Rajgad & Torna, two historically very important forts are located close to each other. These two forts are connected by a 13km mountain ridge and walking from Rajgad to Torna Fort is really an adventure in itself.
This is a one-day trek that only experienced trekkers can do. The trail of the trek is mostly green with some easy rocky patches. The entire experience is a treat to any adventure and nature lover who wishes to explore the lush green mountains while witnessing local heritage.
Torna fort was the first fort won and controlled and Rajgad Fort is the first constructed fort by Shivaji Maharaj. A Rajgad was also the first capital of the Maratha dynasty. The top of the Rajgad and Torna Fort offers exceptional views of the Sahyadri Mountains.
RAJGAD FORT – 4,517 FT.
The first capital of Shivaji Maharaj for 25 years, it has a long association with Maratha history. It lies about 40 km southwest of Pune. Rajgad is famous for its structure. Rajgad has 8km surrounding curtain walls with three wings inside. To the north is Padmavati Machi, to the east is Suvela Machi, & to the south-west is Sanjivanee Machi. It has a central top known as “Balekilla”.
TORNA FORT – 4,604 FT.
Standing 6km west of Rajgad Fort, this high fort is 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.
Torna is an ancient fort and many caves are located in the nearby hills. In 1646, Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from its Bijapuri general. He repaired it and named it Prachandgad. There are temples of goddess Menghai and Toranjai on the main fort.
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
We arrive at the base of the Rajgad Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
02:30 – 05:00
Now we start the trek to Rajgad fort. We need to ascend approximately 2,150 ft.
It takes two and a half hours to reach the Padmavati temple of Rajgad fort from the base.
05:00 – 6:30
You can rest in the Padmavati temple till sunrise.
Have breakfast and tea.
07:00 – 12:00
Start the trek to Torna Fort. From Rajgad to Torna fort one has to walk along the ridge of a mountain. After climbing the iron ladder near Budhala Machi of Torna fort, we reach the top of Torna fort. We are going to relax here for a while.
It takes about 5-6 hours to reach Torna fort.
12:30 – 14:30
Explore the Torna fort.
Enter the fort through Konkan Darwaja and visit the temples of Menghai and Toranjai Devi. We can see the view of the Zunjar Machi from the Bhel Buruj.
14:30 – 16:30
Now we start descending the Torna fort via Kothi Darwaja. It takes about two hours to reach the base village.
Reach Velhe village & refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😀
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 2150 / 2150
• Walk (approx.): 10 hrs., 20+ km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, 1 Meal after the Trek