About Raigad Fort
Raigad is a hill fort in Mahad, located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. This fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj and he made it as the capital in the year 1674 when he was crowed for the Maratha Empire. The fort is located in the Sahyadri Mountain ranges. There are many steps that lead to the fort.
History of Raigad Fort
The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in the year 1656. Shivaji renovated and extended the fort of Rairi and renamed it Raigad (meaning the King’s Fort). Pachad and Raigadwadi villages are located at the base of the Raigad and these two were very important villages during the Maratha rule. During the Maratha rule 10000 cavalry was always kept as a fallback in Pachad village.
In the year 1818, the Britishers had an eye over this fort and they bombarded and destroyed it by using cannons from the hill of Kalkai. As per the treaty, it was handed over to the British East India Company on 9th May, 1818.
How to reach Raigad Fort?
There are two routes by which you can reach Raigad fort. One of them is via Paud road. From Paud reach Mangaon village which on NH17. From Mangaon village, head towards Mahad and then Pachad village. Pachad village is the base village from where you can start trekking. Vehicles can be parked at Raigad paytha. Raigad can be reached via Bhor too.
Difficulty level: Medium/Moderate
Distance: 140kms from Pune
Things to do Raigad Fort:
Raigad fort is a perfect place for camping especially at night. There are many closed shelters where you can stay. Avid trekkers mostly carry their tents along. Trekking at night is scary but it is safe. Carry flashlights along. Apart from camping and trekking one can also see Holicha Mal, Hirkani Buruj, Takmak Tok, Samhadhi of Shivaji Maharaj, Samhadhi of Shivaji Maharaj’s dog Waghya, Throne of Shivaji Maharaj, Meena Darwaja, Queen’s palace and much more. It’s a lovely fort with the historical perspective.
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