Rajgad Fort is a historically important fort. The Shivtharghal is also witnessed to history. It is a trek that connects these two important places. Trek via Sanjeevani Machi from the Alu Darwaja of Rajgad fort and reach to Bhutonde village which is the native village of Yesaji Kank. Travelling by small boat through the Bhatghar dam backwater and reach on the other side. Go down to Konkan via Gopya Ghat and reach the Shivtharghal. Trek ends here.
You can enjoy the surrounding view of rugged Sahyadri Mountains & peaceful backwaters with camping.
One of the most serene forts in the region, the Rajgad Fort boasts of housing Shivaji for the highest number of days! The splendid architecture of the fort is divided into three parts. The three sub-plateaus of Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjeevani Machee surround the Ballekilla and house the Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake and Chor Darwaja. Explore the lush trails around Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar, Rajwada ruins, Horse Lake, and several other important attractions for a tryst with history.
Gopya Ghat is located around 70 km south west of Pune bordering Raigad district and in the vicinity of Torna Fort, Rajgad Fort and backwaters of Bhatghar dam. From this place, you can have a view of a vast area such as Rajgad fort, Torna Fort, Varandha Ghat and Shivtharghal. The trek is full of lush green valleys, waterfalls in monsoon.
Gopya Ghat trek route connects two villages Bope, Velhe to Shivthar, Raigad.
Shivtharghal, also known as “Sundarmath”, (Sundarmath means Beautiful Monastery), is a cave, located in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Shivtharghal is a Beautiful & Spiritual place surrounded by Sahyadri ranges & dense forest.
Samarth Ramdas dictated Dasbodh to Kalyan Swami. Samarth Ramdas lived here for about 22 years. It is believed that this is where the first meeting between Shivaji Maharaj and Samarth Ramdas took place. The cave was discovered by Shri Shankar Rao Deo of Dhule in 1930. The cave and surrounding area were renovated after Samarth Seva Mandal was formed in 1950. The campus includes the actual cave under the waterfall, Ramdas Swami temple, dining hall, and accommodation.
Yesaji Kank Wada
Yesaji Kank originated from Bhutonde, a village situated at the extreme foothold of Rajgad. Letters were written by Shivaji Maharaj and sent to his Bhutonde address clearly indicate that he was from Bhutonde. Known as the “Sardar Sarnobat” of an army of more than 1.35 million men (Mavale), his bravery has been proved in front of all the four Kingdoms of India during 1600 CE.
Shivajinagar > Swargate > Katraj > Nasrapur > Gunjavane (Base)
23:30 – Shivajinagar
23:45 – Swargate
23:59 – Katraj
23:30 – Reporting to the SG Team.
23:59 – Travel to the base village from Pune.
02:00 – Reach base village, Gunjavane Village.
02:15 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
02:30 – Commence trek via “Rajgad Fort”.
06:30 – Breakfast. Explore Rajgad Fort.
09:30 – Descend via Alu Darwaja/Sanjeevani Machee.
13:00 – Reach Bhutonde Village. Lunch.
14:00 – Explore the historical “Yesaji Kank Wada”.
14:30 – Boat journey. Trek to campsite location.
17:30 – Reach campsite. Setup tents & kitchen.
20:30 – Prepare our own dinner. Enjoy Dinner.
21:00 – Free time.
21:30 – Day stumps.
06:00 – Wakeup Call & get freshen up.
07:00 – Breakfast & Tea.
08:00 – Trek to Shivtharghal via Gopya Ghat.
10:00 – Reach col of Gopya Ghat. Descend.
13:00 – Reach Shivtharghal caves & Explore.
14:00 – Lunch.
16:00 – Travel to Pune via Varandha Ghat.
20:00 – Reach Pune with Happy Memories. 🙂