Set on the marvelous Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats is the Rajmachi Fort. The stunning fort is situated 80 km from Pune and 95 km from Mumbai and has some history associated with it.
The Satavahanas built the magnificent Rajmachi fort, which was later conquered by the Maratha ruler Shivaji in the year 1657. One can see the breathtaking view of the Bor Ghat and the place that connects Mumbai and Pune used to be the dominant trade route in the old times. For some time, the fort was under the Mughal rule, as the Maratha rule was over in the year 1818, it was completely occupied by the British. Now the historical fort is very famous among the trekkers. Trekking Clubs from Mumbai and Pune visit the Rajmachi Fort regularly.
The Rajmachi Fort is situated 13 km away from Khandala. It consists of two towers, one is the Shrivardhan tower, which is at a height of 3000 feet and the other is Manranjan tower, which is at 2700 feet height. These forts can be seen by Karnala Fort. Though the fort is now destroyed, it will remind you of the old times. The Shrivardhan tower was used for the official purpose while the Manranjan tower used for leisure and entertainment purposes.
There are two trails for trekking at Rajmachi Fort. The easiest of them is Lonavala. It will take two days to trek. One day at Camping and the other day to see the Rajmachi fort. You can do hiking on the 16 km long trek as well. The starting point of the trek is at the Rajmachi village. Trekking also starts from the Tungarli Lake, it is an important route and most exciting one. The trekking route from Lonavala is almost a plain road with few ups and downs and it will take three and a half hours to cover the 16 km distance while the route from the Kondhane Village is a steep climb. For the experienced trekkers, it will take two and a half hours to reach up there.
Rajmachi Fort Timing: 9:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M
Rajmachi Fort Entry Fees: Nil