ATTRACTIONS AROUND THE SITE
A multi-day camping experience will allow you to explore the camping area as well as make day trips to many historical places in the vicinity.
Baneshwar Shiv Temple
It is a historical temple with a shiv-ling inside. The temple was built 400 years back. The temple was renovated by the Peshwa maharaja who is said to be the cheif of Shivaji kingdom...
The Shiv-ling is divided into two parts. There is a single main shiv-ling which sits on the top of other shiv-ling that are immersed inside the water. When you remove the top shiv-ling, 1 feet below it, you can touch other shiv-ling. The submerged shiv-ling are not accessible to all the time but a request to the preist could do the needful.
Balaji Temple, Ketkawale
Lord Venkateswara's temple is located in Ketkawale,Pune. It is a magnificent replica of the world famous Tirupati Balaji Temple. The idol, the wood work, the Sanctum Sanctorum, priests and even the laddoo makers, seem to be paying obeisance to the original abode of the Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala.
The temple was constructed by the V H Group at a cost of INR 27 Crores.
Katraj Snake Park, Pune
Katraj Snake Park in Pune is a famous conservation park boasting a vast collection of snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. Later, it became part of the Rajiv Gandhi Udyan in 1999.
There are over 160 species of snakes of various shapes and sizes. The prized collection is a 6 years old, nine feet long King Cobra.
A zoo has just been added to the park, making it a popular tourist destination, particularly for children. This snake park is well-known for its pro-wildlife activities.
Purandar fort figures repeatedly in the history related to the rising of Shivaji Maharaj against the Bijapur kingdom and the Mughals. Purandhar fort stands 4,472 ft. above the sea (1,387 m) in the Western Ghats at about 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.
The village Purandar takes its name from this fort. Purandar fort is also known for birthplace of Sambhaji raje Bhosle (son of Chhatrapati Shivajiraje Bhosale)
Sinhagad, Sinhgarh, or Sinhgad is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune, India. Previously called Kondhana, the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the battle of Sinhagad in 1670. It was also strategically located at the centre of a string of other forts such as Rajgad, Purandar and Torna.
Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, it is situated on a hill rising 1312 metres above sea level. Given natural protection by its very steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places, it has two gates - the Kalyan Darwaza in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.
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, at the age of 16 forming the nucleus of the Maratha empire.
The hill has an elevation of 1,403 metres (4,603 ft) above sea level, making it the highest hill-fort in the district. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort)
During Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's reign, Narveer Tanaji Malusare laid down his life during the battle of Kondana fort which was later named as Sinhagad. His cremation and final rituals were to be done at his native place called Umrathe near Poladpur in Raigad district. After his death, he was taken to his native place through this beautiful ghat section full of waterfalls and lush green surroundings, hence this place was named as Madhe Ghat.
Madhe Ghat has become the most sought after destionation amongst the trekeers, especially during Monsoon due to the waterfalls and treks of varied difficulty levels.