Trek to Torna - Nature Knights Travel Diaries

Adventure trek to Torna Fort – Feb. 16-17 2008, (Starting 15th night – Ex.Mumbai)


Tentative Schedule (that was planned):

Ex-Mumbai – Starting on Feb 15, 2008 (Friday night) after dinner.

Borivali (9 pm)
Andheri (9:30 pm)
Chembur (10:30 pm)

Ex-Pune (Swarget – ST Bus Depot) – Starting on 16th early morning 5:30 am.

We will be starting back from Welhe on Feb 17, 2008 at around 3 pm.

Pune to Mumbai (We target to catch Volvo of around 7 pm).

I was always fascinated by our history, especially reading about Shri Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the adventures of Marathas; their Guerilla strategy for warfare and the amazing mountain forts of Maharashtra; almost 400 of them. I don’t know any other place in the world where you will find so many forts concentrated in a geographical area of similar size.

A trek to these forts takes you on a Time Travel Adventure; a weekend trek to one of these forts may be worth 100-man days of reading an interesting history topic. Let’s open our mind and let the imagination run free; let your thoughts travel faster than light; let your eyes pick up the pieces of historic fossils and watch amazing frames of history and culture with every twist of kaleidoscope in your mind.

A wise man once said picture is worth a thousand words and a wiser man says a real-life experience is worth thousands of pictures. It’s not surprising all wise men agree the slogan “travel makes one wiser”.

So, ladies and gentlemen; boys and girls of Nature Knights are on its way on another adventure trek. A time travel adventure to the first chapter of “Lords of the Guerilla Warfare”. The chapter was written at Torna fort.

Without revealing too much detail; here are a few things you can check out Torna. This was the first fort conquered by Shivaji Maharaj after he vowed for swaraj at Raireshwar. Torna lies around 65 kms from Pune. Torna gives a very beautiful view of some of the big and important forts like Sinhagad, Rajgad, and Raigad. It has certain interesting Darwaja’s the Konkan Darwaja; The Machis Budla Machi and the Zunjar Machi and number of interesting temples; not to forget the amazing landscapes all around the fort and most important there is plenty of history to experience; let’s see if any of us can share the same over the camp fire besides the melodious and not so melodious songs.


There is the option of living in a temple provided we get the bookings if not; then do not worry as we will be carrying portable tents with us.

How to reach there from Ex-Pune:

From Pune you have to board the State Transport bus from Swarget to the destination of Velhe village. It takes around two hours of Yes Tee (ST) Bus travel from Swarget (via Katraj Ghat ) to reach the base village (Velhe) of Torna Fort. Around 30 minutes of formalities at base village; take another two- and half-hour trekking time to reach the top of the fort.

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