Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time
At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Ratangad has still the remains of fort with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns 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. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accommodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle via tryambak Darwaza.
Itinerary of the event:
Day 0: Saturday, 17th Sept 16
Meeting Point : Pritam Hotel Dadar East @11:30pm
Pickup Point : Nitin Company Junction , Thane @12:00am
Day 1: Sunday, 18th Sept 16
Reach Base Village by 5 am
Rest in the bus till 6am
Breakfast at the base village
Start Trek by 7.30 am
Reach Top by 10.30 am
Explore the Fort and Lunch
Start Descending by 2.30 pm
Reach Base Village by 4.30 pm
Start our Return Journey by 5pm
Evening Snacks on the way
Reach Mumbai by 9-10 pm (Depend on the Traffic)
Identity proof (Must),
A bottle of water (Minimum 2 Ltrs),
One Packets of Energy Drink like Glucon D or Electral,
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory),
Extra Pair of clothes
Medicine those if u require usually
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private NON AC BUS,
Breakfast , Lunch and Evening Tea/Coffee.
Guide and TMI Expertise Charges.
Mineral Water; Beverages; Anything not mentioned in above inclusion list