Rajmachi Trek and Traveling Guide to Rajmachi fort

Rajmachi trek aka Rajmachi fort trek, located near Lonavala, is one of the most famous forts treks in Maharashtra and popular among trekkers from Pune and Mumbai. The distance between Rajmachi fort and Pune is 75 Kms North West and Distance between Rajmachi fort and Mumbai is 20095 Kms towards South East.

Rajmachi fort trekking Guide:

There are two main trekking routes for the Rajmachi trek. You need no guides and permission for that. You just need the Google Map installed on your mobile device and you are ready to go for the trek. Here are the Rajmachi trekking routes:

Note: There are no public transport facilities to Rajmachi fort trek from either of the trekking route side.

Rajmachi trekking guide from Kondhane Side:

Just search on Google maps for “Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra 410201” and you will see a driving route on the Google Maps from your place until the point from where the trek starts. This trekking route should be preferred by the trekkers coming from Mumbai side.

Rajmachi fort trek distance from Kondhane side: around 3.5 Kms
Time to trek: Almost two hours

You can also download the Rajmachi trek route and use the GPS to trek to the Rajmachi fort.

  • You can find water bottle and snacks in the last village before starting the trek
  • You can also hire a guide if you want
  • Kondhane caves are also on the way to the Rajmachi fort from this side.
  • They also provide lunch and tents at the village
  • You can park your vehicle near the village.

Rajmachi fort trekking guide from Udhewadi Side:

Just search on Google maps for ‘Udhewadi, Maharashtra‘ and you will get a driving route to Udhewadi village. This route is preferred from the Pune side.
Be reminded that the road from Lonavala to Udhewadi is very bad and becomes worst during the rainy season. During the rainy season, even bikes find it hard to get driven upon. This stretch of 15 Km is purely a four by four offroad.

If you want to get a vehicle from the Lonavala, you can contact Della Adventures. They hire four by four to the base of the village but I am not sure about the charges.

Rajmachi fort trek distance from Udhewadi side: around 2.5 Kms
Time to trek: Around 45 minutes

  • Try to return before the sunset else you might get stuck
  • There also a taxi facility from Lonavala to Rajmachi/ Udhewadi village.
  • You can also park your vehicle near the village

Rajmachi trek camping information:

There are two big caves at the Rajmachi fort which can together accommodate around 60 people. You can take a local with you, locals take some money can carry firewood and prepare delicious dinner for the trekking group. On the other hand, if you want to stay at the base village then you can also do that. Locals will take some money and lend their front yard to you for a night.

Places to see around Rajmachi fort:

  • Shrivardhan Ballekilla
  • Bhairavnath temple
  • Manranjan Ballekilla
  • Kondane caves

Rajgad Fort Trek From Pune and Mumbai

Rajgad trek or Rajgad fort trek is one of the most famous forts treks in Maharashtra and popular among trekkers from Pune and Mumbai. The distance between Rajgad fort and Pune is 50 Kms South and Distance between Rajgad fort and Mumbai is 200 Kms towards South East.

Rajgad fort trekking Guide:

There are two main trekking routes for the Rajgad fort. You need no guides and permission for that. You just need the Google Map installed on your mobile device and you are ready to go for the trek. Here are the Rajgad trekking routes:

Best time to trek Rajgad fort: After monsoon

Rajgad trekking guide from Pali Side:

Just search on Google maps for “Raajmarg, Pali, Maharashtra 412213” and you will see a driving route on the Google Maps from your place.

Rajgad fort trek distance from Pali side: around 2.5 Kms
Time to trek: Almost an hour

  • ‘Raajmarg’ is the name of the road connecting ‘Dardige wadi village’ to the ‘Rajgad fort’
  • Pali is another village en route from Dardige wadi to Rajgad fort. Also, Pali village is the base village for the Rajgad fort trek where you can park your vehicle.
  • Once you park your vehicle, ‘Raajmarg’ or a straight route takes you to the Rajgad fort. This trek route is easier and takes you straight to the main door of the Rajgad fort.
  • You can also get water bottles and other eatables near the parking stand and in the village.
  • You can also hire a guide from Pali village

Rajgad fort trekking guide from Gunjavane Side:

Just search on Google maps for ‘Gunjavane, Maharashtra‘ and you will get a driving route to Gunjavane village.

Rajgad fort trek distance from Gunjavane side: around 5.5 Kms
Time to trek: Around 3 Hours

  • Gunjavane village is another base village for the Rajgad fort trek.
  • From Gunjavane, trek to the Rajgad fort is a ridge walk and on the way, you will see a lot of scenarios, valleys and plateaus
  • Fort is visible from Gunjavane village and you also get snacks and water bottles at the base village

Rajgad fort trek camping information:

The Padmavati temple on the fort can accommodate around 50 people. Water tanks, lake Padmavati, at the Rajgad fort provide freshwater all throughout the year.

  • Villagers sell firewood for rupees 50 to 100 at the fort.
  • Over the weekends, you can also get local snacks at the fort.

Places to see on Rajgad fort:

  • Balekilla (The highest point)
  • Janani Mandir
  • Padmavati temple
  • Padmavati lake
  • Padmavati Maachi
  • Main entrance gate from Pali side

Rajgad Fort to Torna fort trek:

You can also trek from Rajgad fort to Torna fort if you really want to have an adventure. Total trek distance is around 12 Kms and it will take an entire day to reach Torna fort.

So you can start in the morning from the Rajgad fort and stay overnight and pitch your camp at Torna fort.


Rajgad fort to Torna fort trek route

Raigad Fort: Ropeway, Resort, Trekking & Traveling Guide

Raigad fort trek and Raigad ropeway are the two important things trekker and travellers look out at Raigad fort. The distance between Raigad fort and Pune is 130 Kms towards South West and the distance between Raigad fort and Mumbai is  170 Km South. Raigad is one of the most famous fort treks in Maharashtra.

Raigad fort is a hill fort situated in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This fort was built by the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji and it was also his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a the Maratha Kingdom. The height of the Raigad for is around 2700 feet or 820 metres above sea level. It is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of Maharashtra.

Raigad fort travelling guide:

Just search on Google map for “Raigad fort” and it will give you a driving direction from Pune or Mumbai. Once you reach there, you can either go up and return by the Ropeway or you can go to the fort by the ropeway and return by the stairs. If you think, you are fit enough then you can also, take the stairs while going up and down.

There is also a parking facility at the base of the fort. Locals have converted their open fields into the parking places.

Raigad fort Ropeway:

The Raigad Ropeway traverses a total aerial distance of 760 metres climbing 420 metres vertically. Riagadropeway takes 4 minutes to reach to the top.

Raigad Ropeway comes with a package, The Ropeway package consists of

  • ‘To & Fro journey by the Ropeway’
  • A Visit to the Museum at the top where you can see artifacts, weapons & photographs of the historic times
  • A Film Show named “Shiv Teerth Raigad” and,
  • A guided tour

Raigad Ropeway ticket price:

Raigad fort ropeway Ticket Price:

Two-Way Ticket
Adults Rs. 200/- each.
Children (height between 3 to 4 feet only) Rs. 130/- each.
Senior Citizen (60 years completed. Age proof with photo needed) Rs. 130/- each.
One-Way Ticket
Adults/Senior Citizens/Children) Rs. 120/- each.
Special Concessional Rate for school trip per student (One-Way)
Upto Standard VII Rs. 75/- each.
Standard VIII to XII Rs. 110/-each.
Above XIIth Standard & Group Discount Rs. 120/- each.
Ashram Shala ( Students & Teachers ) Rs. 50/- each.
Special Concessional Rate for school trip per student (Two-Way)
Upto Standard VII Rs. 100/- each.
Standard VIII to XII Rs. 150/- each.
Above XIIth Standard & Group Discount
 For Group of 25 to 50 Rs. 190/- each.
 For Group of 51 to 75 Rs. 185/- each.
 For Group above 75 Rs. 180/- each.
Accompanying Teachers & School Staff Rs. 170/- each.
Ashram Shala ( Students & Teachers ) Rs. 85/- each.

Raigad Fort resort booking and Lodging information:

You can also spend a night at the Raigad fort resort. Raigad fort resort is equipped with AC, Non-Ac and Dormitories facilities with check in and check out time at 12 noon. Here are the Raigad resort charges:

Raigad Fort Resort Charges

AC Rooms (2 bedded) Rs. 1600/- per room (Rs. 300/- for extra person)
Non-AC Room (2 bedded) Rs. 800/- (Rs. 250/- for extra person)
Non-AC Dormitory (14 & 8 bedded) Rs. 250/- per person.

The resort also has a restaurant where you mostly get authentic local food as well as South Indian food. Most of the dishes are vegetarian, though.

Raigad resort Booking information:

You can also book the resort in advance by calling up a phone number. Online Booking facility is not there at the moment. Maybe in the future, they might implement that. Raigad resort can be booked by calling at either Pune office or at Raigad office:

Here are the Raigad resort booking phone numbers:

Pune office:  
Millennium Properties (P) Ltd.
Prestige Corner, 1st Floor, 39/2, Shailesh Society,
Near Alankar Police Chowki, Karvenagar, Pune – 411052
Telephone number: (020) 25459730 / 25459732

Raigad Office:
Raigad Ropeway office
Telephone number: (02145) 202122

Raigad fort Trekking Guide:

Raigad fort trek is also a nice experience for trekking to the top of the Raigad fort. A series of around 1750 steps will take you to the fort top. You can also go for the night trekking.

Do not worry about the breakfast lunch or water. There are a plenty of shops at the base of the fort and as well as at the top of the fort.

Time to Trek: 60-90 minutes
Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Medium
Best time to visit: After monsoon to Winter

Raigad fort camping information:

There is a lot of open space at the fort where you can pitch your own tent. Alternatively, you can also stay in the Raigad resort at the top. Booking and lodging information have been given above.

Places to see on the Raigad fort:

  • Mena Darwaja
  • Palakhi Darwaja
  • Shirkai Devi Temple
  • Hanuman Taake (Tank)
  • Brahmanwada
  • Jagdishwar temple
  • Shivaji’s tomb
  • Takmak tok point
  • Maha Darwaja (Main entrance to the Raigad fort)

If you think we are missing some points then kindly let us know in the comments below.

 

Purandar fort Traveling and Trekking guide

Purandar fort trek is 60 Km South and 200 Km SE of Pune & Mumbai respectively. Located in Pune district, this fort in Maharashtra, takes its name from Purandar village. Purandar village is situated at the bottom of the fort. There is a direct road which goes to Purandar fort. Purandar fort traveling information is given below in full details:

How to reach Purandar fort?

Distance from Pune: 60 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 200 Kms

Driving to Purandar fort:

Just search on google maps for ‘Purandar fort and Google maps will show you a road until almost the top of the fort. There is a parking space inside the fort.

Purandar Fort is currently under the control of Army forced. The fort closes at 5 pm every day. Once you reach the gate of the fort, you will have to produce your ID before entering. If you are on a bike, make sure you wear a helmet.

From the vehicle parking place, it will take around 45 minutes to go to the top. Since fort closing time is 5 PM, make sure you reach around three hours before the fort gate closing timings. Sometimes the army people could be rude and say that you would not be able to visit the whole fort if you reach by 3 PM.

So have ample of time before you reach there. From fort base, you would not be allowed to carry mobile phones and camera with you. Those need to be deposited near the entrance gate.

Purandar fort History:

There is a temple of Narayaneshwar at the base of Purandar fort in Narayanpur village which is said to be 1000 years old. Narayaneshwar temple was built by Yadavas. This temple is dedicated to lord Krishna.

It is said that Persian invaders invaded this area and made the Purandar fort at the hill-top in 1350. To prevent Purandar fort from falling, a man and a woman were buried alive under one of the fort bastions to appease its patron deity.

The story is not only limited to the normal people. It is said that the king of Berar then ordered his minister to bury a first born son and his wife into the foundation of the bastion. This was promptly done and after a further offering of gold and bricks.

When the bastion was finished, the minister was given possession of the fort and the father of the sacrificed boy was rewarded with two villages.

Purandar fort has witnessed many tussles between Shivaji and Aurangzeb. There is also a church at the Purandar fort. It is believed that when British captured this fort, they made a church at the top.

Places to see at Purandar fort:

  • Statue of Murarbaji Deshpande
  • Church
  • Kedarreshwar temple
  • Fort Vajragad view

Pratapgad fort traveling and trekking Guide

Pratapgad fort trek is 150 Km and 225 Kms south of Pune & Mumbai respectively. Known for the battle of pratapgad, located in Satara district near Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad fort is a popular tourist destination as a weekend gateway from Pune mainly. Pratapgad traveling and trekking information is given below in full details:

How to reach Pratapgad fort?

Distance from Pune: 150 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 225 Kms

Driving to Pratapgad fort:

Just search on google maps for ‘Pratapgad Parking, Pratapgad, Maharashtra’ and Google maps will show you a road until the base of the Pratapgad fort. There is a big parking space there and usually crowded on the weekends. The road ends at the base of the fort.

 

Pratapgad fort trekking information:

Base of the trek: Pratapgad parking
Best time to trek: Winter (September to March)
Height: 3543 feet.
Difficulty level: Easy
Time to trek: Almost two hours

There is not much of trekking here. There are 450 steps from the base of the fort to the top. It depends upon the stamina of a person in reaching the top. Take plenty of water. At the parking lot, you can find water and snacks.

Camping on Pratapgad fort:

You can camp at the top. Carry your own tents on the weekends as the temple on the top will usually be crowded and there would be much space left for sleeping inside the temple. So its a better idea to pitch your tent at the top.

Pratapgad fort History:

The main purpose of construction of the Pratapgad fort was to defend the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers, and to defend the Par pass by Shivaji. Construction of the fort was completed in 1656. Pratapgad is famous for the famous Battle of Pratapgarh. This battle was fought between Shivaji and Afzal Khan. During British era, Pratapgad fort also witnesses the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818. However, Pratapgad had to surrender and that was a great setback to the Maratha forces, as Pratapgad was an important stronghold, had a large garrison. Revering the valour of the warrior Shivaji, a 17-foot high equestrian bronze statue of Shivaji was unveiled by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India in 1957. This statue of Shivaji can still be seen while climbing to the Pratapgad at the beginning. The fort is currently owned by Uday Raje Bhosale, the heir of the Satara princely state.

Places of interest around Pratapgad fort:

  • Entrance to the fort
  • Watchtowers
  • 17-foot high equestrian bronze statue of Shivaji
  • Afzal Buruj
  • Bhavani Temple
  • Afzal Khans Tomb
  • Canon at the top
  • Rahat Lake – Biggest lake on the fort
  • And, spectacular view of the Sahyadris hills around the fort.