The Birthplace Of Chatrapathi Shivaji – Shivneri Fort
Shivneri Fort is a hill fort located at the northern side of Pune, with Junnar as its base. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire. The fort was built by Shahaji Raje, Shivaji’s father, to secure his son and wife Jijamata, against the invaders and natural calamities.
The fort is a delight for trekkers, it can be reached by two routes, one is a properly laid out road which takes you up the hill in the southern direction.
The next path is most preferred by trekkers, which is climbing up the hill using the stair way comprising of about 400 steps, after which one has to ascend the steps of Rajmarg and pass through the seven magnificent gates.
Mid-way there are rock-cut caves, some of which are difficult to access. Further ascent is in the form of narrow cut steps, many of which are in a disintegrated state, and as far as the time taken to reach the summit, it is about an hour both ways.
The shape of the fort is like an arrow which points North. The fort has succumbed to ravages brought on by time and weather.
Best Time To Visit
August to February is the best time to visit the fort. The lush greenery and the pleasant environment adds on to your experience.
Shivneri fort is located at a distance of about 95 kms from Pune and 155 kms from Mumbai.