Ratangad Fort – Jewel of Sahyadri

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1 Day 1 Night
Availability : N/A
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 30

Highlights

Features about the activity
  • Ratangad - "Jewels” of the Sahyadri
  • “Eye of the Needle” is a Major Attraction
  • Visit All 4 Gates: Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan & Trimbak
  • Explore other Fortification & Caves
  • River Pravara Originates at Ratangad Fort
  • Surrounding View of High Mountains & Passes
  • Must Visit “Amruteshwar Temple” in Ratanwadi
Ahmednagar District

Bhandardara

Base Villages

Ratanwadi & Samrad

Max. Height (ft.)

4,255

Walking

09 Hrs. Approx.

GradeModerate

Information

About Place

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.

Itinerary

Trip Schedule

Day 0Night Travelling

22:00 – Reporting to the SG team.
22:30 – Travel to the base village from Pune.

Day 1Ratangad Fort Trek

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.
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Meals
Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Meal after Trek

Travel

Ex- Pune to Pune

Departure

Fri, 22 Jan 2020 - 22:00
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Sangamner > Bhandardara > Ratanwadi (Base)

22:00 – Shivajinagar
22:30 – Aundh
22:59 – Nashik Phata

  • Please come 15 minutes before at your pickup point to avoid getting late.

Arrival

Fri, 22 Jan 2020 - 22:00
  • Shivajinagar, Pune - 05
  • We may come before/after 1 hr. due to traffic situations.
Amruteshwar Temple

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.

Inclusions

What's included
  • Private Transport – From/To PuneNon AC Bus - Toll, Parking, Transport Permit
  • A Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Meal after TrekVeg. Only
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai-Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • First Aid KitWell-Stocked Medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusions

What's not included
  • Personal expenses & Anything specifically not mentioned in the 'inclusions' list.

Trip Essentials

Things to carry list
  • Backpack30-40 L
  • Trekking Shoes & Extra Socks PairShoes with good grip
  • Full Sleeves: T-Shirt & PantProtection from Sunburn, Pests, Reptiles, etc.
  • Cap/Hat, Rain Jacket, ThermalsSeasonal
  • Extra Cloths, SlipperTo Use After the Trek
  • Water 3 LWater Bottles/Hydration Pack
  • Dry Food ItemsNuts, Fresh Fruits, Energy Bars, Chocolates, etc.
  • Personal MedicinesIf Any
  • TorchWith Extra Batteries

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