Description

Trek-Rajmachi
Alias-
Type-Hill Fort
District-Pune
Height above mean sea level-2710 feet
Base Village-Kondivde
Minimum Duration-1 Day
Region-Karjat
Transport
Kalyan to Karjat by road/rail, Karjat to Khandpe by bus (~ 15 km) , Khandpe to Kondivade walk (~ 15 mins) OR Karjat to Kondavane (by rickshaw)
Time to reach the top About 3 1/2 hrs from the base
Water Availability Water cistern are available at the top
Best season to visit Any Time
Sights to visit Two citadels i) Shrivardhan and ii) Manoranjan, Ancient Lord Shiva temple (in Rajmachi village), Ancient temple in the gorge between Manoranjan and Shrivardhan, Caves, Lake , Kondane caves.
Difficulty Rating Simple
Shelter Caves at the top

Location
As the train to Pune leaves Karjat and runs slowly up the Borghat, one enjoys some great hills of Sahyadri to the left. This particular section of Sahyadri is commanded by a pair of citadels of Rajmachi - Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Rajmachi has quiet a lot of significance because of its vital position - keeping an eye on the Borghat, and the beauty that it offers has mesmerized the trekkers for since long
Nearest Railway station to Rajmachi is Karjat. First bus to reach Khandpe from Karjat is at about 4.30 am (Bus for village Sandshi. Get down at Khandpe). 3 hours trek from Kondivde will take you to the village Udhewadi. From here 30 min trek will take you to the top.

Precaution
Take enough water from the village Kondivde itself as there are no water sources in the way, however there is abundant water in village Udhewadi and also on the top.

Sight Seeing

Rajmachi consists of two citadels(Balekilla)
1) Shrivardhan
2) Manranjan.
One might even see the caves, old temples and monuments on the way to the top which is another 40 minutes from the village Rajmachi. One can even observe the wonderful reflection of Rajmachi(Shrivardhan) in the pond in the Rajmachi village. Also try to see the Kondane Caves which are about one hour distant from Kondivde and away from the main path to Rajmachi.


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