Torna Fort Trek Velhe Pune Maharashtra India

Torna Fort trek ,(Torna Killa – तोरणा किल्ला ) Velhe village near Pune HD video Sinhagad Road-Pabe Ghat route information.

Location
The fort is about 50 km southwest of Pune in the Sahyadri mountain range at the base village Velhe. It is the highest fort in Pune district. Be extra careful while trekking during rainy season ,as the trek becomes extremely difficulty during the rains.in rains visibility is too low and route is very slippery. Ideal time to visit is winter.

Pune (Sinhagad road) –Khadakwasala –Donje- Khanapur _Pabe Ghat – Velhe
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Torna Fort also known as Prachandagad is a large fort located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. it is the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16 forming the spark of the Maratha empire. This has an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort)
History:
This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shaiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. A Menghai Devi temple, also referred to as the Tornaji temple, is situated near the entrance of the fort.
In 1643, Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort at the age of sixteen, thus making it one of the first forts that would become the Maratha empire. Shivaji renamed the fort ‘ ‘Prachandagad’ ‘ as Torna, and constructed several monuments and towers within it.
In the 18th century, the Mughal empire briefly gained control of this fort after assassination of Shivaji Maharaj’s son Sambhaji.Aurangzeb, then Mughal emperor, renamed this fort Futulgaib in recognition of the difficult defense the Mughals had to overcome to capture this fort. It was restored to the Maratha confederacy by the Treaty of Purandar.

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Torna Fort (तोरणा किल्ला) | Historical Places of Maharashtra

Torna Fort, also known as Prachandagad, is a large fort located in Pune district, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is historically significant because it was the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16, forming the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The hill has an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district.

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GHAC Rajgad fort to Torna fort trek

Rajgad( literally meaning Royal Fort), one of the forts of Maharashtra state in India. Situated in the Pune district, the fort is 1318 meters above sea level.The fort is 42 km to the south west of Pune, about 15–16 km west of Nasrapur, in the Sahyadris range.The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjeevani Machee, and the central volcanic plug called Balekilla (meaning “small fort” or “citadel”).Torna Fort or Prachandagad is a large fort located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is historically significant because it is the first fort captured by Shivaji in 1643, forming the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The hill has an elevation of 1403 mts. above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort).The fort is about 100 km southwest of Pune in the Sahyadri mountain range. It is the highest fort in Pune district.
We did this trek in 2 days started on 24th Aug ’12 – 26th Aug ’12 and trust me it was very hectic….