April 12, 2010

Pune – A Day with History

Saturday morning; we headed to Sinhagad “Lion’s Fort” (Formerly known as Kondhana) about 25 Km from Pune.
This place had great importance in history. Battle of Sinhagad was fought by Tanaji Malusare the General of Shivaji in 1670. Climbed the steep cliff with the help of Monitor Lizard (Ghorpad in Marathi). Tanaji fought the fierce battle like a lion and lost his life. His brother then took over and captured the Kodhana fort. Later renamed as Sinhagad in the honor of Tanaji’s death. Now this place is only remain in the form of ruins.

This is a must visit place in Pune to get the great view from top and try some delicious Maharashtrian food like Zhunka Bhakari, Curd in earthen pots, buttermilk, onion bhaji, also don’t forget to try “Tutu” the local fruit looks like Blueberries/blackberries.

In the evening we went to see the Sound and Light Show at Shaniwarwada. This place also has great History. Shaniwarwada was built by Peshwa Baji Rao I in 1736. It was the throne of Peshwa rulers from 1736 ~ 1818. Later surrendered to British. In 1928; it was destroyed by fire.
Light and sound show reveals the History since the time of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to the Peshwa Baji Rao II.

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