Rajmachi Fort: Best Place for Trekking
I Rajmachi Fort Fort is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. I Rajmach fort located near Lonavala. I am situated from sea level height of 2710 feet. Along with the fort I also offer an amazing and beautiful view of the Sahyadri hills, as well as, the backwaters of Shirota Dam. Also, I am just 15 kilometers away from Lonavala.
I Rajmachi fort have two forts that were built by Emperor Shivajiin the 17th century. I am famous tourist destination for trekking. The number of people comes every year to enjoy trekking at me.
I am also famous for the beautiful landscapes and natural beauty. You will always be spell bound after seeing mine natural beauty. Also, I always welcome my guests all my hands open because I am quite cool all the year around. What can be better than this for the trekker lovers? In order to be safe during the trekking I am always protective and safe so you can enjoy the best time with me.
Though, all the time in the year is suitable to visit me. But still you can enjoy my splendid beauty in the months of November to April.
If you want to visit me then there are two prominent ways. One is via Lonavala while other way is from Pune. By taking bus, air or road you can easily reach at me and I make sure that I welcome my guests and give them a pleasant and peaceful stay when they visit me.
Hitory 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 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 ancient trade route, Borghat, from Khopoli town in Konkan to Lonavala on the top of the Ghat. The Budhdist 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 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.
The various functionaries and officers in the military and administrative set-up for 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 storm water 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 cow-head and a water tank in the front of the temple have been discovered.