25 km from Pune in the South West direction lies the intimidating Bhuleshwar range. And, straddling the range, atop a steep precipice lies the majestic fort of 'Sinhagad'. Literally meaning 'the fort of the lion'. An important fort, it has an history that echoes with the bravery of Shivaji's able general, Tanaji Malusure. Legend has it in the dead of the night Tanaji with a band of hardy Mavalas scaled the 3000 ft high sheer precipice using ropes and more unusually trained giant lizards (Ghorpad). These giant liz- ards had ropes tied to their bodies which trailed down for the warriors to climb up. The Mughals were caught completely un- awares by the attack on the Western fr ont and were vanquished. Unfortunately, Tanaji lost his life in the ensuing battle. It was from this place that Shivaji made his celebrated attack on Shaistekan in Pune.