About fort: -

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. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort).


History: -

The first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj

"Torna" (Tornagad) or "Prachandgad" was the first fort captured by Shivaji Maharaj. He captured this fort and started his journey to build the Maratha empire when he was just sixteen years old (in 1643). This shows his valor and determination to construct a new empire.

When Shivaji Maharaj took over this fort from Aadilshah (Sultan of Vijapur) this fort did not had too much construction on it. This fort was not given more stratagic importance by the Aadilshahas. After capturing this fort, Shivaji Maharaj started to construct some buildings on the forts and fortification for the fort. This was necessary to make the fort a secure place which can be used in forthcoming war against the Aadilshah and the Mughals. While construction ShivajiMaharaj  found a treasure on the fort. Assuming this to be a good omen, he utilised this money on construction of this fort and  the fort "Rajgad".

The fort has two temples on it. The first one is of goddess "Toranjai" and the second one is of goddess "Menghai". You can stay in the temple of goddess "Menghai" if necessary. The fort has two major wings (in Marathi "Machi") the "Zunzar Machi" and the "Budhala Machi". On the Budhala Machi, there is big vertical rock. When seen from distance it seems to be a thumb held up. The fort also has two gates: the "Binicha Darwaja" (Bini Gate) and "KonkanDarwaja" (Konkan Gate). The Binich Darwaja takes you inside the fort, while the Konkan Darwaja takes you to the Budhala Machi.

This is one of the tallest forts in Maharashtra. So, this has always been a center of attraction for the trekkers. This fort is located at about 60 Km from Pune. To visit the fort you may reach the village Velha from Swargate bus stop of Pune via Nasarapur.



Brief Itinerary: -

Day 1st 12th Nov.

10:00 am              Meeting point @pune railway station.

10:10 pm              Start travelling to velhe by private vehicle

12:30 pm              Reach base village and have lunch.

01:30 pm              Start ascending fort

04:00 pm              Reach top, explore fort, photography.

07:00 pm              Preparation for Dinner.

08:30 pm              Dinner & wait for “GHOST”


Day 2nd 13th nov.

06:00 am              Wakeup, refresh, bartering view of sunrise behind RAJGAD.

07:00 am              Breakfast

07:30 am              Start descending fort.

09:30 am              Reach base, travel to pune by private vehicle.



Things To Be Carry: -

1.       Identity proof(Must)

2.       Fruits, Biscuits, Plum cakes, Dry Snacks, Chocolates, Health Drinks etc

3.       3 ltrs of water, (Must)

4.       Candles and TORCH with extra batteries (Must)

5.       Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes

6.       2-3 bunch of papers

7.       Bedding / Sleeping Bag (must)

8.       Windcheaters

9.       Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks, Extra pair of floaters

10.   Camera (Optional)

11.   Cap, Skarf etc.

12.   Medicine those if you require usually

·         A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking. (Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)

·         Keep space for 1 kg in your bag as load distribution will be done.
It might be raining, so pack your bag accordingly to save them from getting wet



Fees: - TTMM Basis.

Inclusion: 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 Dinner and pune to pune travel by private.



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