Trek to Rajmachi
Rajmachi- Treasure Hunt. The Indian Spirit in association with Bhavyata Foundation is pleased to announce a trek to Rajmachi, a historical fort, in the rugged hills of Shayadri Mountains.
Historically, the Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Bor Ghat (between Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. It is one of the ideal one-day trips near Mumbai. The fort complex was originally constructed by the Satavahanas. In 1657 CE, Shivaji Maharaj captured this fort along with other neighbouring forts from the Adilshahi ruler of Bijapur. In 1704 CE, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb captured the fort from the Marathas. However, the Marathas regained their control in 1705 CE. In 1713 CE, Shahu Maharaj handed over Rajmachi fort to Kanhoji Angre.
There are two ways to reach the Rajmachi fort, one is from Lonavala, roughly a 15 km flat walk and the other one is from Karjat, a gradual climb of around 5 km. For beginners, it would be better to trek from Lonavala as this is a much easier path. It will take about 5 hours of hiking to reach Udhewadi, the base of Rajmachi fort by this route. Only SUVs can reach Udhewadi village which is situated at the base of Rajmachi Fort to avoid a 15 km long trek.
The trek to Rajmachi fort starts from Kondhane Caves, which is about 5 km from the fort. It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Rajmachi from Kondhane Caves.
MR. NILKANTH KOHALE
Entrepreneur and Motivational Strategist
He is an avid traveler and well versed in matters of Indian history, Epics and Spirituality. He has initiated several rural development projects in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra.