The beautiful forts in Pune make the city one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in India. Located just a few miles away from the main city, the forts in Pune are mostly situated at the top of the Sahyadri Mountain. It not only gives you a breathtaking view of the range but the old yet sturdy forts transport you to the Maharaja Era. Here's a complete list of forts you must visit on your trip to Pune.
Fort Karnala near Pune
Fort Karnala is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra and is about 125 km away from Pune. Karnala is a hill fort and has been converted to Karnala Bird Sanctuary by Indian government. The Fort is approximately 1,500 feet above sea-level and is a favourite spot for trekkers.
Ticket charges – Rs 50 per adult and Rs 20 per child.
How to reach Fort Karnala near Pune
The best way to travel to Karnala is by road from Pune. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Karnala.
There are no direct trains to Karnala. The trains halt at Panvel which is 10 km away from Karnala Fort. From Panvel one can hire a cab to reach to the Karnala Fort. Pune-Manmad Express departs from Pune Junction at 11.45 am and reaches Panvel at 2.15 pm. It runs every day. Pune Ers Super Express departs from Pune Junction at 6.45 pm and reaches Panvel at 9.20 pm.
There are no direct flights to Panvel. The nearest airport to the Fort is in Gwalior.
Fort Korigad near Pune
Fort Korigad is a hill fort and is situated 20 km away from Lonavala in Pune district. The Fort is 3,050 feet above sea-level and is considered as an ideal location for novice trekkers. The major attractions of Fort Korigad are its two caves and large ponds. Perfect time to visit Fort Korigad is during winter.
How to reach Fort Korigad
The best way to reach the Fort is by road. There are two routes, one through Ambavane village and another via Lonavala, Pune.
Shaniwar Wada in Pune
Located within Pune city, Shaniwar Wada is
a palace fort which was established in 1746 by the rulers of Peshawar. A
light and sound show in evenings is one of the main attractions of
Shaniwar Wada in Pune. Ticket rate for the show is Rs 25 per person.
Sinhagad Fort in Pune
Sinhagad Fort is situated at a distance of 25 km from Pune. The Fort, which means lion’s den, is historically significant. Several important battles have been fought in the Fort since 14th century.
How to reach Sinhagad Fort
If you want to enjoy a hassle-free journey, catch a PMPL bus number 50 from Shaniwar Wada, Pune. It will take you directly to Sinhagad Fort in Pune.
Pratapgarh Fort near Pune
Situated at the hill top of Bhorapya, Pratapgarh Fort in Pune was built by Shivaji during 17th century. One of the most interesting features of the Fort is its double-lined walls on all its sides. Pratapgarh Fort is 142 km away from Pune.
Shivneri Fort near Pune
This fort is one of the major attractions in Maharastra as Shivneri is the birthplace of legendary Maratha king Shivaji.
How to reach Shivneri Fort
There are several buses from Swargate and Shivaji Nagar in Pune to Junnar. The fort is 2 km from Junnar. You can either walk or take an auto to the Fort.
Raigad Fort near Pune
Raigad Fort is 50 km away from Pune and is a very important tourist spot around Pune city. This Fort is historically significant as Maratha warrior Shivaji established his capital kingdom on this Fort.
How to reach Raigad Fort
The best way to reach Raigad Fort is by road. Maharashtra State Transport buses are available in Pune that will directly take you to the Fort. The bus leaves at 5.30 am from the Mahad ST Bus Depot Pune.
Torna Fort in Pune
Torna Fort, also known as Prachandagad Fort in Pune, is the highest fort in Pune district. The fort is located 1,403 above sea-level.
How to reach Torna Fort
To get to the fort one has to first reach Velhe, the base village of Torna in Pune. From Velhe it takes around 3 hours on foot to reach the summit of the Fort. Buses are available from Swargate, Pune at 6.30 am.
Apart from these forts, there are other significant forts in the vicinity of Pune. Here's a list of other forts near Pune worth visiting:
Fort Visapur Pune Distance from Pune: 58 km
Fort Ajinkyatara District: Satara Distance from Pune: 115 km
Fort Lohagad District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 58 km
Fort Chavandnear Pune District: Junnar Distance from Pune: 107 km
Fort Hadsar District: Junnar Distance from Pune: 106 km
Fort Tikona District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 62 km
Fort VajragadPune District: Pune Distance from Pune: 40 km
Fort Purandar District: Pune Distance from Pune: 32 km
Fort Raireshwar District: Wai Distance from Pune: 82 km
Fort Sarasgadnear Pune District: Pali Distance from Pune: 110 km
Fort Vasota District: Satara Distance from Pune: 145 km
Fort Rajmachi District: Karjat Distance from Pune: 80 km
Fort Sudhagad District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 123 km
Fort Tung District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 62 km
Fort Anjaneri District: Trimbakeshwar Distance from Pune: 146 km
Fort Dhangad District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 50 km
Fort Dukes Nose District: Lonavala Distance from Pune: 70 km
Fort Harishchandragad District: Malsej Distance from Pune: 220 km
Fort Jivdhangad District: Malsej Distance from Pune: 110 km
Fort Kalsubai District: Igatpuri Distance from Pune: 228 km
Fort Malhargadin Pune District:Saswad Distance from Pune: 30 km
Fort Naneghat District: Malsej Distance from Pune: 150 km
Fort Peb District: Neral Distance from Pune: 150 km