MTDC to open newly refurbished resort on Sinhagad fort next month
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has decided to reopen its renewed and refurbished resort on Sinhagad Fort in a month. This resort has been closed up for a few years due to its dilapidated condition but finally, the MTDC decided to start renovations in December.
After 2.5 years, work resumed on this 25-bed facility on 23 December. It is set to finish by February and then it will be opened for the public, according to Deepak Harane, regional manager of MTDC, Pune.
When prompted, he said, “We had given the resort to a private company but have now taken it back. Due to the lockdown, the fort was closed and hence we couldn’t work on site. Since December 23, work has resumed and we have increased the pace of work. We should open it to the public by next month.”
This is good news for trekkers, Sinhagad is a hill fortress built atop the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains, about 1,312 meters above sea level. It is located at a distance of 35 km from Pune city and was a hot-spot for tourists.
“There is a museum there besides an open amphitheater area. The tourists can use these facilities too. Sinhagad Fort is a very popular tourist spot and we are hoping to start more activities at the centre soon, ” said Harane.
As for reopening amidst the pandemic, Harne said, “We are going to tie up with various cultural and adventure groups who can perform at the resort centres. We are planning to give special discounts to people who visit destinations for pre-wedding shoots, corporate meetings and work from nature. All the precautions related to COVID-19 will be taken.”
The resort has five private rooms and two dormitories with a capacity of eight persons each. Apart from the refurbishing, the corporation will also be starting a small restaurant on site.