Every year I am with my college group having Monsoon One-Night stay picnic with in Maharashtra. This time I and Pankaj planned to go Raigad Fort with Rohan, Vinod, Vaibhav and Arun (Vaibhav friend and driver). Sanjay and Amit has some urgent work so they skipped. We hired Tavera at minimal cost – dont want to share. Thanks Arun to give all favor to us and bring down the cost of vehicle. In case anybody want to hire vehicle for any part of Maharashtra can call Arun at 09594280550 anytime. Arun is best driver ever seen can cut down journey hours with smooth and quick driving. He is driving since eight years. So anybody want to hire car for Pune or Raigad Fort than please call Arun at 095942 80550.
We started journey on 12th Morning by 7:00 am. I was not able to do any packing as one before was my birthday and entire day was spend with some special work. I came home late with many stuff, my next post will explain about this. I woke up early on 4:00am and prepared butter sweetcorn for breakfast. By 5:15am I leave my home with some money in hand. I called everybody – and all responded well. Only Vaibhav woke late.
I and Rohan met at Dahisar. Than we had Bun Maska Jam and tea at Dahisar Station. Than Suddenly Pankaj called me and we decided to meet at Ravindra Hotel, Dahisar. After formal pooja of vehicle we started our adventurous trip to Raigad Fort. We all five people plus Driver Arun, a Vaibhav friend.
Journey Start – I was happy and quite upset due some personal reason. Rohan brought some DJ songs which was played very loud. We took Mumbai Goa Highway No 17 which goes via Mahad. At Panvel we had one halt where we had missal and tea than move to more further. Than we halt at Mangaon. Their we had amazing tea and omlet. At Mangaon I saw Balaji temple which is beautiful.
Than we move towards the Raigad Fort. That day raining like anything. I saw many waterfalls. We left NH17 and turn left for Raigad Fort. This road passes from many small village. Entire environment turn Green and Amazing with all waters and amazing feeling of breezing. I am missing someone here. I missed to take some clicks due to wet season.
AT RAIGAD FORT –
By 1:00pm we reach to Raighad Fort Entrance. You can go with ropeway which is either site of Fort. We started trekking toward fort. Than we change regular path and select some unknown path inside from Jungle. While following path I fall on rock. But dont realize any pain but later I feel bad backpain. Arun and other are having fun. At middle of path we halted at waterfall. This fall was so amazing and water was cold. OHH CHILLING…. it is. Thanks We got one tea stall their and had tea. I was not feeling well so I skips this fall.
Than we moved further. We saw some of the best climate and nature. Unfortunately I am not carrying camera due rain. Monsoon why not make camera waterproof. By the way I wish to thank Ushama Jani for her camera. But Vaibhav and Vinod never miss any scenes and clicks many shots. Vaibhav click multiple poses. It was so amusing for me.
At top we had very hot Bhajiyas and Tea. It was very delicious. We had four plate bhaji even awaiting for more but unfortunately the stuff finished so we moved to further. The entrance of fort was amazing and nicely curved. This fort specialty is the entrance is not noticeable to outsider. The fort has big pond to store water, Marketplace, big place live soldiers, a palace, Rajwada. Here Shivaji’s pet dog’s Waghya statue.
At top rain was like anything and this broke my umbrella. Following is place to see inside Raigad Fort –
1) Raj Bhawan, Raigad Fort
Raj Bhawan at Raigad Fort is prominent place where Shivaji Maharaj took charge of Maratha Kingdom on 6 June 1674, calle Rajyabhishek. In the Hindu calendar it was on the 13th day (trayodashi) of the first fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha in the year 1596.
The Raj Bhawan is very attractive place where you can see huge statue of Shivaji Maharaj in center and can feel how Shivaji Maharaja and his administrative. The Raj Bhawan is very big and can be fitted for many people. One security guard is always presents to protect statue and guide the tourist. Nagarkhana Darwaja was entrance to Raj Bhawan.
2) Jagadishwar Temple, Raigad Fort
It is Lord Shankar Temple. The Temple is quite simple but having its own identity. Outside the temple there is Huge Nandi is about five feet. Whole temple is made of stone with square structure. Their is no light inside the temple. Inside temple you will feel warm in winter and monsoon and cool in summer. This is best place for yoga and meditation.
3) Shavaji Maharaj Samadhi and Waghya
After Jagdishwar Temple, Shivaji Maharaj Samadhi is situated. Beside the Samadhi Waghya’s statue is place in memories of Shivaji’s beloved pet dog Waghya which is facing towards Shivaji Samadhi. The Place was very peaceful and also protected form all tourist. The greatness of Shivaji can feel here.
4) Takmak Tok
Their is place where all prisoners were thrown to death called – Takmak Tok. The Takmak Tok is very dangerous and their is no chance to be live if anyone fall from the Tok. Now it is covered with fence to security of tourist. Here wind is flow from all over the places and difficult to balance. Rain was very worst here that you cannot stand.
5) Ganga Sagar Lake
Ganga Sagar Lake is artificial lake to preserve the water for entire fort. It is very huge and very deep that can store ample number of water. This supply water for fort and nearest village too. The Ganaga Sagar Lake is situated near to fort.
6) Bajar Peth – Market Place
Inside Raigad Fort their is Bajar peth where market is set for fort people. Inside fort a small village is exist. The Bajar Peth was very well structure with all cubic building where easily store grocery for six month.
7) Shivaji Statue
When you enter to Fort you can see a very passionate Shivaji Statue. By see this you can feel a power and energy.
8) Mena Darwaja
Their is secondary entrance called Mena Darwaja dedicated to Royal Ladies and direct goes to Queens Palace.
9) Hirakani Buruj
Hirakani Buruj is wall very prominent cliff. This wall is named to woman name Hirakani. She stay nearby village at the foothills of Raigad was come to sell milk to the people living in the fort. She was inside the fort when the gates were locked by sunset. The love for her infant son back at her village gave her the courage to climb down the cliff in the dark. She repeated the feat in front of King Shivaji, and was rewarded for it. In appreciation of her courage, Shivaji arranged for a wall built at this location. Ref : Wikipedia.
Although we missed Mena Darwaja and Palace due to heavy rain at Top. It was huge fog at top which delighted us. The climate was wonderful and amazing. We climb 1500 staircases to reach fort is about 2 hours 30 mins walk. Many places are slippery because of algae because of waterfall.
Accommodation At Raigad Fort
MTDC cottage are situated inside the fort. If you want to feel Shivaji Kingship and want see Raigad Fort in night than you can opt for MTDC cottage, book the accommodation by clicking here. Or else if you go down you can find many small rooms for group or couple with homemade food at very lowest cost start from Rs 500/-
We went down and had accommodation at down and where room was huge. We slept outside and played Rummy whole night. It was full moon night where I saw fort from my bed. Suddenly one hen start cocking… and we were plan to cook her…. 😉
How to Reach Raigad Fort –
By Road Raigad Fort –
The nearest city for Raigad is Mumbai and Pune. From Mumbai it is 290KM, Pune is 125KM and Alibhag is 66KM.
By Air –
Nearest Airport is CST Mumbai Airport and Pune Domestic Airport. For all International or Local Tourist who travel via air need to hire cab for Fort.
By Bus –
Many bus run from Pune, Mumbai and Mahad. Which goes via Raigad or nearest village. Some private bus run from Mahad and Mangoan.
Any group or individual want to see Raigad Fort than please communicate me via comment so I can help them. I can arrange everything for group. Will plan in behalf of you.
You can do Raigad in one day if you opt for Ropeway to climb Fort. Ropeway is either side of fort. The rope way charge RS 110 for going upside and for return journey cost you RS 180. You can carry camera n shoot too. But it is request not to disturb the Monument and respect Shivaji Maharaj.
Here are some special moment of Raigad Fort Picnic.