Monday, 20 June 2016

A Short Drive to Purandar Fort (Once Again)

Recently I had been to Purandar Fort (yes, for the fourth time) just to de-stress. 

This fort was one of my favorite destinations over weekends because of its close proximity to the city and the nature alike – which is really a rare occurrence. I just really love the way the roads wound up to the top through the trees and quaint nature.

I had already been to this area thrice before, I would not go into the details of the journey, once again. The previous logs are found at the links below:

This time, we noticed quite a few changes around the fort:
  • The infrastructure of the whole area was maintained quite well as it is nowadays mostly being used as a training academy of the army.
  • Security was really really tight. Everywhere there were guards with arms to guide the tourists and threaten the miscreants.
  • Camera was not allowed to the top anymore. You have to submit your phones or cameras to the security personnel.
  • The roads were being cleaned, renovated and widened. 
  • There were well designated parking areas.
  • Thorough checking at the entry gate.
I have tried to add some narratives for each one of these pictures below, though there are not many photographs this time.

The Ruins of the Past

Remnants of the early Army settlements on Purandar Fort (in the year 1665, the famous Purandar Treaty was signed here between Chhatrapati Shivaji and Rajput ruler Jai Singh I, a commender of the Mughal Empire).

See the scriptures on the wall at the left. Sad to see that our lack of awareness and callous attitude are slowly destroying our own heritage and culture.

The Deserted

The entrance of the early settlements in Purandar Fort. Not maintained at all.

The Church

When the Britishers took over the charges of this fort, they built a few churches inside the premises of the fort-city.

The View

A cliched view from the top. How beautiful our country is! The urban beauty is in full display.

That's all folks!!


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