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.
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.
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.