Rajgad - Literally Translates To King Of The Forts. Located At Around 80Kms From Pune, This Is An Ideal Destination Trekkers.
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Basic Info: Rajgad is a fort located near Katraj. The height of Rajgad from sea level is 4250 feet and offers spectacular views of Sahyadri Mountains. One can see Sinhagad and Torna fort from Rajgad.
Best Season to visit: The best season to visit Rajgad is during the monsoons and the winter season. Trekking feels fantastic during the monsoons but trekkers should take precautions as the route gets very slippery.
Winter season is ideal for camping on the fort.
Routes: The way to Rajgad is via NASRAPUR Phata which is approximately 15 - 20 Kms from Katraj Tunnel and just 5kms from the Mcdonalds/Dominos outlet after the first toll on NH4. Reach NASRAPUR by NH 4, this is approx 35 kms from Pune Station. From Nasrapur travel westwards to reach the following base villages…..there are multiple base villages for this fort. I have mentioned 3 routes here [Gunjawane, Bhor and Pali]
From Gunjawane the trek is a little bit tough as it leads to the Chor Darwaja and it takes almost 2 1/2 hours for trekking with 4-5 breaks during the trek. Inexperienced trekkers should go via Pali village as this trek is not that difficult as compared to the trek via Gunjawane.
The Pali route will take you to the main door of the fort. Trek from Pali village is comparitively easy.
There’s a way which goes to Torna along the ridges of Sahyadri Mountains from Rajgad.
For the Bhor Route, you will have to head towards bhor from NH4 and then from Bhor to Bhutonde. From Bhutonde village, a 3 -4 hours trek will take you to the Alu Darwaja of Rajgad. This route is not very popular, but if you want to experience something different, then, you should definitely try this.
Difficulty Level and Other useful tips:
Difficulty level is moderate. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to reach to the top via Pali and 3 1/2 hours via Gunjawane. The highest point of Rajgad is Balekilla which is a fort on Rajgad. Take plenty of water and some energy drinks with you as the trek is a bit tiring.
Food and Water on the fort:
It is always recommended that you carry your own drinking water from home. Atleast 3 litres per person for one day treks
For food, the villagers on weekends do serve Poha, BHaji and Zhunka Bhakari at Padmavati temple on the fort. But again, do take some snacks packed from home.
Camping Info: Rajgad fort is an ideal fort for camping. There is plenty to be explored on the fort which cannot be done in a one day trek, hence halting overnight and then exploring the fort the next morning is always recommended.
There are 2 temples [Padmavati and a smaller temple] which you can use for camping during night if you do not have tents.
Security is not a major concern as both the temples have working doors. But, if you have females in your group, I would recommend that you take at-least 7-10 males in your group.
Padmavati Temple : 50
Smaller temple: 6-7
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You don't need to carry Firewood for camping on this fort coz the Villagers sell firewood for Rs.50 and Rs.100 on the fort itself. Rs.100 Firewood should keep you warm the whole night.
What to see on the fort:
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