We at Trek Mates, are visiting Rajgad on 21st -22nd of this month (Starting on Friday night 20th by 11 pm)
Rajgad – 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. Fort is of 1350 Mtrs. high,
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 on this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee is has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can find a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare 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.
Torna: the fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.
Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.
Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.
Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.
Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kpothi Darwaja.
Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.
Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.
Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is stillin the needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.
Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side & a wonderful spot to see.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting Point : Thane station at 10.00 pm sharp
Our journey starts with the private vehicle from thane till the base village of Rajgad from where we start our trek and reach the top till 9 am.
We then explore the fort till 4 in the eve. And start our journey towards Torna
This will be a night trek till the base of the Budhla machi. We will sleep here till morning and then start again for Torna fort and reach the top in next one hr or so.
We then explore Torna fort till noon and get down to Velhe village till 4 pm. And then start our journey back to Mumbai.
By which route would we be climbing Rajgad?
The charges of the trek are RS 1000/per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Mumbai to Mumbai.
2 lunch (Saturday n Sunday),
1 dinner (Saturday),
Tea, refreshments, etc.
Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
A spoon, mug and a plate (a must)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
2-3 bunch of papers
2 empty polyethene bags for load sharing (approx 1.5 kg weight will be given to each candidate so pack yur bags taking it into consideration)
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.
Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
If interested, please contact on the nos. below for registration by Friday evening latest:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211.
Prasad Tandale: 9870491140