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:
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
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:
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 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)
- Jagdishwar temple
- Shivaji’s tomb
- Takmak Tok point
- Maha Darwaja (Main entrance to the Raigad fort)
Raigad Fort Trek Route
The trek to Rajgad fort starts from Pachad Village and is 5 kms long (return). A monsoon hike here is going to be a mysterious as well as adventurous. The whole route ascends through approximately 1700 stairs. If you are going here during monsoons, you will see a couple of tiny waterfalls along the way. There are railings on one side and therefore the mountain on another. You’ll enter the fort either via Chitta Darwaja or the Nane Darwaja (which may be a smaller entrance). If you are planning to come by ropeway, you enter through the Mena Darwaja.
Once you are at the fort, you will see 5 water storage features and three temples. There are multiple other points of attraction on the fort which are directly linked to the local historic stories and folklore. Don’t miss Hirkani point and Takmak point. Although Takmak point or Takmak Tok is famous for the rapelling events, its significance goes back to the age of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This is the location from where prisoners were executed by pushing them down the cliff.
Hiking up to Raigad is what you need if you are interested in history and are trying to find a beginner-friendly trek.
How to Reach Pachad Village(Trek Base Village)?
The trek to Raigad fort starts from Pachad village which won’t to of key importance, holding an enormous army, during the age of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
How to reach Pachad village with Private Transport?
If you are travelling from Mumbai or Pune then using private transport is what I will suggest. You may need to start your journey early within the morning (before 6 AM) to beat the traffic and make pit-stops to taste amazing local food on the way.
How to reach Pachad village by Public transport?
Take a state transport bus to Mahad from Mumbai or Pune. Pachad village is 22 kms from Mahad. If you’re coming from Pune, you would possibly also find a state transport bus that takes you on to Pachad via Mahad.
Veer and Mangaon are the nearest railway stations to reach Pachad Village and Raigad Fort. Mangaon may be a busier station of the 2 and more trains halt there compared to Veer. Trains going towards Ratnagiri, Sawantwadi, etc. stop at these railway stations and you’ll find state transport buses from here towards Mahad. From Mahad, you’ll get a Bus to Pachad Village.
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