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Rajeev, Yuvraj, Sandesh, Soumya and Adarash visited Rajgad on Dec 6, 2009. This is a fort where Shivaji Maharaj spent 25 years before moving to Raigad.

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  • Unchallengeable,UndisputableandUnconquerable g , p q . , Elevation 1276 m(4,250ft) Location Pune Rajgad KingofForts
  • Rajgad RajgadfortwasrecognizedasfirstpoliticalbaseofHindavi Swarajya.Rajgadwasinitially knownasMurumbdevduringtheBahamani regime.TheMurumbadevmountainstands adjacenttothevally formedduetoNire,Velvandi,Kanandi andGunjavani rivers.Itis48km FromPunetowardsSouth Westdirectionand24kmNorth WestofBhor. From Pune towards SouthWest direction and 24 km NorthWest of Bhor ToexpandboundariesofHindavi Swarajya withinMaval region,twofortsviz.Rajgadand Torna wereconsideredtobeataprimepositionthen.Although,boththefortswereequally unchallangable,RajgadfortscoredanedgeoverTorna fortprimarilybecauseofitshugesize. AlsotheapproachtoRajgadmadeitmoreuniqueasonehastoeithercrossamountainora rivertoreachRajgadfort.Inviewoftheabovefactors,ShivajiMaharajselectedRajgadasa capitalfortandpoliticalbaseofHindavi Swarajya.RajgadhasthreeMachis`andoneCitadel. JamesDougals inhisBookofBombaywrites,RajgadandTorna occupyanunchallangable positionandareuncongquerable thusfacilitatingHinduKingShivajiMaharajtohaveawide scopetoexpandboundries ofhiskingdom. SakiMustaodakhan inhisnovelcalledMasire AlamgirenarratesaboutRajgadas: Averytallfortwhichjustifiesitsposition andexcellenceamongstall.Itshugesizecoversa diameterofalmost24milesatitsbase.Onecannotimagineitshughness andstrength.Itis believedthatonlywindcanroamaroundandwatercanpassthroughthethickforest believed that only wind can roam around and water can pass through the thick forest surroundingthefort.Else,itisverydifficultforanybodytopassthroughthethickjungles.
  • WaystoclimbRajgad ViaSecretdoorway(GuptDarwaja): FromPune,boardaStateTransportBustoRajgadandalightatVajeghar village. ThereafterfromBabuda zapa weproceedtowardsRailinginapproxanhour.Fromthereit takesminimumtimetoreachRajgad.Usingthisroute,onecanreachRajgadin3hours. RajgadviaPaliDarwaja: FromPune,boardaStateTransportBustoVelhe andthereafterfromPabe villageafter crossingKanad riverwecandirectlyreachPalidarwaja.Thisstaircasewalkwayisquiteeasy andonecanreachRajgadin3hours. SuvelaMachiviaGuptDarwaja: FromGunjavanevillage,awaythroughtheforestleadstoGuptaDarwajafromwhichone canreachSuvela Machi. RajgadviaAlu Darwaja: WecanreachAlu darwaja eitherviaBhutonde oreventhroughShivtharghal. RajgadviaChorDarwaja: OnPuneVelhe StateTransportBusroute,alightatMargasani village.Thereafteronecan reachGunjawne villageviaSakharvillage.FromGunjavanevillage,onecanreachRajgadin2hrs.
  • Sanjivani Machi Suvela Machi S l M hi Balekilla FromGunjavane Padmavati Machi
  • Mumbai Pune Expressway Vinzar Punebypass Sakhar Gunjavane Rajgad Gunjavane Nasrapur
  • Gunjavane Sakhar kh FromNasrapur
  • Gunjavane
  • ParkingPlace P ki Pl HanumanTemple behindthecaronleft
  • GoodFood.Also servesatthefort
  • Soumya Adarsh
  • Yuvraj
  • Crotalariaretusa (Dingla,Khulkhula) (Dingla, Khulkhula)
  • Nedhe (Orifice)
  • PadmavatiMachi Padmavati Machi ByChorDarwaja
  • From Gunjavane PadmavatiMachi Padmavati Machi
  • Celosiaargentea (Kurdu,Kombda)
  • ToBaleKilla To Bale Killa
  • Balekilla Darwaja Kothar Gunjavane Rajwada Darwaja
  • Duba SuvelaMachi
  • BaleKilla Darwaja
  • Rajeev,Soumya andAdarsh (Standing) Yuvraj andSandesh (sitting)
  • Rajwada on Padmavati Pali Marg
  • Sanjivani Machi
  • Daru K th D Kothar
  • PaliDarwaja
  • ToSuvelaMachi To Suvela Machi
  • Duba
  • SuvelaMachi
  • Duba
  • Balekilla fromDuba
  • Balekilla fromDuba
  • SuvelaMachi fromDuba
  • Duba
  • Duba (L),Balekilla (C)andPadmavatiMachi(R)and Gunjavane(Extremeright)fromSuvelaMachi
  • Duba (L),Balekilla (R) fromSuvelaMachi
  • Adarsh
  • Nedhe (Orifice)
  • ToSanjivaniMachi To Sanjivani Machi
  • SanjivaniMachi
  • PaliDarwaja
  • PaliDarwaja
  • PaliDarwaja
  • SanjivaniMachi fortification,Balekilla andDuba fromSanjivaniMachi
  • SanjivaniMachi fortificationand Balekilla fromSanjivaniMachi
  • Doublewallconstruction
  • Doublewallconstruction
  • Torna
  • Unspoilt Unhurried Untouched Unconfined Unexpected Unconquered Unparalleled Un paralleled Unmatched Unstressed Un stressed Unlimited Standingassilentsentinelstohistoryarethe350oddfortsofMaharashtra.Beatenby g y y theseawaves,lashedatbythetorrentialDeccanrains,orscorchedintheblazingsun, standimposingrampartsandcrumblingwalls,thelastlingeringmemoriesof Maharashtra'smartialtimes.Nowhereinthecountrywouldyouencountersucha profusionofforts.Andsuchvariety.Sitedonanisland,orguardingtheseasoramong theSahyadrihills,whosezigzagwallsandroundedbastionssitlikeascepterand crownamidsthillsturnedmauve.