About Rajgad Fort
Rajgad means Royal or ‘Royal Fort’. This is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Known as Murumdev, this was the capital of the great Maratha Empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for 26 years. Later the capital was shifted to Raigad Fort. The diameter at the base of the fort is 40kms which makes it difficult for the enemies to lay siege to it.
History of Rajgad Fort
The fort has witnessed a lot of prominent historic events. These include the birth of Shivaji’s son Rajaram, death of his queen Saibai, the burial of Afzal Khan’s head in the Mahadarwaja walls of the Balle Killa, return of Shivaji from Agra and much more. This fort was first captured by Ahmed Bahiri Nijamshah and it was tossed to too many hands including Shivaji Maharaj. After all the tosses, Rajgadh came into the hands of Britishers in the year 1818 AD.
How to reach Rajgad Fort?
The way to Rajgad is via Nasrapur Phata which is approximately 20kms from Katraj Tunnel. Nasrapur can be reached from NH4 that is 35kms from Pune Station. The three main base villages are Gunjawane, Pali and Bhutonde. Pali is the easiest.
Difficulty level: Medium/Moderate
Distance: 50kms from Pune
Things to do at Rajgad Fort:
Rajgad is an ideal Fort for camping. There are lots of activities which can’t be done in one day on this Fort. There are two temples here which can be used for camping in case you’ve missed out on tents. Padmavati temple is the most preferred. Pali Darwaza, Balle Killa, Chor Darwaza are few of the attractions of this Fort. One can climb the Fort through various routes but Pali Darwaza is the main and easier route. The route for Pali Darwaja is from Wajeghar Pali. Food and water is served at the temple but it is advisable to carry food and water from home.
Trekkers visit the Fort throughout the year, but it’s advisable to be careful during the monsoon as the ways become slippery.
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