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Pune Forts and Palaces

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad or Sinhgad meaning Lion Fort, is a fort located near the city of Pune, India, situated on a hill rising 800 metres above the surrounding countryside. It is a popular weekend destination for many residents of Pune. The site also houses a memorial to Tanaji as well as the tomb of Rajaram, Shivaji's younger son, who also died here.Sinhagad at SunriseThe fort is also part of training at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, the cradle of military leadership in India. Cadets from all three wings, the army, navy and air force, are regularly sent on a hike (or more often a run) from NDA to Sinhagad in full battle gear to build endurance, stamina, determination, and team spirit. The Sinhagad hike is also handed out as a punishment to NDA cadets who step out of line occasionally. Graduated military Commissioned Officers later proudly tell stories of how many times they climbed Sinhagad.

Lohagad Fort

Lohagad ("The Iron fort") is one of the many hill forts of Chatrapati Shivaji. It is situated 52 km from Pune in western India.When Shivaji raided Surat all the wealth was brought to this fort under the supervision of Netaji Palkar. Shivaji used to keep a watch on Konkan and Bhor Ghat from these forts. It is a well maintained fort for amateur trekkers and is best visited during or just after monsoon or in winter.However people can also walk to the fort. There is wonderful view of Pawna dam from the top the fort.

Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada is a palace fort in the heart of Pune City, India. It was the seat of Peshwa rulers until 1818 when the Peshwas surrendered to British. In 1828 AD, an unexplained fire gutted the buildings in this palace complex. All that remains now, are their stone plinths and the perimeter fortification wall. One of the buildings in the Shaniwarwada complex was seven storeyed. It is said that the spire of the Sant Dnyaneshwar temple at Alandi, 17 km north-northeast could be viewed from the uppermost terrace of this grand seven-storeyed building.Among the important buildings in the palace were the Thorlya rayancha diwankhana (the court reception hall of the eldest royal, Bajirao the first), Naachacha diwankhana (Dance Hall), Ganesh Rang Mahal (Hall of justice) and Juna Arse Mahal (Old Mirror Hall).

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