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Sinhagad Fort in Pune

·  Summer: March-June (20°C - 42°C)
·  Winter: November-February (8°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  September-February

Opening Time: 09:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 07:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Nil

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  Nil
Children:  Nil
Cameras:  Nil
Video Camera:  Nil
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  Nil
Children:  Nil
Cameras:  Nil
Video Camera:  Nil
Sinhagad Fort, or the Lion’s Fort, served as a strategic military outpost for the Marathas, particularly for Shivaji. Located on a hill at the height of about 1,312 m. in the Bhuleswar Range of the picturesque Sahyadri Mountains, the fort is a famous trekking and picnic spot, apart from being an historical attraction.

The top attractions inside the fort complex include memorials dedicated to Maratha warriors, old temples, military stables and a brewery. However, it is the breathtaking beauty of the place which leaves the visitors fascinated. If you plan to visit the fort after monsoons (September-October), you will be greeted by amazing greenery all around.

Steep slopes and limited access (via only two gates – Kalyan Darwaza and Pune Darwaza) helped the fort to stay invincible for centuries. Avoid visiting the fort during monsoons due to extremely slippery surface.

Road: The base of the fort is conveniently accessible from Pune in state transport buses and taxis. Two and four wheelers, including shared taxis, can help you reach the top of the fort as well, though the road is in bad condition, experiences traffic jams and is being reconstructed. Trekking (which takes about an hour) is a popular option to reach the top.

Railway: The closest railway station to the fort is at Pune, about 40 km. away. You can directly hire a taxi or cab from the station to reach the fort’s base.

Airway: Pune International Airport is located at the distance of about 48 km. from the fort’s base. Taxis are easily available at the airport to cover the road distance.