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  • The Rajmachi trek is one of the best trekking destinations in Maharashtra, especially in the monsoons. It is located close to Karjat, amidst the rolling hills of the Western Ghats. During the rainy season, the whole region is green and misty. Trekkers can enjoy the streams, waterfalls, and lush paddy fields. If you’re lucky, you can even spot crabs and fireflies along the way.

    Trek Itineraries

    A variety of packages for the Rajmachi fort trek are available to suit different tastes:

    Rajmachi fireflies trek:

    Just before monsoon begins, there is a short window of about 3 weeks, during which fireflies can be spotted at a few locations in the Western Ghats. Glowing fireflies fill the air, performing their bright mating dance in time with each other. The Rajmachi night trek is a perfect chance for you to witness this rare and beautiful phenomenon.

    Rajmachi monsoon trek:

    In the rainy months, the trail is absolutely stunning. You’ll enjoy waterfalls, streams, misty views, rain-drenched forests. This is undoubtedly one of the top monsoon treks in Maharashtra.

    Rajmachi trek in winter:

    During winters, this trek offers a firmer trail and clear views. It is very popular to go camping during this time. The weather is cool and pleasant.

    Rajmachi night trek and camping:

    You can leave in the evening and trek to Rajmachi village, where you can stay in a village home or camp in tents nearby. The next day, climb up to explore the forts and then begin your descent. This is a popular option during summer when daytime temperatures are too warm for trekking.

    Some itineraries include a visit to the nearby Kondane Caves, where adventurous waterfall rappelling takes place in the monsoon. The trek usually starts from Lonavala, which is 16 km away, or you can drive half-way and then walk the remaining 8 km to Rajmachi Peak.

    The peak has two forts – Shrivardhan and Manoranjan – built by warrior-king Shivaji. Rajmachi fort trek might be long but it is rewarding, thanks to the spectacular views all around.

    Rajmachi trek summary

    • State: Maharashtra
    • Nearest city: Mumbai
    • Total days: 2 days
    • Grade:Challenging
    • Max altitude: 3000 ft
    • Total trekking distance:12-19 km
    • Season: Monsoon/Winter
    • Avg temperature: 28 degrees Celsius
  • Trek to Rajmachi and Kondane Caves - 2 days

    Sketch Itinerary:

    Day 1: Trek to Rajmachi

    • Start point: Lonavala station
    • End point: Rajmachi Village
    • Day start time: 09:00 hrs
    • Trekking distance: 8 km
    • Trekking time: 4 hrs
    • Accommodation: Overnight in homestay

    Day 2: Trek to Kondane Caves

    • Start point: Rajmachi village
    • End point: Karjat station
    • Day start time: 06:00 AM
    • Trekking distance: 4 km
    • Trekking time: 2 hours
    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Trek to Rajmachi

    This Rajmachi trek itinerary begins sharp at 09:00 hrs at Lonavala station where you will be greeted by the operator. Meals and refreshments will be provided based on the package selected, post which you will be transported to Fanasrai Village. The trek will commence at 11:30 hrs.

    You should be there by about 15:00 hrs. You can rest your tired feet before moving towards the mighty Shrivardhan Fort, just in time to catch a mesmerizing sunset. When you return, you will be greeted by locals and served dinner. Post a hearty meal, you can go stargazing near a lake. Overnight accommodation is in a homestay.

    Day 2: Trek to Kondane Caves

    Wake up feeling refreshed to a misty morning at around 06:00 hrs. Trek to Manoranjan Fort to witness the rising sun and travel back to Fanasrai for a warm morning meal. After breakfast, you will descend towards Kondane and build up an appetite exploring the ancient caves. Lunch may be served based on your package inclusions and the trip will come to an end at Karjat station.

    Inclusions:

    Rajmachi Fort trek includes transportation from Lonavala station to Fanasrai village by a local 4-wheeler. Transport is also provided from Kondane caves to Karjat station by SUV or jeep. Meals and refreshments will be served based on the packages selected. Please check with your operator for final details. Accommodation will be provided on sharing basis in homestays or similar. Services of an experienced trek leader, crew and all camping and trekking equipment are inclusive. All taxes are inclusive of the package costs.

    Exclusions:

    Transportation from your home to pick up point and from the drop off point to your home is not included. Any personal expenses such as beverages, extra meals, tips etc. are not included in the meals, nor are any kind of expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, roadblocks, strikes, etc. Lastly, anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions will be charged on an additional basis, as used.

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The monsoon is a good time for the Rajmachi fort trek, when the entire route is covered in a blanket of eye-soothing green with patches of wildflowers everywhere.

    You will also enjoy the cool weather and a beautiful orange-pink sunrise if you try the night trek in summer.

    In winter, you should try the Rajmachi trek and camping packages to make the most of the cool and pleasant weather.

  • Rajmachi Trek - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Rajmachi Trek - Frequently Asked Questions

    Can beginners do the Rajmachi trek?

    The trek can be long and challenging, depending on the route and itinerary. The shorter version may be attempted by fit adventure-seekers or those with some experience, but it is not recommended for complete novices with no fitness schedule

    What should I pack for the adventure?

    What is the best season for the Rajmachi fort trek?

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  • Getting There

    The nearest city to Rajmachi, is Lonavala. Being a famous hill station between Mumbai and Pune, it is well connected by road and rail to both these metros. State and private buses, as well as outstation trains, pass through Lonavala Station.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the nearest airport to the destination. From there on out, one can take the road or rail route to reach Lonavala.

    Some of the packages include transportation from Pune city, making it extremely convenient for those planning their hikes from there.

    What To Wear

    A pair of synthetic tracks is a must for the Rajmachi fort trek. Quick dry t-shirts are also highly recommended to combat the weather. A raincoat or windcheater is a necessity should you undertake the trek during the monsoon months. Most importantly, you need sturdy shoes and cotton socks as we will be covering a respectable distance.

    Do not wear expensive jewellery or carry expensive gadgets for the trek. Also, an umbrella is ineffective against the lashing rains. Do not wear slippers, floaters and heels as the correct trekking footwear is a must for your safety during the trek. The terrain is difficult and rocky and gets slippery during monsoons

    What To Carry

    Your guide and operators will provide you with a list of things to carry. A government issued ID card should be on you at all times. Of prime importance is a robust backpack with raincover. Fill the backpack with water (2 litres), a sun-cap, sunglasses, scarf, dry clothes. Remember to carry suitable rain gear in the form of a raincoat or poncho.

    Personal toiletries along with insect repellents should be part of your gear. Energy bars, nuts, biscuits constitute the dry snacks to be brought along. Glucon D powder and Enerzyl powder for that instant burst of energy. Carry a camera and torch with extra batteries. Remember to carry your personal medicines and a small first-aid kit.

    Preparation/Fitness

    Rajmachi fort trek is not recommended for beginners. It is a high-endurance trek and is suitable for experienced trekkers, or very fit first-timers. 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 trek gets more tricky and challenging during monsoons making the terrain slippery and risky that requires experience to navigate safely.