Visit These Majestic Forts in and Around Pune

One who walks through history can make history and Pune stands out as one of the best places to take a walk through the remnants of historical legends. The Indian subcontinent has seen the passage of time and witnessed major historical developments like changes in regimes and natural disasters. Among the cities that once served as the capitals of different rulers, Pune is one with a number of forts built in every nook and cranny.

When you plan a visit to Pune, make sure to visit these forts, as taking a walk along the same paths where these great rulers once walked would make you feel like a part of the yesteryears. These forts stand as witnesses of the bygone era and its glory. So learn about some of these forts in and around Pune and make sure you visit them on your next trip to Pune.

View from the top of Sinhagad Fort in Pune

Sinhagad Fort

Literally translated to the ‘fort of the lion’, Sinhagad Fort was built around 2000 years ago and has been a witness to many battles, including the Battle of Sinhagad in the late 17th century. The fort was named in honour of Tanaji Malusare, who worked for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and lost his life while fighting the Mughals. The fort sits on top of a hill and serves as a gateway to the rich history of the Maratha empire. It provides picturesque views of the lush greenery surrounding the fort. Besides the views, there are many small temples and a memorial of Tanaji Malusare built inside the fort that also attract many visitors.

path to the Purandar fort in Pune amidst lush green mountains

Purandar Fort

Purandar Fort’s historical heritage can be traced back to the 11th century as it was built by the erstwhile Yadava dynasty. It was later seized by the Marathas and served as the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s son Sambhaji. Among the many forts in Pune, this one holds a significant role in history as it marks the rise of Shivaji Maharaj against the Mughals and the Bijapur Sultanate. Offering a scenic view of the Sahyadris, this fort not only serves as a famous tourist attraction but is also used as the training academy of the National Cadet Corps. That is not all as you can also enjoy paragliding and trekking during your visit to Purandar Fort.

Torna Fort in Pune

Torna Fort

The first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj, Torna Fort tells the tale of the foundation of the Maratha empire. This fort offers a peek into history along with the scenic natural beauty that surrounds all the forts around Pune, making it a tourist hotspot. Visitors love to go trekking at Torna Fort and imbibe the breathtaking views of the surroundings. It is also known as Prachandagad due to its huge area coverage, which has changed hands from century to century and played an important role in historical events.

Raigad fort in Pune

Raigad Fort

Raigad Fort was built by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj to serve as the capital of the Maratha empire. This fort has seen the pages of history turn and still stands strong to tell the tale of the bygone time. From the coronation of Shivaji Maharaj to being captured by the British, this fort has seen it all. Now, with the remnants in ruins, the fort tells the stories of the changed eras to its visitors as they come here to unwind and relax. It is a major attraction for young trekkers as one has to climb nearly 1700 steps to reach the fort.

Facade of Fort JadhavGADH

Why just take a walk through history when you can experience a stay in a fort and feel like royalty? Fort JadhavGADH is a fort that has been turned into a hotel to serve patrons with the Maratha legacy. Along with a comfortable and luxurious stay in Fort JadhavGADH, our patrons can learn more about the cultural heritage of Pune. It is the only fort hotel in Maharashtra and has an in-house museum named The Aai Museum, dedicated to all the mothers of the world.

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