Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rajgad - King of Forts

Type : One day Trek.
Best Season : Monsoons.
Accessibility : Road.
Hotels : No.
Parking : Available.

Rajgad(meaning King of forts), one of the forts of Maharashtra state in India.
Situated in the Pune district, the fort is 1318 meters above sea level.

Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Maratha Kingdom ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years.

Location : Rajgad is 68Kms to south west of pune, nearly 20Kms from Nasrapur.

How to reach? (from aundh) : From Aundh, travel towards Baner Road, take highway from Baner towards Bangalore. After nearly 35Kms, one will find Nasrapur, take a right from there, head towards Baneshwar Temple Road. Its a staright road, Rajgad is located 20Kms from there. This route has one TOLL.

Please find the same on google maps below.

View Rajgad Fort in a larger map

There is ample parking space for 2/4 wheelers at the Rajgad Base,Gunjavne Village, a small hotel where we had poha/snacks.

The fort has mailny divided into 4 parts.
Padmavati Machee (north end)
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end)
Suvela Machee (south east)
Bale Killa (centre)

We started from pune at around 6.30AM, reached Gunjavne at 8.15AM, had poha there.
A small restro kinda is there are base of Rajgad, they prepare on order.[poha, upma, tea, coffee, etc are available]

We started trek at around 8.45AM,
It took 4 hours for the whole trek.

Here are few pics from the trek.

On the Way to Rajgad Base, Gunjavne Village

On weekends and holidays you can find many people.
On weekends you will find many people coming to Rajgad, if you want to avoid crowd and watch places at peace, it is suggested to start early.

There is a good vertical path near the entrance of chordarwaza, It takes bit time.

Steps at entrance of chor darwaja

Fort Walls

Remains of the Palace

Steps to BaleKilla

Kaleswari buruz

Lake Padmavathi on Rajgad

Pali Darwaza 

Places nearby :
Baneshwar Temple [On the way to Rajgad]
Balaji Temple, Narayanpur [9Kms from Nasrapur]
Purandhar Fort Trek, [20Kms from Nasrapur, in same direction of  Balaji Temple]