Raigad Fort Trek - Height, Route Map, Difficulty, Images
Raigad Fort
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4400 feet


5 km


1 Day









Raigad fort trek is an easy grade trek in the Sahyadri – Raigad region of Maharashtra, India. It is surrounded by some amazing treks like Madhu Makrandgad, Pratapgad, & Vasota on the south, Lingana to the east, Kokandiva to the north, and Rajgad & Torna to the east. This fort is well-known for its strategic position and holds a critical position in the history of the Maratha Empire.

It is a 5 kms long (return) trail filled with beautiful scenery and majestic architecture along the way. Some people also prefer to do a circuit around this trek (Pradakshina / Parikrama) which is a circumabulation of the fort and is about 15 kms long.

Visit this trek dive into its royal history and the comfortable hiking experience.

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Raigad Fort Trek Route

The trek to Rajgad fort is 5 kms long (return) and is a pleasant climb starting from Pachad village. You can also opt for a ropeway but if you are here on ThrillBear, we are liberally assuming that it’s not your thing.

Some people also prefer to do a circuit around this trek (Pradakshina / Parikrama) which is a circumabulation of the fort and is about 15 kms long.

A monsoon hike here will be a mysterious walk through mist-laden paths. The entire route is an ascend through approximately 1700 stairs of stone. If you go here during monsoons, you might even see a few tiny waterfalls along the way. There are railings on one side and the mountain on another. Needless to say that there’s a steep valley beyond the railing. You can enter the fort either via Chitta Darwaja or the Nane Darwaja (which is a smaller entrance). If you come here by ropeway, you enter through the Mena Darwaja.

Once you reach the fort, there are 5 water storage features and 3 temples. There are multiple points of attraction on the fort which are linked to historic stories and folklore. Make sure you visit Hirkani point and Takmak point.

Although Takmak point or Takmak Tok is known for the rapelling events that happen there, its significance goes back to the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This point was a location from where prisoners were executed by pushing them down the cliff.

Hiking up the Raigad is going to be an absolute bliss if you love history and are looking for a beginner-friendly trek.

How to Reach Raigad Fort Trek Base Village

Pachad Village

The trek to Raigad fort starts from Pachad village which used to of key importance, holding a huge army, during the era of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

How to reach Pachad village with Private Transport?

The best way to reach Pachad village (Google Maps Location) for people traveling from Mumbai as well as Pune is to get private transport. You must start your journey early in the morning (before 6 AM) to beat the traffic and make pit-stops to taste amazing local food on the way.

How to reach Pachad village with Public transport?

By Bus

Take an ST bus to Mahad from Mumbai or Pune. Pachad village is 22 kms from Mahad. If you’re coming from Pune, you might also find an ST bus that takes you directly to Pachad via Mahad.

By Train

The nearest railway stations to Pachad village and Raigad fort are Veer and Mangaon on the Konkan railway line. Mangaon is a busier station of the two and more trains halt there compared to Veer. Trains going towards Ratnagiri, Sawantwadi, etc. stop at these railway stations and you can find ST buses from here towards Mahad. From Mahad, you can get an ST Bus to Pachad Village.

Availability of Resources on the Raigad Fort Trek

Drinking Water

Available along the way, near the top, and on the top.


Available along the way, near the top, and on the top.


Multiple accommodation options are available at the base of the fort. Camping inside the fort is not encouraged.

Local Contact for Raigad Fort Trek

Food and Refreshments

Anita: +91 9420059978


Balaram: +91 9403036558 / +91 9689354087

Raigad Fort Trek Images

Best Time to Visit Raigad Fort and Why

June to September

This is the monsoon season in Maharashtra. You will experience the beautiful misty walk through the path, enjoy the waterfalls along the way, and take in the mysterious vibe of this place.

Itinerary for Raigad Fort Trek:

This is the most convenient itinerary for the Raigad Fort Trek:

Day 1: 

05:00 AM - Leave from your city to reach Pachad village by 9:30 AM

09:30 AM - Reach Pachad village, indulge in local breakfast, and start the trek

12:01 PM - Reach the top, explore the fort, have lunch

01:30 PM - Start moving towards the base

03:00 PM - Reach the base and move towards your city

You can also explore some nearby places such as Pink Fall, Paddy, Pandurg Temple, etc.

Things to Pack for Raigad Fort Trek

- 2 Liters of water (compulsory)

- Sun hat or cap

- Warm clothes during winters

- Trekking shoes or trail running shoes (strictly no sandals or chappals)

- Comfortable t-shirt (preferably dry-fit and full sleeves)

- Comfortable trekking pants (no jeans or shorts)

- Extra pair of clothes and a hoodie

- Electrolyte powder (such as Electral, Enerzal, etc.)

- Light snacks to munch on during breaks

- Fresh fruits / Dried fruits such as dates, figs / Nuts mix, etc for eating along on the trail

- A small day pack to carry all the above (Kindly avoid handbag/sling bag)

- Personal medications, if any

- Optional items: sun goggles, wet tissues, hand sanitizer, cameras, etc.

Raigad Fort - Ratings and Reviews

Amit Jondhale
Amit Jondhale
09:51 06 Jun 20
The Raigad Fort was built by Shivaji, Maharashtra and the chief architect/engineer was Hiroji Indulkar. The main palace was constructed using wood, of which only the base pillars remain. The main fort ruins consist of the queen's quarters, six chambers, with each chamber having its own private restroom. In addition, ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds out of which only two remain as the third one was destroyed during a bombardment. The Raigad Fort also has ruins of a market which was accessible to horseback riders. The fort also overlooks an artificial lake known as the Ganga Sagar LakeThe only main pathway to the fort passes through the "Maha Darwaja" (Huge Door) which was previously closed at sunset. The Maha Darwaja has two huge bastions on both sides of the door which are approximately 65–70 feet in height. The top of the fort is 600 ft above this door.The fort has a famous wall called "Hirakani Buruj" (Hirakani Bastion) constructed over a huge steep cliff. The legend goes "that a woman by the name of Hirakani from a nearby village had come to sell milk to the people living at the fort. She happened to be inside the fort when the gates got closed and locked at sunset. Hearing the cries of her infant son back at the village echo after nightfall, the anxious mother couldn't wait till dawn and courageously climbed down the steep cliff in pitch darkness all for the love of her little one. She later repeated this extraordinary feat in front of Shivaji and was bravely rewarded for it." In appreciation of her courage and bravery, Shivaji built the Hirakani Bastion over this cliff.The King's durbar inside the Raigad Fort has a replica of the original throne that faces the main doorway called the Nagarkhana Darwaja. This enclosure had been acoustically designed to aid hearing from the doorway to the throne. A secondary entrance, called the Mena Darwaja, was supposedly the private entrance for the royal ladies of... the fort that lead to the queen's quarters. The convoy of the king and the king himself used the Palkhi Darwaja. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, is a row of three dark and deep chambers. Historians believe that these were the granaries for the forread more
Harshal Narote
Harshal Narote
08:02 25 May 20
It is the place where held the coronation of our great Indian warrior chatrapati shivaji maharaj and made it as the capital city of vast Maratha empire and later ruled it for few years and died I think he is greatest of those days.he was the first one to fought against the crises which were held on the Hindus and one who fought for haindavi swarajya. He was the greatest warrior of Maratha kingdom 💕 .
15:27 19 May 20
In around 1600's..The fort was famous as the capital of Maharashtra
Atharv Marawar
Atharv Marawar
06:49 18 May 20
Raigad (Marathi:रायगड) is a hill fort situated in Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Raigad Fort, formerly known as Rairi, was built by Chandraraoji More, the King of Jawali, who was then seized by Shivaji who made it his capital in 1674 when he was crowned the King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire, eventually covering much of western and central India.
Arnav Khandekar
Arnav Khandekar
15:09 05 Mar 20
Awesome place for history lovers. You can either walk up 1000 stairs to reach or have a cable car which you can use to go to the top in minutes.
mandi en anthara
mandi en anthara
10:56 29 Feb 20
Once you reach here u have to climb nearly 3000 steps to get to the top for those who can't, there is a rope way u can use that. Early morning or late evening visuals are great.
Tushar Academy
Tushar Academy
06:17 13 Feb 20
Amazing fort. In December 2019 we took our coaching class trip at Raigad Fort. Great Place and great history. Really admire the leaders at that time.
akash hoskhande
akash hoskhande
09:02 10 Feb 20
Historic place, capital of Maratha empire. It's a great experience, specially the guide who explained about the fort. Nice place
Manas Kudekar
Manas Kudekar
08:58 08 Feb 20
This is fort is an amazing. this fort is built above 820 meters above sea which is magic. The technology use at that time which is unbreakable otherwise, now a days with great greater technology and material a single building also cannot stand over 50yrs. This fort has around 1500 steps which are not possible to 30yrs above person. For people who can not able to steps 1500 to rich fort for them there is rope way available
The Mechanic inventor
The Mechanic inventor
08:18 04 Feb 20
राजधानी रायगढ़। Awesome place to visit.Prefer night trekking and be there before sun rise that will be good. If you are exhausted by trekking Rope Way facilitiy is also available with so good affordable rate .
10:07 10 Jan 20
Raigad fort it has 2000 steps to cross also total 1200 acres of property and 100 acres of total fort established also it's about 1650 feet above the sea level also there 11 ponds 4 doors total 3 days required to trek whole fort also there available of food and water and stay on fort as per requirement also some part is constructed and also from now we take blessing far behind form the lord of maratha
Mayur Pethe
Mayur Pethe
15:07 07 Jan 20
This fort is inspiration for us. About 1700 steps to reach top of fort takes around 2 hours to climb. Rope way is also available which takes 2 to 3 minutes to reach on top. MTDC lodging facility available on fort. Almost a day is spent to quick visit all the main places on fort. If you are visiting first time I would like to suggest to climb the fort by steps rather than rope way to more understanding of fort and experience its beauty. Must visit place....
Namrata Waykul
Namrata Waykul
12:03 06 Jan 20
A beautiful place to visit to know history of great Maratha's. The Fort is blessed with many features such as Bazaar and Takmaktok. Everyone should visit Raigad at least once.
Yash Wankhade
Yash Wankhade
16:58 03 Jan 20
A great historical place to visit. The fort has around 1700 steps and the scenery when you walk those steps is amazing! I would recommend to visit this place after monsoon or in winter so that you can walk comfortably.
Satpal Singh
Satpal Singh
16:24 01 Jan 20
Nice but difficult trekking, more than 14000 steps to climb. But not much of good options for food. Rope way is also available, but on week ends there is waiting for around 3 hours.
Pratik Shinde
Pratik Shinde
07:30 01 Jan 20
One of the best places to visit.If you want to use ropeway, you need to wait for 3-4 hours specially on holidays. So it's better to reach hours early.
malhar Dhavale
malhar Dhavale
08:39 26 Dec 19
Nice place to visit. Requires at least 2 days to see the entire place. There are 2 ways to reach the fort. One way is to take the stairs and climb for about one and half hour and the second way is to take the rope way. Need to reach the place early in order to avoid crowd. After 12 in the afternoon the place gets crowded. Best time to visit is in week days because of less crowd. There are rooms available. Nice restaurant also.parking is available at certain places.
Varun Salvi
Varun Salvi
17:54 24 Dec 19
Fort you must visit at least once. You need to plan ahead of time and reach early if interested in rope way. The waiting time for rope way is around 4 hours on weekends/holidays. The fort is really good and deserves 3 to 4 hours otherwise.
Suraj Godage
Suraj Godage
19:15 23 Nov 19
Build quality of the fort is excellent. The fort is in good condition.....many trekkers and visitors are coming in every season.... Excellent location for trekking. You can plan a trip here and it will take upto full day.. Raigad fort was the second capital of Maratha Empire.... There can be planned a family trip for a day it will give you good experience with your family.....
Vyankatesh Kapshikar
Vyankatesh Kapshikar
15:57 17 Nov 19
Nice to see.... But little bit hard to climb..... You can try rope way also to easily reach to top of the Fort.
Prashant Waghamode
Prashant Waghamode
11:02 14 Nov 19
Epic and inspirational. Makes you feel proud of our history. Every Indian should visit it once in life.
Saket Khopkar
Saket Khopkar
05:50 10 Nov 19
A good place to spend time with weekends with family. This place is inhibited with rich historical cultures. The guides around here explain every point in a detailed manner. The two ways to enter the fort premises are Rope-way and Climbing via stairs.
16:35 13 Oct 19
Build quality of the fort is excellent. The fort is in good condition.....many trekkers and visitors are coming in every season.... Excellent location for trekking. You can plan a trip here and it will take upto full day.. Raigad fort was the second capital of Maratha Empire.... There can be planned a family trip for a day it will give you good experience with your family.....
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