Trip to Purandar fort – A Must visit place near Pune

Purandar Fort
Purandar Fort is known as the birthplace of Sambhaji, the son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The fort of Purandhar stands at 4,472 ft (1,387 m) above the sea level in the Western Ghats, 50 km to the southeast of Pune.
The twin forts of Purandar and Vajragad (or Rudramal) of which the latter is the smaller of the two, is located on the eastern side of the main fort.
The village of Purandar takes its name from this fort.

Distance from Pune:
Distance from Hadapsar via Diva Ghat: 40 KM
Distance from Katraj via Bopdev Ghat: 40KM
Best time:
July -october

Time Needed:
0.5 day Half trek
1 day Full trek

How to reach Purander fort?
Reach saswad. From saswad just before the Narayanpur temple there is left turn for Purnadar fort.


Pune Hadapsar Purandar


Pune Katraj Purander

Details at fort:
We started our joureny from Hadapsar around 9:15 AM and reached saswad via Deve ghat around 10 PM.
Few of my friends from Katraj were also joing us at Saswad so we had to wait. They came around 10: 30 PM

From saswad we reached base of the fort in another 20 mins. Just before the Narayanpur temple there is left turn for Purnadar fort.
We enquired for trekking and they said it is difficult to trek from base as we went with family and small childrens. They suggested to take vehicle up the fort and park it there.
Just like singhagad fort, road is constructed to reach the top of the fort. That raod is constructed and maintained by Army and therefore is in very good condition.
Fort is under Army territory and enterance is based on ID proofs. They register each and every visiter.

From enterance gate, it is around 1 KM or so to the parking. There is only 1 hotel present at the top and you willget snacks at decent price.
From there it’s 1 hour journey with kids.

Places to see Purandar fort:
Murarbaji Deshpande stattue
Old Church
Small water tanks/old new
Beautiful view
Cloudy wheather.

Places near by
Narayangaon Dattamandir
Balaji temple Ketkavla

Few pics