Raigad Pradakshina

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17 Feb 2019

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RAIGAD FORT PRADAKSHINA
The “Raigad Pradakshina Trek” is an auspices and adventures trek around the capital fort, Raigad of King Shivaji. This trekking route goes around the Fort Raigad through deep jungles, ravines, passes and rugged hills. The terrain involves ups & downs. The climbing is tiring yet pleasant & rewarding. Raigad Pradakshina Starts from Chitt Darwaja.

Pradakshina Route:
Chitt Darwaja > Rainak Samadhi > Lingana Darshan > Kawale Bawale Khind > Wagholi Khind > Potlyacha Dongar> Kalkai Khind > Wagh Darwaja > Hirkani Wadi > Chitt Darwaja
Trek Distance: Approx. 13 KM

Visit to Jijamata Samadhi & Wada at Pachad village.

RAIGAD FORT
“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. The fort stands proudly showing the strength of the Maratha Empire

What to See on Fort?
The fort rises 820 metres (2,700 ft.) above the sea level and is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort. The Raigad Ropeway, an aerial tramway exists to reach the top of the fort in 10 minutes.

The first main place on the fort is the main door – Maha Darwaja. After the main door, Ganga Sagar and some remains of the palace can be seen. Hirkani Buruj can also be seen and one doesn’t believe the heroic deeds of Hirkani (she came down the fort barefooted at night from this point). The famous ‘Takmak Tok’ or place for life punishment – is on the north side. It’s thrilling to stand near Takmak Tok which is always full of breeze. One can see the ammunition store here. The market place on the fort is worth to watch and history lovers spend time here recalling the great warrior.

The statue of Shivaji Maharaj is situated at the centre 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 Swarajya. The other places to visit on the fort are Jagdishwar Temple, Koli Lake, Shirkai Temple etc.

Raigad is well surrounded by mountains and was considered secure. The fort is surrounded on its north and east by Kaal River, and Gandhari River flows from its west side. Fort Lingana is situated to the east side and Kokandiva to the north. If the skies are clear, we can see Rajgad-Torna on the east and Pratapgad, Vasota and Madhu-Makarandagad on the south. The view of ‘Lingana’ is wonderful.

History
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj seized the fort in 1656, then known as the fort of Rairi from Raje Chandrarraoji More, The King of Jaoli and a descendant of Chandragupta Maurya family. Chhatrapati Shivaji renovated and expanded the fort of Rairi and renamed it as Raigad. It became the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Maratha kingdom.
The villages of Pachad and Raigadwadi are located at the base of the Raigad fort. These two villages were considered very important during the Maratha rule in Raigad. The actual climb to the top of the Raigad fort starts from Pachad. During Chhatrapati Shivaji’s rule, a cavalry of 10,000 was always kept on standby in Pachad village.
The fort was looted and destroyed by the British after it was captured in 1818.

Being situated comparatively near to the sea, with Mahad being in reach, and at the same distance from Mumbai, Pune and Satara, Raigad enjoyed a strategic position. Moreover, it is an important link between the Deccan plateau and coastal Maharashtra.

Trivia

pieces of information
LocationMahad, Raigad
Base CampPachad Village
Height (ft.)2700
Walking7 Hrs
DifficultyModerate
EnduranceMedium

Transfer

Pune to Pune
Departure
Bus Route
Pick-Up

Shivajinagar > Deccan > Chandani Chauk > Tamhini Ghat > Pachad (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Deccan Corner
22:59 – Chandani Chauk

  • Please arrive before 15 min. at your pickup point to avoid getting late.
Arrival
  • Sun, 17 Feb 2019
  • 22:00
  • Shivajinagar, Pune

Inclusions

  • Transfer from/to Pune
  • Breakfast + Tea
  • Lunch
  • Group Medical Kit
  • An Experienced Trek Leads
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusion list.

Itinerary

Day 0 SaturdayNight Travelling

22:00 – Reporting to the Team.
22:59 – Travel to the base village from Pune.

Day 1 SundayRaigad Fort & Pradakshina

02:30 – Reach base village, Pachad Village.
02:45 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
03:00 – Start “Raigad Pradakshina” from “Chitt Darwaja”.

Chitt Darwaja > Rainak Samadhi > Lingana Darshan > Kawale Bawale Khind > Wagholi Khind > Potlyacha Dongar> Kalkai Khind > Wagh Darwaja > Hirkani Wadi > Chitt Darwaja

Trek Distance: Approx. 13 KM

07:00 – Breakfast+Tea.
09:00 – Pradakshina Finish. Ascend Raigad Fort.
11:00 – Reach at top of the fort. Explore.
13:00 – Lunch. Descend to Pachad village.
16:00 – Visit Jijamata Samadhi & Wada. Travel to Pune
22:00 – Reach Pune with Happy Memories & Non-Biodegradable waste.

Trek Essentials

Basic Gears

• Backpack (30-40 ltr.): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame.
• Trekking / Sports shoes in good condition. (require A good grip.)
• TORCH

Outdoor Apparels

• Full Sleeved & Collared T-shirts: To prevent sunburns on the neck and arms.
• Full Trekking Pants. (Avoid shorts & 3/4th.)
• Carry an extra pair of cloth; to use after the trek ends.
• Sweaters / Sweatshirt: To protect from cold at night.
• Thermals: Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.
• Cap / Rain jackets / Warm wears / Windcheater. (Seasonal)
• Napkin or towel.

Food

• Min. 3-4 ltr. Water/Hydration pack.
• Snacks: Fruits, Dry-fruits, Cookies & Chocolates, etc.
• Energy drink like electrolyte powder.
• Personal medicines, if any.

Accessories

• Torch / Headlamp.
• Sunglasses, Cap, Trekking Pole, Camera etc.
• Extra slipper to use after the trek or at the campsite.
• Utensils: Plate, Bowl, Spoon & Glass, etc. (Mandatory)

Personal Utilities

• Sunscreen cream, Hand sanitizer, Moisturiser, etc.
• Toilet Paper & wipes, Toothbrush, and Toothpaste & Quick dry towel.

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