– The name describes the place itself. The King of all the forts.
It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla.
Padmavati Machee (north end) : This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.
Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.
Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Rendezeous: Day 0: Pritam Hotel, Dadar (E) @ 22:45 Hrs on
23:00 Hrs: Departure from Dadar
Pick-ups en-route Sion, Chembur, Vashi, Belapur etc.
05:00 Hrs : @ Gunjavane, Base Village
Finish off Morning activities , Breakfast & Tea
06:30 Hrs : Ascend to Rajgad Starts
08:45 Hrs : Atop Rajgad
Explore Padmavati machi, Balekilla & Suvela Machi
13:00 Hrs : Lunch time @ Padmavati Temple
13:30 Hrs : Move 2 Sanjivani Machi
Explore Sanjivani Machi
16:00 Hrs : Descend
18:00 Hrs : @ Gunjawane
Refreshment – Tea
18:30 Hrs : Start return journey back 2 Mumbai by private vehicle
We will be @ Dadar by 23:30 Hrs (Subjectively).
The expenditure of the trek is Rs 2250/- per head, which includes Travel expenditure from Dadar 2 Dadar by private vehicle, veg meals, 2 Refreshments
For registration, Rs. 2250/- (Non-Refundable) as advance payment for vehicle charges & Food arrangement is a must …
Deposit the amount on following account.
Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Maximum 25 seats …
Last date for confirmation with advance payment is on 4 days prior to departure till 5 pm
Things To Be carried:
A bottle of water (Atleast 3 Ltrs – must),
TORCH with extra batteries (Compulsory),
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
2-3 papers, Cap, etc.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
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