Located just 30 km from Pune is the amazing fortress of Sinhagad which literally translates to ‘The Lion’s fort’. The fort has witnessed several battles including the Battle of Sinhagad in 1671. Sinhagad lies in the midst of the Western Sahyadris on top of a cliff in the Bhuleswar range. It offers scenic views of the beautiful green Sahyadris and a sneak peek into the time of the Marathas. The fort has quite a history behind it. It was formerly known as Kondhana and fell under the reign of Mohammad bin Tughlaq in 1328 AD. But after Shivaji rebelled against the Adilshahi, he took control of the fort in 1647. He had to give it up to secure the release of his father Shahaji Bhosale, but recaptured it in 1656.
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The fort was attacked by the Mughals in 1662, 1663 and 1665. It remained under Maratha rule till the year 1689. It was only after the death Shivaji’s son Sambhaji that the Mughals were able to gain back control of the fort. However, the Marathas did regain its control on and off before finally, it was conquered by the British in 1818. With such a glorious past, Sinhagad remains one of the most historic places to visit in Maharashtra and a favorite among trekkers.
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