This day was crucial for us. We had had enough of the daily commute to places at stone throw distances but for this outdoor sightsee, I had notified the hotel staffs to put together a picnic hamper of sorts for us because we were to travel 30 kilometers away from the city proper to Sinhagad Fort. A fort that people say is mostly in ruins now had once been a focal point of battle between the Marathas and the Mughals. The fort in its heydays has changed hands innumerable times from the Mughals to the Marathas and back with alliances and briberies and sometimes with sheer force. Why the Fort was given great importance regards its annexation was because of its strategic location amongst the other forts nearby such as the Torna, The Raigad and the Purandar.
The Fort occupies its indomitable place above the Bhuleshwar range which is a part of the Sahyadri Mountains. The car commute took us through winding routes to the top of the lone hillock rising 1312 meters above sea level. It is a beautiful picture out of the car window. Both my children had their faces affixed out and were taking in the attractive scenery of the place as the car moved ahead. With a world of history attached to the fort right from its ownership by the Koli tribal to Tughlaq to Shahji Bhonsle to Shivaji, Sambhaji and Aurangzeb, the fort has seen many fierce battles being fought and conquered on the basis of great will power and bravery. The Marathas had a long association with the Fort but post 1818; it went in the hands of the British.
I could see some trekkers at the Sinhagad Fort making use of the steep slopes of the hill and enjoying the sport. Atop the hill, one could find shrines of Tanaji, the brave Maratha Warrior and also the shrine of Shivaji’s son Rajaram. We made note of the two gates which guard the fort – the Kalyan Darwaza and the Pune Darwaza and also visited the Goddess Kali Temple. A few hours later we made the descent and headed straight to the National War Museum, Pune for the remainder of the day.