Torna fort was the first fort captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji at the age of 16 in the year 1646 and was centre to the Maratha empire.
It is located at an elevation of 1403 m, making it one of the highest forts in Maharashtra and the highest in Pune district.
The trek to Torna fort begins from Velhe village, beyond which vehicles are allowed upto a certain point, from where the actual trek begins.
This trek is not for the faint-hearted and is rated Medium on the level of difficulty.
The trek should normally commence early in the morning and it normally takes around 2 hours to reach the top. Trekkers come across a waterfall along the trek, which is flowing majestically during the monsoon which is when I visited.
Once at the top of the fort, the view is simply breathtaking. Lush green hills, waterfalls, vast green fields... The fort also overlooks a massive reservoir and a dam.
The trek route is a bit rocky and gets difficult and steep at certain points as one climbs higher. Avoid climbing on a rainy day as the route gets slippery at certain points due to the flow on the path.
There is ample space at the top of the fort to have a quick snack (carried along). Locals also sell food products along the trek.
The best time for a trek to Torna fort is from September to December.
It is located at an approximate distance of 52 km from Pune.
Carry along a good camera as the views along the trek and from the top of the fort are simply awesome.