Rajmachi Trek
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Why You Should Visit Rajmachi Trek

Graded as one of the moderately easy treks, this trek raised to the altitude of 2670 ft. Having its base camp at Rajmachi  udhewadi in the Pune district of Maharashtra, this trek hardly takes a day to be accomplished.

It is situated in the middle of two popular hill stations and can be approached from either of the hills, that is either from Lonavala or karjat.

These twin forts stand facing two different sides, The manaranjan fort lies at an altitude of 2510 feet facing west and the  Rajmachi  Shri Vardhan fort lies at an altitude of 2710 ft facing east.

Trekking through the Lonavala side would take you through the much longer yet easy trail, while trekking through the karjat side takes you through caves, waterfalls, etc.

Highlights of the trek

  • One major highlight is the view from the twin forts. It gives you an astonishing view from the north, offering the best view of Madan point, Dhak Phiri, and bhimashankar.while on the other side you get to view the kataldhar, Lonavala, and karjat.
  • You’ll also get to see the valley that cuts through the hills and the strong standing valve and Hungary dam. Apart from that, You will also have the opportunity to see the monkey hill towards the right of Shri Vardhan fort and the Duke’s nose at the end.
  • The second most attractive thing about this rajmachi trek is the rich flora and fauna all through the trail. The thick forest land in the valley is home to many birds, varieties of lizards, and insects, if you are lucky enough you might encounter a leopard while trailing through the forest area.
  • The sunrise with its bright colors and gazing at those studded stars are yet another attraction to this trek.
  • Pre-monsoon presents you with the beautiful fireflies lighting your dusk and giving you a dreamy feeling.

The trek.

The trek starts from the base camp located at Bhiwadi. From there, this trek can be divided into 3 segments.

The first section is a trail from udhewadi to bhairavnath temple. The total distance of 540 mts , can be covered within 20-30 minutes

Trailing on this way you’ll come across a village from where you’ll see a path leading you to the Lonavala way on the left side.

This path is pretty straightforward and will take you to the place where both the forts are accessible.

The trek towards manaranjan fort

Having a total distance of 1.4 kms this trail can be climbed up in around 45 minutes. This trail towards the fort starts from right behind the temple,With well cleared mud roads all the way , it will take you to the manaranjan fort.

The trek towards Shri Vardhan fort

Having a total distance of 1.6 km this trail can be climbed up in around 50 minutes. This trail is not so straining as it has well-crafted steps, the last few portions are made up of mud path and rock-cut steps.

You also get to witness the main point in the front followed by the ranges of dhak bahiri, bhivpuri mountains and the bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

This fort offers you the  Rajmachi  opportunity to explore the water reservoir that is aged old and the temple adjacent to that.

Best time to take up this trek.

  • This trek also offers different colors of experience in different seasons. The dreamy effect of the fireflies in the month of may and june are an option to explore the nightlife also.
  • Monsoons as ever offer you with a whole lot of greenery on your trail which refreshes you all through the way.
  • Post monsoon and winter shows you the color of shedding in golden brown in the autumn and presents you with clear views of all the attractions.

Other informations

  • The nearest ATM is situated in Lonavala and karjat
  • The closest hospital is situated in Lonavala which is around 18kms from the base camp.

What makes the trail special

Tungarli dam to udhewadi

Covering a total distance of 24.2 km up and down ,it can be covered within 11 to 12 hrs of time.

From Lonavala to Tungarli it’s hardly 3 kms. Moving on further towards the north west of the dam , it will take you through a mud and gravel mixed path till the end of the dam.

As you keepRajmachi trailing, you’ll come across nandgaon village after that you’ll reach the captain’s resort, from there towards the left will take you to udhewadi.

After which you will be entering into the shirota forest which is rich in flora and fauna. On the way you’ll see streams gushing and flowing energetically. After crossing the one such stream you’ll cross a bridge and you’ll gradually start climbing towards the shrivardhan fort.

Kodiwade village to udhewadi

It covers a distance of 10kms up and down and can be covered within 5 to 6 hrs. Keep trailing in the  Rajmachi  outskirts of the village , on the way you’ll come across gupta’s emu park after crossing the park your trail gradually climbs on the left side . Follow that and you’ll end up near a stream , keeping trailing along the stream and you’ll go through all the maple trees and tamarind trees in your way. After about 2hrs you’ll reach the area near kondana caves.

If you are taking this trek in the monsoon then you’ll get to see the water flowing from the top of the caves . From there a walk for the next 35 to 40 minutes will take you to udhewadi.

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