We not only miss our friends in Pune but also our last minute trekking, a swim 🏊♂️ in the beach and random lunch/dinner plans.
This was our last one day road trip 🚘 before we left Pune and shifted to Bangalore.
Our first and major part of the day was spent at the Shivneri Fort, famously known as the birthplace of Maratha king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This 1️⃣7️⃣th century fort holds an important place in the history 📖 of Maharashtra. It was built by Shivaji’s father to protect his son and wife from the invaders, however, now the fort is a delight for the trekkers.
👉🏻 the fort is 9️⃣5️⃣ kms away from Pune and can be easily reached by a car 🚗.
👉🏻 one has to climb 🧗♀️ up the hill using a 400 steps stairway which passes through the 7️⃣ magnificent gates, rock-cut caves and breathtaking views of the Lenyadri hills.
👉🏻 it takes about an hour and a half to climb up the hill. However, if you have any leg injury or major health issues, we would not suggest you to trek. We went with our parents who found it difficult to reach to the top of the hill.
👉🏻 there is an underground water 💧 tank, the Shiv Mandir (the spot where Shivaji was born), a precipitous cliff (used for punishing the criminals), Shivai Devi temple and Buddhist caves dating back to the 3️⃣rd century, on the top of the hill.
👉🏻 the best time 🕰 to visit the fort is between August and February when the weather is pleasant and the views are amazing.
👉🏻 there are no food 🥘 and water options available in/near the fort. Therefore, we would suggest you to carry something of your own. Do not overpack as well, as it would be difficult to climb it with.
If you love to trek as we do you should definitely visit the Shivneri Fort once, BUT, only and only after the conditions are better in the country.
Let us all stay inside our homes 🏠 and be safe. Hope this gets better soon ❤️. - 14 minutes ago