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Best time: June - September (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Pune (Check Flights)

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Rajmachi Tourism

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi 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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If you are coming from Mumbai side, you can start the trek from the Kondhane Caves side. Please note that this is the longer 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)

From the Pune side, the trek 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 a 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.

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.

Rajmachi fort can be covered easily in a day. Whichever route you choose, aim to reach the base village of Udhevadi by 9-10 am to start the ascend. Trekking in the misty morning while surrounded by such scenic beauty of the fort, is a sight you wouldn't want to miss. After you reach the plateau connecting both the peaks of Rajmachi which would take about half an hour, visit the temple and then chose which peak you want to climb first. You can easily do both in a day. Carry packed lunch which you can have at one ruins of the fort. The view from the peaks are breathtaking and gives ample backdrops for excellent photo-ops. Relax soaking in the beauty and then start descending for the by 4pm so that you reach the base before it gets dark. If you plan to stay, be sure to make prior arrangements. Lonavala and Khandala, two famous hills of Maharashtra, are near Rajmachi, if you want to extend your trip.

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5 months ago by Rohan Bugate

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 middle 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

5 months ago by Rohit Shroff

- 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 beforehand.- During monsoons, the climb up the fort might be slippery, wear good shoes with rubber soles.



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