If you want to do the Rajgad Trek on your own, keep a few things in mind. First, this trek is moderately difficult and requires a good amount of stamina and strength. The second is that it takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete the trek & explore the fort, so be prepared for a long journey.
However, the final goal of this hike is definitely worth the effort, as you will experience some of the most beautiful scenery in Maharashtra & explore one of the enormous forts in the western ghats.
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It is said that the Rajgad Trek is one of the most picturesque trekking routes in Maharashtra. It begins at Gunjavane Village in the Pune district and ends at the fort, which is 1400m above sea level. This trek offers stunning panoramas of the Sahyadri Mountains. In addition to providing an incredible view, The trail is a favorite among intermediate trekkers.
Although Rajgad Fort is a must-see, you can explore the fort within a single day, and the ideal time to visit is based on your individual preferences. In the monsoon, you can expect slippery and muddy paths. The perfect time to go is between October & February. Fort Garrison is an excellent spot for camping, and you’ll need to plan your trip for this period.
Rajgad is located inside the Sahyadri mountain range, approximately 60 kilometers from Pune. The fort is situated on the crest of a mountain at an elevation of 1,400 meters (4,593 feet). It is possible to reach by taxi, bus, or personal vehicle. The most popular trail towards the fort starts from Gunjavane village.
From Mumbai, one can take a bus/train to Pune. From the Swargate Pune bus stand, many buses leave for Gunjavane village; you can board the bus and reach the base village in 2-2.5 hours.
Trekking driving from Mumbai can take the Mumba-Pune Expressway and reach Kothrud; from there, go towards Nasrapur taking the road towards Margasani, approximately 7 kms from Gunjavane village.
The distance is around 202 kms and will take 4-5 hours to reach.
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From Pune, the distance is approximately 60 kms, and it will take around 1.5 – 2 hours to reach the base village. Get Directions.
The trek begins from Gunjavane village and finishes at the Rajgad Fort, which is more than 1400m above sea level. This trek is ideal for those who are beginners & intermediates.
The trekkers have the option of choosing from two distinct routes. The first one (the most accessible) starts at Pali village and takes you through a muddy field. From there, the hike takes you through wildflowers and forests.
The most popular route starts in Gunjavane village and goes towards the Chor Darwaza.
The trek distance is about 5 kms one way and can take around 3-3.5 hours to reach the top of the fort.
We recommend this trek in 2 days and camping overnight at the fort and enjoying the night sky.
The hike from this route is challenging, but it is rewarding. When you are at the summit, you’ll be able to observe the fort and the natural vegetation surrounding it. If you’re in the mood to do so, you could hike down and return the next day. If you start with a good breakfast, you’ll have the entire time to discover the region.
The trail is well laid out from the base village, and the chances of getting lost are significantly less. After 30-40 mins, you will reach the plateau, where you can get a clear view of the Rajgad fort. This section is mostly a wide and muddy trail.
From the plateau, you start a gradual ascent toward the fort. The distance is around 2-2.5 kms, and once you reach the top, it will take you to the entrance of the Chor Darwaza. This patch will take around 2.5 hours to reach as the entire stretch is a gradual climb to the entrance of the Chor Darwaza.
The fort is divided into four significant sections: Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, Sanjeevani Machi, and Balekilla (the highest point of the fort).
It will take the remaining part of your day to explore the entire top of the fort; hence, camp overnight at the fort, Padmavati Machi being the best location to camp.
Padmavati Machi: This part of the fort was the military/residential area. There is a temple, a garrison & a lake here.
Suvela Machi: The most picturesque part of the fort, Suvela Machi, is a long, narrow strip from which you can get amazing views of the surrounding regions. There is also a Nedhe (naturally formed hole in the wall).
Ballekilla: This is a small fort on top of the fort and the highest point. The entrance to this fort is called Mahadarwaza. From Ballekilla, you can get stunning views of the Torna, Tung, Sinhagad, and many other forts in the region.
Sanjeevani Machi: It is 2.5 km long and has a double-fortified wall & an architectural marvel.
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In conclusion, if you are interested in Trekking the Rajgad Trail yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, be sure to follow the trek route carefully.
Additionally, it can be difficult to find specific information about trekking the trail on your own, so it is important to read this complete guide and save it offline on your browser for further reference.
Finally, always remember that Trekking is an adventure – enjoy every step!