Are you looking for a shot and sweet monsoon trek? We’ve got the perfect option for you. The Torna fort with immense historical significance located at the top of a picturesque hill in Pune is exactly what you need. In the monsoons, the trek is even more lively and the view from the top, even more rewarding. What are you waiting for then Punekars?! Let’s pack and get set go to make the most of the monsoons!
Captured in 1664 for the first time by Chhatrapati Shivaji, Torna fort is also referred to as Prachandagad. It’s highly significant in history as the fort served as a major centre point for the entire Maratha Regime at the time. What’s more, Shivaji was only 16 years old when he captured the fort!
The scenic trek starts in the base village of Velhe. You are advised to carry appropriate clothing and footwear according to the season. You will only take 2-3 hours to reach the fort but the time varies according to the number of stops you take on your way up. And when you reach, you will be rewarded of a mindblowing view of greenery all around! Also, there is an ancient temple near the Fort as well known as the Mengai temple that you can totally check out.
For you thrill seekers, we hear some floating haunted fort stories around Torna! Now don’t ask us if we believe in ghosts or not, why don’t you go and find out? Legend has it that an old priest by the name of Diwakar haunts the Mengai temple and that several trekkers have run into this ghostly apparition. You can also stay overnight at the temple if you and your friends are keen to crack the haunted story! Whatever you do, stay safe and let us know if there is any truth to these ghost stories. Are you ready to take this trek then, Puneikars?
Address: Rajgad – Torna Trek Path, Charhat Wadi, Maharashtra 412212