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Sinhagad -  (PuneDiary's Picnic Sports Section)

Sweet curd, Buttermilk, Kanda bhaji, Pithle-Bhakari and Chicken are things which drag many tourists here. Sinhagad is the most prominent and popular fort in Pune. Sinhagad was once known as " Kondhana " . It is 25 km away from Pune. It is on a high hill 1290 m high.
Tanaji Malusare - Shivaji's trusted and one of the brave generals fought a battle here all alone with the Mughal army. He fell dead while fighting in this place. On hearing of his death Shivaji said, "we won the fort but we lost the lion" ( "Gad Ala Pan Sinha Gela" ), and so after his death Shivaji renamed this Kondana fort as "Sinhagad ". Sinhagad means fort of the Lion i.e. it was named so because Tanaji fought like a lion. 

It is a popular picnic spot. Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakwasla dams and Torna fort can be seen from here. Plenty of buses are available to go to this place. Sinhagad can be viewed from any part of the city - this is because of the Doordarshan Tower which has been erected on it. To reach Sinhagad one goes via the Khadakvasla dam. There is a village called Kalyan. So from the Kalyan entrance or after crossing from the Katraj tunnel then climbing a few hills and then after walking 13 kms when you reach Sinhagad it gives you a tracking experience. 
Besides these there are bungalows of Lokmanya Tilak and G.D. Madgulkar. There is a tank called the Dev Taki in which you get sweet water to drink.



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