Explore the Raigad Fort with MTDC-Certified GuideThrone of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Rajbhavan, Palkhi & Mena Darvaja, Rani Vasa, Jagdishwar Temple, Samadhi of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Bajarpeth, Holicha Mal, Takmak Tok, Hirkani Buruj, Watch Towers, etc.
Amidst the panoramic views of the prominent Sahyadri mountainsOne of the best adventurous and historical experiences at the Raigad Fort
Descend via the ropewayFrom the fort to Hirakniwadi village
Great experience for a lifetimeRecommended for all beginners with good fitness
“Fort Raigad is much more than a mere tourist spot. It is the sacred place of pilgrimage, which has left an impression of the grand vision of Hindavi Swarajya as cherished by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj”.
British has also defined Fort Raigad as
“The Gibraltar of East”
Raigad is one of the most important forts in the history of Marathas, being the first capital of the independent Marathi kingdom or “Hindavi Swarajya”. Graded as the most secure and most appropriate location by the King himself, the fort proudly shows the strength of the Maratha Empire.
Raigad is well surrounded by mountains and was considered secure. The fort is surrounded on its north and east by the Kaal River, and the Gandhari River flows from its west side. Fort Lingana is situated to the east side and Kokandiva is to the north. If the skies are clear, we can see Rajgad-Torna on the east and Pratapgad, Vasota and Madhu-Makarandagad on the south.
What to see on Raigad Fort?
The fort rises 820 metres (2,700 ft.) above sea level and is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort. The Raigad Ropeway, an aerial tramway exists to reach the top of the fort in 10 minutes.
The first prominent place on the fort is the main door – Maha Darwaja. After the main door, Ganga Sagar and some remains of the palace can be seen. Hirkani Buruj can also be seen and one doesn’t believe the heroic deeds of Hirkani (she came down the fort barefooted at night from this point). The famous ‘Takmak Tok’ or place for life punishment – is on the north side. It’s thrilling to stand near Takmak Tok which is always full of breeze. One can see the ammunition store here. The fort’s marketplace is worth watching, and history lovers spend time here recalling the great warrior.
The statue of Shivaji Maharaj is situated at the centre of the fort. The Samadhi of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is also very beautiful and one can remember himself and his contribution and full dedication to Hindavi Swarajya. The other places to visit at the fort are Jagdishwar Temple, Ganga Sagar Lake, and The Goddess Shirkai Temple etc.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj seized the fort in 1656, then known as the Fort of Rayari from Raje Chandrarraoji More, The King of Jaoli and a descendant of Chandragupta Maurya family. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renovated and expanded the Fort of Rayari and renamed it Raigad Fort. It became the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja’s Maratha kingdom.
The villages of Pachad and Raigadwadi are located at the base of the Raigad Fort. These two villages were considered very important during the Maratha rule in Raigad. The actual climb to the top of the Raigad Fort starts from Pachad. During Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s rule; a cavalry of 10,000 was always on standby in Pachad village.
The fort was looted and destroyed by the British after it was captured in 1818.
Day 0Overnight Travelling
23:00 Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.
Day 1Raigad Fort Trek > Travel to Pune
03:30 Early in the morning, we reach Pachad village at the base of Raigad Fort. (Washrooms are available.) Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
04:30 – 08:00 Now we will start ascending to the Raigad Fort via Pachad Khind. We need to climb approx. 1,500 steps. Reach the “Maha-Darwaja” by sunrise time. This is a very promising moment for everyone.
08:00 – 16:00 Explore the many places at Raigad Fort with an MTDC-certified guide. Have lunch on the fort by afternoon.
16:00 – 16:30 Take the ropeway from the fort to Hirakniwadi village.
16:30 – 17:00 Refresh yourself. (Washrooms are available) Let’s have tea and start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.
17:00 – 21:00 Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 🙂
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss: ⇑ 1,500 ft. / ⇓ 1,500 ft. • Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 5 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea