Lying southwest of Bhor-Pune, this is a prominent 8km long plateau. At the temple here, Shivaji Maharaj as a teen-aged 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.
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 as an important place in Maratha history.
This fort is situated 4,269 feet high in Giridurg. This fort in Mahabaleshwar Dongarange of Satara district is considered to be of medium to the trekker.
At a height of fifty feet per hour, this Bangda fort is built on a highway of Mahadev hill ranges between Wai and Raireshwar. While descending from the hill of Rohidya, on the head of a big mountain on the southwest, the Gandhi Cap-shaped Kanjalgad is occasionally appearing. Kelangja and Mohangad are the only nincomposes of Kanelagad.
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. Chatrapati 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.
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
08:00 – 09:00
An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
We arrive at the base of Kenjalgad Fort. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
11:00 – 12:00
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.
12:00 – 13:30
Start to descend Kenjalgad fort & drive to the base of Raireshwar. We arrive at the col between Raireshwar & Kenjalgad Fort.
Now we start the trek to Raireshwar. We need to ascend approximately 350 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.
An hour of lunch break. Rest for 30 minutes.
14:30 – 16:30
Keep your bags at home next to the campsite.
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.
7 Colour Soil
Tent Pitching activity for everyone. We will pitch our tent. You will be guided through the basics of tent pitching.
Learning & fun Activity.
We will enjoy the sunset view.
We will have some fun activities around the campfire.
Have dinner & take a day off in your tent.
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 450 / 300
• Walk (approx.): 4 hrs., 4 km.
• Accommodation: Test Stay
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wake up call. Get freshen up yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
Wind up and clean the campsite.
Have breakfast & tea.
08:30 – 09:30
Visit Pandavleni on Raireshwar Plateau.
09:30 – 10:30
Now we begin to descend; It takes an hour to reach the base.
Reach base. Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
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 2: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 0 / 350
• Walk (approx.): 2 hrs., 4 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast
Thank You, Vishal,
for the wonderful start of the year 2022 by this memorable trek. Hope this year may fulfil our future trekking plans.
Thank you all of you. We enjoy a lot.
Special thank you for taking care of my son Shrinivas.