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Rajmachi Fort is located near near Lonavala. We walked and trekked about 20kms from Lonavala station to Rajmachi fort. We have to cross a U-shaped vall...
Rajmachi is slowly gaining popularity and certainly it should. the views from the top of the fort are stunning. Also the trail is adorned with beautifu...
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About the Rajmachi Trek:
Rajmachi and Kondane Caves trek takes you on a tour through tranquil hidden landscapes of Maharashtra. This ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region and is a perfect example of lost beauties in today’s hustles. These beautiful forts were built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and strive for a favourite trekking destination amongst ardent adventure seekers.
Delight in this awe-inspiring quaint Rajmachi fort which provides you with pleasant views of Borghat, a historic trade route located in this region of Maharashtra. Admire the beauty of Shrivardhan Fort and Manoranjan fort crowned at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek. This stunning ancient beauty can be reached via two ways, while Kondivide village route might get tricky at times, however, the most preferable route is from Lonavala as it is much easy and provides the best of the views.
Standing amidst the dense forests, Rajmachi and Kondane Caves trek provide you with some amazing sceneries, this stunning place is a beauty to the eyes especially in the rainy season as you will be witnessing random waterfalls and lush greenery at every turn while trekking. Rivet in this amazing experience with friends and family like never before!
We meet sharp at 17:20 hours at Lonavala Railway station
Suggested train to the board is the 11009/Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express, timings are:
Note: Minimum 8 people are required to book the Rajmachi trek package.
05:20 PM: Assemble at Lonavala Railway Station. You will be picked up from here and will be transferred to the start point of the Rajmachi trek in a Jeep.
07:00 PM: Start the trek towards the base village, which is an 8 KMS trek.
09:00 PM: Reach the base village.
10:00 PM: Freshen up, have dinner and retire for the night in a dormitory on sharing basis.
07:00 AM: Wake up call. Freshen up and start your day with breakfast.
07:30 AM: Today we will for fort visit and explore the nearby areas.
12:00 PM: Lunch will be served.
01:00 PM: Start your descend from Rajmachi to Kondane Caves.
03:30 PM: Reach the Kondane caves and explore the area.
05:30 PM: Reach Kondhavane village & travel towards Karjat Station.
06:30 PM: Reach Karjat railway station and catch a train back to your home with loads of memories and your Rajmachi trekking experience.
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Rated : 5.0
Rajmachi Fort is located near near Lonavala. We walked and trekked about 20kms from Lonavala station to Rajmachi fort. We have to cross a U-shaped valley. On the way, we came across many waterfalls among which few were really beautiful. We went for trekking in the month of August i.e. rainy season. Its best o go there in during rains because rains keeps you fresh and energetic in that location. Near fort there is a very small town. The local people give their homes on rent and also provide food. The food is really very good and cheap too (keeping the location in mind). We can travel more than half of the way by vehicles. There are no toilets...we have to do it in open :P Its a must visit place. One cannot forget this experience!
Rated : 5.0
Rajmachi is slowly gaining popularity and certainly it should. the views from the top of the fort are stunning. Also the trail is adorned with beautiful waterfalls. I just could not get up once I reached the Fort. Loved the entire trekking experience. Though its a 15km trek but then again the views are so beautiful that for once you will not at all feel worn out or exhausted.
Rated : 5.0
I was new to Maharashtra as I had just started working at Mumbai, one of my friends suggested me this trek and I went with other group members. Great and charming view of the valleys while being engulfed by history all around is something I will never forget.
Rated : 5.0
located amidst the beautiful scenery, the rajmachi fort adds value to your trekking experience...loved the trek alot...it was really peaceful..we had lots of fun, everyone was very supportive even our guide was very helpful in everything.....made lots of new friends.
Rated : 5.0
Walked almost 15km and man, our legs got worn out. But it was worth it. Got to see some amazing waterfalls and the view is simply breathtaking of the place. there are several small crabs that you see here and the moss is slippery but glimmers so nicely!
Rated : 5.0
Good job on conducting the trek, our leader also told us some old stories and legends about this bastion of the Marathas, which were entertaining and enlightening.
Rated : 4.0
Walking for 15 kilometres in the middle of nature was beautiful and the fort's epic views floored me. We were 4 friends and there were also other members in the group. Our fun started when we reached Lonavala. The food was very delicious and trek itself was beautiful. Although its 15 kms trek but view from the top is worth the climb. We had stayed in local homestay and our host was very friendly. All 4 of us had time and made some new friends also.
Rated : 4.0
We walked the whole way gossiping and enjoying the scenery. Met some nice people there. Had some amazing time in trekking and eaten some lovely food. Views from the top is amazing and our guide was very good and he told us lot of stories about the fort and Martha empire.
Rated : 4.0
The best part about the trek was the surrounding beauty of the Sahyadris! We had gone here during the rainy season and saw so many waterfalls and ever peacocks! It was a truly amazing experience.
Rated : 4.0
Got to see so many crabs while we were climbing up the peak and the fort in itself is so beautiful and rustic it is everything we hoped for during our trek and we want to go again.
How to go Rajmachi from Mumbai?
The best way to reach Rajmachi from Mumbai is through train. Rajmachi does not have a railway station of its own, but the nearest one is the Lonavala Railway Station. Multiple trains run between Mumbai and Lonavala and you can take one easily.
On reaching Lonavala, our team will pick you from the station and transfer to the starting point of the trek. Other than the train, you may even opt for a bus or hire a taxi. Rajmachi and Mumbai and well connected via Lonavala and reaching your destination will not be a problem.
How to go Rajmachi from Pune?
Rajmachi is easily accessible from Pune. Multiple trains run between Pune and Lonavala and you can take any train as per your choice. From the Lonavala Railway Station, your destination is merely 9 Kilometres away.
On reaching the station, our team will pick you and transfer to the site from where you will begin your Rajmachi trek. Other than this, you can take a bus from Pune to Lonavala Station and then a local taxi to Rajmachi. You may even hire a taxi from Pune directly to Rajmachi.
What is Rajmachi famous for?
Rajmachi is blessed with magnificent forts, natural beauty and rich history which contributes to the popularity of the place. The first thing that makes it one of the most renowned places near Mumbai are the two forts- Manaranjan and Shrivardhan.
Built by Satavahanas, these forts now testify to the political changes it had to bear in the hands of the various ruling dynasties. These twin forts glorify the rich architecture and the beauty which is hard to miss. Next comes Rajmachi Fort trek. Rajmachi is a very popular trekking destination in Maharashtra.
Standing in between the thick forests, Kondane and Rajmachi trek offers breathtaking scenery which is awe-inspiring. This region becomes even more beautiful during the rainy season as the entire landscape is covered with swanky lush green landscapes and the mountains look exquisite.
What is the batch size usually?
Usually, the batch size of Rajmachi Fort trek is between 10-12 people. This comprises of men, women and children. We do not prefer to exceed than this as it might cause chaos. We believe in giving attention of each of our travellers, so we stick to the number.
Are PickUp and Drop facilities available from Mumbai or Pune?
No, pickup and drop facilities are not provided from Mumbai or Pune. We provide pickup and drop facilities from Lonavala Railway Station. You need to reach Lonavala Railway Station from where you will be taken to the site of trekking. Multiple trains run from Mumbai and Pune and you may choose as per your convenience.
Is this trek safe for Solo Travelers and Female Travelers?
Yes, Rajmachi Fort trek is completely safe for the solo and female travellers. We usually have around 40% of solo or women travellers with us in each batch. We pay special attention for the safety of our guests. Separate accommodation is provided to men and women for their overall comfort.
What is the total trek distance?
The total trek distance is 15 kilometres. Although Rajmachi trek does not include steep climbs or rocky terrain, but you will have to walk a long distance at a go. For this, you need to be physically fit so that you can walk rigorously at a stretch without any problem.
Is Rajmachi Trek difficult?
Rajmachi trek is easy to moderate. The trek trail is not steep or rocky, but it includes long walk. The new trekkers consider Rajmachi as the starting point of their trekking expedition. It can be done by men, women and children easily who are fit and healthy.
What is the best time to go for Rajmachi Fort Trek?
The best time to go for Rajmachi Fort trek is during monsoons. The entire region sways in lush green vegetation. The flora and fauna during this time erupts in magnificence which are a treat to the eyes. Other than monsoons, winter is also a great time to go for trekking in Rajmachi.
The weather during this time is cool and pleasant. The light fog on the mountains and the dewy trek trail makes your heart filled with joy. The sight of fog and clouds covering the mountains during winters is something to be captured for life. Lastly, some prefer going in summers but it is not the best time of the year. The hot and humid weather may play down your overall excitement and experience.
Will we camp for the night stopover?
Yes you will be camping at Rajmachi Village for the night stopover. You will be given tents on triple sharing basis. Separate accommodation arrangements are done for men and women.
Are toilets available Rajmachi Kalsubai Trek Route?
Toilets are not available at the Rajmachi Kalsubai Trek route. You need to attend nature’s call in the open if it is really urgent. Toilets are available in the base village where you can freshen up.
What is the condition of mobile connectivity?
The mobile connectivity during the trek is poor. You will hardly get network to make or attend calls. The network vanishes with a minute. At some point, you might get signal which is good enough to send messages or make calls if you are lucky enough.
Can we smoke or drink alcohol during the trek?
Drinking or smoking is strictly prohibited during the trek. Anyone found doing so will be barred from joining us for the trekking expedition and will be asked to leave the site immediately. No refund is applicable during this condition.
What type of footwear should I carry?
Rajmachi trekking involves long walk, thus you should be wearing comfortable trekking shoes. Avoid wearing slippery sandals or shoes as it might lead to accidents. Wear walking shoes which are made with advanced technology is recommended for the most comfortable trek. Also, wear trek friendly clothes.
What are the inclusion in the package?
Vegetarian meals are included in your package, which comprises of dinner on Day 1, breakfast and lunch on Day 2.
Accommodation is provided in tents on double or triple sharing basis. Men and women have separate tents.
Travel cost from Kondana village to Karjat railway station is included in your package.
Transportation services are provided from Lonavala to Tungarli dam base by auto.
A Jungle Jeep Ride is included till Phata.
Trekking is included in the package and all arrangements for the same are done by us.
Can you tell me about Rajmachi?
Located in the mountain range of Sahyadri at the Maharashtrian Konkan region, Rajmachi is a small village which is blessed with two fortified peaks, namely Manaranjan and Shrivardhan Forts. These famous forts are located near the renowned tourist places, Khandala and Lonavala.
Rajmachi is located at the fort base and is also known as Udhewadi village. Rajmachi has experienced multiple ruler changes, which includes Emperor Aurangzeb, Shivaji Maharaj, Shahu Maharaj and then the British control. Such a change in hands has led to multiple social and physical changes which makes it an interesting place to explore. The forts bear testimony to the kind of political turmoil Rajmachi went through in olden times.
The primaeval Kondhavi Caves surrounded by Rajmachi Fort offers a beautiful view of the excellent architectural work done in the ancient times, which is quite evident from the carvings on rocks and walls. Rajmachi is now considered to be a great place for trekking. It is considered to be a must visit place amid adventure and trekking enthusiasts.
The large variety of flora and fauna at Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary makes it a heaven for nature lovers. Rajmachi is one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai and Pune. Rajmachi Trek being one of the most carried activities brings in the huge number of trekking fanatics throughout the year.
The trekking trail to Rajmachi is exciting and beautiful. Landscape around gives the best of nature. The lush green valley especially during Monsoons will melt your heart and will remain captured forever. The fresh air at the mountains and the scenery will soothe your mind and soul, away from the hustle and bustle of busy-tiring city life.
Can you tell me about Rajmachi Fort?
The ancient Rajmachi Fort has an interesting history to tell which is quite evident from the look of the fort and nearby surroundings. Built by Satvahanas, this fort was seized by the celebrated ruler- Shivaji Maharaj during 1657. After this, he also captured the nearby forts from the ruler of Bijapur- Adil Shahi.
In 1704, this fort was once again seized from Shivaji Maharaj by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Next year, it was again regained by the Marathas only to give it to Kanhoji Angre during 1713. With the collapse of Marathas during 1818, the Britishers took control of the entire Maratha territories which also includes Rajmachi Fort.
With so many hands on the fort, Rajmachi Fort reflects the diversity it experienced during the olden times which is interesting to witness and explore. Your tour to Maharashtra is incomplete without seeing the massive Rajmachi Fort, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. The adventure freaks go on a trekking expedition to this fort from the base village.
It is now a favourite trekking destination amid people who wish to have a quick break from the chaotic city life. The uphill trail is nice and easy without a steep hike or rocky terrain. Rajmachi Fort trek is considered to be a great option for the first timers which is around 8 kilometres of the trek from the base.
The trail includes beautiful scenery and lush green plantation. The sight of Tungarli Lake from the top is breathtaking and surely a place to capture in your mobile.
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