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Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad

Tripoto
28th Dec 2014

Highest fort of Pune District~ Torna Fort

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Down from Torna Fort

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Velhe village

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

On the way to Summit.

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Sadar

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Sky from Torna

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Zunzarmachi...

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Kothi Darwaja

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Shivaji's Frame of Zunzarmachi

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Map of Torna Fort

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Yes!! we did...

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Budhlamachi..

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Panaromic view from MangalaiMata Mandir

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel
Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

Pic says it all... Glory of Shivaji Maharaj!

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad by Sharmilee Patel

 I was quite excited for this trek as it is highest fort of Pune District and It was first fort conqured by Shivaji Maharaj at the age of 16.
We started from Pune around 6.30 am. As It was early sunday winter morning so almost all were sleeping in the bus. I was enjoying beautifull sunrise landscape from window and Suddenly everything got shaken in bus. Reality was our break of our bus got jammed near one turn near Velhe village. No causality but obviously None could sleep after that!! We reached to Velhe around 8.30 am. We had morning tea and delicious poha at Hotel Abhiruchi. After getting fresh and energized by Raj's Sapoo session we had introduction of group. Now, We, troop of 22 people were ready to do Akraman to Torna with same enthusiasm as Maharaj had! We started ascending and as we were getting height, we used to recharge ourselves with lime water. Also, cold breeze and beautiful landscape down were there to boost ourselves.
Good thing I like about trekking is you dont have to keep track of time by watching watch constantly. Only thought is there in mind is To put step safely. So Around one half hour of some steep height trekking, some plain walk we reached waterfall sight. We relaxed over there, had oranges and Glucon-D and ofcourse photo sessions. 

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad 1/3 by Sharmilee Patel

After that we had stairs to climb up. It has railings but its advisable not to take their support. after crossing on rock patch with the help of each other we had reached to Kothi Darwaja.  

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad 2/3 by Sharmilee Patel

After 15 minutes walk we had reached to Mangalai Mata Temple. There we can see map of Torna fort along with maharaj's photo. It is huge temple, people can do night stay over here. 

Photo of Getting Into Eagle's Nest~ Torna aka Prachandgad 3/3 by Sharmilee Patel
 Then we went to Zunzarmachi. From there we were able to see Rajgadh and Sinhagadh and surreal view of village and valley. We opened our bags and took out whatever snakes we had. We just enjoyed all variety of snakes from all the people.  We had photo session over there and then Around 1.30 pm we started descending. Descending was quite tough as you need to control your feet and moreover, view of valley making height conscious make rock patch some more tricky. But, with support of Jay and Avinash I completed descending easily. After reaching to camp site, delicious food was waiting for us!! After brunch, we headed towards our daily life. We were taking back all memories, all masti, all moments we had together as a group and realization~ Each trodden path has an end, All you need to ahve is persevarance, tolerance and good company. Thank God! i had them all.  :)

 

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