The most perfect way to enjoy the Maharashtra monsoon is to head out into the Western Ghats. Rajmachi is a quaint village in the Karjat region of Maharashtra. Rajmachi Fort is among the most popular trekking destinations in the Sahyadri range. The trek is ideal for first time trekkers as it has a lot to offer in terms of views and an overall experience. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan forts, built by the warrior-king Shivaji during the 17th century. Situated 17 kms from Lonavala, the Rajmachi fort was a strategic one, overlooking Borghat which was a historical trade route.About the Rajmachi trek
The Rajmachi trek is a high-endurance trek and is suitable for experienced trekkers, or very fit first-timers.
On this trek, you'll get to explore Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort, and stay in a village home stay. Rajmachi treks can be scheduled to be one day trips, overnight trips and weekend trips. The overnight trek is a challenging one, suitable for those with some experience, or for fit beginners who can manage long stretches of walking. The trail is a long one, but you'll have a chance to visit the two forts and Kondane caves as well. A total of 36 kms to and fro, the Rajmachi trek is a long one, but absolutely beautiful during or soon after the monsoons. Nature lovers can revel in the streams, waterfalls, and lush green paddy fields that surround this trek. You can even spot crabs and fireflies along the way. And if you're lucky, you may even spot nightjars, sambhars and palm civets on this exciting trek.Route for the Rajmachi trek
Participants assemble at Lonavala railway station at 5.15 p.m. After a short introduction and orientation meeting, head to Tungarli dam in shared autos from where the trek begins. This is a long route that takes roughly 4 hrs to traverse. From here, you'll begin your trek to the base village, Rajmachi. Pitch in your tents for the night or choose to stay in dormitories nearby. Then, head out the next morning to explore Manoranjan and Shrivardhan forts. There's plenty to see here. Finally, you'll descend towards Kondane village, visiting the caves en route. After reaching Kondane village at around 5 p.m., participants travel to Karjat, and arrive at Karjat railway station by 6.30 p.m. Trip ends here.Best time to visit Rajmachi
The monsoons are a good time to visit Rajmachi, when the entire route is covered in a blanket of green with patches of wildflowers. The Rajmachi trek is a memorable monsoon adventure. Here, the waterfalls and streams are fast and furious, the hills turn a hundred shades of green, and the weather is always perfectly cool.
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