Sinhagad, Sinhgarh, or Sinhgad (The Lion's Fort, Sinha = Lion, Gad = Fort), is a fortress located roughly 30 kilometres southwest of the city of Pune, in Maharashtra, India. Previously called Kondhana, the fort has been the site of many important battles, most notably the battle of Sinhagad in 1670. It was also strategically located at the centre of a string of other forts such as Rajgad, Purandar and Torna.
Perched on an isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, it rises 1312 metres above sea level. Given natural protection by its very steep slopes, the walls and bastions were constructed at only key places; it has two gates – the Kalyan Darwaza (gate) in the south-east and the Pune Darwaza in the north-east.
This fort has had quite a long history. It was called 'Kondana' after the sage Kaundinya. The Kaundinyeshwar temple, the caves and the carvings indicate that this fort had probably been built two thousand years ago. It was captured from the Koli tribal chieftain, Nag Naik, by Muhammad bin Tughlaq, the Turkic Sultan of Delhi, in 1328 AD. Witness to many bloody battles, the fort changed hands between the Adil Shahi rulers of Bijapur, the Mughals and the Marathas. It was conquered by the last of the great Mughal emperors, Aurangzeb, in 1703 and recaptured by the Marathas in 1706, who retained its possession till 1818 when the British conquered it after a three month long battle. One of the most famous battles for Sinhgad was fought in March 1670 by Tanaji Malusare, a general of the Maratha emperor Shivaji, against the Mughals. Tanaji lost his life in the fierce battle when his brother Suryaji took over and captured Sinhagad.
The view is from the Kalyan Darwaja with the narrow pathway leading to one of the ruind bastions, of which, I have posted a closer view as Workshop.
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snunney (78789) 2014-05-19 2:27
I like the point of view and the view through the archway of this imposing fortress. The visitors bring the scene to live and offer a good sense of scale. The image is well lit and has very good colours and clarity. Excellent rendering of the textural detail in the massive walls.
Nicou (115336) 2014-05-19 2:32
Avec ces personnages en premier plan le cadrage avec l'arche de la pierre quelle iamge quelle forteresse superbe iamge ces escaliers quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
williewhistler (12112) 2014-05-19 4:22
it was a nice idea to use the massive archway as a frame it gives the image an extra depth and creates interest,the view beyond appears to be both barren and spectacular,a fine travel photograph.
serp2000 (37517) 2014-05-19 4:44
Good illustration of your interesting note. This view reminds me my trip to the Great Wall. Excellent combination of the original composition and attractive colors.
Sergiom (53793) 2014-05-19 5:13
J'aime beaucoup lorsque le regard passe sous une arche pour aller plus loin dans l'image, surtout lorsque la lumière est aussi belle au loin.
pajaran (47848) 2014-05-19 5:20
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o staroj tvrdjavi sa istorijom i opisom, lep pogled na kapiju ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the old fortress with a history and description, a nice view of the gate ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful architecture shown.
Nice afternoon and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
Fis2 (81530) 2014-05-19 8:54
Excellent POV and composition.
Good colors and sharpness.
Cricri (100367) 2014-05-19 10:08
Tout bon cadrage de l'arche, les personnes sur le chemin menant vers l'entrée du fort, la lumière est belles tout comme les couleurs, j'aime la vue aussi sur le paysage, très belle présentation
Silvio1953 (115145) 2014-05-19 12:08
Ciao Satya, great view of fantasyic place, lovely composition well framed by arch, splendid colors and wonderful light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (20105) 2014-05-19 13:03
A place reaped in history, and your note tells an interesting tale of what this place has seen through the centuries. I love the off centre composition, an the view beyond is just superb, giving the fort a sense of being in a very powerful and dominant place. I am really enjoying learning about the world through your posts!
Many thanks as always
nikkitta (12788) 2014-05-19 13:38
Like the natural old frame with the landscape view at the other side, good WS to add more idea about the way to clim to the top of the fort
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-20 0:42
This is the first time I am visiting your page and am charmed by what I see. Beautiful high POV and the use of the arch for a peek of the wide world outside.
Have a great day!
ourania (25532) 2014-05-20 11:43
the crop is a bit too close but I suppose that you wished to eliminate all distractions and make the effect of the arch as graphic as possible. You surely succeeded in that, the lovely shape, the strong shadows and the marvelous contrast of the background have created a very attractive effect. However, there's much interest beyond this graphical impression as well. The sense of depth continues ad infinitum, the path, the bastion and its entrance captivate our interest, the vast landscape looks so mysterious too. Very fine rendering of colours and textures. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
abmdsudi (38862) 2014-05-21 7:25
I like the bold composition of this historic site and well seen angle thru the arch to get the background view, and the saturated colours work well for this too. Great shot and interesting subject I would think the only thing to defend against up there would be the elements, that makes a good look out point tho
Fine shot, Congrats
mirosu (12288) 2014-05-21 20:11
Excellent view from the fort nicely framed by the fort gate. The view to the mountains in BG is excellent, the light very good. The people add nice life to the scene. It would be nice if you can extend the top and the bottom of the picture; this would show more from the gate top part and the access walkway to the fort.
Graal (95079) 2014-05-22 9:41
interesting place and presentation. Amazing old fort. Good photo and informations. I like it.
Have a nice evening.
Didi (54667) 2014-05-23 2:44
Interesting view on these old stones
Perhaps it was better to have a wider position
To include the high part of the gate
fritzi007 (2441) 2014-05-27 12:26
really a great photo, very good photo quality and information, congratulations!
elenimavrandoni (14197) 2014-05-28 20:20
Satya, I find your note very interesting and your picture very beautiful taken with this panoramic point of view, the people walking towards the top are a great addition to your composition!