Rajgad FortHeight : 1394 Meters.
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Pune
District : Pune Grade : Medium
राजगड (Rajgad) किल्ल्याची ऊंची : 1394
किल्ल्याचा प्रकार : गिरीदुर्ग डोंगररांग: डोंगररांग नाही
जिल्हा : पुणे श्रेणी : मध्यम
This giant and well constructed fort is recorded in history of architecture. This fort is made during the 17th century with its giant dual walls, secret passages, main passages, buildings, temples, water cisterns and locations as per instruction from Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This believed to be den of Shivaji Maharaj and being unmarked first capital of Swarajya led by him for 25 years. After deaths of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and and his successor Chatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj, Tarabai used this fort again to re-establish Hindavi Swarajya in the 18th Century.
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajgad
Nearby cities: suhas parshuram zanje, mango farm, Nanded City
Coordinates: 18°14’45″N 73°40’58″E
Rajgad (literally meaning Royal Fort) is one of the forts in the Pune district of Maharashtra state in India. The fort is around 1,400 m (4,600 ft) above sea level. Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved the capital to Raigad Fort. Treasure found at an adjacent fort was used to fortify this hill. The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 km (25 mi) making it difficult for anybody to lay siege to it, adding to its strategic value.
One can climb the fort from numerous route from villages at the base of Rajgad, 1)starting from Gunjavne (Gunjavne Darwaja or Chor Darwaja both on Padmavati Machee, and a tough route to Chor Darwaja near Nedhe on Suvela Machi). Pali Darwaja is historically the main and easier route. 2) The route for Pali Darwaja is from Wajeghar-Pali. 3) From Chirmudi village (Chor Darwaja on Padmavati Machee), the route meets corresponding route from Gunjavne); 4) From village Bhutunde (Alu Darwaja on Sanjeevani Machee via Dhanghar Vada); 5) From Male (Chor Darwaja on Kaleshwari Buruj, Suvela Machee). 6) From route coming from Budhla Machee of Torna comes through a connecting ridge to Alu Darwaja on Sanjeevani Machi.
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