Ratangad-Sonki Trek

The Ratangad-Sonki trek is a beautiful adventure that takes you high-up into the Sahyadris of Maharashtra as you pass through lush green landscapes and mountain ranges to reach an ancient fort splayed with intrinsic beauty and historical significance.

Stretching over 2 days, this journey encompasses trudging through the rustic village of Ratanwadi and the Ajoba Mountain Range as you trek through thick forests, boulders and rock formations. But once you reach the top, you’ll be captured by its monumental beauty! From exposing you to large gates with sculptures of Hanuman, Ganesh, Konkan and Trimbak, you’ll even catch dazzling views from the atop this fort’s natural rock peak cavity, known as the ‘Nedhe’.

Standing at a high elevation you’ll be able to spot the Kulang, Alang and Madan forts, the Kalsubai, Katarabai and Ghanchakkar forts; a part of the Sandhan Valley and the sonki flowers that envelope the entire surrounding areas.

Destination

Situated at an altitude of 4255 feet, the Ratangad Fort is a 400-year-old ancient hill-fort that lies in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra on the banks of the Bhandardara Lake. As it lies within the Sahyadris, the region surrounding this hill-fort is rife with breathtaking beauty. From moss-covered mountains to rich dense forests and vast meadows you’ll witness it all. However, during this season you’ll also get to witness the bloom of the Sonki flowers that are known to spread all the fort and its surrounding route!

Destination highlights

Explore an ancient fort in Maharashtra through the Ratangad-Sonki trek. | Pass through gorgeous sceneries during your journey. | Catch spectacular views from atop the fort. | Spend 2 days in the midst of tranquil natural beauty.

1925

4255

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12 kms

6 hrs

12 kms

Kasara Station

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Kasara Station

Local transport

Ratanwadi

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18:30

20:30

Pune travelers either board the 18:35 hrs Indrayani or the 18:50 hrs Maysuru-Ajmer Express from the Pune Station. Mumbai travellers, board the 22:50 hrs Kasara Local from CST. Spend the night in the train.

Overnight in train.

Pune travelers either board the 18:35 hrs Indrayani or the 18:50 hrs Maysuru-Ajmer Express from the Pune Station. Mumbai travellers, board the 22:50 hrs Kasara Local from CST. No meals are provided today, so do eat a healthy dinner before you leave and carry some light snacks for the journey. You'll spend the night in the train.

Food

No meals are provided today.

Veg | Non veg

Day 1 Milestone

Mumba/Pune

Mumbai/Pune

06:30 AM

Pune travelers reach Kalyan by 00:07 hrs and transfer to the Kasara Local. Mumbai travelers continue in the train. Everyone reach Kasara by 01:18 hrs and assemble at the station. From there you'll be transported to the base village by local transport. Reach by 04:30 hrs and rest. By 06:00 hrs wake up and freshen up followed by breakfast. Post breakfast you'll undergo a quick briefing and by 07:00 hrs you'll begin your trek towards the Ratangad Fort. You'll trek through gorgeous landscapes and reach the top by in a few hours. Spend some time atop the fort admiring its gorgeous views. By noon, begin your descent back to the base village. Feast on some lunch and then visit the Amruteshwar Temple. By 15:00 hrs you'll be transported back to the Kasara Station and by 18:00 hrs you'll catch your train back to Mumbai or Kalyan. Reach Mumbai by 20:30 hrs. Your trip ends here.

Your trip ends before nightfall.

Pune travelers will reach Kalyan by 00:07 hrs and from there transfer to the Kasara Local train to join the Mumbai travelers. Finally, everyone will reach Kasara by 01:18 hrs from where you'll be transported to the base village by local transport. Today's package includes a hot breakfast with tea followed by lunch. By 18:00 hrs you'll be dropped back to the Kasara Station from where you'll board the train back home. Mumbai travelers will reach CST by 20:30 hrs. Your trip ends here.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch

Veg | Non veg

Day 2 Milestone

Kasara

Mumbai/Pune

00:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Local transport from Kasara to Kasara
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Veg and non veg lunch on Day 2
  • Experienced trek guide
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Train travel from and to Mumbai/Pune
  • Any meals during train transit
  • Mineral water and soft drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Warm jacket
  • Wind cheater
  • Comfortable trekking clothes
  • Full sleeved t shirt
  • Full neck tshirt for girls
  • Track pants
  • Good gripped shoes
  • Socks
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Slippers or sandals
  • Sling bags or jholas
  • Hard luggage
  • Tight clothes such as shorts, skirts, dresses or jeans

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • First aid kit
  • Any technical equipment, if required

You need to get

  • Backpack
  • 3 litre waterbottle
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Dry Snacks
  • Sunblock
  • Toiletries
  • Light towel
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries
  • Extra money
  • ID proof
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/cap
  • Napkin
  • 3 to 4 extra carry bags
  • 1 shawl
  • Electrolyte packets
  • Trekking pole/stick for support

Medical Kit

  • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit.

Cancellation policy

For cancellation made 6 days before the departure of the Ratangad-Sonki trek: 70% refund.

For cancellation made 3 days before the departure of the Ratangad-Sonki trek: 50% refund.

For cancellations made 2 days before the departure of the Ratangad-Sonki trek: 30% refund.

For cancellations made beyong 2 days before the departure of the Ratangad-Sonki trek: No refund.

No show: No refund.

All cancellations/refunds on this trip will be processed after a deduction of INR 200 per person. This fee is charged by The Great Next and is applicable for all cancellations.

Rules on trip

Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during this Ratangag-Sonki trek.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs/smoking is not permitted during the Ratangad-Sonki trek.

Littering or any damage to natural habitats is strictly forbidden during the Ratangad-Sonki trek.

Participants must be on their best behavior during the Ratangad-Sonki trek.

Travellers are requested not to carry or apply any deos/perfumes during the Ratangad-Sonki trek.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

For Pune travellers the meeting time is 18:30 hrs or 18:50 hrs depending on which train your choose to catch. For Mumbai travellers the meeting time is 22:50 hrs sharp from CST. For the Ratangad-Sonki trek please don't be late in catching the train, as missing the train means missing the trek.

Any additional expenses that occur due to unforseen circumstances during this Ratangad-Sonki trek have to be borne by the participant.

In case of any loss, damage, accident or death that occurs during the Ratangad-Sonki trek, the operator cannot be held responsible.

The operator reserves the right to change/deviate/cancel the itinerary of the Ratangad-Sonki trek without any prior notice incase of accidents or natural calamities.

During the Ratangad-Sonki trek all members are responsible for their own belongings.