Purandar Fort is located just 50 kilometers away from Pune!
First things first, let’s talk about the fort’s claim to fame – it’s the birthplace of Shivaji’s son, Sambhaji. And let’s be honest, any place associated with Shivaji is already pretty cool. But the fort has more to offer than just historical significance.
The fort has two storeys, the upper called Balekilla and the lower called Machi. But that’s not all, there’s also a Shiva temple and panoramic views of the stunning surroundings. So, whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a weekend getaway, Purandar Fort won’t disappoint.
The fort has withstood several historical milestones and been mentioned in the Maratha Empire’s uprising against Adil Shahi, the Mughals, and the Bijapur Sultanate. Plus, it’s one of the twin forts (Purandar and Vajragad Forts),
Did you know that the fort was once ruled by the 11th-century Yadava Dynasty? And when the Persians defeated the Yadavas and conquered the area, they built the Purandar Fort in 1350. The fort has been attacked a number of times, and to protect it, a man and a woman were buried alive to please the patron deity. Yes, you read that right.
And let’s not forget about the trek up the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges to reach the fort. Intermediate and advanced level trekkers can easily climb the hill, while beginners might need some extra time. It’s a bit of a workout, so make sure to carry your trekking and rain gear, snacks, and water to keep yourself fueled and hydrated.
But trust us, the views are worth it. Especially during the monsoon season, when the surroundings become lush green, and the atmosphere is both cloudy and divine. You’ll even spot seasonal waterfalls and streams cascading down the hill slopes. And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of some exotic wildlife too.
So, whether you’re a history buff, an adventure junkie, or just looking for a beautiful weekend getaway, Purandar Fort is the perfect spot.