Rajgad Fort near Pune is one of the grand forts of the Sahaydris. It was Shivaji Maharaj's capital for over 25 years before moving the capital to the Raigad fort. A trekkers delight the fortifications of Rajgad fort built with the treasure found on the adjacent Torna fort is for most parts still in tact. Rajgad fort is a must visit for a trekking enthusiast especially if you are from Pune.
Rajgad is amongst the most popular trekking destinations near Pune. A majestic fort Rajgad, offers a panoramic view of the surroundings and the best time to visit the Rajgad fort is just after monsoons however one would find trekkers in Rajgad fort on weekends through out the year! The base village for the Rajgad trek is Gunjawane and the most popular trekking route to Rakgad is via Chor darwaja leading to the Padmavati machi. Rajgad trek will take approxinately 4hrs.
'Nedh' - Suvela Machi - Rajgad
Suvela Machi located on the eastern part of Rajgad fort is a narrow strip that leads to a fortified end. Before the fortifications there is a Hanuman temple and towards the right of the hanuman temple is 'Nedh'. Nedh is a giant hole on the rock face about 3 metres in diameter carved by years of erosion. You can get a great view from here if you climb up here.
At just 65 Kms from Pune, Rajgad is one of the nearest trekking destinations from Pune. There are several trek routes that one can take from Gunjawane - the base village for the trek to Rajgad, however the route via the 'chor dawaja' leading to the Padmavati machi is the most frequented route. The trek route via 'Pali darwaja' from Pali village is the easiest but longest route to Rajgad.
Shivaji stayed on Rajgad more than any other forts in Maharashtra and Rajgad has witnessed many a historic moments. The birth of Rajaram Chhatrapati, the death of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, the antyayatra of Tanaji Malusare to his Konkan village, the burial of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Ballekilla, the walls of Rajgad has many a tale to tell!
Trek to Rajgad..
Rajgad is surely one of the most alluring treks and absolute paragon of high class architecture of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Rajgad has spell bounded many trekkers with its mammoth size, sky touching height and wide spread. Rajgad fort commands the Bhuleshwar range.