Rajmachi Fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty!
So people, on the eve of 28th Dec, 2015, we (a group of 9 people) decided to scale down The Rajmachi fort. The Rajmachi Fort is actually a complex of two forts, the Srivardhan Fort and the Maanranjan Fort.
The Srivardhan Fort is commonly referred to as Rajmachi Fort. We started from Pune by 6:30 PM and reached the village, the starting point of the hiking tungarli dam and it took more than 5 hours to reach Rajmachi village. From this place, fort was 11 Km away. I had a notion what is there to scale; just 11 Km and we started by 9:30 PM.
Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat (ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route.
Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures – the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet.
The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In the rainy season, this region becomes all the more beautiful with silvery waterfalls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.
This is the place you enjoy the peaceful environment and love the mix of hot and cold breeze giving you push to move.If you are planning to go to the top, you need at least 4 to 5 litres of water and if you have lemonade, the better. It’s a 5-hour trek at least and you realize your body is no more in your control.
What’s more, we were lucky to do star gazing at night! The view from the fort made it all worthwhile! One can see many other hilltop forts from this location.The journey is long and arduous but not difficult and is appropriate for beginners without any hiking experience as well.
While walking, the place was so quiet you can’t hear anything other than your murmurs. The spooky tales about ghosts here and there, let’s go back its too far and more. Scaring each other and motivating all just to move forward continued. The temperature at night was about 15•C, but, we warmed up with campfire and Maggi. Best time to scale this fort is night only!
Due to the distance, many people stay at the fort overnight. There are caves and temples at the fort where you can stay overnight. We reached the temple and stayed there for some time and enjoyed the peace and the aura around this place.
With breath-taking views and scenic vistas around each corner, this place is a must on every nature lover’s list. Go, give it a shot!
The clear sky make you feel you are out of the world with no tension of any kind and after the trek; your body wants to relax.
You don’t need a cozy bed or any kind of special treatment, the moment you close your eyes, you feel out of the world! According to what I experienced, you should please visit once to have firsthand experience. Cheers!!!