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Breathtaking Trek to Torna Fort

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हिंदवी स्वराज्याचे तोरण. तोरणा किल्ला जिंकून छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराजांनी स्वराज्याचे तोरण बांधले. आणि त्याच्या टोकापर्यंत पोहचून परत येण्याचा आनंद खूपच आगळा वेगळा आहे जो प्रत्येकाने अनुभवावा. History Torna Fort is historically significant as first acquired by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16. The fort is incredibly massive; perhaps that is the reason Chhatrapati renamed the fort as “Prachandgad” (Massive/huge is “Prachand” in Marathi and “gad/killa” indicates fort). Tallest fort amongst all forts in the district of Pune, 4,603 ft above sea level. One can trek to the Rajgad from Torna or vice versa, is a 5-6 hours hiking. Trekking Experience Favorite amongst trekkers and now mine favorite too as I felt the thrill too.  Last Thursday Kushal called me asking any plans for Sunday, as we already visited Rajgad and Torna was remaining to visit, so I said what about Torna? He said okay. Then we called our…

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Rajgad –The Maratha Fort Best for Night Trek and Overnight Stay

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Importance of Rajgad fort “Treasure of Maharashtra”, and the longest serving capital during the reign of King Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the fort has a great history including lots of historic events. Shivaji’s son Rajaram was born on this very fort, and the same palace also witnessed the death of Shivaji’s queen Saibai. Also, after one of the greatest escapes that can be termed as a Sherlock Holmes mystery for the Mughals, King Shivaji after his escape from Agra returned to Rajgad that was a Maratha safe house during the period. A Trekkers Paradise At the moment, the fort still holds intact the remains of caves, palaces, and water reservoirs that was designed during the mid-1600s.The main entrance door to the fort is known as the Mahadarwaja, where according to historians, the Maratha army had buried the head of Afzal Khan after being stabbed by Shivaji Maharaj. When I visited the…

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