Ratangad Trek via Samrad | Trekking in Sahyadris | Part 7

This is a continuation to the Trek to Sandhan Valley | Trekking in Sahyadris | Part 6 – https://youtu.be/F1FdPm_85Ew

Ratangad Fort –
Very less has been mention about the fort in history, it has a tower like a surveillance tower.Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle. The base village for this trek is also Ratanwadi, it has an Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings. The fort is origin for the river Pravara/Amrutvahini. The Bhandardara dam is built on this river.
The main attraction at Ratanwadi is the Amruteshwar temple dating back to the Hemadpant Era – roughly from the eighth century.
The base village Ratanwadi is approached by boat from Bhandardara. By boat, it is a 6 km journey and further it is a 4 km walk till Ratanwadi.

This route which we have taken is from Samrad Base village which is base village for Sandhan Valley trek also.

Best time to Visit – June to Feb

Grade : Medium

Feature-
Nedha, Fortification, Temple and Cave.

Water and Food –
Water is available on the Fort.You need to arrange your own food.

Stay / Accommodation – You can stay in cave, its very windy at top camping in open at top is not advisable.

Places around –
Ratanwadi
Amruteshwar Temple
Bhandardara Dam
Sandhan Valley
Ghatgar Dam
Kalsubai Trek
AMK (Alang Madan Kulang) Trek.

Via Rail:
Kasara – 50 km from Base village Ratanwadi.
Igatpuri- 65 km from Ratanwadi.
 
Via Road
Buses are available from Igatpuri/Kasara stations to reach Shendi, near Bhandardara (approx 20 km from base village Ratanwadi.)
 
To reach at Ratanwadi, there are following options:
—Take a jeep or van from Shendi to Ratanwadi.
—Take a boat directly from Shendi stop or Bhandardara dam to Ratanwadi.

Things to carry :
http://www.runcycletrek.com/hiking-trekking/what-to-carry-on-a-two-or-more-days-hike/
http://www.runcycletrek.com/hiking-trekking/what-to-carry-on-a-one-day-hike/

The SAHYADRI Mountain ranges of India, forms the backbone of the rich cultural and natural heritage of Maharashtra. They cradle more than 500 forts, which stand as befitting ‘monuments’ to the pride, Courage and chivalry of the native people of India, since ancient times, who relentlessly strove against Invading enemies to preserve their freedom and to keep alive their faith and their culture….

We strive to bring you to witness these ranges, monuments of
RESPECT AND PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL GLORY, HERITAGE AND ECOSYSTEM….

Patriotism, courage and pride…

Let’s not push our history into pictures and books, protect them and make it stand still for generations to come.

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