5. Donagiricha  ( Tanaji )  kada  ( steep slope from where Tanaji marched up the fort )
  6. Ghodyanchya paga  ( horse stables )
  7. Dev take  ( tank )
  8. Bungalow of  Lokmanya  Balgangadhar  Tilak
  9. All mentioned temples
  10. Daru kothar  ( ammunation store room )
  11. Kalavantinicha Buruj  ( bastion )
  12. Canons

The other forts in it’s vicinity are as follows :

  1. Rajgad
  2. Torna  ( Prachandgad )
  3. Purandar and Vajragad
  4. Rohida or  Vichitragad
  5. Lohgad
  6. Visapur
  7. Tikona
  8. Tung
  9. Korigad

 

किल्ले राजगड

किल्ले तोरणा

 

Transportation:

It is located about 32km from Deccan and public transport is available from Swargate/Shaniwarwada upto the foothill of the fort from were one can climb up  ( takes at the most 1.5 hours ) or go by private jeeps. To enjoy the most one can simply ride up on bike from Pune on the road to Khadakwasla dam. Parking is available in plenty.

Please try to avoid big 4-wheelers as far as possible as the road en-route to the fort is quite narrow and steep which causes inconvenience to all the traffic causing chaos.

Food and refreshments:

The famous Zunka-Bhakar, Dahi  ( curd ), Garma -garam kanda/batata bhaji  ( onion/potato pakodas ) are available in plenty at local vendors atop the fort with the chilled water of Dev take to fulfil your thirst.

Non-veg and alcohol are strictly prohibited throughout the fort with a very huge fine. Refreshing lemon drinks, coffee, tea and cold-drinks are available at some vendors.

Best time to visit:

Year end and monsoon. Do carry full-length raincoats and sweaters without fail when visiting in monsoon and winter respectively.

Piece of advise:

Please maintain dignity and respect the historic monument. Please do not litter and make unnecessary markings on monument walls.

The place is of national and historic importance and should be preserved with most care and respect.

On the fort :

Kalyan Darwaja as seen from a distance
Kalyan Darwja seen from above.

A little jumbling when it comes to choose the steps.

कल्याण दरवाजा
Abundant water supply (हत्ती टाके)

Vastness of the fort..

 

Difference between summer and monsoon :

It can be clearly seen why the Moghals could never conquer any of Maratha forts espeacially during monsoon due to dense fog and less visibility. The difference of visibity during monsoon and other seasons can be clearly seen comparing both photos of same place.

पुणे दरवाजा (Pune Darwaja)
Pune Darwaja during monsoon
कल्याण दरवाजा (Kalyan Darwaja)
कल्याण दरवाजा (Kalyan Darwaja during monsoon)

तटबंदी   (Fortification) :

If looked properly looks like elephant's trunk.

Around the Sinhgad fort :

 

On route to the fort.. the flag of Maratha empire

 

Surrounding mountain ranges

Surrounding mountain ranges
Surrounding mountain ranges
Surrounding mountain ranges

Feel like the brave MAVLAS ( soldiers ) of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

हर हर महादेव !!!

छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज की जय !!!

49 Comments Add yours

  1. vishal tomar says:

    hey..really good blog page here.lots of hard work i see.keep it up..!!

    1. Pratik Ghag says:

      thanks alot vishal for appreciating my work.. 🙂

      1. madhura says:

        khup bhari alet sagle photos n khup chan lihilaes…:)

  2. saily says:

    nice pics.. rilly awesome… kip da gud work on!

  3. sumiT says:

    nice yarr…..marathi paaul padate pudhe…

  4. ruta says:

    etak ka lihilaes??????????????????????awara!!!!!!!mhanje info asli tari thodkyat lihavi na!!!!!!!kiti vachaych na 1khadyane!!!!!!!!

    1. Pratik Ghag says:

      hehehe.. age te pan tase kamich ahe.. 🙂

  5. Saurabh says:

    Hey awesome yaar…just really awesome!!!

    1. Pratik Ghag says:

      thanks alot saurabh.. 🙂

  6. vijay says:

    Nice Photography……..zakas.

  7. ravi says:

    superb!!!
    i have to go there.
    take me dude.
    not a sigle visit yet..
    tell when???

  8. Rajesh says:

    Far chan collection

    1. thanku rajesh.. keep visiting.. 🙂

  9. ANKUSH GHANWAT says:

    REALLY WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHY……..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    REMARKABLE HARD WORK………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HEARTIEST CONGRATULATION…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thanks.. 🙂 keep visiting for more.. also check out other pages..

  10. sagar mirajkar says:

    Mitra Apratim photography ahe tuji. Tujhe kavtuk karayla mjya kade shabd nahit……. Lajawab………

  11. Nilesh says:

    very fabulous Job and Photography ..

  12. mimoh upadhyay says:

    xcllnt info buddy ………..it seems dat u hav surveyed a lot on d fort………..awesome piece of work

    1. Thanks.. yeah a lot of research on the fort. Do check out the other posts.

  13. Mandar Vanarse says:

    Nice site & good presentation. Sinhagad truely represents the majestic and aesthetic value of our great king Shivaji Maharaj and his vision

  14. Kusum says:

    Very nice blog. Me and my sister are also planning to visit Sinhagad Fort on our kinetic honda. Was wondering if the ghat roads were safe to ride? Did u have any female riders along with u or pillions when u went thr? regards, Kusum

    1. now they are quite safe. The authorities have widened the roads large enough. yeah, i did have female riders during my visit.
      Enjoy your visit.

      1. kusum says:

        O thanks for your reply. So you and the female riders did you guys ride scooters like Kinetic honda/activa? Also wondering if you all switched off the engine downhill on your way back from top to bottom or just in parts while riding? Some pics of the trip of your group will be appreciated too, Thanks, Kusum

      2. I did switch them for entire time, but I suggest not to do so. Takes a toll on your vehicle. Yup, mopeds.

  15. Kusum says:

    Sure thanks for your reply. So even the female riders switched off the engine too or they kept it on. Kinetic honda is doable right or we need activa which is more powerful? Thanks.

    1. I suggest not switching off the engines for safety as it is rainy season and roads may get quite slippery. I would advice against kinetic honda, activa would be definitely more preferable and safe.

      1. kusum says:

        We are planning to go in Septmber when rains ease off. Many times I switch off the engine here in Pune on slopes when I ride my Kinetic. So was only wondering if the female riders who came with you did they also ride with engines off thr so I can do the same. Thanks.

      2. yeah they had switched them off.

  16. kusum says:

    Thanks Pratik for your help and reply. It would be nice to share a picture of your/your group scooter trip to Sinhagad as well. Thanks, Kusum.

    1. You are welcome. Sorry no photos from the ride.

  17. naqshpa says:

    we want to visit by public transport. i herard there are shared taxi’s available from the base. i also heard the road has been closed this monsoon. is that true..

    1. No idea of road closure, last year it was closed for repairs. Yup, there are jeeps available from the base. public transport available from Shanipar in the city and Katraj main bus stand.

  18. Dipak Thite says:

    हर हर महादेव !!!

    छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज की जय !!!

  19. mavala says:

    छान फोटो! सविस्तर माहितीबद्दल धन्यवाद!

    सिंहगडाची दुर्दशा पाहून जीव कासावीस होतो. ज्या संह्यद्रिने व गड-किल्ल्यांनी स्वराज्य निर्मितीत सिंहाचा वाट उचलला त्या संह्यद्रिची व गड-किल्ल्यांची आपण सर्वांनी वाट लावलीय. आपण सर्वांनी मिळून हे वैभव पूर्वस्थितीत आणल पाहिजे.

  20. Swapna says:

    It’s really nice. By seeing these photos, I m also planning to see Sinhgad.

  21. mrs sneha chougule patil says:

    very nice photogrpy pratik…shivaji maharaj pan khush zale asate he sarv photo baghun……

    1. Lahu Mane says:

      Hello प्रतीक Sir,

      It was nice experience to see and read your collection of Shinghad .
      I saw singhgad 3-4 time, still during my reading i fell i am at singhgad .
      always Feeling very proud by seeing our Great King ‘Shivaji Maharaja’ forts.

      Thank you sir for such great photo graphs and information.
      Thank you very much.

      Thanks,
      Lahu Mane.
      9922788312

  22. Mandar Kshiram Bhosle- Lalbaug, Mumbai, Maharashtra. says:

    Khup Chhan Collection ! Khup Sawistar Mahiti

  23. Mandar Kshiram Bhosle- Lalbaug, Mumbai, Maharashtra. says:

    Mi ajun paryant Sinhgadawar gelelo nahi, pan hi mahiti wachun javese watate aahe ! “JAY MAHARASHTRA” !

    Tanajinchya Talwaricha Wajann kuthun Milawlet ?

  24. Harahad saste says:

    Very nice pice

  25. jit malusare says:

    mala aabhiman aahe narveeracha

  26. varsha says:

    khupch sundar photos n information aahe pratik… very well done!!!

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