History enthusiasts, set yourself on the path to Shivneri Fort in Junnar. Why, you might ask? We bet you didn't know that this fort was once home to Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Martha Empire.
Travel Diaries: This 17th Century Fort In Junnar Offers Spectacular Views
What Makes It Awesome?
If the 9-5 job has got you bored and you're seeking adventure for the weekend, consider Shivneri Fort. Situated in Junnar, about 90 kilometers away from Pune, the fort can be easily accessed by well-connected roads
The trek leading to the fort is fairly easy; all you need to do is climb well maintained stairs. However, if you are a professional trekker or looking to please that adventure bug inside you, take the chain gate on the western side of the fort.
Once climbed, you will stumble across a breath-taking view of surrounding landscape. From the tip of the fort, you can also spot other forts - Naryangad , Hadsar ,Chavnar and Nimgiri - waiting to be explored.
Already fascinated by the exterior spiral gates. Step inside to witness statues of Jijabai and Young Shivaji the centre of the fort lies Badami Talav, a beautiful pond you shall be greeted by. This is not it - there are two more water springs in the fort -Ganges and Yamuna and they have water throughout the year.
The thing we like the most is the fort’s surroundings which are clean and well maintained. So much so, that it does not seem like a historical monument.
Why restrict yourself to the fort when Junnar offers many possibilities. You can experience living in the countryside, be a part of amazing treks or camp under the stars.
What Could Be Better?
Since there are a lot of facilities available, we also wish that there was parking facility around the fort.
Since this is a plastic free zone, we advise you to carry your own water bottles. Coming before 10 AM is a good way to avoid the heat and crowd.