After we had an enchanting experience at Lohagad Fort a few weeks back, we hoped to find a great adventure in our next trip. Trekking has become our addiction recently. We couldn’t wait for the weekend to come, so we could drive to new destination, then walk and conquer the altitude. Our next stop was Purandar fort, where it is said to be one of the most beautiful forts in Pune.
Purandar Fort or Punrandhar Fort is 4,472 feet above the sea level on the southeast of Pune. There is also a smaller fort on the opposite hill nearby called Vajragad Fort, which we didn’t make it and might try again in September.
First of all, how to get there…
We left home at 7.00 am, but advisably, you should leave as earliest to avoid traffic.
Purandar Fort located about 40 km away from Pune. From the city we headed to Magarapatta and straight to Hadapsar. At Hadapsar we went below the flyover and crossed the road beside the bus stand to Sasward Road. From Sasward, we took a right toward Narayanpur. The road so far were smooth with beautiful views along the ride.
Now, we kept driving until we reached a small junction toward Purandar Fort just opposite to HP petrol pump. You might notice a board written in local luggage with a picture of Shivji on the side.
We took a left and just kept driving. Tall hills and serene scenery quickly emerged out of nowhere. The road were really quiet and peaceful.
At the Purandar Fort base village, we found a big Banyan Tree Junction. There, you can either trek straight up or go by road taking the right at the Banyan Tree. We took a road and drove up.
The road is very good and enjoyable. However, when we reached the entrance of the fort which is a military camp, it was muddy and difficult (it was raining when we went up). Then, we drove straight to the parking facility. The parking is free, but you need to make an entry with your name and vehicle number.
Return trip, you can go back the same way or do like we did, exploring the new route…
We took the Naryanpur – Khed Road and joined Bangalore highway at 10 km south of Khed Shivapur town. Then, we took the highway till Chandhini Chowk -NDA Road to go to Aundh. This was an easy, fast ride, but a toll fee is of Rs 70 at Khed toll booth.
I hate to bore you with history (plus I don’t know how to sum everything down to few paragraphs), but Purandar fort had an amazing run tracing back as early as 11th century. If you are interested, please refer to my nowadays knowledge bank, Wikipedia.
When we reached the lower part of the fort, it was raining slightly, and the whole mountain and surrounding hills were covered with fog.
This lower part of the fort is the first layer of the fort. There are several infrastructures spread throughout the area.
While most structures were ruin, an abandoned church stood tall, facing the cliff. It is in great condition.
To see everything at first level itself would take you about an hour or two by walk. Do so because you wouldn’t want to miss anything.
When we started trekking up to the top, the air was fresh and moist, green grass covered both sides of the track and the trees were green with cold dews dangling everywhere.
Purandar Fort trail had a flourishing natural beauty. The limitless greenery and fainted views behind the mist were mesmerizing.
The trail was not easy. It was narrow and wriggling with muddy and slippery patches shuffling in between.
At some point of the trek, I don’t know what we were thinking, we started trying a dare-devil trick, climbing up the dangerous shortcut which was very steep and almost vertical and with Yaseen! It was a bad decision and one we won’t probably repeat again.
As we climbed up, the mist became dense and we barely see anything beyond 2 meters. It was cold and the rain kept showering down now and then.
There are ancient stone steps at some portions of the trail as well, but they were also very broken and severe.
Then we reached the magnificent gate on the top.
And it felt almost like we’re in the cloud, floating in the air.
Everything is pretty much ruin on the top, but you could certainly feel how glorious it once were.
Behind the mist, it looked ghostly and mystic.
Like other forts we have visited, Purandar Fort elevated the great Plateau above. There were ruins, ponds and green ground laid across the plain.
We walked and explored…
And then it’s time to get down. Trekking down was even more challenging when the rain started to shower down heavily. The paths soaked in the water, making it even more slippery. Yaseen didn’t want to walk anymore so Sadik had to carry him all the way down.
When we reached the base, Yaseen started to play around again. He loves nature, and as long as he’s not tired, he will jump on top of anything.
We spend about an hour at the lower base, just walking and enjoying the splendid nature.
We left in the afternoon, but there was nothing to differentiate time in Purandar Fort. It was always settle, cool, dim, and salubrious.
We’re definitely going to go back again to trek up its twin fort, Vajragad in September. I hope you enjoy looking through our trip and I hope you’re not bored yet because I still had one more trekking trip to share. The next one will be gruesome and very adventurous. It was also our last trekking trip of this mouth as we’re preparing for the fasting month of Ramadan. I’ll tell you all about it in the coming post.