Rajmachi fort is the favorite trekking location for the populace of Mumbai and Pune as it is situated just about 95 KM from Mumbai and 80 KM from Pune. The Rajmachi Fort is situated at a height of 2710 feet from the sea level.
The construction of the Rajmachi fort is stunning. The trekking level of the Rajmachi fort is very easy. One can reach the top of the fort within 45 to 60 minutes.
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Road
Lonavala is the nearest city to reach the Rajmachi Fort. As Lonavala is a famous hill station in Maharashtra it is well connected by roadways. Many state transport buses are available from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Nashik to reach Lonavala.
Even private tour operators from Mumbai and Pune run their buses to Lonavala. From Lonavala, you can hire an auto to reach the Rajmachi Fort.
Mumbai Pune Express Way
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort from Mumbai: From Mumbai to Rajmachi fort head towards Panvel and use Mumbai-Pune Expressway till Lonavala. From Lonavala head towards Nandgaon > Fanasrai > Valvand > Udhewadi and reach Rajmachi fort.
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort from Pune: From Pune to Rajmachi fort use Mumbai-Pune Expressway till Lonavala. From Lonavala head towards Fanasrai > Valvand and reach Udhewadi which is a starting point for the Rajmachi fort trek.
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Train
Lonavala is the nearest railway station to reach the Rajmachi Fort. Lonavala is one of the busiest railway stations as many outstation trains stop here. From Mumbai and Pune, there are many trains available to reach Lonavala. Once you are at Lonavala station you can hire a taxi or private cab to reach Rajmachi Fort.
Lonavala Railway Station
How to Reach Rajmachi Fort by Air
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the nearest airport to reach the Rajmachi Fort. From the airport, many private taxies and cabs are available to reach directly to the Rajmachi fort.
A Trek to Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi is one of the many historical forts located amidst the Sahyadri mountains, and it is a popular destination amongst nature lovers and tourists for trekking. It is about 15 km from the beautiful hill station of Lonavala (Lonavala is located on the Mumbai-Pune route of Central Railway and Mumbai-Pune National Highway No.4) in Maharashtra.
Rajmachi Fort has twin fortresses Shriwardhan and Manoranjan, surrounded by a wide plateau (Machi). The twin Fortresses makes Rajmachi a unique historical fort in the Sahyadri mountain. Rajmachi Fort is endowed with the amazing natural beauty of deep vales and green forests.
The forts are not destinations for just week-end joy making. Treks to forts are not like picnics to popular destinations and resorts. A trek to a fort involves hardships, without luxuries and comforts. Some times, a trek to a fort is a test of physical endurance. Trek to Fort Rajmachi is also in the same category, though comparatively, it is an easy trek.
Further, Fort Rajmachi is not a destination for a one day trek. The time spent in reaching Rajmachi is more than 6, 7 hours from Mumbai or Pune. Equal time is required to return back home.
Thus, when more than 12 hours are spent on traveling/trekking, one should stay at the destination for at least 12 hours. Moreover, Rajmachi has 2 twin fortresses and beautiful surroundings. The climate at Rajmachi is very pleasant. To enjoy all this, an overnight stay there is absolutely necessary.
Udhewadi is a tiny village situated on the plateau (Machi) of the Fort, at the foot of Manoranjan fortress. The natives of Udhewadi have been living here for generations, at least since the year 1818 when the British conquered this region and consequently the administration of the Maratha (Peshva) rulers abandoned the fort.
How to Reach Rajmachi
There are two approaches to Fort Rajmachi,
(a) from Lonavala and Khandala and
(b) from Kondhane village in Karjat Taluka of Raigad District.
Lonavala – Rajmachi distance is 15 km and it is almost a plain walk, though there are a few ups and downs on this path. It takes about three and a half hours to cover the distance on foot.
Lonavala is located on the Mumbai-Pune route of Central Railway and Mumbai-Pune National Highway No.4, in Maharashtra.
From Kondhane village, it is a steep climb up to Rajmachi. An experienced trekker takes about two and a half hours to climb up on this route.
Kondhane village is situated at a distance of about 12 km from Karjat, a railway station on the Mumbai-Pune route of the Central Railway. Kondhane village is connected with an all-weather road from Karjat.
Kondhane village can be reached by road from Mumbai via, Panvel, Chauk, Karjat. From Pune, the road to Kondhane village is via Lonavala, Khopoli, Hal Phata, Karjat.
During dry season after rains, i.e. from November to May, a strong utility vehicle like Tata Sumo, Mahindra Bolero, Qualis, etc. can be taken right up to Udhewdi (Fort Rajmachi), The route is via Khandala, Kune village, Della Adventure Resort, Patel Dam and Phanasrai.
The initial section of this route up to Della Adventure Resort is a good road, The further portion of this route is a very rough track and therefore not fit for driving ordinary passenger cars like Maruti 800, Wagon R, Indica, Swift, etc.
During the rainy season, a 4-wheeler cannot be taken right up to Udhewadi (Rajmachi). However, a strong utility vehicle like Tata Sumo, Mahindra Bolero, Qualis, etc. can be taken up to Jambhali Phata on the way to Rajmachi. From Jambhali Phata, the remaining distance up to Udhewadi (Rajmachi) is 05 km., a walk of 1 hour.
Rajmachi is a popular attraction for trekkers and nature lovers throughout the year. However, during the rainy season Rajmachi region is at its best with misty clouds, silvery streams, waterfalls, lush green meadows, and forests.
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