One Day Raigad Fort Tour
Scheduled For: Every Day
(07:00 AM - 07:00 PM )
Raigad is a hill fort situated in the Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj built this fort and made his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering much of western and central India.
The fort, which rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort, though today Raigad Ropeway, an aerial tramway, exists to reach the top of the fort in 10 minutes. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British after its capture in 1818.
Shivaji maharaj had seized the fort in 1656, then the fort of Rairi, from Chandrarrao More, a feudatory of the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji renovated and expanded the fort of Rairi and renamed it Raigad (the King's Fort). It became the capital of Shivaji's kingdom.
Pachad and Raigadwadi villages are located at the base of the Raigad. These two were very important villages during the Maratha rule. Actual climb on the top of Raigad starts from Pachad. In Maratha rule 10000 cavalry was always kept as a standby in Pachad village.
After capturing Rairi from Chandrarao More, Shivaji also built another fort Lingana which is around 2 miles away from Raigad. where he used to keep prisoners.
In 1689 Zulfikhar Khan captured Raigad and Aurangzeb renamed it as 'Islamgad'
In 1765 the Raigad Fort, along with Malwan in present Sindhudurg District, the southernmost district of Maharashtra, was the target of an armed expedition by the British East India Company, which considered it a pratical stronghold.
In 1818 the fort was bombarded and destroyed by using cannons from the hill of Kalkai. and as per treaty on 9 May 1818, it been handed over to British East India Company.
The fort was built by Chandrarao More in 1030. Its ruins today consist of the queen's quarters: six chambers, with each chamber having its own private restroom. The main palace was constructed using wood, of which only the bases of pillars remain. Ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds overlooking an artificial lake called Ganga Sagar Lake created next to the fort.Now only two are visible.Third watchtower collapesd in bombarding.It also has a view of the execution point called Takmak Tok, a cliff from which the sentenced prisoners were thrown to their death (in marathi: kadelot). The area is now fenced off. The fort also has ruins of the market, and it has such structure that one can shop even while riding on a horse.
Maha Darwaja (literary Huge Door) having two very huge bastion on both sides of the door which are approximately 65–70 feet height. the top of the fort is 600 ft higher from the location of this door. Fort was having only once access route which goes through this Maha Darwaja.
Khubladha Buruj, Nane Darwaja, Hatti Talav (Elephant Lake), Gangasagar are the famous attractions of the fort.
A memorial (Samadhi) to Jijabai, Shivaji's mother. can be seen at base village of Pachad.
On Your Request
Sightseeing :- Meghdambari, Rajwada, Jagdishwar Temple, Takmak Tok, Maha Darwaja
07:00 AM: Departure from Pune
Arrival at Raigad and fort visit (Ropeway: 15 Minutes & By Walk 1 Hr) Sightseeing Meghdambari, Rajwada, Jagdishwar Temple, TekmakTok, MahaDarwaja
Afternoon : Lunch
Evening :Departure to Pune
Starting Point: Pune
End Point: Pune
Covers: Meghdambari, Rajwada, Jagdishwar Temple, Takmak Tok, Maha Darwaja
Ask For: Himanshu Bajpai