Basic Info: Raigad is a fort located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra State. The fort is located at a height of approx 2,700 ft above sea level.
Raigad Fort served as the capital of Maratha Empire from 1674 AD.
Routes from Pune: From Pune there are two major routes by which u can reach Raigad fort.
1) From Pune head southwards on NH 4 for about 48 kms and then you have to turn left from the highway after passing Kivki Village to get to Bhor…..from Bhor continue your journey westwards on the same road till you reach Mahad, which is about approx 100 kms from Bhor. Once you reach Mahad you have to turn north towards Pachad village which is the base village of Raigad fort.
2) From Pune head westwards on Paud road to reach Mangaon, which is town on NH 17 and 120 kms from Pune.
After reaching Mangaon move southwards on NH 17 to reach Mahad. From Mahad reach Pachad Village by the same route described in 1.
After reaching Pachad village you can start your trek from there or the Raigad Paytha. (Vehicle parking is available at Raigad Paytha). Ensure that you park your vehichles in a proper place where it does not block any roads.
Difficulty Level and Other useful tips:
Difficulty level is Medium. It will take approximately 1 1/2 hour to reach to the top.
For an experienced trekker it should take just just an hour.
Raigad fort is just spectacular. The Trek is amazing if
done in the night….its scary but safe. If you are planning to trek in the night, ensure that you have good flashlights with you. Watch out for crawling creatures and if you need to stop, avoid sitting near any corners coz thats where most crawling creatures would be resting.
For those who do not have any trekking experience: You can opt for the ropeway which will take you directly to the top of the fort.
What to see on the fort:
Raigad fort is ideal for camping.
There are many closed shelters where you can stay. If you are with your family, we'd recommend that you stay in the MTDC resorts available on the fort which require advance booking. In our pics we have the MTDC resort phone numbers.