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Rajmachi
 At a Glance
Trek Rajmachi
Alias -
Type Hill Fort
District Pune
Height above mean sea level 2710 feet
Base Village Kondivde
Minimum Duration 1 Day
Region Karjat
Transport

1. 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), 2. Kalyan - Lonavala by road/ rail. Lonavala - Udhewadi by walk (about 4 hrs) - Rajmachi (30 min)

Time to reach the top About 3 hrs from Kondivade, about 4 1/2 hours from Lonavala
Water Availability Water cistern are available at the top
Best season to visit Any Time
Sights to visit Two citadels i) Shrivardhan and ii) Manoranjan, Ancient Lord Shiva temple near lake (in Udhewadi village), Ancient temple of Kal Bhairav in the gorge between Manoranjan and Shrivardhan,  Lake ,  Kondane caves (on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau)
Difficulty Rating Simple
Shelter Caves at the top
 Location

On the way to RajmachiAs 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.

 
 More photographs
An ancient atop rajmachi

An ancienrt monument atop Rajmachi

For more photographs follow this link

 
 Note
   All references regarding duration of trek and transport are given with respect to Kalyan
 Contact
   cdeepan@rediffmail.com                Deepan Ashok Choudhary
   abhiabhi99@rediffmail.com            Abhijit Ulhas Avalaskar
   Last updated on : 1st January 2004