Torna Fort – Moonlight Trek

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Day-Night Trek
Availability : 18 Apr 2021
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 25

Highlights

Features about the trip
  • First Fort Built by Chh. Shivaji Maharaj
  • Highest Fort in Pune Region
  • Ascend via “Budhala Machi”Descend at Velhe
  • Explore the Iconic Structure on Fort
  • Best Night Trek in Region
  • Trek Open for All
Dist. Pune

Velhe

Base Village

Velhe

Altitude (ft.)

4,604

Walking Duration

08 Hrs

Grade

Moderate

55%

Information

About place

Torna Fort is the highest hill-fort in the Pune District. Situated at an altitude of 4,603 ft. from the sea level, it stands out among other forts in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Standing 8km west of Rajgad Fort, this high fort another citadel of history. It commands excellent views and is easy to climb. Its two wings are called “Zunjar Machi” to the east and “Budhala Machi” to the south.

There are temples of goddess Menghai and Toranjai on the main fort. Also, there are perennial water tanks on the main fort and Budhala Machi.

The view from the fort is spectacular. You can see many prominent forts like Raigad, Lingana, Rajgad, Purandar, Sinhgad, Raireshwar, Pratapgad and Madhu-Makrandgad forts.

History of Torna Fort

Torna fort was the first fort captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1646 when he was 16 years old. He repaired it and named it “Prachandgad”. Because of the massive size of the fort, it is also called “Prachandgad”. This name is derived from Marathi which means “Prachand” – massive and “Gad” – a fort.

This is where the core of the Maratha Empire was built. It has a great history as it has gone under many rulers.

It was used to store the plunder that was gathered during raids in the surrounding areas. In 1658, Shivaji Maharaj completed the building of the Rajgad fort and made it his capital. Torna changed hands between Moguls and Marathas a few times till the British took it over.

Itinerary

Trip schedule

Day 0Night Travelling

SG-Trekkers representatives will be met at your pick-up point. Once we have done with all our pick-up points we will proceed to our trekking base/starting point.
(3 hrs. Journey)

Day 1Torna Fort - Night Trek

We will reach our base/starting point. A pre-trek briefing will be given to all participants & commence trek to “Torna Fort”. We are ascending the fort via “Konkan Darwaja”. It took approx. 4 hrs. to reach the top of the fort.

We visit & explore the various parts of forts & other remnants. Also, we enjoy the views of the surrounding from the top of the Torna Fort. Later we start descending the fort via the regular route to Velhe village.

Our trip concludes with very hot & delicious local food. After having a meal we will travel to Pune with happy memories & non-biodegradable waste.

Reach Pune and it’s time now to say goodbye to our travel companions.
Let’s stay in touch with each other through Phone, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and meet again on yet another memorable trip.

See you all!
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Meals
Meal after the trek

Budhala Machi

Budhala Machi on the Torna fort has a unique structure. Budhala in Marathi means vessel. And the shape of the Machi is similar to an oil container kept upside down. Hence the name.

It is believed that one of the reasons to call this fort as Prachandgad is the massive structure of this Budhala Machi.

Travel

Ex. Pune

Departure

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 - 22:00 hrs.
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Swargate > Katraj > Velhe (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Swargate
22:59 – Katraj

Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.

Arrival

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 - 20:00 hrs.
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05We may come before/after 1 hr. due to traffic situations.

Inclusions

What's included
  • Private Transport – From/to PuneNon-AC Bus, Toll-Parking, Transport Permit, etc.
  • Meal after the TrekVeg. only
  • Safety Gears & Technical SupportWith UIAA Certified Equipment
  • First Aid KitWell & Needful Stocked Medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusions

What's not included
  • BreakfastCarry for yourselves
  • Anything Specifically Not Mentioned in the 'Inclusions' List& Personal expenses

Trip Essentials

Things to carry list
  • Identity CardPhoto & Address Proof (e.g. Aadhar Card)
  • Backpack30-40 Ltr.
  • Trekking Shoes & Extra Socks PairShoes with good grip
  • Full Sleeves: T-Shirt & PantTo prevent from sunburn, pests, reptiles, etc.
  • Hat / Cap, Rain Jackets, WindcheaterCarry as per seasons
  • Extra Cloths, Slipper / SandalsTo use after the trek
  • BreakfastSufficient for you
  • Water 3 Ltr.Water Bottles or Hydration bag
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, Fresh Fruits, Energy Bars, Chocolates, etc.
  • Energy DrinksORS Powder, Limbu Sarbat, Etc.
  • Prescribed medicinesIf any
  • Torch / HeadlampExtra batteries
  • AccessoriesSunglasses, Trekking Pole, Camera etc.
  • Face-Mask, Hand-SanitizerTo protect your skin & maintain hygiene practice

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