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Torna Fort also called Prachandagad is just a big fort situated in Pune section, Maharashtra. It's traditionally substantial since it is the first fort caught by Shivaji Maharaj in 1643, at the age of 16 creating the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The hill posseses an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) over ocean level, rendering it the best hill-fort in the district.
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Distance from Pune: 60kmStarting Point: Velhe VillageDifficulty Level: Medium difficultyTrek Length: 3½ hrs (base to top)Best Season: All year (monsoon preferred)5. Shivneri Trek
We opted to cross the ridge through Torna than the usual path path from Rajgad
Torna is a beautiful mountain. Though the route to Torna Peak is simple as far as directions are concerned the mountain is quite steep at certain parts and one needs to be careful to not miss the foot trail. The Torna trek route can be divided in three parts – an initial climb up the hill, a plateau and the final rock patch to enter the Torna fort via the Bini Darwaja. The height of Torna from sea level is 1405 metres and offers spectacular views of Sahyadri Mountains. Once you reach the top there’s a lot more to discover. TORNA was the first fort conquered by Shivaji Maharaj after he vowed for Swaraj at Raireshwar. He put the garland (Called Toran in Marathi) of his first victory on this fort and therefore the name –TORNA. TORNA is also called prachandgadh because of it vastness. The huge waterfall on your side, a well carved out path, beautiful plateaus and gorgeous shrubs push you towards the peak. Just before you reach the pinnacle, you come across yet another beautiful waterfall and this one is the most beautiful of all. The rocks are wet by the not so ferocious waterfall and covered with pink flowers. It is gorgeous. I can do Torna again just to see this waterfall again.
Numerous Waterfalls and on your right side in the backdrop we can see panshet dam backwater engulfed by the mist. It’s a sight to behold. Further as one walks on the Torna Top plateau you come across the famous majestic Zunjar Machi. Reaching to the furthest end requires good amount of skill as there is a rocky patch to overcome. Here I would like to bring to the attention of the the readers that if you do Torna Trek in Monsoon exploring the Torna Top is literally not possible due to excessive misty condition leading to very low visibility. Generally one day trek is not sufficient to cover the entire Fort(after all it is Prachandgad..The large fort).