Rajmachi

TrekRajmachi
Alias
TypeHill Fort
DistrictPune
Height above mean sea level2710 feet
Base VillageKondivde
Minimum Duration1 Day
RegionKarjat
Transport

Kalyan to Karjat by road/rail, Karjat to Khandpe by bus (~ 15 km) , Khandpe to Kondivade walk (~ 15 mins) OR Karjat to Kondavane (by rickshaw)

Time to reach the topAbout 3 1/2 hrs from the base
Water AvailabilityWater cistern are available at the top
Best season to visitAny Time
Sights to visitTwo citadels i) Shrivardhan and ii) Manoranjan, Ancient Lord Shiva temple (in Rajmachi village), Ancient temple in the gorge between Manoranjan and Shrivardhan, Caves, Lake ,  Kondane caves.
Difficulty RatingSimple
ShelterCaves at the top

As the train to Pune leaves Karjat and runs slowly up the Borghat, one enjoys some great hills of Sahyadri to the left. This particular section of Sahyadri is commanded by a pair of citadels of Rajmachi – Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Rajmachi has quiet a lot of significance because of its vital position – keeping an eye on the Borghat, and the beauty that it offers has mesmerized the trekkers for since long

Nearest Railway station to Rajmachi is Karjat. First bus to reach Khandpe from Karjat is at about 4.30 am (Bus for village Sandshi. Get down at Khandpe). 3 hours trek from Kondivde will take you to the village Udhewadi. From here 30 min trek will take you to the top.
Precaution
Beautiful reflection of one of the citadels in the pond of RajmachiTake enough water from the village Kondivde itself as there are no water sources in the way, however there is abundant water in village Udhewadi and also on the top.

Sight Seeing
An ancient atop rajmachi
Rajmachi consists of two citadels(Balekilla)
1) Shrivardhan 2) Manranjan. One might even see the caves, old temples and monuments on the way to the top which is another 40 minutes from the village Rajmachi. One can even observe the wonderful reflection of Rajmachi(Shrivardhan) in the pond in the Rajmachi village. Also try to see the Kondane Caves which are about one hour distant from Kondivde and away from the main path to Rajmachi.

Here is a link to a document by Mr. Mukund Gondhalekar that gives more information about this historic fort and the activities carried out by Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Programme for its conservation and development.
More photographs
An ancient atop rajmachi
An ancienrt monument atop Rajmachi

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