Pune is the cultural capital of India. With a strong historical background, Pune city has a lot to explore, especially forts. Blessed with the Sahyadri ranges and a myriad of scenic and historically rich forts encourage history enthusiasts to explore. Here is a list of 7 must-visit forts near Pune.  

1.      Torna

Forts near Pune
Torna Fort

Torna is considered as the tallest fort of Pune. Because of its huge size, it is also known as Prachandagad. It has a historical significance because it was the first fort won by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1646. It is now one of the most popular tourist spots in Pune ideal for a myriad of activities from nature trails to hiking expeditions and even family outings.

Location- 50 Km away from Pune. Located in Southwest of Pune.  

2.      Purandar

Forts near Pune
Purandar

It is the birthplace of Sambhaji Raje, son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Purandar Fort is located at just a 50 km distance away from Pune. It also has a twin fort named Vajragad which you can explore on the same day if you wish to be steeped in history.  

Location- 50 Km away from Pune. Located in Southwest of Pune.

3.      Lohgad

Lohgad

Located near Malavali, Lohgad fort is situated on a hill. That makes it the best fort to visit at any time of the year. The fort is also connected to another fort named, Visapur. 

Location- Malavali district, 52 km northwest of Pune. 

4.      Rajmachi

Rajmachi

This is one of the most popular forts among the trekkers. The fort is considered to be thrilling to hike along for a glorious picnic. Camping at the base adds to the excitement for an adventure enthusiast. Located amidst the Sahyadri hills, Rajmachi is a leading destination that must make it to every budget-travel bucket list. 

Location- 82 Km from northwest of Pune

5.      Raigad-

Raigad

The fort has the most significant historical importance. Shivaji Maharaj made it as a Capital of the Maratha Empire. The fort is at the height of 2700 ft and it takes 1737 long steps to reach to the fort. Maharashtra Government has developed a ropeway with which you can reach to the top of the fort in ten minutes. Now isn’t that convenient?   

Location-  Mahad, Raigad District, 111 Km from Pune. 

6.      Sudhagad

Suhagad


Sudhagad, also known as Bhorapgad, has been recently declared as Sudhagadh Wildlife Sanctuary. It is on the trekking list for many who wish to click lots of pictures as it is also one of the better-preserved forts in Maharashtra. 

Location-  Raigad district, 53 Km west of Pune. 

7.      Sinhagad

Sinhagad


Anyone, who is visiting Pune for the first time must make a beeline for Sinhagad. The fort of Lion has a rich history to tell. The popular tourist spot is also a livelihood for many villagers. Furthermore, Pune local transport reaches the base of the fort to expedite your commute.

Location- 35 Km Southwest of the Pune. 

If you adore trekking, don’t miss out on exploring these forts. There are roadways that take you to most of them!

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