Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Raireshwar and Kenjalgad Trek

Place Type: Trekking, Temple on top.
Location : Bhor Taluka, Pune District.
Distance : Approximately 85Kms from Pune.
Best Time to visit : Monsoons with waterfalls, lush green surroundings and flower beds.
Driving Directions : Check map below, this route has a TOLL.


View Driving directions to Raireshwar, India in a larger map


Drive : 

The road till bhor village is very good as its highway, after the its a single road.
Some patches of road are badly damaged. Uneven protruding bumps at the center of the road, which hit the car underneath.So better travel by 2 wheeler or by a SUV with high ground clearance
We stopped on the way, to have some snaps of sunrise and surroundings, here are few pics.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
On the way : After bhor village

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
On the way : After bhor Village

Kenjalgad :

Kenjalgad is the guard point, from where one can keep eye on other forts.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
A view of Kenjalgad from Raireshwar
Raireshwar :

Chatrapati Shivaji took the oath of swarajya in Raireshwar Temple, so it holds prominent place in Maratha history.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
A view of Raireshwar from Kenjalgad

Raireshwar is very good place to visit in monsoons, with lush green surroundings.
It has very varities of flowers, which would be in full bloom in monsoons.

Trek : 

Reached Korle village(kenjalgad base), had tea, breakfast, packed some snacks and started the trek.
Korle has limited parking space, we parked our vehicle in nearby fields.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Parking space to Korle Village

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Korle welcoming

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Sign board towards trek
One can take road to Kenjalgad (under construction).
The road ends at a village, after that we need to trek to reach top of Kenjalgad.

Road that take to Kenjalgad in monsoons

We started trek from Korle Village.

Please don't litter there,We keep our cities so clean. The piles of filth surrounding, now slowly proliferating the countryside, are SCARY! #SayNoToPlastic.
If you carry plastics, please get them back and segregate properly.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
#SayNoToPlastic

On the way to Trek : Just after start from Korle

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Secret of healthy life
If you lose track, just catch an electric pole, trek path is parallel to these poles.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek

Flowers can be spotted on both sides on the way to top.

flowers on both side of the trek

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
flowers on both side of the trek
The whole trek was slippery, took lot much time to reach the top.
In some places, its hard to find the path, fully covered with green grass and flower plants.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Stircase on top of Kengajgad
From there we started towards Raireshwar, it is a staright road ~7Kms(from Kenjalgad).

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Road to Raireshwar, from Kenjalgad
You can see directions on the road towards raireshwar.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Sign board

On way to Raireshwar, you can see the beautiful back waters of Nira Deoghar Dam.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Beautiful view from Raireshwar
Check the below video of beautiful view. 



After that you find a staircase to reach Raireshwar, some odd 350 steps to reach top.


Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Staircase to Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Staircase to Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Staircase to Raireshwar

On reaching top of Raireshwar, one feels like he's in heaven with flowers on whole plateu and a lake.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Flower on top, Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Flowers on top, Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Flowers on top, Raireshwar


Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Lake Gomukh on top, Raireshwar

On Raireshwar there are nearly 35 houses, wondered how these people make a living on such places.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Houses, Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Place we stayed and had lunch

Suprised to houses there have Tata Sky, couches and all, the question that immediately popped my mind was "how did they carried all these here?"
We had our lunch at Pujari's home, the Mahrashtrian Bhakri along with Pithla and Tak never tasted so good.


Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Mahrashtrian Bhakri along with Pithla


The Shiv Mandir, where Shivaji Maharaj took oath.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Shiv Temple, Raireshwar

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Picture depicting Shivaji Maharaj taking oath

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek


On the way down to base village Korle from Raireshwar is a plain road with green sorroundings and nice waterfalls.

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
Water fall, on the way down

Pune Getaways .:. Raireshwar Kenjalgad Trek
This dog accompanied us all the time in Raireshwar