Raigad Fort Trek - Height, Route Map, Difficulty, Images
Raigad Fort
Region

Sahyadris

Elevation

4400 feet

Distance

5 km

Duration

1 Day

Difficulty

Easy

Exposure

Low

Base

Pachad

Season

Jun-Sep

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.

Food

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

Accommodation

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

Accommodation

Balaram: +91 9403036558 / +91 9689354087

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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.

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About Author
Jeet Bhanushali
Jeet Bhanushali has been hiking in the Sahyadris for over 5 years and aims to explore all the off-beat range-treks of Maharashtra. He is on a mission to share this information with the world and help them go to the places that are not yet touched by mass-tourism.
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