As the name suggests, this is truly a ‘Jewel’ amidst the forests in the region. It is an interesting fortress, situated at the edge of Ghats with numerous water cisterns and caves. It also commands an excellent view of all surrounding areas, overlooking the Konkan plains, Bhandardara Lake, Katrabai cliff, Alang-Madan-Kulang and the huge wall of Ajoba.
Ratanwadi is the base village for the Ratangad fort trek. A steady uphill climb of about 3 hours leads to the top. One must negotiate the small chimney to enter the fort.
A thumb like a pinnacle (Khunta of Ratangad) facing Alang at 4037 ft., is an interesting proposition.
The robustness of Sahyadri can be experienced only from a few forts and Ratangad is one of them. Standing in the “Eye of the Needle” is a major attraction.
22:00 – Reporting to the SG team.
22:30 – Travel to the base village from Pune.
05:00 – Reach base village. (Samrad village)
06:00 – Freshen-up. Have breakfast + tea.
06:15 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
06:30 – Commence trek to “Ratangad fort” via Trimbak Darwaja.
09:00 – Reach top of the fort. Enjoy the view from the top.
Explore caves, temples & other places on the fort.
12:30 – Lunch break in caves. (Packed Lunch will be provided)
13:30 – Start to descend to the base village. (Ratanwadi village)
15:30 – Visit ancient Amruteshwar temple.
16:00 – Have a warm meal.
17:30 – Travel to Pune.
22:00 – Reach Pune with happy memories & non-biodegradable waste.
Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Meal after Trek
Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Sangamner > Bhandardara > Ratanwadi (Base)
22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata
The trek begins from Ratanwadi village. Make your way to Amruteshwar temple once you reach the village.
Amruteshwar Temple is an intricately carved Shiva temple located in Ratanwadi; this temple is over 1200 years old. This beautiful temple was built by the rulers of Shilahara dynasty in 9th century CE. This is one of 12 Lord Shiva temples built by King Jhanj.