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  • Trip introduction

    Go on an exciting, overnight trek to Rajmachi and explore the flourishing monsoon forests of the Western Ghats. On this trek, you'll hike your way to the Kondhane Caves where you can see Buddhist inscriptions from centuries ago. You'll take a dip in the cool rain water flowing over the caves at the Kondhane waterfall. Trekking over rocky mountain terrain, you'll also visit the twin forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan. All along the way, you'll stop at vantage points to click amazing photographs of the rich greenery spread over the Sahyadri mountain ranges.

    This trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves will take you over a relatively easy trail, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.

    NOTE: Please note that lunch on Day 1 is not included in the meal package. Travellers are requested to bring their own packed lunch.

    Destination

    Located near the hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi, also known as Udhewadi, is a small village in the midst of the tall trees and rich greenery. The village serves as the base camp for treks to the twin forts of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan.

    This trek will also take you to the Kondhane Caves, a group of 16 caves decorated with carvings indicating Buddhist influence. In the months of monsoon, much to the delight of trekkers, the natural river streams pick up the rain water and make for a roaring waterfall near the Kondhane Caves.

    Destination highlights

    Explore rural Maharashtra on a trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves. | Visit the centuries-old Kondhane Caves and explore Buddhist inscriptions. | Take a dip in cool waters of the waterfall near Kondhane Caves. | Trek to the twin forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan. | Stay in a rustic village home stay and have traditional meals.

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    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves: Explore Kondhane

    Arrive at the Karjat railway station at 08:00 hrs and meet the trek leader and your fellow trekkers. After breakfast at Karjat, you'll travel to Kondhane in shared, private vehicles. From there, the Kondhane Caves are only a 30-minute trek away. Visit the caves and take a dip in the nearby waterfall. From the caves, you'll resume trekking to explore Rajmachi. En route, you'll stop to rest and eat a packed lunch (not included in the package). Hiking through the Rajmachi forests, you'll arrive at the Udhewadi village by late afternoon. Take some time to rest at the village before visiting the Manaranjan Fort, located a 30-minute trek away.

    Here, you can explore the fort, take some photographs and visit the ancient temple and lake nearby. Begin your return trek back from Manaranjan Fort by evening and head to the base village, where you'll have a traditional dinner. Overnight at Udhewadi in dormitory home stay.

    Overnight at Udhewadi in local homestay

    Your trip begins from the Karjat railway station at 08:00 hrs. Today's meal package includes breakfast and dinner. Since lunch is not included in the package, you may want to bring a packed lunch to eat during the trek to Rajmachi. You'll be accommodated at a local homestay in Udhewadi village.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Karjat

    Udhewadi

    08:00 AM

    Food

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Veg|Non-veg|Jain
    Day 2 of the trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves: Visit forts
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations more than 6 days before departure of the Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves trek: 70% refund.

    For cancellations made 4-6 days before departure of the Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves trek: 50% refund.

    For cancellations made 2-3 days before departure of the Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves trek: 30% refund.

    For cancellations made less than 2 days before departure of the Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves.

    Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trip.

    Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves to maximize the safety of travellers as well as staff.

    Travellers will be required to bear any additional costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
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  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Travel arrangements from Karjat and to Lonavala in non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle

    • Accommodation in local dormitory home stay on multi-sharing basis
    • Services of an experienced trek leader
    • Meals consisting of breakfast on Day 1 and Day 2 + dinner on Day 1
    • Basic first aid kit
    • All applicable taxes

    Excludes

    • Travel from base city to Karjat and back from Lonavala

    • Lunch on Day 1
    • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
    • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
    • Adventure travel or medical insurance
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Comfortable, quick-dry apparel
    • Trekking footwear
    • Windcheater or jacket
    • Raincoat or poncho
    • Full-sleeved shirts/t-shirts
    • Full-length track pants
    • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
    • Hard luggage such as suitcases, trolley bags

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Non-AC, private SUV, Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle for transport from Karjat and to Lonavala
    • Any technical equipment required for the trek
    • Basic first aid kit

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • ID proof
    • Water bottle
    • Torch (with extra batteries)
    • Energy drinks (Glucon D, Gatorade etc.)
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Insect repellent
    • Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
    • Personal toiletries

    Medical Kit

    • Specific personal or prescribed medication
    • Personal first-aid kit