18 Forts near Pune for Trekking – We all need adventures in our lives. Big or small, all are worth experiencing it. Some of you like hardcore adventures, and some subtle and for the ones who love reaching pinnacles, this one’s for you. What better that enthralling oneself in the history of forts?
Forts have always been the essentials of our history, and they still prevail in today’s date to show us its glamour and victory. The forts in Maharashtra mostly have been glorified by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and today they stand tall as tourists’ attractions and various other activities. One of them being trekking.
These are 18 Forts near Pune which one must not slip out while on a visit to Pune or being in Pune. And if you’re an adventure junkie, then these forts will surely allure you. History lovers should not even think of missing out on these forts.
Here are the 18 Forts you must visit:
Rajmachi is a famous fort for trekking near Pune. This fort has its location between two famous hills of Maharashtra, i.e. Lonavla and Khandala. Rajmachi was a strategic fort to control Borghat, the ghat between Khopoli and Khandala, Mumbai-Pune highway which was then a trade route for the Marathas.
Harishchandragadh is a hill fort located in the Ahmednagar region of Maharashtra. The origin of this fort dates back to 6th century during the Kalachuri dynasty. The various caves that are present here are carved during the 11th Century.
Sinhagad, meaning lion in Sanskrit, (The lion’s fort) is located 30kms from Central Pune. Previously it was called Kondhana. This fort has been in many hands before it could finally go to the Britishers in the year 1818.
Rajgad means Royal or ‘Royal Fort’. This is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. This fort has witnessed a prominent historic events including the birth of Shivaji’s son Rajaram, death of his queen Saibai, the burial of Afzal Khan’s head in the Mahadarwaja walls of the Balle Killa, return of Shivaji from Agra and much more.
Torna is the famous Fort in the Maratha history because this was the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj at the age 16 in the year 1643 AD. This fort is also known as ‘Prachandagad’ (meaning huge or gigantic).
Shivneri fort is the famous most Fort in the Maratha history as it is the birth place of the great warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shivneri also is the place of Buddhist domain since the 1st Century AD.
Lohagad meaning iron (Iron fort) is a hill fort with strong intact walls. Lohagad is located in Lonavla which is just a couple of hours away from Pune. Lohagad has a long history of various dynasties like the Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizams, Mughals and the Marathas occupying it for different periods of time.
Visapur is an adjacent fort to Lohagad near Lonavla. Visapur was built during the time 1713 to 1720 by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of Maratha Empire. This was finally captured by the Britishers in the year 1818.
Tikona is a hill fort in Maval tehsil of Pune. It is also known as Vitandgad. The history of the fort dates back to 8th century. Malik Ahmed Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty first conquered the fort in the year 1585.
10. Tung Fort- 88kms
Tung fort is located in the Pune district and is a hill fort. Tung fort is also known as Kathingad (meaning difficult). The history of the fort dates back to 1600CE.
Vasota (Vyaghragad) fort is located in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It is also known as Nandugad. This fort always remained under the control of the Marathas, Shirkes and the Mores during the 16th century.
Raigad is a hill fort in Mahad, located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj and he made it as the capital in the year 1674. The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656.
Pratapgad is a huge fort located in Satara district of Maharashtra. Pratapgad (meaning ‘Valour’) is popular due to the ‘The battle of Pratapgad’. The fort was completed in the year 1656.
Purandar Fort is located near Narayanpur, of Pune district. The first mentions of the fort was seen in the reign of the first Bahmani king, Hasan Gangu. He fortified Purandar in the year 1350.
Korigad is a hill fort located near Lonavla in Pune district. It is a very ancient fort. The closest village to this fort is Shahpur. The temple of Koraidevi is the major attraction here.
Sudhagad fort is a hill fort located in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The history of Sudhagad dates back to 2nd century BC. It was captured by Bahamani Sultan in 1436.
Prabalgad is located between Matheran and Panvel. It’s also known as Muranjan and Pradhangad. The fort was built during the Bahamani sultanate.
Karnala Fort is a hill fort located in Raigad district of Maharashtra. The fort was constructed before 1400 and it was under the Devagiri Yadavs and Tuhlaq rulers. Shivaji Maharaj conquered the fort from Portuguese in the year 1670.