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The Hidden Beauty of Rajmachi

by Madhav Srinivasan 1888 days ago

The Rajmachi twin fortresses in their grandeur and elegance lure many tourists to the spot for trekking, sightseeing and seeking solitude amongst peace and serenity...

Rajmachi or Udhewadi is located amidst the Shayadri mountains, and is a famous spot amongst tourists for trekking. The village is also known for its forts built during 17th century by Emperor Shivaji. Rajmachi has 2 fortified structures: Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. The best way to reach the forts is through Kondiavde village or through Lonavla, the latter is an easier but longer trek. During the rainy season, Rajmachi is full of lush green fields and giant waterfalls. Hence, the best time to visit Rajmachi is during the rainy season.


The Beauty of Rajmachi

The Rajmachi forts were constructed originally by rulers of Satavahana dynasty. Shivaji then annexed this fort along with other forts from the Adilsahi ruler of Bijapur. After a continuing struggle between the Marathas and the Mughal Emperor, finally, the British acquired the forts in 1818 AD. The Rajmachi fortresses are unique in their architecture and marked by a wide plateau on both sides.


Rajmachi also has other historical monuments such as walls, ramparts and gateways, residential quarters, a big water reservoir constructed about 200 years ago, ancient Shiva temples and idols along with administrative offices of British generals and secret exit gates. On the western side of the Rajmachi plateau, you can find the Buddhist caves, which are also known as Kondhane caves. These were carved in nearly about 200 BC and have stood ever since in beauty and elegance.

How to Get There?

While trekking to Rajmachi from Kondiwade during monsoon, slippery and muddy ground may pose difficulty to the travellers. The route presents small plateaus and streams and a view of the fort covered in mist. The track goes around the hill and leads to a grassy plateau with amazing view of Ulhas valley. The Rajmachi village is at a distance of 3 hours from here. A much easier and flat walk is through Lonavala but it takes a much longer time. Pune, at a distance of 70 km is the nearest airport to Rajmachi, while Lonavala is the nearest Railway station at a distance of 20 km from Thakurwadi village ‑ the base of Rajmachi.

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