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The fort itself is at least 700 years old. It rose to great prominence during the reign of Shivaji. Being close to the important city of Pune, this fort was considered very important by both Marathas and Mughals. This fort has seen some of the most critical battles in Maratha history. Later, it was used as a POW camp during World War II.
Today, the fort is a popular outdoor recreation spot with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Popular spots to visit include the Dev Taaka (a fresh water tank, with refreshing cool water fed by an underground mountain spring), Tanaji samadhi, Rajaram samadhi, Kalyan Darwaaza and others.
The fort can be scaled from its many approaches. You can trek from Donaje up to the top. Donaje can be reached conveniently by bus from Pune, 25 km away. Another shorter and less steep climb is from Kalyan village past the Kalyan Darwaaza.
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