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Material
Rajgad
 At a Glance
Trek Rajgad
Alias -
Type Hill Fort
District Pune
Height above mean sea level 4520 feet
Base Village Vajeghar / Pali
Minimum Duration 2 Days
Region Pune
Transport Kalyan to Pune road/rail, Pune to Vajeghar/Pali by bus.
Time to reach the top About 3 hours
Water Availability Water ponds are available at the top.
Best season to visit Any Time
Sights to visit PadmavatiTemple, Sanjivani machi, Suvela machi, Padmavati machi, Balekilla etc.
Difficulty Rating Simple
Shelter Temple at the top
 Location
A view of Rajgad from bottom.

Surely one of the most alluring treks and absolute paragon of high class architecture of chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It's situated in the sierra of sahyadri and in the juxtapose to Torna, the first fort conquered by shivaji. Rajgad has spell bounded many trekkers with its mammoth size, sky touching height(~4600 ft.) and wide-wide spread.

There are four to five different ways to reach Rajgad, one of the easiest way is via Vajeghar-Pali.

Situated south-west of Pune, this fort commands the Bhuleshwar range. Reaching Pune, one can catch a bus for village Welhe or Vajeghar (1st bus from Swargate at around 8.30 am , about 2 hours journey by bus), get down at Vajeghar. From Vajeghar reach village Pali in about 10-15 minutes. From Pali, a good foot track leads to the top by Pali Darwaja in about 2 1/2 hours.

Rajgad can also be approached from village by Gunjavane Darwaja or Chor Darwaja.

 
 Precaution
Mahadarwaja

Have enough potable water from village Vajeghar or Pali, as there is no water source in the way

 
 Sight Seeing
Suvela Machi Rajgad being the backbone of Maratha empire was constructed taking into account all aspects and its construction shows the clairvoyance of Shivaji Maharaj. Four main things to look for on Rajgad are
  • 1. Padmavati Machi - it has a Padmavati temple in which the night stay can be made. Drinking water is available from Padmavati lake.
  • 2. Suvela Machi
  • 3. Sanjivini Machi
  • 4. Citadel.
 
 Note
   All references regarding duration of trek and transport are given with respect to Kalyan
 Contact
   cdeepan@gmail.com                        Deepan Ashok Choudhary
   abhijit.avalaskar@gmail.com            Abhijit Ulhas Avalaskar
   Last updated on : 1st Dec 2005