One Day Torna Fort Trek | A Truly Marvelous Fort
Travel Date: 30th Oct 2020
Just 2 hours drive away from Pune, Torna fort is a perfect place for someone who enjoys trekking. Torna fort was the first fort captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and now it is one of the most difficult treks in Maharashtra. 4,603 feet tall, it is the highest hill-fort in the district.
At 9:30 AM, I started trekking from its base village ,VELHE and it took me close to 2 hours from Pune to reach to its parking area.
Second is the plateau area which looks amazing with the view of valley on one side and Torna dam on the other side.Then comes the most challenging part and it includes trekking across steep hill, crossing waterfalls(in monsoon) and finally entering the fort via Bini Darwaza. Proper footwear and a little bit of knowledge about the route would ensure a safe climb up to the fort. Soon after Bini Darwaza, there is another set of steps to Kothi Darwaja.
You need a minimum of 3-4 hours to reach to the top of this fort and explore it. You can even go for camping at Torna Fort. Simply bring a tent or else there is a temple which can be used to stay overnight which is enough for 15-20 people.
There are few small shops in the Velhe village and you can munch there before starting the trek, however, remember that options will be limited. There are stalls selling water and lemonade on the fort and even on the trails. Keep yourself properly hydrated throughout all the time. Since, I visited the place during Corona time, I brought all the required eatables with me.
Best months to visit this place are September and October. During this time, the sky would be clear and you will get to witness fascinating views.
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