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Timings : All year

Time Required : 1-2 days

Rasalgad, Pune Overview

Rasalgad is a fort that will reintroduce to the lost charms and intrigues of an era long forgotten.

The trek is pretty simple and requires no past experience, although the mesmerizing views and historical structures will captivate you like no other. This is a destination that will keep you coming back for more.

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Food availability

Not many provisions of food will be found in this route, so you will have to arrange quick bites for yourself.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in the Zolai temple, on the top of the plateau, that can hold up to around 30 to 40 people.

Water availability

Water is easily available, and more importantly it's drinkable, all year round in the fort because of the huge water tanks that have been strategically placed on the top of the plateau. Water is not something that you will have to worry about when planning for this trek.

Trek Routes

The start of the trek is from a village in the foothills called Rasalwadi, and from there assent to the hill will be one of the most effortless that you will be on for a while. The most beneficial aspect of this lack of challenge is that you can focus all your concentration into admiring and appreciating the breathtaking forest around you, a kind of scene that changes your parameters of beauty. Once you reach the fort, which is only a short distance of twenty minutes from the village, you are greeted by two huge doors that mark your entrance into the fort and also into the remains of a lost empire. Upon entering the first door, a rustic temple of Lord Hanuman greets you. Beyond this temple is the second door, which is the final entry point of the fort. The fort boasts of having 16 cannons, all of which are magnificent and portray the strength of the army that guarded the fort. The Rasalwadi fort is rather small, you need a maximum of 3 hours to see every point of the fort.

How to reach Rasalgad

  • Rail: The nearest railway station to both the base villages is the station of Khed beyond which you will have to brave a public bus or the more convenient option always is to hire a jeep that will take you safely to whichever base village you decide to start from.

  • Road: There are tow major routes that lead to the Rasalwadi village and one that will take you to Bheed. To reach Bheed, you can take bus towards Khed and go up to Humberi junction. From Humberi, a private vehicle will take you to the base camp. Another way is to start the trek from Rasalwadi and for that you will have to board a bus to Nimni village or Mouze Jaitapur and from there you can reach the fort via Rasalwadi.

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About Rasalgad

Availability of night trek : Available

Base Camp : Rasalwadi (Khed); or village Beed

Days required for the trek : 1 to 2 days

Difficulty level : Easy

Height above sea level : 1770 feet

Nearest Airport : Lohegaon airport

Nearest Railhead : Khed

Region : Sahyadris (Mahabaleshwar region)

Starting point of trek : Rasalwadi village

Type : Hill - Forest; Fort

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