Sinhagad is the most prominant 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",  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. 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 youn reach Sinhagad it gives you a tracking experience. It is famous for traditional food like kanda bhaji (onion bhaji's) & pitla bhakar ( gram flour with jowar rotis )and chicken at any of stalls with dahi wati (sweet curd ).

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