Raigad Fort is a must see if you are staying in Pune. It’s a place that few foreigners visit.
You can hike up the 1500 steps, or you can take the gondola.
We hiked up and took the gondola down.
You will see many macaques along the highway during the drive.
In the temple at the top of the fort a man was chanting in the most beautiful voice, I sat for a long time listening to him. I think I could have listened to him all day.
While we were at the top, our friend/driver Vikram More arranged for us to have lunch in one of the resident’s homes. The home was a simple one room hut. We sat on the floor and ate wonderful food. It was one of my best India experiences.
Here’s the gondola we took down. I don’t know if it was ‘vertigo inducing’ as advertised, but it was fun. You can judge.