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A Day trek to Ratangad

 

“Ratan” means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. Geographically Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara lake in Ahmednagar district at a height of 4255 feet above sea level. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time.

A 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors, is at the base of this fort. Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Water cistems are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left; one can see Rani Mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Decend to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta Pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaja.

 

Trek Name: Ratangad Fort

Height: 4255 ft approx.

Difficulty Level: Medium

Base Village: Ratanwadi

Trek Fees: ₹1050

 

Trek Date: 11th September, Sunday

 

Highlights:

 

Ø  Amruteshwar temple, at Ratanwadi, India (the Hemadpanthi style, 16th century)

Ø  Huge Cave on the Top

Ø  Needle Hole point

Ø  Backwater view of Bhandardara Dam

Ø  View of Sandhan Valley and Kaslubai Peak

                                                    

Itinerary:

 

Day 0: Saturday night, 10th September

Mumbai Local Train Schedule:

23.04 Dadar

23:12 Kurla 

23:17 Ghatkopar

23:31 Thane

23:54 Dombivali

00:03 Kalyan

01:18 Kasara

 Day 1: Sunday, 11th September

01:30 Assemble at Kasara Railway Station

01:45 Travel Kasara to Ratanwadi by ST / jeep

06:00 Reach base village

06:15 Freshen up, Tea & breakfast

06:45 Start trek towards Ratangad

11:30 Reach On Top Of Ratangad,

12:00 Have Pack Lunch

12.30 Explore the Fort

13:30 Start descending the fort.

16:00 Reach Ratanwadi 

16:30 Travel Back to Kasara

 

Cost Includes:

Transportation from Kasara to Kasara by local Transport

Breakfast & Lunch, Equipment, Guide and Expertise cost

 

Cost Excludes:

Anything not mentioned above is excluded.

For booking and further details of the trek:

Mumbai Participants may call

#Ashish - 9773595039

#Sharath – 8898909062

 

Pune Participants may call

#Shashikant – 8446547614

 

 

Regards,

EightyDegree Adventure Spots

“Live on the Edges”

 

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