Purandar fort (or Purandhar fort) stands 4,472 ft. above the sea (1,387 m) in the Western Ghats, 20 miles southeast of Pune. It actually consists of two forts – Purandar and Vajragad (or Rudramal). The latter is the smaller of the two and is on the eastern side of the main fort.
Location: Purandar is about 40kms south-east of Pune and some 10kms south-west of Sasawad.
Tourism: Purandar fort now holds National Cadet Corps Academy. You can see Kedareshwar mandir (temple), Sawai Madharao Peshwe Madir (temple), Purandareshwar mandir, Statue of Murarbaji Deshpande and Sar darwaja (door) here. It is also favorite destination for paragliders and trekkers.
Purandar Fort Facts:
- Also called Purandhar fort.
- Bahmani king, Hasan Gangu fortified Purandhar in 1350.
- In 1646 16-year-old Shivaji won this fort.
- In 1665 Purandar fort along with Vajragad, Sinhgad and 22 other forts came under the Aurangzeb’s control (the first Treaty of Purandar).
- Shivaji recaptured Purandar five years later in 1670.
- Shivaji’s eldest son Sambhaji was born at Purandar fort.
- Purandhar fort has a National Cadet Corps Academy.
- It is a favorite destination for trekkers.
Purandarcha Taha (List of 23 Forts)
- Khirdurg (Sagargad)
How to reach Purandar Fort:
1. From Mumbai: Kalyan to Pune (road/rail, ~ 150 km)- Narayanpur (road, ~ 40 km).
2. From Pune: Narayanpur (road, ~ 40 km).
About 3 1/2 hrs from base village (About 45 minutes from Purandeshwar mandir)
Best Time to visit: November to February