Torna Is The Highest Fort In Pune Which Lies To The South West Of Pune. An Ideal Fort For Experienced Trekkers.
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Basic Info: Torna fort is located in Pune district and is the best fort in pune. The height of Torna from sea level is 1405 metres and offers spectacular views of Sahyadri Mountains. Once you reach the top theres a lot more to discover.
Routes: This highest fort in Pune district has VELHE as its base village. To reach Velhe first reach NASRAPUR by NH 4, this is approx 35 kms from Pune Station. Turn right at the Nasrapur Phata from the highway and travel westwards approx 30 kms to reach the village Velhe. At Velhe you can park your vehicles and start trekking.
One can also go for a 2 day trek which is via Rajgad fort. You will have to go to Rajgad first and then walk along the ridges of Sahyadri Mountains to reach Torna. This ain't a tough road but will take approximately 6 - 7 hours.
Difficulty Level and Other useful tips:
Difficulty level is Tough. It takes approximately 3 1/2 hours to reach to the top of Torna. And once you reach the top. there's lot more to be explored. Carry plenty of water with you as there is no source of good water on the fort.
Be extra careful while trekking during the rainy season, as the trek becomes extremely difficult during the rains.
Ideal Time for Torna Trek: You should really avoid going to Torna during the rainy season unless you are an expert trekker. Ideal time for torna trekking would be during the winter season.
Torna is a popular place for campers. Most people carry their own Tents and other camping equipment while going for camping. You can also stay in the Mengai temple which is on the fort. Please carry lot of insulating material with you if you are planning to go during the winters as it gets really cold during night time.
Check this link for places where you can buy tents and other trekking equipment in pune.
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