Trek through the dark and dense forests of Rajmachi, climb over mountains to visit the historic forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan, and spend the night breathing in the beauty of the Sahyadri range. On this trek to Rajmachi, you'll leave behind the noise of the city life and escape into beautiful, hilly landscapes at Rajmachi. Trekking across through the monsoon-inspired greenery, you'll visit the twin forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan, hill forts used as watch towers to guard the gateway to Western Ghats. From atop the forts, you'll get gorgeous views of the Shirota Lake, the Ulhas river valley and panoramic views of the rugged countryside terrain of Maharashtra.
This overnight trek to Rajmachi will take you over a trail of relatively easy to moderate difficulty, making it perfect for fit beginners as well as experienced trekkers.
Located near Lonavala, accessible via Khopoli, this trek to Rajmachi takes you to the twin forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan, that together make the Rajmachi fortification. The region comes alive in the monsoon with the rains leading the mountains to an overgrowth of forests.
The Shrivardhan Fort, at an impressive altitude of 3,000 feet, was built to serve as a watch tower. With no visible structure of the fort remaining, the history and culture of the fort has been lost to the tide of time. Yet, it serves as a great vantage point for trekking enthusiasts. The Manaranjan Fort, smaller of the two at 2,700 feet, continues to exist in ruins with ancient stone walls, edifices, doors and water tanks.
Trek to Rajmachi and explore dense forests and deep valleys. | Trek to the twin forts of Manaranjan and Shrivardhan. | Catch gorgeous views of forest and mountains in the Sahyadri range. | Climb up to an altitude of 3,000 feet in the Western Ghats.
Day 1 of the Rajmachi trek: Trek to Manaranjan Fort
Arrive at the Khopoli railway station by 10:15 hrs. You may board the local train to Khopoli departing CSMT railway station by 07:53 hrs to arrive on time. At Khopoli, you'll meet your trek leader and depart for the start point of the Rajmachi trek in private vehicles. After a 1-hr drive, you'll disembark and begin trekking to the Rajmachi village on foot. You'll pause for rest, upon arriving at the village, and continue trekking towards the Manaranjan Fort, located a short 30-min walk away from the village. Spend some time exploring the fort and the wide range of views from the top, and return back to the village by early evening. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Rajmachi village in tents or dormitory homestay.
Overnight at Rajmachi in tents or dormitory homestay.
Your trek to Rajmachi begins from the Khopoli railway station. Travel to the base village of Rajmachi will be arranged in private, shared SUV/bus or similar vehicle. Today's meal package includes dinner served at the base village after completing the trek to Manaranjan. You'll also be served evening snacks at the base village before beginning the trek. Depending on logistical concerns, you'll either stay in tents pitched under the stars or a dormitory homestay at Rajmachi village.
Day 1 Milestone
Snacks | Dinner
Day 2 of the Rajmachi trek: Trek to Shrivardhan Fort
You'll begin the today's trek to Shrivardhan Fort early in the morning by 07:00 hrs, so you can arrive at the top after a 1-hr trek to catch morning views of the fort and surrounding mountains. You'll descend back down to the base village, and head back to Khopoli in private vehicles. You'll arrive at Khopoli railway station by 11:30 hrs. Your trip ends here.
Your trip ends by early afternoon.
Today's meal package includes breakfast served at the base village after completing the trek to Shrivardhan Fort. You'll also be served tea at the base village before beginning the trek. Your trek to Rajmachi ends as you arrive back at Khopoli railway station.
For cancellations made more than 3 days prior to departure of the Rajmachi trek: 100% refund.
For cancellations made on or less than 3 days prior to departure of the Rajmachi 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 instructions of the trek leader during the trek to Rajmachi.
Travellers are requested to treat the local culture with respect and avoid littering, defacing property and monuments and causing general disturbance.
Consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco products and cigarettes is strictly prohibited during the trek to Rajmachi.
Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions
Travellers may board the local train to Khopoli departing CSMT railway station by 07:53 hrs and arrive at Khopoli railway station by 10:30 hrs. Tardiness is arriving at the pick-up point will lead to missing the trek, without any refund.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel or alter the itinerary of the trek to Rajmachi 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.
Travel arrangements from Khopoli-Khopoli in private, shared SUV/bus or similar vehicle
Accommodation in tents or dormitory homestay
Vegetarian meal package including dinner on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2
Services of experienced trek leader
All applicable taxes
Travel arrangements from base city to Khopoli
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
Windcheater or jacket
Raincoat or poncho
Full-length track pants
Extra set of clothes
Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or gadgets
Slippers, sandals and non-trekking footwear
Restrictive or uncomfortable apparel
What not to Wear
Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
Equipment / Gear
Private, shared SUV/bus or similar vehicle for transport from Khopoli-Khopoli
You need to get
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Torch (with extra batteries)
Extra set of clothes
Energy drinks (Glucon D, Gatorade etc.)
Dry snacks (biscuits, energy bars etc.)
Specific personal or prescribed medication
Personal first-aid kit
Directions towards the Pick up Point
Khopoli railway station is connected to the Mumbai suburban railway system via frequent trains. You can board a local train from any railway station in Mumbai and travel to Khopoli. It is advisable to board the local train to Khopoli departing CSMT station by 07:53 hrs to arrive for the pick-up on time. Google Maps pin: https://goo.gl/maps/1mcafNimTbw
Directions towards the Start Point
The tour operator will arrange your transport to the start point of this Rajmachi trek.