Trek to Rajgad - King Of Forts

Trek to Rajgad

राजांचा गड, गडांचा राजा - किल्ले राजगड!!!

Rajgad (Ruling Fort) is a hill fort situated in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. Formerly known as Murumdev, the fort was the capital of the Maratha Empire under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which the capital was moved to the Raigad Fort. Treasures discovered from an adjacent fort was used to completely build and fortify the Rajgad Fort.

The Rajgad Fort is located around 60 km (37 mi) to the south-west of Pune and about 15 km (9.3 mi) west of Nasrapur in the Sahyadris range. The fort lies 1,400 m (4,600 ft) above the sea level. The diameter of the base of the fort was about 40 km (25 mi) which made it difficult to lay siege on it, which added to its strategic value. The fort's ruins consist of palaces, water cisterns, and caves. This fort was built on a hill called Murumbadevi Dongar (Mountain of the Goddess Murumba). Rajgad boasts of the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.

The fort has stood witness to a many significant historic events including the birth of Chhatrapati Shivaji's son "Rajaram Chhatrapati", the death of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, the burial of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Balle Killa, the strict words of Sonopant Dabir to Shivaji.

The Rajgad Fort was also one of the 17 forts that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj kept when he signed the Treaty of Purandar in 1665, with the Mughal general Jai Singh I, leader of the Mughal forces. Under this treaty, 23 forts were handed over to the Mughals.

Coming back to travel route and history.

We were 9 friends and 1 nephew with us. So we left Pimple Gurav(Pune) at around 6:45 PM. We were at plan of half of trek at night only. So from Bavdhan we headed to Katraj Tunnet via Mumbai - Banglore highway and then moved to Nasarapur road after Khed Shivapur toll plaza. We had a plan of using Gunjavane Darwaja(Chor Darwaja). We reached around 9:30PM. We paid to forest department and started to move to Rajgad.

Too much excitement and we headed. As it was a full moon night, we were able to see almost everything. With discussion of cricket match, we were moving forward. It was appearing tough but we managed to reach half of the destination and we ate there fruits and then a very tough trek stated. Within some time we reached the destination near water tank at Padmawati Machi.

It was too cold while moving forward. We used mats too sit and we ate. Food was too tasty. (And due to travelling and tiredness we ate to much). After having dinner 4 out of us moved to roam. We roamed somewhat and then came back to the sleeping place. It was too cold and so slept closer enough. Hats off to Bhushan Waman and Mineeketan Waman to stay alive :P with a almost transparent blanket.

We waked up at 6-7 am and the real work started. (Of photography :) ). There was lot of people who were joining the fort in a while. We headed towards Balekilla and we had breakfast there. The route was somewhat difficult but as we are from rural area, we were fine. After photo session, we were returning to Padmawati Machi. Reached there around 10am. Some guys decided to rest sometime and we 4 moved to another machi named Suvela Machi.

We reached in notime and we departed after photo session. Proud of Yogesh Auti who was giving water to drink to people who were thirsty.  We reached to Padnmawati Machi around 11 am. And the journey to travel back as started. :( Was feeling lie missing something. Yes... Torna....Will meet next time :)

While returning we were collecting plastic bottles as we are member of Edutech Agro Foundation

Proud of you guys.

PD: Special thanks:
  1. Yogesh Auti and Mineeketan planning such a nice trip and having cars to travel.
  2. Bhushan Waman for coming all way from Kalwadi and taking Nanachi Bhel.
  3. All guys to for making trek memorable.
  4. Edutech Agro Foundation for giving opportunity to do some social work as well.  

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