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Monday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Wedesday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday 12:00 am – 12:00 am
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Nestled above the popular twin hill stations Lonavala-Khandala, Rajmachi Fort is one of the lesser-known tourist destinations. What you might not know is that it’s among the frequented trekking destinations in the region. The Rajmachi Fort trail takes you through lush forests and water-dripping rocks. The view from the top is another reason it appeals to trekkers.

Rajmachi Fort trek attracts people throughout the year. It’s in two parts, each a fortress on its own. And both these fortresses are a short trek away from Lonavala.

Apart from the natural beauty of the fort, its historical charm and architecture also appeals to tourists. It’s one of the few forts in the region that has changed its control several times.

Where is Rajmachi Fort located?

Rajmachi Fort is a group of two fortresses, situated near a small village in the mountains of Lonavala. It offers a beautiful view of the Sahyadri hills and its mist-clad valleys. It also offers a sweeping view of nearby waterfalls and streams. If you’re looking for a green getaway, a trek to Rajmachi Fort Lonavala is a must.

History of Rajmachi Fort

The twin fortresses of Rajmachi Fort were built during the Satavahana period. The fort is at a strategic point that helps control the historical trade route at Bor Ghat. It has witnessed the rule of several kingdoms. Many battles were fought between the Marathas and the Mughals.

Rajmachi Fort Khandala-Lonavala gained fame under the rule of Shivaji Maharaj, who took its control in the 17th century. He fortified it and added ramparts, gateways and several other structures according to his needs.

In the early 18th century, the British took over the fort. After India gained independence from the British, the government declared Rajmachi Fort a protected monument.

Architecture of Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort is divided into two fortresses: Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Manaranjan Fort is the higher point in the complex and Shrivardhan Fort is the lower one.

Each of them has robust stone walls and imposing gateways signifying the importance of the fort. You’ll find residential units, water cisterns and secret passages within the fort complex. Although the fort was primarily rebuilt and fortified under the Maratha rule, its architecture is a mix of different architectural styles.

Things to do at Rajmachi Fort Lonavala

1. Enjoying a trek to Rajmachi Fort – Trekking through the lush green forests of Khandala is the best thing to do at Rajmachi Fort. It’s also the only way to reach the top. Rajmachi Fort trekking takes you on an adventure in which you see many birds and insects. The trail also has several small waterfalls and streams on the way. You might even come across the rare sight of leopards.

2. Exploring fort ruins – The main attraction at Rajmachi is Shrivardhan Fort; the other one is Manaranjan Fort. The towers have remains of once-functioning ramparts and gateways. A group of ancient Buddhist rock-cut Kondana Caves is another highlight of Rajmachi trek Lonavala. During the trek, you can also see temples like Hemadpanti-style Shiva Temple and Kaal Bhairav Temple.

3. Savouring panoramic views – You get stunning views of the valley from the twin forts. They offer excellent vantage points to watch the hills and waterfalls nearby. You can even see several landmarks of Lonavala-Khandala depending on how Rajmachi Fort weather is. Before starting the trek, you should also visit Rajmachi Point. It’s a viewpoint from where you can see the Rajmachi fort in full glory.

4. Camping during the night – When trekking from Lonavala to Rajmachi Fort, also try out overnight camping. It provides you an opportunity to enjoy a picnic and relax in the serene surroundings. If you trek during the early-monsoon or pre-monsoon treks, you can see many fireflies in the region. Stargazing and firefly-chasing make the Rajmachi night trek magical.

5. Watching breathtaking sunrise – Whether you’re camping near the fort or at the base village in Udhewadi, you must witness the sunrise. Just about dawn, the sky is filled with spectacular colours. The calm and quiet surroundings and fresh air make Rajmachi Fort trek and camping rejuvenating.

Rajmachi Fort Trek Details

You can do the Rajmachi trek via two routes. One is the short (but more difficult) trek from Karjat. Another one is the longer (but easier) Rajmachi trek from Lonavala. If starting from Lonavala, the Rajmachi trek starting point is near Tungarli Dam. It’s a well-marked trail.

When the weather permits, you can drive up to Rajmachi Fort trek village and walk to the fort from there. The village, called Udhewadi, has a rustic charm, and it’s an excellent place to camp for the night. You can also find simple homestays with home-cooked food there.

  • Rajmachi Fort trek difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
  • Rajmachi Fort trek height: 2710 ft
  • Rajmachi Fort trek distance: 16 km
  • Rajmachi Fort trek duration: 7-8 hours
  • Rajmachi Fort base village: Udhewadi village

Rajmachi Fort Timings and Entry Fee

Rajmachi Fort is open throughout the year. You can take the route from Lonavala and visit the fort any day you want. While the fort can be visited anytime during the day, it’s best to be there between 6 AM and 6 PM entry timings.

You don’t have to pay any entrance fee to visit Rajmachi Fort Lonavala.

Best time to visit Rajmachi Fort

The best time to visit Rajmachi Fort is from November to February. It’s the winter season in Lonavala and you can cover the 16 km of Rajmachi Trek walking distance easily. When visiting Rajmachi Fort in winter, it’s also possible to take your car to the base village and start your trek from there. Udhewadi to Rajmachi Fort distance is about 4 km on foot.

For the adventurous ones, Rajmachi Fort in monsoon (July-August) is the best. The place turns into green heaven during those days, but the slippery trail makes trekking a bit difficult. You can walk the entire trek or take a bike on the muddy trail.

Time to explore Rajmachi Fort Lonavala

If you’re starting your trek from Udhewadi village, the time required to visit Rajmachi Fort is 3-4 hours. You need this much time to enjoy the views and explore the structures in the fort complex. The trail from the village is clearly marked.

However, if you start the trek to Rajmachi Fort near Lonavala (from Tungarli Dam), you must have a complete day (or night) to spare.

Things to keep in mind while visiting Rajmachi Fort

  • Carry medicines and a first aid kit.
  • Wear warm clothes if you're visiting early in the morning.
  • Put on comfortable trekking/walking shoes.
  • Carry plenty of water for your trek.
  • Pack snacks and energy bars.
  • Carry an umbrella.
  • Keep your camera handy.
  • Keep everything in a waterproof backpack.
  • Pack a torch if you're going to stay overnight.
  • Take mosquito-repelling creams and lotions.

How to reach Rajmachi Fort in Lonavala?

Lonavala to Rajmachi Fort trek distance is 16 km, starting from Tungarli Dam. It’s 3 km from Lonavala railway station and bus stop. The nearest major railway stations to Rajmachi Fort are in Pune (70 km away) and Mumbai (85 km away). The nearest airport to Lonavala is Pune airport, 72 km away.

And here are the different ways to visit Rajmachi Fort from Lonavala –

By bike – You can take a rental bike in Lonavala to the trekking base in Udhewadi, or even to the fort. From the village, Rajmachi Fort distance is 3-4 km.

By cab/taxi – You can also book a car to Tungarli Dam (16 km away from fort). If weather permits and the road is good, you can also reach Udhewadi by car, and cover the rest of the 3-4 km on foot. You can book a cab from the top car rental companies in Lonavala easily and visit all other places near Rajmachi Fort conveniently.

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