It is claimed that Rajgad is the fort where Raje Shivaji spent most of his time on.
Rajgad literally means 'King of forts'. At its Balle Killa, is where Aurangzebs head hung for three days before being buried at Pratapgad. Though in ruins, it is a very popular trekking destination for the Punekars and Mumbaikars. Spots to see in Rajgad are the Balle Killa, Padmavati Machi, Suvela Maachi, Sanjeevani Maachi and a lot of enthusiastic trekkers also traverse the distance from Rajgad to Torna. There is also a nedhe (a big hole in the rock) and a huge rock shaped like an elephant.
The base village is Gunjawane. One can get food and water here to carry up the fort or also arrange for the locals to get the food up the fort at their desired time. Locals are also available for carrying baggage to the fort. Accomodation can be sought in the temples or Balle Killa or get your tents and sleep under a starlit sky
It takes around 1 1/2 - 2 hours to climb to the fort from Gunjawane though the climb is strenuous.
To reach Gunjawane from Mumbai, after the Mumbai Pune Expressway, lookout for the left turn for Nasrapur on the Satara route.
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