Tags : Trekking & Hiking
Time Required : 1 day
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Purandar is a fort in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Purandar and Vajragad are twin forts. Purandar is the larger of the two and is situated at a height of 4472 feet from the sea level. The top of the fort presents a very scenic view of its twin fort Vajragad.
The fort has two distinct levels. The lower part has a number of temples dedicated to the patron deities of the fort. This level also has a catholic church dating back to the 19th century, not very far from its first entry point. The upper level houses the Kedareshwar temple, which is also the highest point of the citadel. There are a pair of water tanks at the top of the hill.
Rail: Pune is well connected to the rest of the country through its Pune Junction Railway station. In addition, there are as many as 45 local trains either passing through or converging at Pune. This provides an additional benefit to the visitors.
Road: Narayanpur village is well connected to Pune through NH 4. State terminal buses ply frequently from Pune to Narayanpur. One can easily walk from Narayanpur to Purandar fort.
Approx trek time : 2 - 2.5 hours
Availability of Night Trek: Purandar fort is a military protected area and is out of bounds for visitors after 5 in the evening.
Base Camp: Narayanpur village
Days required for the trek: 1 day
Difficulty level: Medium
Height above sea level: 4472 feet
Nearest Airport: Pune
Nearest Railhead: Pune
Starting point of trek: There can be two starting points. The first point can be from the base village itself from the designated parking spot around the Banyan tree. The second point is from the base of the fort where the road from Narayanpur village comes to an end, and the steps begin.
Type: Hill fort