Rajmachi

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi has two fortified peaks – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Lonavala and Khandala. At the base of the fort is the village Udhewadi which is another name for Rajmachi. The fort of Rajmachi is famous among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Experience a full-fledged trek, start from the Kondhane caves side and it will take 3-4 hours of climbing, or else drive right up to Udhewadi village (from the Lonavala side) and then trek for hardly 20-30 minutes to the top of the fort. The clearly marked trail on both the paths, make the place a very popular beginner’s trek.

Weather

Monsoon is the best time to visit this place as the mountain range greets you with lush vegetation and water springs. June-September is the best period to visit. The weather and the views throughout the trek are just amazing. See a number of small rivers and waterfalls all through the trek, and greenery everywhere around.

During the winters (November – January), the area dries up quite significantly, However, the temperature is quite comfortable, and since the trails are dry it is much easier to walk them. One can do stargazing at night during this season.

How to Reach

Rajmachi lies between Khopoli and Khandala on the Mumbai-Pune route. There are two ways to reach here. Nearest airport is the Mumbai Airport, after which you take the train or road towards Lonavala or Karjat. One can take a local train from Mumbai to Karjat or a long distance train to Lonavala and take the road to Kondivade or Tungarli village respectively.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Rajmachi Fort: Rajmachi has two fortified peaks – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Half an hour climb from the base village Udhevadi leads to a plateau between the two peaks. This place is frequented by trekkers and adventure enthusiasts for the thrill of the climb to both the peaks and of the historical significance of the fort that is seen in the ruins of the fort and structures that have been left behind.

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