Rajgad Fort Trek
Rajgad is an enormous fort. Rajgad means King of all forts. It located south-west 60 Kms from Pune. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj spent a great deal of his time on this fort close to 25 years. Rajgad is famous for its construction layout. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. There are three sub-plateau Machi, namely Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, and Sanjevani Machi, and at the centre is the Ballekilla.
Take a step into history as you take this exciting trek from Pune, visit the Padmavati temple, and the Ancient Fort ruins. Rajgad Trek is a moderate level trek that begins at the Gunjavane Village in Pune District and ends at the Rajgad Fort. Rajgad is truly the King of all forts. It is famous for its structure. Rajgad is surrounded by Sinhagad, Torna, Mangalgad, and Purandar. Popular Maharashtra trekking and weekend destination from Pune; Rajgad, lies at a distance of about 65 Km from Pune. Rajgad fort to Torna fort trekking is famous amongst advanced trekkers.
Often in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we get so caught up with the monotony that we miss out on the little things that the world has to offer us. Ancient hill forts not only provide its visitors with ancient legends but also soothe their nerves. If you are keen to explore one of these beautiful hill forts, then it is advisable to plan a tour of Rajgad fort.
Rajgad Fort Trek Event Details
- Rajgad Fort Type: Hill Fort
- Rajgad Height: 4182 feet
- Grade: Medium
- Endurance: Medium
- Base Village: Pali / Gunjavane
- Cost - Rs. 1299/- per person
Rajgad Fort Trek from Pune
04:45 am - Meet at McDonald’s, J.M. Road.
05:00 am - Departure for Rajgad Fort.
05:15 am - Pick up at P. L. Deshpande Garden.
05:35 am - Pick up at Navale bridge.
07:30 am - Reach at base village and Breakfast.
08:00 am - Start ascending.
10:00 am - Reach on top.
Visit Suvela machi and back to the Padmavati temple.
12:30 pm - Lunch.
02:00 pm - Visit Balekilla.
04:00 pm - Move towards Sanjivani Machi and Explore Sanjivani Machi.
06:00 pm - Start descending.
08:00 pm - Reach at base village and start return journey.
11.00 pm - Approx. arrival at Pune. (Depend upon traffic)
What is included in the tour
- Pune to Pune travel by private non-AC vehicle
- 1 veg breakfast and 1 veg lunch
- Treks and Trails expertise charges
What is NOT included in the tour
- Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
- All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.
- Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
- 2/3 liters of water
- Proper face mask or shield
- Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek
- Good Torch must with extra battery
- Some Dry fruits / Dry Snacks / Energy Bars
- Glucon D / ORS / Tang / Gatorade sachets
- One Day Backpack 20 to 30 liters
- Sun Cap and Sunscreen
- Personal First aid and Personal Medicine
- Identity Proof
- Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles
- Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet
- Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags
- Rainwear / Poncho / Waterproof jacket etc. if you don’t want to get wet
Covid Safety Guidelines
- Before planning for any adventure activity, please improve your minimum physical fitness. Most of us have been at home for a lockdown period.
- Please convey your real medical conditions to Treks and Trails India while enrolling for the event.
- Kindly wear three-layered masks, N95. Carry an extra disposable mask with you. Please ensure all participants, leaders, staff, and general persons wear masks before interacting with them.
- Carry with your hand wash, sanitizer bottle, and clean your hands before touching food and objects.
- Cover-up wear full sleeves shirts and full pants, hiking shoes, caps, and face bandana over your mask. Covering up will help reduce exposure to the Covid19 virus.
- Bring your food and water with necessary cutlery like utility mug, fork, and spoon. Your mug can be used for cooking, eating, and drinking water. Carry your reusable water bottles; please don’t share with others.
- Cooperate for temperature checks, questions reading any symptoms, and oxygen level checks; these are done to help you limit the spread of the virus. All these checks will be conducted multiple times during the activities.
- Kindly do not register for the event or travel if you have come in contact with someone who has Covid19 in the last 14 days.
- If you have any symptoms like fever, dry cough, weakness, body aches, etc., at the time of screening. You won't be able to participate in the event. You will have to be evacuated on the medical condition and should report to the nearest healthcare center.
- Maintain a distance of six feet or more while sleeping at night. Incase distance is not possible, try sleeping in a criss-cross manner to avoid face proximity.
- Please bring your garbage back to the city and dispose of it in your bin.
- Consuming any alcohol, cigarettes, pan masala, tobacco, drugs should be avoided; they induce a lot of spitting, urinating, and passive smoke, which can be harmful for the general population.
- Avoid touching new surfaces and touching your mask and face continuously.
- If your adventure destination is overcrowded, be prepared to change your location or wait for the crowd to reduce.
- If any participant, trek leader test positive after returning from the event within 14 days of the Activity. They should maintain transparency and inform Treks and Trails India. It will help all others isolate themselves and get tested. Participants and Treks and Trails will cooperate to help manage the situation.
- Carry your own personal gear.
- Keep the conversation with unknown people to a minimum and maintain a distance of more than 6 feet while talking.
- Avoid speaking with the general population and maintain distance to keep yourself safe in these difficult times.
- Participant need to install the Arogya Setu app
- 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
- 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
- No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date
- No show No Refund.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
- If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
- If the event is canceled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
Treks and Trails Event Rules
- Kindly carry one Identity proof, at least for the trek with your address.
- We all are going for an adventurous and exciting trekking expedition; please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.
- The leader's decision will be final, and all the members should abide by it.
- We do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments, natural habitat on the trek.
- Swimming is not allowed in the lake or water tank on the forts. Locals use that water for drinking.
- Putting your feet in water tanks or on the canon is not allowed on our treks.
- Any addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking, chewing tobacco anyone caught doing it will have to exit the trek without a refund and travel back on own expense.
- People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.
- Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.
- Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking, or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events, you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.
- We should strictly follow the code of conduct to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside.
- Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking.
- Bluetooth speaker not allowed inside the homestay or camping tents.
- Drinking/smoking,/eating is not allowed inside the tents.
- If you damage the tent, break the tent poles, you will have to pay us for the whole new tent on MRP.
- If you are late for the bus pickup and are not reachable on the phone during your bus pickup, the trek leader will leave without you, and we will provide no refund.
- Please check things to carry and wear trekking shoes on our treks.
The Rajgad Trek
As the name suggests, the Rajgad Trek is one of the most beautiful treks of Maharashtra. The western ghats are enriched with their presence because of the rich architecture that it embodies. It has mesmerized all the trekkers from eons and hence acts as an invitation for many more to take their trekking journey.
Situated at an altitude of 4514 feet near Pune, this fort was built on Murumb Devacha Dongar Hill with a diameter of about 40 km. Its colossal size seizes it from all around, which helped the Marathas strategize better when the enemies planned the attacks on the fort.
Built in the capital city of Rajgad, it was home to Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for 26 years. The fort was built very beautifully with an exotic layout.
The Trek to Rajgad:
The Trek to the Rajgad offers the beautiful scenic beauty of the Sahyadris. The famous Machis: Padmavati, Sanjivani, and Suvela Machi. All three of them are a beautiful portrayal of the architectural creativity the artisans had in those times. Nearby the fort is the ashrams, water cisterns, and temples rich in architecture and have been a center of attraction for many years. The Rajgad Fort offers a splendid view of many other forts in and around Sahyadris.
What all can I expect on the way to Rajgad Trek:
The Architecture: The temple's architecture was personally monitored by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Hence it stands out of all the forts that Sahyadris is home to. The Machis(watchpoints) stand out with their snake-like appearance. Built with double fortified walls, the impression is scenic and worth watching. There are also houses, small lakes, and temples that represent the rich history that the Marathas had.
The view from the fort: The view from the fort is soulful as nature offers itself in its best form and the view of the forts like Lingnan, Singagad, Torna, Raigadis as tempting as is the experience of witnessing the Sun God bestowing upon you the warmth that you desire early in the morning.
The Natural Hole at the Rajgad: At the Suvela Machi, there's a naturally created hole on the wall. Known as the Nedhe in the Marathi Language, its enormous size makes it visible from all around the Plateau and even distant forts like Sinhagad Fort.
The Elephant structure on the rock on Suvela Machi: A vast structure represents an Elephant on a huge rock and one of the best views to watch out for on the Trek.
When should you go for the Rajgad Trek:
This beautiful Trek isn't seasoned bound. There are some pros and cons with every season, where pros are more than cons. You are offered a variety of breath-taking views with every season.
The monsoons offer the best experience with the lush green of the Sayadris at its best and the small streams you get to cross while you witness the wildflowers bloom to their glory. Trekking during summers or winters has its advantage. You experience the clear skies and some mesmerizing view of the various first all around, probably best times to click some pictures where the weather doesn't play a spoilsport.
How do you reach the base village :
The start point :
All the villages have wide roads to allow cars and can easily navigate on google maps.
The Gunjavane Village: Being closer to Pune than to Mumbai, it's easy to reach via Pune and less mentally taxing. Refer the google maps.
The Pali Village: From Pune and Mumbai, the route can be navigated with total ease.
The Vehicles can be parked at all the base villages as they hold enough space for them.
Reaching Base Village through Public Transport:
The Gunjavane Village: Trains and buses are running to and fro from Mumbai and Pune. For the bus, get down at Swargate Bus Station, Pune. From here you can catch a bus that goes to Gunjavane Village. The three options are:
- Take a bus that goes to the Velhe, and you get down at the Margasani and can easily get shared taxis to the base village.
- Others are Swargate bus stand Pune; there are also direct buses to Gunjavane Village, where the frequency of buses varies.
- The third option is to get into the bus that goes to Kolhapur/Satara or Bangalore and drop down as NasraPur. From here, you have many choices of local taxis/autos that head to Gunjavane Village.
The Pali Village: If this is your starting point, take a bus to Nasrapur or Margasani and then a taxi from either place. Get dropped at the base of the Pali Village, the starting point of the Rajgad Trek.
Options for Return: You have to follow the same route to return, post 4 pm, there are very few buses running from the Village Bus Stand make sure you reach on time to get back home.
Pro-Tip: If you are a group of 4-5, preferably book a cab for the whole trip, it's economically cheaper and saves you from the stress of finding a vehicle to return in the evening.
Options to stay: You can stay at the fort, where the arrangements are made at the Padmavati Temple, or choose to camp by pitching the tents near the temple or any of the flat surfaces near the fort.
The Nearest Railway Station to the Rajgad Trek: Pune Junction Railway Station (About 59 km)
The Nearest Airport to the Rajgad Trek: Pune International Airport (About 68 km)
The Sections at Rajgad that can pose difficulty for the trekkers:
The Rajgad Trek comes under the Medium Difficulty level. There are a few sections that require careful navigation:
· The final Trek to the Chor Darwaza from the Gunjave Village is tricky as it's pretty steep, even though a railing helps the trekkers navigate the path with ease. However, it's recommended to wear nice trekking shoes and place your foot carefully while climbing up.
· The Trail that leads to Balekilla is about 500 feet. Some patches are steep and have no proper step to negotiate. There are ropes available to help you navigate the path quickly, and every trekker, even though he may be seasoned one should make use of it.
The Nearby Emergency Spots:
The Hospital: 20 km from the Gunjavane and 14 km from Pali Village, this Primary Health Centre, Velhe, is the nearest Medical Centre.
The Police Station: The Gunjavane Village and Pali both fall under the Khed Shivapur Police Station.
The Other: If nothing works, the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System is 112.
The Network and the ATMs:
The Network could be a challenge on the Trek; you still may get lucky with JIO and AirTel as service providers.
You should withdraw money either at Pune or before leaving home as the nearest ATM is Nasrapur in Gunjavane Village which is about 22 km away.
More related questions to Rajgad Fort
1. How long does it take to climb Rajgad fort?
The difficulty level is moderate. It takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to reach the top via Pali and 3 1/2 hours via Gunjawane. The highest point of Rajgad is Balekilla, which is a fort on Rajgad.
2. How can I go to Rajgad fort? How To Reach Rajgad Fort?
- By Air: The nearest airport to the fort is located in Pune at around 75 km.
- Rail: You can catch a direct train to Pune railway station and then from there, you can either hire a direct cab or public transport to reach Pali.
Rajgad Fort is truly the King of all forts, and It is famous for its structure. Rajgad is surrounded by Sinhagad, Torna, Mangalgad, and Purandar. Rajgad Fort is a formidable fort near Pune. A trekking and weekend destination from Pune; Rajgad, lies at a distance of about 65 Km from Pune.
3. Who built Rajgad fort?
Formerly known as Murumdev, Rajgad Fort was the Maratha Empire's capital during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for 25 years, before moving the capital to Raigad Fort. The Rajgad Fort was built with the treasure found on the adjacent Torna Fort.
4. Where was Rajgad Fort built?
Rajgad is a hill fort situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort. Rajgad fort was built on a hill called Murumbadevi Dongar or Mountain of the Goddess Murumba.
5. Why should you visit Rajgad Fort?
Today the fort is an attraction for trekkers because of its enormous size, skyrocketing height, challenging route, and historical importance of the fort. Rajgad Fort is a popular trekking destination located at 51 KM via Sinhagad road from Pune in Maharashtra.
6. How long did Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj stay at Rajgad Fort?
The Rajgad Pune Maharashtra is one of the many military fortresses that have been camp for the Maratha dynasty during their reign. A fort that served as a home to the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for 25 years, it lies safely tucked in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Rajgad Fort was home to the warrior king.
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