The Birthplace Of Sambhaji Raje
The start of the day was very good. Early in the morning at around 5am, we visited the Lord Vishweshwar temple near Pune which is a replica of the famous Tirupati Balaji
We still hadn’t met our group. To my surprise, halfway up the climb towards dilli darwaza, we saw them climbing up from the village route. Okay, we are no more behind, I thought. It’s a nice feeling to be in the lead, after all. The climb up to dilli darwaza was a nice one. There was a small temple of a goddess and Lord Hanuman just before dilli darwaza. Perhaps dilli darwaza derives the name from the fact that it is the northern entrance to the fort. The group dispersed as we reached dilli darwaza. On the left i.e. to the east we could see the fort of Vajragad and the summit was on our right hand side i.e. to the west.
The final route was exposed without any shelter. The upper plateau was grassy and adorned by many colourful flowers. The walk was easy. There were several water tanks on this path. The final climb consisted of a rock staircase with walls on both the sides. It takes about 30-40 minutes from the dilli darwaza to reach the top. I was the last one to reach the top. The group had positioned itself in the shade of the temple. Some were already taking a comfortable nap in the shade.
It was 11am approximately. The top provided an excellent view of the surroundings and I immediately indulged in my hobby – photography, but not before visiting the temple and ringing the ghant (bell). It was peaceful inside the temple. The group spent an enjoyable time at the top. After a brief halt of 30-40 minutes, the group started descending. I stayed at the top with Vicky. We had some food and fruits. Then there was this white dog, to whom I fed some theplas and he gulped down 4-5 of them quickly. We started descending soon after emptying the tiffin.