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.
7. Tikona FortAt a distance of an hour from Pune, Tikona fort is a quaint spot that offers trekking near Mumbai. Facing Lake Pavna, this is a pyramid-shaped hilltop that catches your eye from a distance. On your visit to the fort, hikers may also explore the nearby Tung Fort. Guides on the route would give you a detailed information on the flora and fauna of the region. As far as the history goes, the fort had immense strategic importance during the Maratha-Mughal power tussle in the Pawana Mawal Region.Base Village: Peth TikonaDistance between Mumbai and Peth Tikona: 111 kmsHiking Time: 1 and a half hours
Next morning we start our journey again at 6 a.m now we have to climb mountain covered with dense forest for the next 1-1.5 kms to reach devkund.At 7:30 we reach devkund ... and believe me all your tiredness would blew away by just viewing the beauty of devkund. Thin trail of water falling from somewhere between the mountains and forming a small pond of water underneath. The water was so clear that you can even see the bottom of the pond.This whole place is surrounded by huge mountains preventing sunlight to fall on pond this makes the temperature of water in pond to go around 1-2 degrees but you can take a dip in it , it will surely refresh you.I think this was my best trek so far in pune hope to find some more exciting places like thisNote- the only network that wotk there is vodafone and you are not allowed to take alcohol with you to devkund.
"True adventure lies in exploring unknown terrains, rest all are mere trails."-Sharath RajIt all started when one of my BRC course mate told me about the mighty Plus valley near Tamhini Ghat, a rarely explored but famous place among those who have been there. He showed me a few pictures which were jaw dropping. A close study of those pictures revealed the reason why very few events have been organized here.Two huge rappelling patches of (300 ft each) out of which one was an overhang patch of more than 80% The difficulty of arranging transport to get down to a place which is in the middle of nowhere. Not much information (Directions & Route map) available online to plan for it.With whatever little information we had, we planned for it.The preparations started weeks before.The day of Reckoning arrived!!!Following equipment were mobilized for the same.300 ft 10 mm green ropes, 150 ft, 10 mm white rope, 90 ft10 mm, 600 ft 8mm white rope (borrowed from one of our friend of another group), Carabiners, descenders, QD's, jummars, anchor bolts, harnesses, tubulars, Walkies, first Aid etc.Food: Sufficient enough to feed us for 3 days. (Although it was a 2 day recce, we carried additional food for contingency)Team: Harshad, Sharath, Ashish, Subhraj, Nikhil, Shashi.The team gathered at CST station. Each member was armed with a rucksack, huge coils of ropes and equipments making us appear anything but ordinary on the crowded station. Our excitement was high, our spirits were extreme, but that day a rare silence was dominant too. The train arrived and we managed to find a few seats in the overcrowded train. Late by 30 mins as per the scheduled ETA we reached, Pune railway station where Shashi was waiting to join us for the recce. A convoy of two rickshaws took us to Swargate ST stand. The bus was at around 5 am and we still had an hour to kill. Everyone got themselves engaged in something or the other but Subhu even after a long sleep during the train journey, got cozy to have some more sleep at the ST stand proving his "Somnophilia" (sleeping beauty syndrome).Shashi came running, "the bus is here!". We quickly got our stuff and the noise thankfully woke up Subhu and without asking much questions he came running behind us. We were lucky enough to have some rear seats available where we could park our luggage. It was a roller coaster ride and in no time the entire team fell asleep.At 06:45 hrs - "Hey, I think it's the plus valley!" - Harshad shouted and we all sprang up to have a look but could barely see anything. Though Harshad wasn't sure, we made a decision to get off the bus and try our luck against Harshad's observation. The kind driver heartlessly applied the brakes (he was in love with the accelerator) and the conductor waved us goodbye. Though his face was still clueless about where we guys were heading towards that no man's land.Harshad was right...It was the mighty valley of Tamhini ghat - "Plus Valley". While we were enjoying the beauty from the mouth of the valley, we quickly had our breakfast and started our final task of distributing the weight for everyone to carry not less than 10 kg in their backpack.
Lavasa Hill City
Lavasa is a man made town or a planned city in the middle of the mountains. The place is blessed with rivers and dams and the English architectural creations make this place a mut visit. Staying back might seem like a costly option but do stay back to see the place get lit up with the evening lights.
We stopped near Temghar Dam to eat a roasted sweet corn. A guy wearing a typical black leather biker uniform was having a cup of tea. I casually asked him what this bike noise is all about and he stared at me in disbelief for a second and then replied very enthusiastically - 'Everyone is coming to Lavasa to celebrate the world's motorcycling day. I am planning to buy a new bike and want to see some of the new bike models and talk to fellow biker.' After discussing about the highlights of the event we parted ways.Every year June 21 is celebrated as a world motorcycling day. A group of biking enthusiast organizes MotoDay at Lavasa on a weekend close to 21 st June. 2016 marked the third edition of MotoDay event. Superbike manufactures had set up their stalls for the bikers and the latest bike models were on display. Biking merchandise, spare parts and accessories were on sale. There was also an R&D session in which experts talked about the latest motorcycle technology. We enjoyed talking to some of the bikers. They treated their bikes like their babies and were very enthusiastic discussing about anything related to their bikes -Engine, accessories or even the exhaust pipe. It was a fantastic experience to meet the motorcycling community.Few things to know before you plan your trip to LavasaHow to reach Lavasa - Lavasa is approximately 60 km from Pune and 190 km from Mumbai. The drive to Lavasa is through the villages which is pretty scenic. You can use take a train/bus up to Lonavala (Approx. 30 km from Lavasa) and then take a taxi/auto to reach Lavasa. The best way to reach Lavasa is by car or bike. You can enjoy the scenic landscape while driving. The roads are also in good condition, making the journey an excellent driving experience.Best time to visit -The weather is pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit Lavasa is from September to March. The city experiences monsoon from June to August and you can see the blooming flowers and the lush green vegetation during this period.Food Options -On your way to Lavasa city, you can enjoy roasted sweet corns near Temghar Dam. The sweet corn tastes delicious. At lavasa, there are many food options from Chaat to chicken biryani, wraps, parathas, sandwich and dosas. The taste of food is not that great in most of the restaurants near the Warasgaon Lake.Stay at Lavasa -Accommodation here is expensive. I doubt you will find a decent place at a cheaper price. Even though I have not stayed in Lavasa, Ekaant - a hotel at the highest point of the hill looks like a nice place to stay with a good view. If you are looking for relaxation and a tranquil experience then just book an expensive resort and enjoy the scenic beauty.The MotoDay at Lavasa was an incredible experience. People from different age groups, professions, religion and regions had gathered to celebrate the free spirit and the passion for motorcycling.This blog was originally published on ''
Once rainy season starts Pune kar and Mumbai kar head towards lonavala or near by places on weekends to spend quality time with family and friends.Tamini Ghat is 53.1 km via paud road approximately 2 hours travel. A ride through this ghat is good even during the summer. But, this place opens up in the rains. Waterfalls all around, greenery like rarely seen, you have to go there to experience this.. If you love to trek, water rappelling then do visit this place.A drive to any such place near Pune is enough to free your mind from the stress caused by any of the above factors. Tamhini Ghat just beyond the Mulshi Dam. Roads are well constructed just some hick ups here and there,the scenery around would make you forget the bumpiness of the ride.How to go to Tamhini Ghat from Pune(Magarpatta): Go to Chandi Chowk. Take the road going towards Mulshi Dam. Cross Mulshi dam and climb into the ghat. The bad road usually start here. This is Tamhini Ghat. You can go beyond the Tamhini Ghat towards Mangaon (Mumbai Goa Highway) to reach the konkan side. Btw, it is not advised to go through Tamhini ghat late in the evenings. If you have to cross the mountains in the night, use the Bhor/Varandha Ghat instead.The beauty is breath taking and since rain has just started if you travel by july end you will see waterfalls from mighty shayadri mountains every where. I was so confused as to where to stop and take Pictures.It is a stress buster for people who work and get no time to spend with family..
For our next trek, we were contemplating to visit a less explored fort. Shashikant suggested Ghangad fort. Everybody agreed. It is 30 km away from Lonavala on Amby valley road. Though from Pune, one can go via Tamhini, the road via Lonavala is better. This fort does not attract as many tourists as you would see at Sinhagad, Lohagad or Visapur.There were five of us, I, Arriesh, Prashant, Shashikant and Swarup. We rode on three bikes, thanks to Akash as he lent us his bike. We left at 8 am from Pune. On the route, we stopped for breakfast in Lonavala.The road from Lonavala to Aamby valley gets completely shrouded in the fog and visibility is less than 10 meters. There are sharp turns in between. These things slowed our speed and eventually increased the travel time. You can see Korigad fort on the way near Aamby valley. The 10 km stretch from Aamby valley to base village is not in good condition and also it is single lane road. We spotted a waterfall on the way.