Sinhagad is a widely popular trekking destination for Mumbaikars and Punekars. Located 50 kms from Pune, it is fun to ride up-to the Fort passing through the enchanting Ghats and fog.
One morning, on Sunday, we started at around 6 am from Pune to enjoy the preachy breeze and astounding scenery of Singhagad Fort. We reached by 6:30 am at the parking area after halting at few stops to capture the nature’s beauty.
One of such stop was at Khadakwasla Dam. We clicked a few pics and decided to move on as we planned to take a dip while returning back.
If you are an ardent trekker, there is one route which passes through the village. This is the start point of the trekking which leads to the top of the fort. Singhagad Fort belongs to the mighty Bhuleshwar range which is 3900 feet above sea-levels. For all those who do not have vehicles to reach this magnificent getaway from Pune can catch the bus, auto or cabs from Pune
After reaching the fort, we walked up to the end of the fort. On the way, you can find many shops selling local eatables. To satiate our hunger pangs, we devoured Onion Pakodas, Poha and Buttermilk. Also, Bhakri with Thecha, sweet corn and peanuts are some of the popular condiments among tourists. As you reach Singhagad fort, you can see boards with strict instruction not to drink and smoke.
Singhagad has two colossal gates, Pune Darwazaa which face north-east and Kalyan Darwaza at the south east. The top of the Fort encompasses few historical monuments- tomb of Rajaram, Tanaji memorial and Kali Mata temple with gates.
If you are thinking of a good weekend getaway, Singhad has it all. It is advisable to start early morning as you can enjoy the pleasant weather and greenery around. The fort is the home for many migratory birds. Photography enthusiast can capture some winter birds and raptors like Crested Eagle, Finches, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Eagle, Munias, Ultra Marine Flycatcher, Verditer Flycatcher and much more.
Things to Do When At Sinhagad
- Bike Ride from Pune or Mumbai early morning #Eat#Sleep#Bike#Repeat
- Wandering and Hiking to Singhagad Fort. All you need is a Light backpack, good pair of Shoes, Water, Energy Drink (optional) and Towel. To keep away the boredom, plug in a wireless headset.
- Savour Maharashtrian food -, Onion Pakoda, Jhunaka & Bhakari with Thecha, Poha and appetizing buttermilk
- Halt and dunk in the clean Khadakwasla Dam while returning back.