Hello Rangers,
Wild Rangers invites you for the Trek to Ratangad – “The Jewel Fort”
Brief Introduction about Ratangad: -
Region: Igatpuri
Fort Height: 4225 ft. ( Above M.S.L. )
Type: Hill
Grade: Medium, Trek Experience Required
Base Village : Ratanwadi
District: Ahmednagar
Ratangad, an old fort, belonging to the great Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is a big attraction for trekkers because of the adventure and the thrill to reach the fort. The route to the fort is through a dense forest and considerably high mountainous terrain. The fort is located at 4255 ft above sea and stepping ston is surrounded by the highes prakat of Alang, Madan, Kulang, Ajoba, Katarabai, Kalsubai and Ghanchakkar. From the base village one can see the hole at the top of the mountain called Nedhe (marathi translation ‘Eye of the Needle’), the pinnacle called ‘Kutha’ on the right and the caves on the left end of the mountain which can be seen only with the help of binoculars.
As the name speaks, Ratanad is described as “Jewel Fort of Sahayadri”. It gets the name as it is origin for the river “Amrutvahini”. Located in the district of Ahmednagar, it stands tall to 4255 feet above mean sea level. The fort is about 2000 years old and is situated at banks of Bhandardara lake.
The main attraction of this fort is “Amurteshwar” temple which falls into “Hemadpant Era” ( way back to eighth century ). It truly defines the ancient sculpture of our great ancestors due to it’s carving.
Ratangad is a natural rock peak with a cavity at top that measure 10 feet high and 60 feets wide, thus forming a needle eye sort of appearance called as “Nedhe”. This is caused due to Wind Erosion and one can experience the nature’s power over there. The top gives an exemplary view of ravine connecting the Deevanmal & Saimal villages. It has a water cistern which is usually filled with water throughout the year and was one of the largest rainwater catchment area for its time.
Fort has a main entrance called as “Tryambak Darwaza.” Also we have some remains of smaller entrance to the fort called as “Chor Darwaza”. Two ladders have been added to provide easy access to the main fort area.
Travel Details: -
Saturday, 01st Oct 2016
01.18 Hrs --- Gathering at Kasara Station
Board the Kasara train starting from CST at 22.50 at the station feasible for you.
22.50 CST | 22.57 Byculla | 23.05 Dadar | 23.13 Kurla | Ghatkopar23.18 | 23.30 Mulund | 23.34 Thane | 23.57 Dombivali | 00.07 Kalyan |01.18 Kasara
1:30 Hrs --- Leave for Ratanwadi (Base Village) from Kasara Station by Private vehicle
03:00 Hrs --- Reach Ratanwadi
06:00 Hrs --- Refreshment
07.00 Hrs --- Start Ascending
10:30 Hrs --- Conquer the top & Explore
11:00 Hrs --- lunch on top & Start Descending
14:00 Hrs --- refreshment at base village
14:30 Hrs --- Leave for Mumbai
17.:00 Hrs --- Reach Kasara Railway Station
Group Breaks. with beautiful memories
(Timings may vary, with subject to individual’s pace at trek and traffic conditions)
Things to be carried: -
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs)
Torch With Extra Battery
Camera, Cell Phone, Mug (Optional)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food.
Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if you require usually (Optional)
Extra Pair of clothes, Good trekking shoes,
A haversack to put all these things
Trek Fees:- INR 750.00 per Person, includes travelling by private transport from Kasara to Kasara, 1 Breakfast, Refreshments, Expertise Charges.
Registration and Payment Details :- For Registration one needs to call and SMS us Name and Email Addresses of participant along with alternate contact number, to any of the coordinator mention in below contact and transfer payment of INR 750.00 in the account details mentioned below. Limited seats for the trek are available.
Account Details:
A/C Name: - Mayur Phadale
A/C Number: - 643801505651
IFSC Code: - ICIC0006438
MICR Code: - 400229080
Branch: - ICICI Bank, Andheri (East)
For further information and registrations call: -
(Pune) Mayur 8080304123
(Mumbai) Roshan 9028271859 / 8007857825
Or Write us at
All our treks are Eco-friendly, kindly take care of nature around us. Smoking and Drinking alcohol during trek is strictly prohibited if anyone found doing that will be expelled from trek without refund. Respect the Heritage and culture. Do Not Litter, Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins. Leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
WILD RANGERS is not liable in any way whatsoever for any injury or loss (including any indirect or consequential loss) of any kind to person or property suffered by any participant whether by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, of WILD RANGERS in connection with the WILD RANGERS, including injury or loss incurred whilst participating in any activity of the WILD RANGERS or in any activity in which participants are invited to participate.
Team Wild Rangers