Rajmachi Fort: Best Place for Trekking
Rajmachi Fort is situated in a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. Rajmach Fort is located near Lonavala from the sea level height of 2710 feet.
Along with the fort Rajmach also offer an amazing and beautiful view of the Sahyadri hills, as well as, the backwaters of Shirota Dam. The fort is just 15 kilometers away from Lonavala city.
Rajmachi Fort has two forts that were built by Emperor Shivaji Mahara in the 17th century. Rajmach Fort is a famous tourist destination for trekking. The number of people comes every year to enjoy trekking the fort.
Rajmach Fort is also famous for its beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. You will always be spellbound after seeing natural beauty. Also, Rajmach Fort in Lonavala always welcomes the guests all hands open because it is quite cool all the year-round.
What can be better than this for the trekker lovers? In order to be safe during the trekking, Rajmach Fort is always protective and safe so you can enjoy the best time with nature.
Best time to visit Rajmach Fort
Though, all the time in the year is suitable to visit Rajmach Fort. But still, you can enjoy the splendid beauty in the months of November to April.
If you want to visit Rajmach Fort then there are two prominent ways. One is via Lonavala while the other way is from Pune. By taking the bus, air, or road you can easily reach Rajmach Fort and it will give you a pleasant and peaceful stay when they visit the fort.
History of The Rajmachi Fort
Fort Rajmachi is one of the many historical forts in the Sahyadri hills. It is a unique fort with 2 twin fortresses, with abundant natural beauty in its surroundings. All historical forts in the Sahyadri hills, including Rajmachi, are icons of the great deeds of our ancestors and we are proud of them.
Persons who have respect for our history, those who love forts, those who love nature, those who enjoy adventure activities like trekking in hills, visit historical forts including Fort Rajmachi.
Rajmachi Fort has been built for the purpose of control and security of the ancient trade route, Borghat, from Khopoli town in Konkan to Lonavala on the top of the Ghat. The Buddhist caves on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau (at present known as Kondhane caves) were carved in the period around 200 BC.
The existence of these ancient caves indicates that Rajmachi had been identified as a place of strategic importance right from the Satavahana period.
The ruins of ramparts, gateways, etc. which we see on Rajmachi today, appear to be of the construction of the Maratha period (17th and 18th centuries). There is a rich treasure of ruins of historical monuments on Rajmachi, viz. mighty ramparts and walls, gateways, secret exit gates, administrative offices, water storage tanks and reservoirs, residential quarters, temples, and idols of deities.
Kal Bhairav temple is situated in the col between Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Local inhabitants worship Kal Bhairav even today.
Kondana Caves Karjat
The various functionaries and officers in the military and administrative set-up for the Rajmachi region under the Maratha rule resided at Rajmachi till the British defeated the Peshwa in the year 1818.
Ruins of their big residential houses are found in the forest on the south side of the hamlet Udhewadi. A big water reservoir constructed about 200 years ago is situated further down from the forest mentioned above.
A carved stone plate in the wall of the water reservoir indicates that it was built by Ramrav Narayanrav Deshmukh, Mamlatdar of Danda Rajpuri (near Murud Janjira in Raigad District).
An ancient Shiva temple, built in Hemdpanti style, is situated on the western side of the water reservoir. A large amount of silt coming in the stormwater from the high land behind was deposited around the Shiva temple.
The inhabitants of Udhewadi have now cleared the silt. A fountain in the shape of a cow-head and a water tank in the front of the temple has been discovered.
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