Raigad

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Raigad
( The Capital of Swaraj )

Raigad was the capital of Marathas, famous for Shivaji's coronation and his monument. Shivaji passed away here in 1680. His statue and other monuments on the fort are very pretty. The fort is almost 2900 feet high but really very difficult to climb. The fort was named as capital because of its toughness and difficult nature.

The first main place on the fort is the main door - 'Maha Darawaja'. After the main door, < xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" prefix="st1" namespace="">Ganga sagar and some remains of the palace can be seen. Hirkani Buruj can also be seen and one don't believe the heroic deeds of Hirkani (she came down the fort bare footed at night from this point). The famous 'Takmak Tok' or place for life punishment - is on the north side. Its thrilling to stand near Takmak Tok which is always with full of breeze. One can see the ammunition store here. The market place on the fort is worth to watch and history lovers spends time here recalling the great warrior. The statue of 'Shivaji Maharaj' is situated at the center of the fort. The Samadhi of Maharaj is also very beautiful and one can remember Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his contribution and full dedication to Swaraj. The other places to visit on the fort are Jagdishwar Temple, Koli Lake, Shirkai Temple etc. The view of 'Lingana' is also wonderful.

Raigad is very famous fort for the trekkers as Raigad - Torana - Raigad trek is very popular and tough one. But for normal people, 'Rope way' is the source available. Truly, a wonderful place where the Maharaj and his Swaraj can be remembered