1. About Rajmachi:
Rajmachi is a fort located near Lonavala.It height from sea level is 2710 feet. It offers an amazing view of the Sahyadrimountains and the backwaters of Shirota Dam. Rajmachi with its two peaks Shrivardhan and Manoranjan, is an ideal destination for trekking. Ruins of forts, water falls, temples and the ancient Buddhist caves on the way beacon the trekker through dense forests presenting a mixture of history and nature which makes Rajmachi a much sought after trekking destination. Trek to Rajmachi during monsoon is most adventurous and challenging. Udhewadi is the base of Rajmachi fort trek.
How to reach :
Udhewadi is the base of Rajmachi trek and the trek can be started from Tungarli near Lonavala or Kondivade village near Karjat. The route from Tungarli is longer and it will take about 6 hours to reach Rajmachi. Via the Karjat route one can reach Rajmachi in about 5 hours. You may take the Kharvandi village route which is the shortest or Kondana route and visit the budhist caves too.
The historical Rajmachi fort complex was originally constructed by the Satavahanas. In 1657, ShivajiMaharaj captured this fort along with other neighbouring forts from the Adilshahi ruler of Bijapur. In 1704, the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb captured the fort from the Marathas. However, the Marathas regained its control in 1705. In 1713, ShahuMaharaj handed over Rajmachi fort to KanhojiAngre. Eventually in 1818 with the downfall of the Marathas, the British acquired the control of the Maratha territories including the forts such as Rajmachi.
There are two Fortresses on Rajmachi –the taller one in the east is Shrivardhan fort and the other in the west is Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi is a unique fort having wide plateau on all sides of the twin fortresses. There is a rich treasure of historical monuments on Rajmachi, viz. mighty ramparts and walls, gateways, secret exit gates, administrative offices, water storage tanks and reservoirs, residential quarters, temples and idols of deities. KalBhairavatemple is situated in colum between Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Local inhabitants worship KalBhairava even today. The Buddhist caves on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau (at present known as Kondhane caves) were carved in the period around 200 BC.
The existence of these ancient caves indicates that Rajmachi had been identified as an important place right from the Buddhist period. 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.
4. Major Attractions :
1. Kondana Caves
Kondana Caves situated in Karjat offers the ancient lifestyle of Buddhist followers. Ancient rock-cut caves, Kondana Caves are very famous Buddhist caves. These caves enclose sculptures, vihara, cahitya and stupa. Sculptures and stupas are specimens of the ancient period Buddhist architecture. There was a natural disaster in the form of an earth quake in early 1900 by which many stupas, front entrance and floor of the caves were damaged.
These ancient caves attract lots of tourists and Buddhist devotees all through the year. There are some restrictions on these protected ancient caves. Smoking and the consumption of liquor and aromatic foods are prohibited nearby places of the caves. Kondana Caves is around 15 KM from Karjat.
2. Shrivardhan and Manarnjan fort
On the hills of Rajmachi, are two twin forts namely, Srivardhan and Manoranjan. Srivardhan Fort peaked at a height of 3000 ft., lies to the east of Rajmachi fort. The hilly terrains of Rajmachi provide considerable trekking thrill. The architectural style of construction is typical of Maratha period and is characterized by strong walls, semi-circular entrances and cisterns. Two large tanks were used as the chief sources of water supply in the fort. The temple of Bhairavnath is located inside and is an added attraction. Panoramic views of surrounding hills, greenery and forts of Lohagad, Tungi, Korigarh and Visapur can be obtained from here.
The Bhairavnath Devasthan is a significant religious sightseeing attraction of Rajmachi town and is situated in its Shreevardhan Fort. The site of this temple is also called as Dhak amongst the local people. Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, worshipped here in the form of Bhairav. The architecture of this temple is similar to the Shiva temples of Konkan region.
The backdrop of this temple comprises dense forest regions providing soft breeze and cool ambience to the atmosphere. The main sanctum sanctorum of Bhairavnath Devasthan also has many other small shrines dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses. Mahashivarathri is the popular festival in the place, during which this temple is flocked by thousands of devotees.
5. About event:
• Scheduled Date- 27th -28th June 2015
• District: Lonavala
• Range: Lonavala
• Height: 3400 feet
• Grade: Medium
• Duration: 2 day
6. Event Itinerary:
1. Reach lonavala railway station by 11 am.
2. Basic round of introduction reach village thakurwadi by 12 by private vehicle.
3. Have packed lunch and proceed towards rajmachi village by 1pm .
4. Reach Rajmachi village by 6 pm.Have evening refreshments and dinner and stay.
1. Wake up early in the morning and start ascend to Rajmachi fort at 6 am.
2. Reach top by by 8 am and explore the fort by 10 am.
3. Start descend and reach base village by 11am and have breakfast.
4. Proceed to thakurwadi and reach lonavala by private vehicle from thakurwadi by 5:30 pm.
5.We will reaching Mumbai tentatively by 8:30.
People travelling from Mumbai to Lonavala can catch Mumbai Kolhapur Koyana express or Bhusaval Pune express from dadar(2nd general boggy from engine) and accordingly which reaches Lonavala station by 11:00am. People travelling by private vehicle or other modes of transport should make sure that they reach Lonavala by 11:00am max.
7. Things to carry:
Lunch for Saturday(day1).
A water bottle (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Sleeping Bag / Bedding
Good trekking shoes,
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried.
Avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
In rainy season pack yr bags accordingly to save them from getting wet.
Note: Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited during Trek.
8. Payment details:
Cost of the Event would be 1000 INR per head.
One needs to deposit the full amount as advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
HDFC BANK SAVINGS ACCOUNT No-05011140109695
IFSC Code- HDFC0000501
Branch- MISTRY BHAVAN EXTN CTR, MUMBAI
Once payment is done , please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number or else SMS(NO What’s app) above details to any of the mobile numbers 9028278502/9594299141
a. What’s Included in Fees
- Morning breakfast and evening snacks
- First aid medical kits
-Trek expertise and basic safety equipment as and when needed.
b. Whats NOT included in Fees
-Travel from Mumbai—Lonavala--Malawali and back.
- Any kind of personal expenses
-Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes
9.Contact Details :
For any more inquiries contact
Sameer Bhosle 9028278502
Aniket Deshmukh 9594299141