Monsoon Trek to Torna Fort

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Torna is an easy day trek in Sahyadris. It takes around 6 hours to complete the complete trek. To reach the base of the trek, I took the bus from Swargate (Pune-Velhe-Ghisar). Since it was raining the bus was fairly empty. It takes 2 hours to reach Velhe Village which is the base of the fort. Many People do Raigad-Torna as a two-day trek, I also planned for the same but I didn’t have my tent to pull a 2 days adventure.

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Public bus in Velhe Village

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Shepherd and his goats

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My Companion for the Trek

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Lush green beginnings

Unlike the previous journey to Lohagad fort, This time I had a poncho to protect myself from the intermittent drizzle. After reaching the village, I had my breakfast which included Tea and 3 Vadapav. The Vadapav was very fresh and tasty so I packed 2 Vadapav, to enjoy at the top. I draped my poncho and started the journey to the top. Torna is the highest peak in the Pune area. Captured by Shivaji at 16, due to the magnanimity of the hill it was named as Prachandgad. The path to Torna is fairly laid out and ascent is moderate. After 30 minutes of the climb and wet shoes, I reached the place where the village, the Gunjvane Dam and the Raigad peak all were visible in one view. The View was so breathtaking that, I took out my camera in the rain to capture, but the image won’t do justice to the feels.

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Gunjvane Dam in the Background

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Amazing Lush Green Feels

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Crossing the Waterfall

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Fresh blooming flowers and Waterfall in the background

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Saved the Vadapav for this location

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Moving into the clouds

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Moving Up

The initial portion of the trek was easy, from the ridge the climb ahead was a bit tougher due to the two rock patches which are quite slippery. It was a rough patch for people with short legs. In around 2 hours, I was at Bini Darwaza, the top. The visibility was not good. Anything beyond 3 meters was lost in the mist. I visited Shiva Temple, where a local was making tea. The Tea was not that good but it enriched the experience of rain, mist and hills.

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Konkan Darwaja

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Reaching the Fort enclosure

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Fellow Trekker at the Top

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Shivling outside the temple

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Temple at the top

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Scenic Gunjvane Dam

I tried to get the view from Zunjar machi, but nothing was visible from the top. After roaming around a bit, I started to descend down. The way down is very easy except that rough patch part. After reaching the Village, I again had a VadaPav and boarded the 5 am bus back to Pune.

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Multiple Waterfalls

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The Magic of the Monsoons

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The Hide and seek of the Clouds

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Raigad Fort in the background

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Descending downhill

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Walking Downhill

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Last few memories

Trip Cost Breakdown Per Person

S.No Activity Cost (In INR)
1. Train to/fro from Hyderabad 1900
2. Food(Mainly Vada Pav) + Bisleri 200
3. Bus to/fro Velhe 150
  Total 2250 INR

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