Drive to Purandar Fort in the rains
Purandar fort is one of the closest forts to Pune. It is currently an army training facility and entry to it is a bit limited (in terms of time/route). The purandar hill can be divided into two sections. The middle section is where the army base is and the top section is where the remnants of the fort are. You can trek up or drive to the middle section (an interesting, easy trek of 45 mins). From the middle, it is another 25 min trek to the top through a series of zig-zags or a shortcut through a waterfall.
We reached Purandar late in the day around 4.45 pm after a day long road trip around Panwadi Ghat. We actually drove up to Purandar for chai and bhel 🙂 The road reaches up to an entry gate where you have show id-proof and then take your vehicle inside. It was raining a bit and full of mist, the place was ethereal.
We walked around near the church, had bhel and chai and by that time, the armymen came around asking all to leave the place – closing time is around 5.30 pm. The kids enjoyed the chillness and the mist!