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Rajgad Fort, Pune

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Explore secret passages of India’s king of all forts and enjoy a view of Sahyadri Mountains at Rajgad Fort, ruins of a huge 17th century fortress. Standing at 1,400 m (4,600 ft) with giant dual walls and temples and water cisterns, this high-class architecture makes a popular spot for trekkers. Get a glimpse of a bygone grandeur and lavishness of this former capital city and marvel and intricate carvings on the walls fringed with vegetation. Walk along a right to reach one of the numerous observation stonemasonry decks providing fabulous views of the surrounding area. To visit Rajgad Fort on your trip to Pune, use our Pune tour planner.
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  • An absolutely delightful place. Please take a guide along once you have negotiated a price, as it helps to have background on different parts of the fort. Once done, you can ask the guide to leave and...  more »
  • The amount of energy and Thrilling experience this fort gives during trekking is awesome. The best part of this place is that there are Very less people on the fort. The peace and silence around the f...  more »
  • Trek to Rajgad fort was one of the most thrilling experience among the treks near Pune. Difficulty Level: Moderate Best Time to visit: Monsoons Trek time to reach is around 2 hrs. The fort is at ht of...  more »
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  • You can not visit this place only once.....This fort is actally an addiction. The more you explore the more you love this place. It has more than three entrance road from all directions. This was the First Capital of Shivaji Maharaj and today also in broken condition it tells you the story of that wonderfull era. First timers should visit from Chor Darwaja from Gunjavane Village. You can get drinking water , Shelter. Food on The Fort can be arranged easily if you demand it at the base village. Local people will deliver it to you on the Fort.
  • As the name says "RAJGAD" is truly the King of Forts. The route from the village Gunjavane via Chordarwaja is really wonderful with breathtaking scenic views. I will recommend this route for trek lovers. Pali route is quite easy. Best time to visit after monsoons, so you can enjoy the greenery and the wild flowers. Do visit Suvela machi and bale killa.
  • No doubt one of the best trek and historical place near PUNE. Best time to visit after monsoon and in winter. And also better go via pali route its easy and will take 2hrs approx to reach the top. Do visit balekilla. After monsoon you'll see different kinds of flowers all over the fort.
  • The splendour of the fort, the treacherous ridges, the zig-zag narrow paths and the rock patches leave one in awe over the brilliance of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s use of geography to his advantage in those days.
  • Rajgad Fort Katraj near Pune is one of the grand forts of the Sahaydris. It was the first capital of Hindavi Swaraja (Maratha Empire) and literary means the ‘King of the Forts’. Rajgad is truly the King of all forts. It is famous for its structure. Rajgad is surrounded by Sinhagad, Torna, Mangalgad and Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj spent most of his life on this fort. He was here for nearly 30 years. This fort is historically very much important. The fort is 1400 mts above sea level and a difficult one to climb. One of the toughest & awesome place for trek. Rajgad fort which is good trek for trekkers a little challenging one. The best season to visit Rajgad is during the monsoons and the winter season. There are 3 ways to start trek to Rajgad, one is from Gunjavane village which leads to the Padmavati machee. This trek route is mainly known as Chor Darwaza (Secret Doorway).  Second route is also from Gunjavane village but it leads to Suvela Machee. It is better to climb from this way under expert guidance and with professional mountain climbing equipment. Third route is via Pali base village which leads to Pali Darwaza. This route is simple but takes longer to climb from here as compared to other route. Bale-Killa is a must visit place once you reach there. The Padmavati temple which is very old is the only place where one can rest. Sanjivani Machi, Padmavati Machi and Suvela Machi are places one can see over here. One can also see ‘Chor Darawaja’ and ‘Pali Darwaja’ on the machi. The base offers many food options and once you reach top. There are few villagers who sale Zunka Bhakri on the fort. If you are planning to visit Rajgad fort, be careful. Use good grip shoes. If you go in rainy season then it is really difficult to trek. Avoid to there during heavy rain fall.