Type : Hill Fort
Height :apprx. 4255 ft.
Appx. time to reach the top : 3 hrs from the base village
Base Village: Ratanwadi
Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time.
At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accommodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle via tryambak Darwaza.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting point : 1)Swami Narayan Mandir, Dadar (e) at 11.00pm on Saturday 1st August.
2)Pick up point at Thane at 12.30 am
Travel by private vehicle till the base Village,
Rest till dusk in the bus itself.
Early morning have breakfast, Visit Amruteshwar Temple and then Start our trek by 7.30 am.
Reach the top in 3 hrs.
Explore the surroundings and start descending by 3.pm.
Reach the base till 5.00pm.
Start our return journey after evening refreshments.
If time permits we may opt to visit Randha falls. (Only if time permits)
We will be reaching Mumbai tentatively by 9.30-10.30 pm on Sunday 2nd August.
The cost for the trek is Rs 550/- per head which includes
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by private vehicle,
Breakfast, and evening refreshments.
Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water,
Candles and TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes.
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.)
Its raining heavy these days, so pack yr bags accordingly to save them from getting wet.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Trek Leader : Priti Patel
Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below for registration or further details:
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211
Vikram singh :9987757665
Priti Patel : 9869524260
Prasad Tandale : 9870491140