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
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.