Join Raireshwar-Kenjalgad Trek Pune for a one-day trip if you love Trekking in the mountains. And enjoy waterfalls, fog, birds, wildflowers and gorgeous grasses and feel amazing.
In Pune and Satara Region these two forts are very popular among hikers. In Maharashtra, Raireshwar and Kenjalgad are hidden amazing treks and you are definitely going to love them if you love trekking. Also, this trek offers impressive landscapes of backwaters and Kamalgad fort. The other thing for which Raireshwar is famous for the suspension bridge near the village.
Raireshwar has an illustrious history. After the famous Raireshwar Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Raireshwar fort has been named. Kenjalgad fort is also known by another name Ghera Khelanja fort.
Lying southwest of Bhor-Pune, this is a prominent 8km long plateau. At the temple here, Shivaji Maharaj, a teenage boy, vowed to establish “Swarajya”. It is a place of worship. There is a small village at the top. There are many approaches to this plateau; from Rayari village, Korle village or a long zigzag ridge connects the plateau to Kenjalgad. The breathtaking views and the feeling of untouched nature is just mind-blowing. Ideal place for a one-day trek.
The places worth visiting on Raireshwar are Raireshwar Temple, Gomukh Lake, Nakhinda, and Pandavleni. It is a very beautiful place to visit from June to February.
History of the Raireshwar Plateau
Raireshwar has a temple famous for its historical importance. The temple is very old and of a stone structure, but it was later reconstructed in the 18th century.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj took the oath of Hindavi Swarajya in this temple at the age of 16 in 1645 and then created history. It said that he had cut his little finger and taken the oath by dripping blood onto the Shivling. There is a large portrait of Shivaji Maharaj and his friends inside the temple.
Thus, Raireshwar can be considered an important place in Maratha history.
Kenjalgad is a beautiful fort located to the south of Pune near Bhor. During the early days, it was also called Ghera Kelanja and Mohangad. This fort stands on the ridge, joining Raireshwar. This fort is situated at 4,269 feet high.
A broad rock staircase leads to the top. There is a huge tunnel cum cave near the top with an excellent view. A cliff, about 60 m high encloses the top itself. There is not much to see on the fort as most of the structures are not intact, but it’s worth visiting considering the beautiful plateau on the fort. The walls of the fort, however, are still intact.
Kenjalgad trek is a simple trek and does not require much effort or a trekking experience. Reaching the top of the fort takes just 40 minutes. This is a quick escape from your urban life.
What to see at the Kenjalgad Fort: • Perfect entrance with Stairs – Huge Rock blocks that were carved as stairs • Flat-top of the fort which is spread over miles & walls of the Fort • Beautiful views of the valleys nearby.
History of the Kenjalgad Fort
This fort is said to have been built by Bhoj Rajas of Panhala who flourished in the 12th century. This fort was won by Adilshah of Bijapur in 1648.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had captured all the forts in Wai and Bhor region but, he was not able to win this fort till 1674. He captured this fort as an amazing movement while he was on a military campaign at Chiplun. He along with soldiers marched to the Kenjalgad and captured the fort by surprise.
The garrison head Gangaji Vishwasrao Kirdat was killed in the ambush and the fort was captured on 24 April 1674. This fort was captured by Aurangzeb in 1701. In the subsequent year i.e. 1702, this fort was captured by Maratha Army. After the fall of Peshwa, this fort was captured by the British under the detachment sent by Gen. Pritzler on 26 March 1818.
Day 1Kenjalgad-Raireshwar Trek
06:00 Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
06:30 We will travel by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
07:30 – 08:30 An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
09:45 We arrive at the base of Kenjalgad Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
10:00 – 12:30 Now we start the trek to Kenjalgad Fort. We need to ascend approximately 350 ft. only. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the top of the fort.
The main attraction of this fort is the steps; which are carved in a large rock. We explore the fort and see the 360° mountain view from the top of this fort.
12:30 – 13:00 Start to descend Kenjalgad fort & drive to the base of Raireshwar. We arrive at the col between Raireshwar & Kenjalgad Fort.
13:00 – 14:00 Now we start the trek to Raireshwar. We need to ascend approximately 450 ft. only.
It takes one hour to reach the top of the Raireshwar Plateau. It’s an easy trek. There is an iron ladder along the way. Easy to climb. There is support for a tight grip on both sides. You reach the plateau by climbing the ladder.
14:00 – 15:00 An hour of lunch break. Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian local food.
15:00 – 16:30 Explore Raireshwar Plateau.
Holy temple of Raireshwar Visit the holy Raireshwar temple to worship Lord Shiva and remember Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj; It was here that he took the oath of Hindavi Swarajya.
16:00 – 17:30 Now we begin to descend; It takes 30-40 min to reach the base.
18:00 – 21:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
21:00 Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 😀
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 800 ft.; ⇓ 800 ft. • Walk (approx.): 6 hrs., 8 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea