Ratangad Trek - Sonaki Special

Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed a jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time. At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amruteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.


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Ratangad Trek Event Details

  • Ratangad trek difficulty level Medium
  • Ratangad trek endurance level Medium
  • Ratangad height 4255 feet
  • Ratangad trek base village Ratanwadi / Samrad
  • Cost: Rs 1599/- per person

Ratangad Sonaki Special Trek Event Itinerary

Day Zero

Day One

05:00 am - Reach base village and freshen up.

05:30 am - Breakfast at the base village.

06:00 am - Start ascending.

09:00 am - Reach at the top and explore.

10:00 am - Start descending.

01:00 pm - Reach at base village.

01:30 pm - Have lunch.

02:30 pm - Start the return journey.

11:00 pm - Approx. arrival at Mumbai. (Depend upon traffic)


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1 Night 1 Day Available on request Maharashtra
Dates and Rates
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  • Inclusions/Exclusions
    What we'll give/What we won't

    What is included in the tour

    • 1 veg Breakfast and 1 veg Lunch
    • Mumbai to Mumbai travel by private Ac bus
    • Trek Leader expertise charges
    • E-certificate 


    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.
    Things to Carry
    Things to Carry
    • 2/3 liters of water
    • Trekking Shoes provide more grip and comfort on trek
    • Good Torch must with extra battery
    • Jacket
    • 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

    Cancellation Policy

    • 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 the event 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.
    • Refunds won't be issued if you cannot attend the event due to heavy rains, floods, traffic jams, car breakdowns or a personal medical emergency.
    • Your booking cannot be shifted to another date if you cannot attend the event due to heavy rains, floods, traffic jams, car breakdowns, or a personal medical emergency.
    • If your area is prone to flooding, traveling from a flooded area, heavy traffic, heavy rains, missing the train, or any other reason, if you cannot attend the event, we won't issue a refund or shift you to another date.
    • Management won't be held responsible if you are stuck due to heavy rains, traffic jams, personal emergencies or floods during the event.
    • If you are bringing kids, please understand the possibility of getting stuck or delayed. You might have to stay back due to heavy rains, floods, bus breakdowns, and rush at the trekking destination. We won't be able to refund or shift you to another date. You will have to wait it out till the weather clears.
    • Due to bad weather, floods, sudden changes in government rules, and overcrowding at the destination trek, the organizer has the right to change the trekking destination.
    • During the trek , due to any circumstances seen or unseen trek leader has the right to cancel the trek for safety reason. No refund shall be issued.

    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. 
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are you an adventurer who loves trekking? Completing a trek can be a life-changing experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. To commemorate your achievement, TreksandTrails provides e-certificates to all participants who successfully complete their trek. These e-certificates include your name, the name of the trek you completed, the date of completion, and a digital signature from TreksandTrails. They are a perfect way to showcase your accomplishment to the world and share your trekking journey with your loved ones. By receiving an e-certificate from TreksandTrails, you can proudly display your achievement on your social media platforms and inspire others to embark on their own adventures.  

    Here are some FAQs about our e-certificates:

    Q: What is an e-certificate for trekkers and hikers?

    A: An e-certificate is a digital certificate awarded to participants upon completion of a trek or hike. It serves as proof of participation and achievement.

    Q: How do I receive an e-certificate from TreksandTrails?

    A: Upon completion of your trek or hike with TreksandTrails, you will be sent an email with a link to your e-certificate. You can download it from the link and save it on your device or share it on social media platforms.

    Q: Can I share my e-certificate on social media platforms?

    A: Yes, you can share your e-certificate on all social media platforms. The e-certificate is designed to be easily shareable, so you can show off your achievement to your friends and family.

    Eligibility Criteria for a Trekking Certificate:

    To be eligible for a trekking certificate, individuals must demonstrate adherence to safety rules, teamwork, and cooperation.

    Participants must achieve the following requirements for earning a trekking certificate: completion of the trek; physical fitness; teamwork and cooperation; knowledge of safety rules; environmental awareness; a positive attitude; great attendance; and punctuality. We appreciate their commitment to the sport of trekking and acknowledge their achievements.

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    Ratangad Fort Trek 2024 

    The trek to Ratangad Fort is unforgettable. The height of Ratangad Fort from sea level is 1297 meters to 4255 feet high. Go on a monsoon trek to Ratangad Fort and enjoy picturesque views from the top.

    Ratangad is the most scenic fort in Maharashtra. It is located near Bhandardara dam. So en route, you can visit the dam too. "Ratan" means "jewel" in Hindi.

    This hill fort is indeed the jewel among all the hill forts in Sahyadri. Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara lake in the Ahmednagar district at 4255 feet.

    Ratangad valley of flowers   

    The Ratangad Fort Flower trek is a magnificent trek that passes through one of the most beautiful regions in the Sahyadris. Join us for a unique flower trek to Ratangad from Mumbai.

    Every year the Sonki flower blooms from August to October, covering the fort in fields of yellow. Once in seven years, the Karvi flower blooms, which covers the Ratangad Killa in hues of Purple and Pink. 

    The best season for the Ratangad Flower Trek is August to October. Once the rainy season ends, the flowers die quickly due to the poor quality of topsoil and water scarcity. 

    Location of Ratangad Fort   

    Ratangad is a fort in Ratanwadi village, Maharashtra, India, overlooking the locale of Bhandardara Lake, one of the oldest artificial catchment areas. This fort is located in the Ahmadnagar district of Maharashtra. It is on the boundary between Ahmadnagar and Thane districts. The defense is about 400 years old.

    Depending on your vehicle location, you can climb the Ratangad fort from Samrad village and descend either to Ratanwadi near Amruteshwar temple or Samrad village. 

    The hilltop fort is a medium climb of three hours one way and will take two hours to explore thoroughly. You will also need three to descend the Ratangad Killa. The descent will be tough on your knees as the path is slippery in most places.

    Ratangad Trek distance from Ratanwadi village

    Part of the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratangad fort, which consists of some of the highest peaks in the Sahyadris. The trek from Ratanwadi village is six kilometers long. It will take around three to reach the caves.

    Trek statistic from Ratanvadi village one way trail

    • Ratanwadi village's height is 2400 feet above sea level.
    • Total elevation gain will be 1,475 feet.
    • Ratangad Fort Trek's technical difficulty is moderate.
    • Max elevation during the trek 3,950 feet
    • The total trek distance is six kilometers
    • It will take three hours to complete the Ratangad Hike till the caves. 
    • Most popular Ratangad trek location.

    RatangadTrek distance from Samrad village

    Ratangad Fort Flowers trek starts from Samrad village via the Trimbak Darwaja. Full flowers come towards this mountainside, giving a carpet effect. Famous mainly for the Sonki and Karvi flowers that bloom once in several years.

    This route is famous for the thrilling rock-cut steps and amazing views of Ghatghar Dam, Ajoba Parvat, Bhandardara Dam, Alang Madan Kulang Fort, and Kalsubai Shikhar. You can either end the trek at Ratanwadi village or Samrad village.

    In the Samrad village of Maharashtra lies the ancient Ratangad Fort that overlooks the Sahyadri range of mountains. At a distance of 6 km from Samrad, 23 km from Shendi village, Bhandardara, 183 km from Pune, and 197 km from Mumbai.

    Trek statistic from Samrad village one-way trail.

    • Samrad village's height is 2140 feet above sea level.
    • The total Ratangad trek elevation gain will be 2140 feet.
    • Ratangad Fort Trek's technical difficulty is moderate.
    • The endurance required high for this route
    • Max elevation during the trek 3,930 feet
    • Max elevation loss during the Ratangad hike 2,340 feet
    • The total trek distance is six kilometer one way. 
    • It will take three hours to complete the one way trek. 
    • Best Ratangad Trek location for flowers

    1. Can we drive to Ratanwadi, the trailhead for Ratangad Fort Trek?

    Yes, you can drive to the base village. Please note the road is not there in most sections. So your car needs good ground clearance, so plan accordingly. 

    2. Distance from Mumbai to Ratanwadi, the base village for Ratangad Fort Trek?

    Eight hours drive from Mumbai, the distance is 185 km approx. The last thirty kilometers of the road are in the worst condition possible. Make sure you have spare tires, the car is an SUV, and you preferably drive during the day. 

    3. Distance from Pune to Ratanwadi?

    Seven hours drive from Pune for the 190 km approx. Roads are in terrible condition, and please expect delays and cooperate. 

    4. Number of days required for the Ratangad Fort Trek?

    We will need one day and one night to complete the Ratangad Fort Trek. This includes bus travel and Ratangad Trek time which is eight hours.

    5. Is there food available at the Ratangad trek location?

    We will serve breakfast and lunch at the base village. Food is available at the base village at the local villager's house. During your Ratangad Killa, food or snacks won't be available. Please carry some snacks and atleast three liters of water for this trek.  

    6. How much time is required to climb Ratangad Bhandardara?

    It will take three hours from the base village to Ratangad Ahmednagar. It takes almost the same time to climb from Ratanwadi or Samrad village. 

    7. Where can we park our cars at Ratangad Akole?

    You can park at the designated parking spots; local villagers might charge entry and parking fees. Please note village at your own risk.

    8. Is there any parking charge in the Ratangad area?

    There are many charges involved. First, you must pay entry fees at the forest check post. Locals might ask for village entry and parking fees at Ratanwadi or Samrad village. Please note parking is at your own risk. 

    9. Are toilets available at Ratangad fort?

    Not available. During the trek, toilets are not available. Toilet will be available at the homestay before and after the hike. Please note the toilets will be Indian style. 

    10. Do solo travelers and solo female trekkers sign up for these events?

    We have 60 - 40 % or more Male - Female ratios at our events. Many Single trekkers and solo female trekkers join our events. 

    11. Are Kids allowed on treks?

    Yes, we allow Kids on our treks. Kids below the age of 15 years with Parents' supervision only. Kindly bring your favorite food snacks for your kids and three-liter water. 

    12. What food will be provided at the Ratangad Fort Trek event?

    Hi, We serve tea and Poha for breakfast. Only Veg local home-cooked lunch food is available. During our return journey, we will stop for Dinner at the restaurant. The Dinner is not included in the cost. 

    13. Phone Connectivity during the Ratangad Flower Trek?

    Limited phone connectivity is available for most cellular services. Once we cross MTDC Bhandardara, your mobile will lose signal. Once you gain height, you will receive phone connectivity during the trek. For any emergency, you can ask our trek leader. They will help you make calls using villagers' BSNL numbers. 

    14. Is cash payment or spot payment accepted?

    Sorry, we don't accept cash payments. We use multiple payment gateways. You can use them to pay via Registration against 100% upfront payment only via UPI / NEFT / IMPS / Payment Gateway / Credit cards / Amex.

    On-the-spot payment is not accepted. We need to book an advance bus/jeep and make other arrangements. Upfront payment is a must. Please note we have a strict cancellation policy. 

    15. Will I get bottled water?

    Villagers will provide normal well water. There are few shops inside the village that sell bottled water. We encourage you to bring refillable water bottles and use them. This is better for our environment and the best leave no-trace policy. 

    16. Can I charge my phone at the base village?

    There is limited supply or no electricity. Plus, there are few sockets available for charging. Please carry a power bank if required.

    17. How is the weather now at the Ratangad Fort Trek?

    Summer Temperature at Night 20 - Day 39°C approx. It gets scorching during the day in summer. 

    In Winter, the day temperature range from 30 degrees and night upto 14 degrees, and very windy. It will feel like under 10 degrees due to strong winds. 

    The monsoon rains heavily; please double-pack your expensive phones and gadgets. There is thick fog which limits visibility during the monsoon season. 

    Ratangad Fort weather is best suited for trekking during the rainy and post-winter seasons. It is popular during the summer season to watch fireflies around May and June's first few weeks. 

    18. Can we smoke or drink alcohol at the base village or during the trek?

    Sorry, smoking, drinking, chewing tobacco, or consuming drugs are not allowed during the trek or at the base village. We will directly hand you over to the police chowki at Bhandardara. 

    If you are caught doing any of the above by villagers, the forest department, and trekkers mostly like they will give you a group beating, followed by social media trolling, followed by police complaints. So please avoid smoking, drinking, drugs, chewing tobacco, or littering. 

    People caught smoking or drinking alcohol will be asked to exit the event on an immediate basis.

    19. Can we listen to music on a Bluetooth speaker? Can we wear earphones or headphones while trekking?

    Listening to music on earphones or Bluetooth speakers is not allowed while trekking, and Bluetooth speaker are not allowed inside the homestay.

    Trek leaders need to communicate with you. Always wearing earphones and listening to music will hamper communication and instruction sharing.

    20. How do I make payments and register for the Ratangad Fort Trek?

    You can pay online on our website by clicking on the book now button. You need to fill out the form with your booking details. You are followed by payment. You will receive an email confirmation once we receive your payment with the booking id. 


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