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DESCRIPTIONRajeev, 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.
Unchallengeable, Undisputable and Unconquerableg , p q
Elevation 1276 m (4,250 ft)राजगड ‐ राजांचा गड, गडाचा राजा.
Location PuneRajgad – King of Forts
RajgadRajgad fort was recognized as first political base of “Hindavi Swarajya”. Rajgad was initially known as ‘Murumbdev’ during the Bahamani regime. The ‘Murumbadev’ mountain stands adjacent to the vally formed due to Nire, Velvandi, Kanandi and Gunjavani rivers. It is 48 km
From Pune towards South‐West direction and 24 km North‐West of BhorFrom Pune towards South West direction and 24 km North West of Bhor.
To expand boundaries of Hindavi Swarajya within Maval region, two forts viz. Rajgadand Tornawere considered to be at a prime position then. Although, both the forts were equally
unchallangable, Rajgad fort scored an edge over Torna fort primarily because of its huge size. Also the approach to Rajgad made it more unique as one has to either cross a mountain or a river to reach Rajgad fort. In view of the above factors, Shivaji Maharaj selected Rajgad as a capital fort and political base of ‘Hindavi Swarajya’. Rajgad has three Machis` and one Citadel.
James Dougals in his ‘Book of Bombay’ writes, Rajgad and Torna occupy an unchallangableposition and are uncongquerable thus facilitating Hindu King Shivaji Maharaj to have a wide
scope to expand boundries of his kingdom.
Saki Mustaodakhan in his novel called ‘Masire Alamgire’ narrates about Rajgad as :A very tall fort which justifies itsposition and excellence amongst all. Its huge size covers adiameter of almost 24 miles at its base. One cannot imagine its hughness and strength. It is
believed that only wind can roam around and water can pass through the thick forestbelieved that only wind can roam around and water can pass through the thick forestsurrounding the fort. Else, it is very difficult for anybody to pass through the thick jungles.
Ways to climb RajgadVia Secret doorway (Gupt Darwaja) :From Pune, board a State Transport Bus to Rajgad and alight at Vajeghar village.Thereafter from Babuda zapa we proceed towards Railing in approx an hour. From there ittakes minimum time to reach Rajgad. Using this route, one can reach Rajgad in 3 hours.
Rajgad via Pali Darwaja :From Pune, board a State Transport Bus to Velhe and there after from Pabe village aftercrossing Kanad river we can directly reach Pali darwaja. This staircase walkway is quite easyand one can reach Rajgad in 3 hours.
Suvela Machi via Gupt Darwaja :From Gunjavane village, a way through the forest leads to Gupta Darwaja from which onecan reach Suvela Machi.
Rajgad via Alu Darwaja :We can reach Alu darwaja either via Bhutonde or even through ‘Shivtharghal’.
Rajgad via Chor Darwaja :On Pune‐Velhe State Transport Bus route, alight at Margasani village. Thereafter one canreach Gunjawne village via Sakhar village. From Gunjavane village, one can reach Rajgad in 2hrs.
S l M hiSuvela Machi
Padmavati MachiFrom Gunjavane
P ki PlParking PlaceHanuman Temple
behind the car on left
Good Food. Also serves at the fort
Crotalaria retusa(Dingla, Khulkhula)(Dingla, Khulkhula)
Padmavati MachiPadmavati Machi
By Chor Darwaja
Celosia argentea(Kurdu, Kombda)
To Bale KillaTo Bale Killa
Bale Killa Darwaja
Rajeev, Soumya and Adarsh (Standing)Yuvraj and Sandesh (sitting)
Rajwada on Padmavati
D K thDaru Kothar
To Suvela MachiTo Suvela Machi
Suvela Machi from Duba
Duba (L), Balekilla (C) and Padmavati Machi (R) and Gunjavane (Extreme right) from Suvela Machi
Duba (L), Balekilla (R) from Suvela Machi
To Sanjivani MachiTo Sanjivani Machi
Sanjivani Machi – fortification, Balekillaand Duba from Sanjivani Machi
Sanjivani Machi – fortification and Balekilla from Sanjivani Machi
Double wall construction
Double wall construction
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Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by
g y ythe sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,
stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a
profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and
crown amidst hills turned mauve.