Pune’s must-visit touristy place – Sinhagad Fort (Lion’s Fort), suggested to be built around 2000 years ago, is the second-highest peak in Maharashtra. It can be seen from far distance. Initially known as Kondhana, Sinhagad Fort has to be one of my favourite places because of the numerous reasons – the scenic drive, view from the top, scrumptious authentic food, history and much more.
When to visit: Well, for me, it is always fascinating to visit a place in all the seasons. The photographs in this posts are from multiple visits. Though the best time to visit Sinhagad Fort is the monsoon and post monsoons/winter i.e starting from July to January. February onwards it starts getting hot but still you can enjoy the beauty of the fort in the early morning or during sunset. It never seems to amaze you.
People usually trek till the top and enjoy the magnificent sunrise. What a view, I must tell you. The breathtaking views are addictive. I can go there almost everyday. There is also an alternate scenic motorable road which can save your trekking efforts. The picturesque road is available until the parking at the top.
Tickets: At the starting of the road, there is a ticket counter. The cost is Rs.20/- for two-wheelers and Rs.50/- for four-wheelers (as in March 2020).
One can easily spend 4-5 hours or a half-day picnic with family and friends. Sinhagad Fort is usually crowded on weekends and holidays. Walk, Walk, and Walk to see some of the wonders of nature from the top at Sinhagad Fort. One of the fascinating and noticeable things is the Doordarshan Relay Towers. Yes, and apart from it there are Pune Darwaza, Kalyan Darwaza, some caves, temples, stables and ruined buildings up there. It is so fascinating to imagine the history behind the remains. What would have been the life then!! OMG! I am amazed every time.
I have been to Sinhagad Fort n times and believe me each visit was memorable and full of fun.
From one side of the fort, you can see the popular Khadakwasla Dam and on the other side, you will beautiful landscape.
After strolling the fort for a couple of hours, you can grab the most famous Pithla Bhakri, Kanda Bhajiya, Kulfi, and seasonal bites. I love each and every dish. You will be surprised to know, the shopkeepers are the residents from nearby villagers and carry all the stuff every day from the villages to uphill and that too on their feet. So much worth! The love, the warmth you get while they cook and serve is immeasurable.
Enjoy the photos and some scenic views. I hope you will like it. Also, do not forget to carry your cameras to capture the beautiful experience.