Fort Raigad (Heritage)


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Raigad Fort is worth visiting over the Weekend with your family, kids or even as part of group outing. You may visit Raigad  over Saturday Sunday or can add it as one of your destination while visiting other places in coastal Konkan like Dapoli-Murud-Harnai or Shrivardhan-Harihareshwar-Dive Agar. 

How to Reach? (Pune to Raigad)

Via Tamhini Ghat*(170 km) 

  • Pune --- Paud Pirangut Road --- Tamhini Ghat --- Turn left at Vile towards Mangaon

  • Vile --- Nijampur --- Mangaon .You will reach NH 17 Mumbai - Goa Highway. Continue traveling left towards Mahad

  • 1 KM before Mahad, you will see way to Raigad Fort at pale Village. Ample signboards are available.

(Road map: Pune - Chandani Chauk - Paud - Mulshi - Dongarwadi - Tamhini Ghat - Vile - Nijampur - Mangaon - Lonere Phata - Mahad - Pachad - Raigad. Road is smooth and good. It could be bad in the beginning of the Tamhini ghat section. Avoid crossing Tamhini Ghat in the night as it is not safe and lonely)

* This route is recommended while going to Diveagar / Harihareshwar

Via Bhor (185 km)

  • Pune --- Pune Bangalore Highway NH4 --- Khed Shivapur

  • Turn right just ahead of Khed Shivapur at Bhor Phata

  • Bhor --- Varandha Ghat --- reach NH 17 at "Hotel Sagar" just outside Mahad.

  • Turn right towards Mangaon. Get off the highway at Pale Village towards Pachad - Raigad

(Road map via Bhor: Pune - Khed Shivapur Bhor Varandha Ghat –Shivthar Ghal - Mahad - Pachad - raigad). Road is 4 lane toll road till Khed Shivapur. After that it was not in good shape earlier. Do not cross Varandha Ghat during night as it is not very safe. This is shortest distance to reach Mahad from Pune and road seems to be recently done as of Apr'10. )

Via Khopoli ** (210 Km)

  • Continue on Pune - Mumbai Expressway and take Khopoli exit.

  • Join Khopoli - Unhere - Pali (Mahad) Ganapati - Wakan Phata (SH 92).

  • Take left at Wakan on NH17 (Mumbai - Goa Highway) and continue till Mangaon - Mahad 

    1 KM before Mahad, you will see way to Raigad Fort at pale Village. Ample signboards are available.

** This route is recommended while returning back


Distances Traveled:

Pune - Mangaon via Tamhini (120 KMs) : Road before starting Tamhini Ghat is not good. Actual ghat section is good.

Mangaon - Lonere on NH 17 (10 Kms)

Lonere - Pale on NH 17 (21 KM)

Pale - Raigad (22 Kms) : Road is good. Ghat section has lots of hairpin bends

Raigad - Pale - Lonere - Mangaon - (53 Kms)

Mangaon - Indapur - Kolad on NH17 (21 KM)

Kolad - Wakan Phata on NH17 (13 Km) : After crossing bridge on river, you will reach Wakan Village. Here, you will see Big Kamaan in your right. That is the Wakan - Pali - Khopoli Road. You will sea signboards for Pune 117 KMs.

Wakan - Pali - Jambhulpada - Pen Phata - Khopoli SH92 (46 Kms) : Road is very good for 30 Kms. Remaining 15 KMs, it is okay.

Khopoli - Lonavala - Pune via Expressway (75 KMs)

 

Click here for the map of Raigad District. 

 

Suggested Pit stops / Rest areas -

 (With parking facility, open space, good food and clean toilets)
  • Hotel Quick Byte on Pune - Mulshi - Tamhini road at Green Gate Resorts

  • Vitthal Kamath's Restaurant on Mumbai-Goa highway near Mahad. Chain of highway restaurant / snacks parlour belongs to Vitthal Kamath who also owns Orchid Hotel (5 star) and is owner of book "Idli Orchid & Me". Good South Indian snacks and clean rest rooms. There are such restaurant after every 100 KMs on Goa Highway. Good food, clean toilets, lots of parking place.

  • Joshi wadewale ->  snacks corner just after crossing the Katraj Tunnel (Pune - Khed Shivapur - Bhor routre) on your right. Tasty food like Wadapav, Misalpav, Tea / Cofee, wada Sambar etc. lots of space.

  • Hotel Natraj -> near Khed Shivapur (on your left while traveling towards Satara). Good place for south Indian breakfast. UDUPI management.

  • Tapari on Bhor - Mahad route in the middle of Varandha Ghat - For hot cup of tea, Onion / Potato Pakoda & Batatawada 

 Sample Itinery for 1 Day Trip to Fort Raigad, Harihareshwar & Diveagar 

 

  • 6:30 AM   - Start from Pune - Chandani Chowk - Paud 

    8:00 AM   - breakfast at Hotel Quick Bytes or Hill View near Mulshi

  • 9:00 AM   - Enjoy scenic beauty of Mulshi Lake & Tamhini Ghat section (3000 ft altitude) & a waterfall (Seasonal)

  • 11:00 AM - Reach Pachad, Base station for Raigad Ropeway. It will require 2-3 hours to visit Raigad Fort

  • 1.30 PM   Lunch at Sarja Restaurant on Raigad Fort (Serves pure Vegeterian Maharashtrian Thali - Pithale-Bhakri, Onion Pakoda etc.)

  • 3:00 PM   - Mahad on NH17.

  • 4:30 PM   - Reach Harihareshwar. Visit Shiva temple, Beach. Don't forget to do the Pradakshina for amazing view of the sea from hillock. There is MTDC Resort here fpr some quick bytes and you can enjoy Water Sports as well. alternately, you can go to Diveagar instead of Harihareshwar.

  • 7:00 PM   - Start for the return trip

  • 8:00 PM   - Dinner at Open Umbrella, Mangaon. - Good Veg. Non Veg Konkani Food. Try Malavani Fish Thali here.

  • 11:30 PM - Return back to Pune via Khopoli.

Thus in one day, you will visit a lake, scenic view from the Tamhini Ghat, Ropeway ride, Raigad Fort, Shiva temple at Harihareshwar, Ganesh temple at Dive Agar and magnifisant beaches. 

Caution : Shrivardhan - Harihareshwar beaches are not safe for swimming. hence, do not venture into water especially when there is low tide. Recently 3 students from Army Institute, Pune were drawned at the Shrivardhan - Danda beach and there are casualties each year. Diveagar beach is more safe if you want to get into water.

 
Route you should follow : Pune to Raigad (Via Tamhini ghat)
  • Pune --- Paud Pirangut Road --- Tamhini Ghat --- Turn left at Vile
  • Vile --- Nijampur --- Mangaon .You will reach NH 17. Continue traveling left towards Mahad.
  • Mahad (Pale Village) - Pachad - Raigad Fort. There are signboard available enroute. (There is direct road that connect after you get down Tamhini Ghat to Pachad and is shortcut. but it is not that good. Check with the )
 Raigad to Harihareshwar / Diveagar (70-80 Kms)
  • Raigad - Pachad - Reach NH 17. Turn right towards Mangaon.
  • Turn left at Lonere Phata - Goregaon - Mhasala - Jasavali - towards Shrivardhan. After Mhasala, turn left towards Harihareshwar (State Highway 97 or 98)
  • Harihareshwar - Shrivardhan - Diveagar (33 KMs) 

Return routes 
  • Diveagar - Mhasala - Mangaon - Nizampur - Tamhini Ghat - Mulshi - Pune. OR
  • Diveagar - Mhasala - Goregaon - Mahad - Varandha Ghat - Bhor - Khed Shivapur - Katraj - Pune.  OR
  • Diveagar - Mhasala - Goregaon - Mahad - Poladpur - Ambenali Ghat - Mahabaleshwar - Panchgani - Wai - Surur - Shirwal - Khed Shivapur - Katraj - Pune (longer route) 
  • Diveagar - Mhasala - Mangaon - Kolad - Wakan - Pali - Unhere - Khopoli - Lonavala - Pune

Shivthar Ghal -

Sahyadri is one of the toughest mountains in the world. You can enjoy it's beauty in various places. Shivthar Ghal is one of such places which can be accessed from Bhor-Mahad route after crossing Varandha Ghat. It is comparatively a small and rare place but must be seen and especially in the rainy season with lots of Waterfalls. Couple of decades before, the entire area was covered with thick jungle and wild animals including tigers and was virtually inaccessible.
 
It is a place where Samarth Ramdas had written 'Dasbodh'- his famous manuscript. You must be amazing about this place and why Ramdas Swami had chosen this place, for his holy book but you never know it until you enter a small hall where Ramdas Swami used to sit, pray and write.
 
Shivthar Ghal is an area of silent beauty consists of lush green views of trees, mountains, a big waterfall and a river. Its a place where you can enjoy the clam and quite nature and really concentrate. It took almost 12 years to complete Dasbodh as Ramdas Swami dictated it and Kalyan Swami wrote it down. Now a days, the place is maintained by Shri Samarth Seva Mandal' and 'Sundarmath Seva samiti'.  Shivthar Ghal is a place worth to visit and enjoy the quite beauty of the nature and remember the famous saint in Maharashtra - Saint Ramdas and his Dasbodh.

 
 

Fort Raigad -

 "Fort Raigad is much more than a mere tourist spot. It is a sacred place of pilgrimage, which has left an imprint of the grand vision of Hindavi Swarajya as cherished by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj."
 
Fort Raigad was the capital of the most illustrious Maratha sovereign, nurtured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is a monument of his prophetic vision of Hindavi Swarajya.
 
This is a preamble prior to your electrifying excursion around Fort Raigad. It has been described by European historians as 'The Gibralter of East'. Various landmarks have lent it the credo of 'Shivtirth'. The holy shrine has become vibrant by the valour, courage and patriotism of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
 
The sheer vertical rock face tearing into the sky above, appears defiant and insurmountable. It has stemmed many a foreign aggression and protected the Hindavi Swarajya during those historic times.
 
When he first saw the place, Shivaji Maharaj could not help exclaim:
"This Fort is formidable. All sides appear as if chiselled from a mountain of solid rock. Not even a blade of grass grows on the sheer vertical rock. This is a paragon to house the throne".
 
 At the foothills near village Pachad, is Chit Darwaja, also known as Jit Darwaja. After gruelling foot-slogging, you reach Khoob Ladha Buruj. It is a strategically located turret, from where an aggressor attacking from either flank could be repelled. Nearly a mile ahead, after a difficult climb comes the Maha Darwaja. Built over 350 years ago, this main entrance to the Fort stands majestically. It is as imposing and stout today, as it was then! The design of this Maha Darwaja is an enigma. It defies detection of its location to the attacker. Blind curves enroute make it impossible for the attacker to use elephants to knock it down. In the battle of those historic times, elephants were used to demolish fort entrances.
 
A steep climb of nearly 1450 steps and three and a half hours of extreme climb demands on your physical stamina, leaves you too exhausted. The magic mantra - Raigad Ropeway - has opened a new chapter of sightseeing - the Fort Raigad. It whisks you to the top, through the clouds and whistling winds, in just 4 minutes. Gone is its exhausting inaccessibility. Now you have all the energy and time to enjoy the sightseeing! Well-trained and courteous guides are at hand to give you a conducted tour of the Fort.
 
The Ropeway lands you at the upper station near Mena Darwaja. This was the special entrance for the royal ladies and the queens. To the left of Mena Darwaja is the Rani Vasa or "Queens' Chambers". They are six in number and were being used by the mother of Shiv Chhatrapati - Jeeja Mata, Soyarabai, Putalabai and other royal ladies.
 
In front of the Rani Vasa is the Palkhi Darwaja. A special entrance for the convoy of Shivaji Maharaj. On the right side of Mena Darwaja, is the office complex of 8 principal secretaries of Shivaji Maharaj. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, there is a row of three dark chambers. Historians believe that these were the granaries for the fort.
 
To the right of the granaries is the palace of Shivaji Maharaj. It is called the Raj Bhavan, where he dispensed justice in petty and routine matters. The palace rests on a double plinth and had wooden columns to support the palatial structure. The Raj Bhavan is a mute witness to the joys, sorrows, anger, victories and overwhelming generosity of Shiv Chhatrapati. The plinth adjoining Raj Bhavan, holds two large water tanks and by its side, is the location of the Royal Bath. Excellent toilet and drainage system highlights the structural design of that era. To the east of Raj Bhavan is in an open space, there is an underground cellar. It was used for secret dialogues, worshipping Bhavani Mata and for storing war booty after the raid on Surat.
 
The fort has many huge water reservoirs, one of which is the picturesque Ganga Sagar. Two main entrances from the Royal Palace open in to a sprawling lawn. This is the Raj Sabha. It has witnessed the splendour of the glorious coronation of Shiv Chhatrapati. The shackles of 300 years of slavery were broken and Shivaji Maharaj proclaimed establishment of Hindavi Swarajya! The magnificent throne, studded with diamonds and gold, rested on eight columns of pure gold weighing almost 1000 kilos. It also bears the royal emblem of Shivaji Maharaj. The umbrella over the throne was adorned with strings of precious stones and pearls.
 

Entry for common public to Raj Sabha was through the Nagarkhana. In those times, the royal band played here round the clock. It is an excellent example of architecture and miraculous acoustics. The distance between 'Nagarkhana and the Royal Throne is more than 200 feet, yet even the slightest whisper can be heard from both ends very clearly.
 
Holi Cha Mal, is outside the Nagarkhana. It is a wide open ground, used for annual Holi festival. There is a temple of Shirkai Bhavani, a presiding deity of the Fort. In front of Holi Cha Mal, there is a spacious and well laid-out marketplace. It is built on a high plinth and is separated by a 40-foot wide road leading to the Jagadishwar Temple. Adjacent to this temple, is the most revered place on Fort Raigad, the Samadhi of Shiv Chhatrapati. The Samadhi is intact and well-maintained, even today, due to the personal initiative of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
 
Other places of interest are ammunition depot, Bara Tanki i.e. more than a dozen huge water reservoirs, Rameshwar Mandir, Wagh Darwaja, Takmak Tok - an execution place for the proclaimed criminals, etc. These are testimony to the valour, courage and ultimate sacrifice of Maratha soldiers, who made Hindavi Swarajya a reality. 

Ropeway Package includes a visit to the Museum located at Lower Station of Fort Raigad. The Museum has been created with the help of renowned historians like Shri. Babasaheb Purandare, Shri. Ninadji Bedekar and others. It displays photographs of various forts in Shivaji's empire, artifacts, farmans and weapons used in those historic times. The visit to the Museum is followed by a Film Show on Fort Raigad. The educative film is tastefully created by a team of historians and provides a preview of various aspects of the monument that the tourist is about to see. This value addition makes the trip very memorable and meaningful. A conducted tour of the Fort gives in-depth information to the tourists, besides answering their queries.

              
 
Souvenir Shop : After an exciting excursion around the Fort, the tourists have a facility to take home a memento. Photographs, replicas of historic coins used in the times of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and such curios are available for sale. 
 
You can make reservations for the ropeway ride at any of the following addresses:
 Millennium Properties (P) Limited :
 
1st Floor, Prestige Corner,
Shailesh Society, Near Alankar Police Chowki,
Karve Nagar, Pune  - 52
 
Tel: +91- 20 - 25459730 / 1
Fax: +91-20 - 25423667
 
Site Office 
Mr. Kasture / Mr. Khatu Raju (Project Co-ordinator)
Raigad Ropeway
P.O. Pachad, Dist. Raigad 402305, India
Tel: +91-2145-274831, 274870
 
Important Note : There could be minimum waiting period of 30 min before you can get onto Ropeway ride. During peak season, waiting could go upto 2 Hrs. At a time, only 8-10 people can travel in 2 trolleys to the top. Hence the delay. Please call up the Ropeway station and plan accordingly. There should not be any waiting during off-season.

Where to Stay?

 
Lodging facilities to house over 50 tourists have been provided at the Lower Station and the Upper Station of Fort Raigad (with very basic amneties. It could be very hot in summer due to asbestos roofs. "Sarja" Restaurant offers pure vegetarian snacks and meals like Pithale-Bhakri, Onion Pakoda, Thecha etc. All facilities have been priced modestly.
 
MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) Resort at Fort Raigad is recently renovated and online booking is possible. 
 
Alternately, you cqan stay at Mahad or nearby areas on NH 17 and visit Raigad during daytime - 


Photo Gallery - 

Mulshi Dam near Pune - en Route

Tamhini Ghat - en Route

Descending Tamhini Ghat from Pune to Coastal Konkan

  

Samadhi of Jijau, Shivajis mother at Pachad Village base. Due to the climate on Raigad fort, Jijau used to stay at the pachad village in a different palace and not on the fort raigad. You can see the ruins of the palace.

Raigad Ropeway Ride - There are 1475 steps to climb to reach the Raigad Fort. But Ropeway has made it all simple.

Amazing view of the base Ropeway Station from the ride

Steep Climb of 1375 ft. Fort is situated at the total height of 2800 Ft from Sea Level

Sahyadri (Deccan) Ranges - View from the Ropeway Ride

The great Raigad Fort - erstwhile Capitol of Deccan Ruler, King Shivaji

Raigad Fort Ruins - Fort was burning for almost 11 days which came under the attack of British artillery Fire power

Palace Ruins. Fort was destroyed by British army during the war in 1800 Century

  

Bajarpeth also knows as Office Complex

  

Excellent toilet & drainage system highlights structural design of that era 

"Seveche Thai Tatpar, Hiroji Indulkar"

  

Tomb "Samadhi" in memory of Vaghya Dog

  

Samadhi of Shivaji Maharaj. Original Samadhi was destryed in 1800 Century which was later re-built with efforts from Lokmanya Tilak.

Sunset from Raigad Fort. You can view Pratapgad, Torna, Rajgad forts from Raigad if weather is clear

"Takmak Tok" with 1300 ft Valley straight below - This place was used to execute criminals in those days simply by pushing them off the cliff

 

Asa Raja Punha hone nahi ...