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The Raigad fort is 42 km to the south west of Pune, in the Sahyadris range. Rajgad means King of forts, one of the forts of Maharashtra state. The fort is located in the Raigad district, which is approximately 4250 feet above sea level. This Fort presents very terrifying look and it is very difficult to get into the fort through the rocky path. Raigad ropeway makes the ascent to the fort very easy.

The fort is built on the hill called “Murumb Devacha Dongar”. Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Hindavi Swarajya (Maratha Kingdom) ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Rajgad boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.

The fort can be divided into four different sections based on geographical terrain and fortification; namely – the Padmavati Machee, the Sanjivani Machee, and the Suvela Machee and the central part is called Ballekilla. The most sensational site on Raigad Fort is the Balekilla, from where one can see the unconvincing views of the enchanting Sahyadris. Though in a decayed state, this glorious fort stands as a remnant of its past glory. With an irregular wedge-shaped mass of rock, Raigad fort is inaccessible from three sides. A massive fort, nested on a steep vertical rock face, appears defiant and unconquerable.

To the north of Raigad is Sinhagad fort. To its west lies Torna Fort & the pinnacle fort Lingana. To the east of this fort is the twin forts of Purandar and Vajragad. To the south are Kenjalgad and Raireshwar .

This fort is a important site for trekkers and adventurous tourists.

How to Reach Raigad Fort:

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Pune is the nearest airport. Further journey may be performed by road.

By Rail: GM_Railway_S

Pune is the nearest railway station. Further journey may be performed by road.

By Road: GM_Bus_S

From Pune: Via Mangaon Road Mumbai-Goa Highway – Mahad – Raigad. Distance from Pune to Raigad is approx.150 Km.

From Mumbai: Mumbai to Panvel by Goa highway towards Goa up to Mahad-Raigad. Distance from Mumbai to Raigad is approx 140 Km.

There are approximately 1400 steps leading to the fort, though today a rope-way exists to reach the top of the fort.

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