Torna By Amogh Sarpotdar [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Torna

Distance

51 Kms

Best Season

Monsoon – Winter

Overview

The fort is about 51 km southwest of Pune in the Sahyadri mountain range at the base village Velhe. It is the highest fort in Pune district. The Raigad, Lingana, Rajgad, Purandar fort can be seen from Torna. Britishers said "If Sinhagad fort is lion’s den then Torna is Eagles Nest. Torna Fort also known as Prachandagad. It is historically significant because it is the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16 forming the nucleus of the Maratha Empire.

Attractions

Trekking

The Torna Fort is a popular destination for trekkers especially after the south-west monsoon, from September to December. Trekkers can stay in the Menghai Devi temple. The way to the top is moderate to difficult, with some precautions to be taken in the rainy season. It is a two or three hour climb to the "Bini Darwaaja", the main entrance to the fort.

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