The erstwhile capital of Chathrapati Sivaji, Raigad is famed for its rich heritage, ancient monuments and rocky terrain. Literal meaning of the term Raigad is 'the king’s fort'.
Raigad, a remote locale placed at an altitude of 2851 feet above the sea level, is gifted with a mountainous terrain. Nestled in the Sahyadri mountain range, this lovely place offers breathtaking views of natural splendor. Raigad is distinguished from the nearby mountains by lovely and profound canyons. This deep gorge sprawls on an area of 1.5 kms and houses lush and lustrous vegetation. River Gandhar and River Kal flows through this beautiful valley, giving it a majestic look. A verdant valley with rivers flowing beneath makes the surroundings scenic and tranquil.
Lingana Mountain in Raigad is another favourite hot spot of tourists. Located at a height of 4,514 ft, it is one among the interesting trekking points in Raigad. Beside a center of adventurous tourism, this mountain range holds the panoramic view of the Borhatyachi Naal which is a valley lying between the Lingana and Raylingi mountains.
An ancient fort built by Sivaji is located here. It is built in order to commemorate Sivaji’s victory over Chandrarao. This gallant fort was a key figure under the Maratha regime. Though in a ruined state, this fort allures the spectators with its rich heritage.
Raigad is also famed for its varied and rich cultural heritage, folkarts like Keertan, Koli Dance, Bhajan, and Bharud are very popular among the people.
Adorned with a hilly terrain and natural foliage, Raigad’s awesome beauty gained her a prominent place in the tourism sector. Raigad’s serene, calm topography is certainly a solace to those who are coming from a busy city life.
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The fort is accessible only on foot and travelers are advised to be prepared for walks along steep roads for short distances. There are many small alleys that can be seen along the way, and these can be explored only on foot.
Autos are available extensively and these are a good option. They are quick and cheaper than taxis. Prices have to be negotiated as they may not be metered and there are no night fares.
Taxis are another way to get around town. They can be hired from nearby cities and used for local transport as well. Taxis charge around Rs 1500 per day. A/C taxis and SUV’s such as Toyota Qualis are also available.
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