Torna Fort or Prachandagad is a large fort located in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is historically significant because it is the first fort captured by Shivaji in 1643, forming the nucleus of the Maratha Empire. The hill has an elevation of 1403 mts. above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in Pune district. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort).
This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shaiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. A Menghai Devi temple, also referred to as the Toranjai temple, is situated near the entrance of the fort. Shivaji renamed the Fort as Torna and constructed several monuments and towers within it.
A beautiful trek in evergreen forest in Velha region Region
Spectacular views of different peaks in Sahyadris
Variety of flora and fauna
Unlimited Monsoon Fun
0615 hrs : Report at Foliage Office.
0630 hrs : Proceed to Torna by private bus. Travel time approx 2.5 hours. ( Packed Breakfast)
0900 hrs : Reach Torna followed by instructions for the trek and time to get ready for the trek
0930 hrs : Start the trek to the fort. Climb time approx 3 hrs.
1230 hrs : Reach top of the fort.
1300 hrs : Have Pack lunch.
1400 hrs : Explore the fort get to know the history.
1500 hrs : Start descending the fort, back towards the base village.
1700 hrs : Reach base village. Have tea.
1730 hrs : Start journey back to Pune.
1930 hrs : Back to Pune.
Best time to Visit: Late Monsoon and Winter