About Torna Fort
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). Historically it’s famous because capturing it formed the nucleus of the Maratha Empire.
History of Torna Fort
This fort is believed to be constructed in 13th Century by Shaiva Panth, the followers of Hindu god Shiva. Shivaji renamed the fort as ‘Prachandagad’ after capturing it. In the 18th Century the Mughal Empire captured the fort after the assassination of Sambhaji, Shivaji’s son. Aurangzeb renamed the fort to Futulgaib in appreciation of the difficult defense the Mughals had to overcome to capture this fort.
How to reach Torna Fort?
The base village to this fort is Velhe. To reach the base village, reach Nasrapur by NH4 which is approximately 35kms from Pune Station. Buses from Swargate are available to reach Velhe that directly drop at the base village. Early morning buses are advisable.
Difficulty level: Difficult
Distance: 50kms from Pune
Things to do at Torna Fort:
Torna Fort is an ideal place for Camping. Most campers carry tents along with them but you can also halt at the Mengai temple which is on the Fort. Torna is a difficult fort to trek; it is advisable for the beginners to avoid it during monsoon as the paths become slippery. Winter is the perfect time for trekking. After the 2-3 hour climb, you can reach to Bini Darwaja. Various places like Zunjar Machi, Budhla Machi, Kokan Darwaja, Kothi Darwaja, and Bini Darwaja can be visited on this fort. Chapet Dam backwaters can also be seen while climbing Torna fort. There are no hotels on the fort and hence it is advisable to carry water and food from home.
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