Rajmachi trek in Maharashtra, India

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About Rajmachi

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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Night trek to Rajmachi (Ex-Pune)
Pune, Maharashtra
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The Rajmachi trek is quite a challenging one, but its even more fun when you do it in the night! You'll be trekking with the light of the moon, and will get to see all kinds of nocturnal wildlife. It's a totally different experience from a regular day trek.

You'll get to explore the twin forts of Shrivardhan and Manoranjan, and will camp in a cave at the top. It's a totally wild monsoon weekend!

NOTE: Participants from Mumbai can join the group directly at Lonavala station at 16:30 hours. The cost for Mumbai trekkers will be INR 720 per person, and does not include the return train tickets to Lonavala.
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  • Return local train transport from Pune-Lonavala-Pune
  • Private jeeps from Lonavala to start/end point to Lonavala station
  • Dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 2
  • Expertise charges
  • First aid
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Transport for participants from Mumbai
  • Any camping gear
  • Meals during transit
  • Any personal expenses
  • Snacks, cold drinks, etc
  • Any costs or services not mentioned in the inclusions
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Rajmachi Fireflies Trek
Lonavala, Maharashtra
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This Rajmachi trek takes you deep into the rugged mountains of the Sahyadris, to see the magical dance of fireflies during the short season when they appear. The pre-monsoon showers are prime mating time for these bugs, and you'll see them light up the night sky to find their mates. You'll also get a chance to view the iconic Rajmachi fort and enjoy a monsoon trek.

NOTE: This trip includes transport from Dadar to Lonavala and back for participants from Mumbai. For participants coming from Pune or other cities, please meet at Lonavala station. The cost for those coming from Pune will be INR 950 per person.
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  • For Pune trekkers, transport from Lonavala to Lonavala
  • For Mumbai trekkers, transport from Dadar to Dadar
  • Dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
  • Professional guide and expertise
  • First aid kit
  • Tents and sleeping mats
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal expenses like additional meals, beverages, snacks, etc
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Two-Day Rajmachi Trek
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Experience the thrill of walking through lush, green forests and meadows of the Sahyadri range to reach the top of one the most picturesque forts built by Shivaji. The 2-day trek to Rajmachi begins from the famous tourist destination of Lonavala and ends the next day with a descent to the Kondivade village near Karjat.

This trek is relatively easy and is great for first time trekkers, photographers and nature lovers.
    Inclusions
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner during the trek
  • Transportation from Lonavala to Rajmachi
  • Kondivade to Karjat by public transport
  • Accommodation in Rajmachi village
  • Expertise and guide charges
  • All applicable taxes
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  • Lunch on Day 1 (trekkers must carry their own packed lunch)
  • Anything that is not listed in the inclusions
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Trek to Rajmachi
Lonavala, Maharashtra
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The most perfect way to enjoy the Maharashtra is to head out into the Western Ghats.

On this trek, you'll get to explore Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort, and stay in a village home stay. This overnight trek is a challenging one, suitable for those with some experience, or for fit beginners. There are long stretches of walking, but the rewards are great!
    Inclusions
  • Travel cost from Lonavala to Tungarli dam base
  • Travel cost from Kondane village to Karjat station
  • Veg dinner
  • Veg breakfast
  • Veg lunch
  • Event organizing charges if any
    Exclusions
  • All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Aerated drinks
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any medical/emergency evacuations
  • Travel cost from Mumbai to Lonavala, and from Karjat to Mumbai
  • Any cost or service not mentioned in the inclusions
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Trek to Rajmachi and Kondane Caves
Pune, Maharashtra
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Pune, Maharashtra
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This 2 day moderate trek to Rajmachi takes you up to one of the most famous forts in Maharashtra, and gives you a chance to go wild in the rolling Sahyadris. You'll climb through green forests, ramble through the moss-covered ramparts of the twin forts of Manoranjan and Shrivardhan fort, and explore the famous Kondane caves and the waterfall here.

In the evening, you'll watch the sun going down over the hills, and then retire to rustic village homes for the night. You'll also go for a night walk, away from the village and to the lake nearby, while the stars shine above and the owl hoots at you. It's a great getaway for adventure-seekers from Mumbai or Pune, and will let you get your feet muddy.
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  • Transport from Lonavala station to Fanasrai village by local SUV/jeep
  • Transport from Kondane caves to Karjat station by local SUV/jeep
  • Veg breakfast and dinner on day 1
  • Veg breakfast and lunch on day 2
  • Accommodation in homestays
  • Expertise charges
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Lunch on day 1
  • Return train transport
  • Any personal expenses such as soft drinks, packaged water, extra meals etc.
  • Anything other than above mentioned inclusions
  • Insurance
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Night trek to Rajmachi with camping
Lonavala, Maharashtra
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This Rajmachi trek is a double delight, where participants get a chance to explore two beautiful forts - Shrivardhan and Manoranjan, on one weekend. The trip includes an overnight stay in tents.

There is no trekking involved on Day 1 as you'll be driven directly to the campsite. On Day 2, you'll set off from Rajmachi village to explore Manoranjan and Shrivardhan forts. This takes about 3 hours, and is a fun morning trek for anyone.

IMPORTANT: Participants need to reach Lonavala station by 17:30 hrs to meet the group.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in triple sharing tents
  • Travel in Tata Sumo from base village to Lonavala station
  • 1 veg dinner
  • 1 veg breakfast and tea
  • 1 veg lunch
  • Event organizing charges if any
    Exclusions
  • Sleeping bags and mats
  • Personal plate, spoon, mug
  • All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Bottled water
  • Aerated drinks
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any medical/emergency evacuations
  • Travel cost or train tickets from Mumbai to Lonavala or back
  • Any cost or service not mentioned in the inclusions
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Weekend trek to Rajmachi
Lonavala, Maharashtra
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This trek is counted as one of the most exciting and endurance testing treks in Maharashtra. The trek covers a distance of about 18 kms, but is a medium intensity trek, so is suitable for those with even moderate trekking experience. It's a great training trek for those planning to visit the Himalayas, and can be a good weekend adventure escape from the city.
    Inclusions
  • Camping tents equipped with tent lights and Karimats
  • Comfortable dry toilet tent commodes with tissue rolls, hand sanitizer and water
  • Mineral water
  • Meals as specified
    Exclusions
  • Travelling to the start point and back from the end point
  • Beverages
  • Tips, porters, phone calls
  • Parking expense
  • Any kind of personal expense/insurance
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section