Sinhgad - Trek

#1 Feb 13th, 2006, 14:20
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Situated 32 km south west of Pune, and standing at an imposing 1215 m above msl overlooking Pune city, Sinhagad, even today stands testimony to the grand Maratha Regime.

On top of the fort, the trekkers must try the traditional breakfast of Kanda Bhaji, a delicacy enjoyed by most. Check out Tanaji Kada, Kalyan Darwaza, Tanajis memorial...

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Narvir Tanaji's Impossibly Brave Deed: Lil bit of History !!

The fort of Kondana, which is today on the outskirts of Pune town was then an outpost overlooking Pune and the surrounding countryside. It was strategically placed in the center of a string of forts of Rajgad, Purandar, and Torna. The capture of Kondana was necessary if Shivaji Maharaj was to re-establish de facto control over the Pune region.

Recognizing the strategic importance of Kondana, the Mughals had maintained a battalion of 5000 troops led by Udai Bhan, a relative of Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The fort was built in such a way that all its approaches were covered by cannon-fire. Only on turret was not well defended as it was at the top of a vertical overhanging cliff.

Tanaji decided that this was the only way, he could enter the fort. He dressed himself as a Gondhali (devotee of the Goddess Bhavani of Tuljapur) and roamed the surrounding villages. He won the trust of one Mahadev Koli who was in the service of Udai Bhan. Koli presented the disguished Tanaji to Udai Bhan, who was suitably impressed by this "devotee" and allowed him free access to the fort.

‘Kondana’, which was rechristened by Shivaji Maharaj as ‘Sinhagad’ after the brave heroics of Tanaji, occupies a special place in the hearts of Trekkers and Mountaineers, because of its massive expanse and the panoramic view it offers over the Deccan region.

Tanaji carried out a careful surveillance of the fort and at that very night when he was told that at the overhanging cliff Udai Bhan and all his senior commanders would be celebrating a usual party with an alcohol and dance orgy; Tanaji decided that he should seize this opportunity.

With almost all his troops, Udai Bhan had a roaring party on top of the overhanging cliff. Unknown to them after midnight, Tanaji and his brave followers who numbered 300 scaled the cliff using ropes tied to a reptile called Ghorpad. The Ghorpad can stick fast to any surface and a number of adults can use this force to scale a vertical cliff with the help of a rope, one end of which is tied to the Ghorpad. Silently Tanaji and his comrades slunk up to the top of the cliff.

Shivaji Maharaj is said to have said on this occasion "Gad aala, paan Simha gela" (We have won the fort but have lost the Lion - Tanaji). The fort of Kondana was renamed as "Sinhagad" in honour of Tanaji's brave deed
#2 Feb 13th, 2006, 18:05
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Thanks for the history.
Please also brief about the geogrophy (How to go from Pune - The time taken to trek etc.,)
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We took a private vehicle from Pune , most taxi guys can take you there , you have a road upto the top , or you can do the trek as we chose to ,trek took us 3 hrs one way,we started early morning so that we could catch the sunrise
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Thanks for the reply.
#5 Feb 22nd, 2006, 01:42
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Actually there are many permutations & combinations that one can do this trek. The most simple or easy one is that the fort also has an motorable road (Some yrs. back) so one can use that with a private vehicle as well as the bus which leaves Swargate (if alone) the 1st bus starts at 5 a.m. The bus drops at the base while a private vehicle can come to the top. Be careful though as it does have quite a few sharp turns & people are in all their revelery.
Another great one is to do the night trek from a certain bridge-under, go to the top & then cover over 14 small big & small hillocks & then meet the road leading right to the top. If I remember or somebody remembers the name should come up later.
Another good one is to start at the bottom but not to take the easy route but instead go through the 2nd mountain/hillock on the right of the fort. The fort can be recognized by the big TV tower which overshadows everything. This one can test one's mettle as one needs to have a hand sickle to cut the grass. There is no road, u just need to know where to go. 4-6 people is good more than that it can test patience.
On a sunday you'll find bunch of kids going up the hill. A good relatively fit person can do it within 35-50 minutes. One can get tak (a kind of lassi addition salt+masala) as well as restaurants giving all kinds of food although veg mostly. At the top there is a huge plateau where one can be for hours. The last bus leaves at something like 8ish if I remember right. It's actually close to NDA (The National Defence Academy) these guys do the same thing the only diff. they come from the other side & are loaded 20 kgs. with stones or whatever is needed.
One can also cross over to the other side & catch a bus from there. This is good in early Jan. - Feb & then after July after the rains, although it becomes a little slippery but danger evokes enjoyment on its own.
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Exclamation Bus Schedule for Pune-Sinhagad-Pune

Hi,

Can someone advise me on where to get information on bus schedules frompune to sinhagad fort and then from sinhagad back to pune again?

Also, how long is the bus journey there and back? The visit to Sinhagad is a one-day thing right?
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Originally Posted by adihere View Post Situated 32 km south west of Pune, and standing at an imposing 1215 m above msl overlooking Pune city, Sinhagad, even today stands testimony to the grand Maratha Regime.

On top of the fort, the trekkers must try the traditional breakfast of Kanda Bhaji, a delicacy enjoyed by most. Check out Tanaji Kada, Kalyan Darwaza, Tanajis memorial...

Photo Links:
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/d...m/01230028.JPG
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/d...m/01230003.JPG
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/d...m/01230001.JPG


Narvir Tanaji's Impossibly Brave Deed: Lil bit of History !!

The fort of Kondana, which is today on the outskirts of Pune town was then an outpost overlooking Pune and the surrounding countryside. It was strategically placed in the center of a string of forts of Rajgad, Purandar, and Torna. The capture of Kondana was necessary if Shivaji Maharaj was to re-establish de facto control over the Pune region.

Recognizing the strategic importance of Kondana, the Mughals had maintained a battalion of 5000 troops led by Udai Bhan, a relative of Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The fort was built in such a way that all its approaches were covered by cannon-fire. Only on turret was not well defended as it was at the top of a vertical overhanging cliff.

Tanaji decided that this was the only way, he could enter the fort. He dressed himself as a Gondhali (devotee of the Goddess Bhavani of Tuljapur) and roamed the surrounding villages. He won the trust of one Mahadev Koli who was in the service of Udai Bhan. Koli presented the disguished Tanaji to Udai Bhan, who was suitably impressed by this "devotee" and allowed him free access to the fort.

‘Kondana’, which was rechristened by Shivaji Maharaj as ‘Sinhagad’ after the brave heroics of Tanaji, occupies a special place in the hearts of Trekkers and Mountaineers, because of its massive expanse and the panoramic view it offers over the Deccan region.

Tanaji carried out a careful surveillance of the fort and at that very night when he was told that at the overhanging cliff Udai Bhan and all his senior commanders would be celebrating a usual party with an alcohol and dance orgy; Tanaji decided that he should seize this opportunity.

With almost all his troops, Udai Bhan had a roaring party on top of the overhanging cliff. Unknown to them after midnight, Tanaji and his brave followers who numbered 300 scaled the cliff using ropes tied to a reptile called Ghorpad. The Ghorpad can stick fast to any surface and a number of adults can use this force to scale a vertical cliff with the help of a rope, one end of which is tied to the Ghorpad. Silently Tanaji and his comrades slunk up to the top of the cliff.

Shivaji Maharaj is said to have said on this occasion "Gad aala, paan Simha gela" (We have won the fort but have lost the Lion - Tanaji). The fort of Kondana was renamed as "Sinhagad" in honour of Tanaji's brave deed
Lovely explanation, i love the love you have for shivaji...

Jai Shivaji

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