Saturday, April 7

A Visit To Sihanghad Fort, Pune


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I and my wife along with my brother in law and sister in law recently went on a road trip to Sihanghad Fort, 30 kms from Pune.

The journey was pretty amazing for 2 reasons. Firstly, it was my first road trip on my (Splendor) bike and secondly, it’s been almost 2 years that I went out to explore a new place considering my love for travelling and adventure.

We got up at quarter past 4 and were on road by dot 5. With all the preparations in place as assumed, we happen to miss out the most important point in our ‘to do’ checklist, there was zero fuel in our bikes and finding an open garage in Pune at 5 in morning was quite an impossible task. But, we somehow managed to get our bike tanks fueled from a petrol pump in ‘Null Stop’. I am sure the person on job must have had a hard time fuelling the tanks as witnessed from his zombie walk.

Anyways we were back on track in 15 minutes. But before we could vrooooooom our bikes on the fast lane, we came across another roadblock in our ‘to do’ list. Pune was freezing in the month of February, especially at 5 in mornings and we were without covers, esp. hand gloves to beat the extreme cold wave while on the move. A dire consequence, our speed was capped and we crawled.

The track gets curvy and rough as you slowly move out of the city. For a normal journey of 30-35 minutes, it took us 45 minutes to touch the starting point of our uphill journey to the fort.

It was pitch black as if we entered some black hole. The only thing visible to naked eye were small light bulbs, may be torch or mobiles dangling as dozen of trekkers made their way uphill. And we decided to be a part of the crowd and let them lead the way till sunrise.

It was a 45 degree steep and 12 km (approx.) track uphill, not easy to cover. We could see people missing the oomph factor and making u-turns half way of their journey. It took us one hour 35 minutes to reach Sihanghad fort irrespective of the fact that we walked continuously and never stopped in the middle. If you want to experience sunrise from the fort, one must hit the road at 4 in morning else experience the sun in the middle of your trek like we did.

let me share my experience through the snaps we clicked during the trek.

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 This was clicked at around 6:45 AM!
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 The main Entrance door to the Fort
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 This was the food we had up there in Sihanghad Fort!!!
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 A visit to the Khadakvasla Dam while moving back from Sihanghad Fort to Pune!!!
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You can read more about Sihanghad Fort here.

Thanks for taking out time to read this post!

18 comments:

  1. what beautiful pictures!.when i went to PUne, i so much wanted to see this fort, but couldnt because some body told me there was lot of walking and trekking required and i couldnt climb so many stairs:(

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    1. yes Renu,

      somebody said it very right that there's lot of trekking involved if you want to reach at the top!!!

      we were gasping for air as it took us 1 hr 35 mins uphill and almost 1 hr downhill but it was fun and worth experiencing...

      so next time if you are in Pune .. do not take suggestions from somebody .. read this blog and just hit the road :P

      regards
      rahul

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  2. Sounds like an exciting trip! I felt like i was there all along.. Amazing pictures and beautiful write up, rahul :)

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    1. it certainly was an exciting trip, my first one in Pune !

      thank you Arti for liking the post and the pics !

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  3. The dahi, roti and sabji(s) are looking very good :) Nice photo essay. Going to such a place early in the morning and staring at the sun is a gift!

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    1. roti with sabzi was actually amazing not only in the pics but in real as well !!!

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  4. cool pics!!! You made me Pune-sick:) I visited Singhahad fort a decade back on a moonlit night--an unforgetabble experience with jhunka bhakkar...you made me go back to those days

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    1. decade back....woaaaaah!!!

      yes, jhunka bhakkar ofcourse...how can i forget that name :-)

      glad you liked the post and it reminds you of the good old days in Pune !

      regards
      rahul

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  5. wow , loved the 3rd pic the most !

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  6. I've visited there a couple of times...simply love the place...
    nice read... :)

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    1. are you in Pune buddy...will love to meet you someday!!!

      well this was my first experience and i hope to go to Sihanghad fort more frequently in years to come !

      regards
      rahul

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  7. WOW, what a fun trip! Thanks for sharing the lovely shots.

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    1. thank you Saru for dropping by.. am sure you must have had such amazing trips abroad as well...

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  8. Sinhagad fort is a popular picnic spot located far away of 25km from Pune town in Maharashtra state, Of india. This is a popular trekking destination for the people of Pune as it is situated on some sort of hill, at a height of 700m above the surrounding landscape. forts near pune

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    1. thanks for sharing the link carlton...

      i agree with you, puneites are real active people and adventure loving..i was enthralled to see the pune spirit while trekking to the fort!

      regards
      rahul

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  9. Wonderful pictures!! I am from Pune, and we keep trekking to Singhad. Its so much more beautiful on foot, and we have done that so many times. The food is such a big motivation :-)))
    The curd and pakoras, bliss!!!

    This is a great picture post rahul :-)

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    1. good to know that you are from Pune Jenny .. this post must have been a flash back of good old memories for you am sure ..

      thank you so very much for liking the pics and the overall post.

      keep visiting!

      regards
      rahul

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