Rajmachi Fort Trek

Brief Description

The ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region of Maharashtra near Lonavala serving as a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune. The trek to Rajmachi Fort is one of the most popular fort treks in the Sahyadri, the Western Ghats. Taking you through the hidden beauty and wilderness of Maharashtra, the Rajmachi Fort gives you stunning views of the Sahyadri mountains and the backwaters of Shirota Dam. It consists of two forts namely the Shrivardhan Fort and the Manaranjan Fort and was built by Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century. For years this trek has attracted many nature lovers and people looking to enter the trekking world due to its location amidst dense forests and waterfalls. The region comes to life during the monsoon months and has a different setting altogether in the winter season. Admire the beauty of Kondane Caves, 16 Buddhist caves. The best time to undertake the Rajmachi Trek is in rainy season June - September and the winter months of November to March when the scenery changes significantly. Stay on this page for information on the trek - Itinerary, Facts, FAQs, Images and Reviews.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Day 1 - Lonavala to Rajmachi
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Rajmachi to Kondhavane Village via Kondane Caves. Drive to Karjat Station.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Rajmachi Fort Trek is for nature lovers looking for a weekend escapade close to Pune or Mumbai. The trek is apt for people looking to enter the world of trekking and enjoy the full glory of the Sahyadris. Being an easy trek the Rajmachi Fort Trek is meant for both beginners and experienced trekkers alike who wish to explore the Western Ghats. However, it is recommended to be physically fit as any trek demands the same. The trek provides you the perfect experience of camping in the wilderness.

Eligibility: Experience required

Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Rajmachi Fort Trek

The Rajmachi Fort Trek is one of the most popular fort treks near Lonavala, perfect for a weekend getaway from Pune or Mumbai. The trek introduces one to the beautiful and scenic Western Ghats, especially during the monsoon months. Gifted with lush greenery and plenty of waterfalls the trail to the fort is through a dense jungle. The fort gives you stunning views of the Sahyadri range along with historical value. The Kondane Buddhist caves are a great attraction near the fort. This trek can be enjoyed by both beginners and experienced trekkers looking to enter the world of trekking.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best season for Rajmachi Fort Trek are the months of June to March. Monsoon season being the best whereas the winter season shows a completely different setting.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The base of the trek is Lonavala Railway Station located 67 km from Pune and 83 km from Mumbai. Both are well connected to Lonavala by regular trains and buses. One can hire a private taxi to reach Lonavala as well.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

Intermittent cellular network till the base of the trek following which there will be no network.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Lonavala is a famous hill station surrounded by green valleys of the Western Ghats. The Karla and Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhists shrines carved out of a rock. The Della Adventure Park and Bhushi dam are popular attractions near Lonavala.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 9 years. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

Accommodation on trek days is in tents on a twin sharing basis.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four-season Gipfel tents and sleeping bags. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward, provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek.These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

There will be no snow on this trek.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

Monsoon season will see a significant amount of rainfall with temperatures ranging from 30 to 20 degree celsius. Winter months will be much cooler with temperatures dropping down to as low as 10 degrees at night.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

No, there will be no snow on this trek.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

No, there is no option to offload your backpack.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

No, trekking pole is not necessary.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

It is recommended that you come prepared with all the stuff. Please do not leave anything for last-minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for a solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

You will be picked up from Lonavala Railway Station and dropped at Karjat Station.

Transport: What time will you drop us at the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Karjat station late evening by 19:00, so plan your further travels accordingly

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

No mandatory documents are required for the trek.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during Trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges , if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers.
  • Services of a Trek Leader
  • Accommodation during the trek (Tents/Guesthouses)
  • Transportation from Lonavala base and then to Karjat

What's not Included

  • Meals during road journeys
  • Cost of any kind of travel insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
  • Portage of personal rucksacks

Cancellation Policy

Cash Refund
  • Cancellations up to 30 days prior to departure date - 5% deduction
  • Between 30 days to 15 days prior to departure - 50% deduction
  • Less than 15 days of departure - No Cash Refund
Voucher Refund
  • Cancellations up to 5 days prior to departure date - No deduction
  • Cencellations within 5 days prior to departure - No Refund
*Cash refund is applicable only in case of bookings made without using any promotional offer code or vouchers.
*Please note that this is only a brief of cancellation terms. For finer details please refer Detailed Cancellation Policy

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