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Rajmachi Tourism

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi is famous for the historical fortress which has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala and Khandala.

At the base of the fort is the village Udhewadi which is another name for Rajmachi. Rajmachi has seen many change of hands from Shivaji Maharaj, Emperor Aurangzeb, Shahu Maharaj and eventually the British reign. The fort of Rajmachi is famous among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. If you want to experience a full-fledged trek, you can start from the Kondhane caves side which will take 3-4 hours of climbing, but otherwise you can drive right upto Udhewadi village (from the Lonavala side) and then trek for hardly 20-30 minutes to the top of the fort. The simple and clearly marked trail on both the paths make Rajmachi a very popular beginner's trek.

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1. Trekking in Rajmachi

Trekking in Rajmachi
Rajmachi has two fortified peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Half an hour climb from the base village Udhevadi leads to a plateau between the two peaks.

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Trek to Rajmachi Fort from Mumbai

If you are coming from Mumbai side, you can start the trek from the Kondhane Caves side. Please note that this is the long approach to Rajmachi and the trek will easily take you around 3 - 4 hours depending on how fast you walk. The trek, however, is pretty easy for beginners - most of the route is a gradual ascent, with well-defined steps on the steep ascent legs. The trail is very well defined, and there are small arrows indicating the direction to Rajmachi fort on a few points where you might be unsure where to head.

Pro tip: You can put these coordinates on Google Maps as the starting point of the trek - this is where you can park your car, so you can navigate to here (18.8418316,73.3764473)

Trek to Rajmachi Fort from Pune

From the Pune side, the trek to Rajmachi is much shorter. You can drive your car all the way up to Udhewadi village. However, be warned - the 15 km route from Lonavala to Udhewadi is extremely bad and we would recommend you only take this route on an SUV or a car with high ground clearance. From there, the route to the top of the forts is hardly 30 minutes, and the tourism department has built new steps on almost half the way. This is by far the more convenient way to reach the top of the forts - however, this route wouldn't really give you much feel of "trekking".

Pro tip: Just type "Rajmachi Fort Udhewadi" on Google maps and you will be able to navigate till here.

History of Rajmachi Fort

The mighty Rajmachi fort was built by the Satavahanas who established their kingdom soon after the Mauryan Dynasty came to an end and ruled the kingdom till 230 BC. This kingdom started getting recognized when it was taken over by Shivaji Maharaj in 1657 from the ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. Under the rule of Shivaji, the Rajmachi fort was made defensive and a few structures were added for battalion purpose. It was under the rule of the Mughals from 1704 to 1705 before the Marathas gained control after their fight with Aurangzeb.

After the Marathas, the fort was taken over by the British when the Maratha Kingdom declined in the 19th century. Soon after independence, Rajmachi Fort was declared an ancient and protected monument in Maharashtra. The Buddhist caves dedicated to the local deity are situated on the Western side of the Rajmachi plateau and were carved during 200 BC.

Architecture of Fort Rajmachi

  • The Rajmachi Fort has a brilliant architecture and comprises of vast and robust walls, gigantic gateways, residential units, administrative centres, water reservoirs and some secret gateways which were used for exiting purpose at that time.
  • The fort is built upon two hill stretches namely Shrivardhan Hill and Manaranjan Hill. Shrivardhan Fort and Manaranjan Fort inside the Rajmachi Fort have been constructed in a traditional Indian style.
  • Inside the forts are a few ruined complexes. Since the area is considered as a heavy monsoon area, it has a number of man-made as well as natural water catchment areas. Some manmade lakes have been built in the area for the summers.
  • A famous temple known as Kal Bhairavi Temple too has been established here which is decorated beautifully on auspicious occasions.  
  • 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 fountain in the shape of cow-head and a water tank in the front of the temple has been discovered.

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How to Reach Rajmachi

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There are two approaches to Rajmachi forts - from Mumbai you can drive upto Kondhane side and do the longer trek (3 - 4 hours) or from Pune/Lonavala you can drive up to Udhewadi village and do the shorter trek (30 - 40 minutes). Both the roads are a little rough (although the one from Pune side is definitely worse) and we would recommend driving an SUV only, especially in the rains. For more details about the treks from the two sides, please read the "Overview" section.

How to reach Rajmachi by flight

Nearest airport to Rajmachi is the Mumbai Airport, after which you take the train or road towards Lonavala or Karjat.

How to reach Rajmachi by road

Rajmachi lies between Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai-Pune route. There are two ways to reach Rajmachi. For more detailed instructions about how to reach from either side (Mumbai/Pune), including navigable GPS coordinates, please refer to the "Overview" page.

How to reach Rajmachi by train

You can take a local train from Mumbai to Karjat or a long distance train to Lonavala and take the road to Kondivade or Tungarli village respectively.

Local transport in 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 hour 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 hour 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 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.

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What is the best time to visit Rajmachi?

The months from June to September is the best time to visit Rajmachi since the monsoon season here greets you with water springs and greenery all over as you keep climbing the fort. Although it is a beautiful place which can be enjoyed throughout the year, the silvery flowing streams, lush green forests & meadows and the misty clouds make the rainy season the best time to visit the Rajmachi Fort.

Noon to evening is considered to be an ideal time to visit the fort with full visibility. It becomes comparatively difficult to drive during the night.
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What is the local food in Rajmachi?

In Udhewadi, the village at the base camp, some villagers can make delicious home-cooked food for you - mostly egg/chicken curry or usal, dal along with bhakri and rice. You can also opt for snacking options like pohe, bhajis and maggi. Also available are refreshing drinks like kokam sharbat and neebu paani. You might be able to get misal pav and vada pav as well. The food is simple but has an extremely authentic Marathi flavour - a great pit-stop after a tiring trek.

However, for the trek, we recommend that you carry some snacks (dry fruits, apple, biscuits, etc) and plentiful of liquids and glucose because you won't be able to find any food while trekking.
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What is the best way to reach Rajmachi?

There are two approaches to Rajmachi forts - from Mumbai you can drive upto Kondhane side and do the longer trek (3 - 4 hours) or from Pune/Lonavala you can drive up to Udhewadi village and do the shorter trek (30 - 40 minutes). Both the roads are a little rough (although the one from Pune side is definitely worse) and we would recommend driving an SUV only, especially in the rains. For more details about the treks from the two sides, please read the "Overview" section.
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What are the top hotels in Rajmachi?

There are 532 in Rajmachi which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Rajmachi are Mount Palace, Princess Villa by Vista Rooms, Hill Top Home Near Amby valley, Taraangan Farm, EKO STAY- SUNSHINE VILLA, Luxury 5 BHK Villa. You can see all the hotels in Rajmachi here

What are the places near Rajmachi?

The top places near to Rajmachi are Lonavala which is 9 km from Rajmachi, Matheran which is located 22 km from Rajmachi, Mumbai which is located 61 km from Rajmachi, Kamshet which is located 17 km from Rajmachi, Khandala which is located 8 km from Rajmachi

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Rohit Shroff

6 years ago
- Carry extra food and water supplies with you, facilities are not present at proper intervals.
- In case of planning to stay back, make sure you enquire about the availability of hotel rooms befo (Read More)rehand.
- During monsoons, the climb up the fort might be slippery, wear good shoes with rubber soles.

Rohan Bugate

6 years ago
raj machi is beautiful place , it is joyful and worth if you have a trek from karjat for mumbaiker . from karjat station you can get local dum-dum type auto , the trek is semi difficult level ,. in m (Read More)iddle you also get kondhane caves beautiful historical place . once you reach the undhewadi ( if you are coming from lonavala you can reach here direct by bike or local vehicles from where hardly 30 min trek . at undhewadi you have facilities for food and halt also , villagers provide you desi authentic food and also common rooms for halt . the fort is excellent , with immense nature view. rajmachi ( buruj) infront of which you will find huge water fall . this site is signature site .. please visit during june to sept , for more joyfull. humble request to all trekkers please do not carry apcked eatbles ,,large number of wrapers , bottles are been thrown in forest area ..please save nature .. rohan
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