Ratangad Trek (ex-Pune)

A gorgeous trek in many aspects, not just because it takes you into the splendid Sayhadris, but also because it does so in the monsoon. During these months, the Western Ghats blosssom into a rain-soaked paradise. There are waterfalls, mossy trails to navigate, tropical forests with lush green colours, and wildflowers everywhere. Ratangad is a towering 2000 year old fort with rock-cut water cisterns and caves at the top, carvings on the main gate, and a temple too. The most stunning feature is the rock peak of the fort, with a cavity at the top called the Eye of the Needle, or the 'Nedhe'.

Destination

Located at an altitude of 4255 feet, Ratangad fort is a historic fort in the Ahmadnagar district in Maharashtra. It overlooks not only the Bhandardara region but also several beautiful peaks such as Alang, Kulang, Kokankada, Katrabai and Kalsubai. An overnight bus journey takes you to Ratanwadi village, from where your 11 km trek to the top of the fort will begin. Once at the fort, enjoy the views, the history behind it and its intrinsic architecture, before heading back to the base.

Destination highlights

Catch scenic views of Bhandardara. | Trek through beautiful forests. | Stop to splash in waterfalls along your way. | Embark on this easy to reach destination.

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22 kms

6 hrs

22 kms

Wakad, below Hinjewadi Bridge

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Pune

Non-A/C private bus

Ratanwadi

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22:30

21:00

Do make sure you're at the pick-up point in Wakad by 22:30 hrs. You'll board the bus that will drive you to the start point of the Ratangad trek. Overnight in the bus.

Overnight in non ac bus.

You'll spend the night in a private bus, en route to Ratanwadi. Do carry a shawl or bedsheet to keep yourself warm. No meals are included in today's package, so you might want to carry a light snack or water for the journey.

Food

No meals provided

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Day 1 Milestone

Pune

Ratanwadi Village

22:30 PM

You'll arrive at Ratanwadi by 05:00 hrs in the morning, and can freshen up and eat breakfast. After a quick briefing, you'll start the trek by about 07:00 hrs. From the top you'll get a gorgoeus view of surrounding peaks, along with the historic interiors of the fort. By 11:00 hrs, you'll begin the descent to Ratanwadi. Lunch will be served in the village, and then you board the bus to head back to Pune. You'll be dropped off in Pune by around 21:00 hrs. Trip ends here.

Your trip ends before night fall.

Today's package includes a vegetarian breakfast o your arrival at the base village, followed by lunch and evening snacks. At the base village of Ratanwadi you will also get amenities such as changing rooms and toilets.

Food

Breakfast | Lunch | Snacks

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Day 2 Milestone

Ratanwadi Village

Pune

05:00 AM

Includes / Excludes

Includes

  • Transport by private non ac bus from Pune to base village and back
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening tea/coffee
  • Trekking expertise charges
  • All applicable taxes

Excludes

  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions section
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal expenses such as soft drinks

What to Wear

What to Wear

  • Warm jacket
  • Windcheater or raincoat
  • Comfortable trekking clothing, long sleeved t-shirt and pants
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Socks
  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Not to wear - Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Slippers or sandals
  • Sling bags

What not to Wear

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

Equipment / Gear

We Provide

  • Trek guide.
  • Technical trekking equipment, if required.
  • Transport from Pune-Ratanwadi-Pune by non-A/C bus

You need to get

  • ID card
  • 2 ltrs water bottle
  • Camera
  • Shawl or bedsheet
  • Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
  • Extra snacks and biscuits
  • Clean napkin or small towel
  • Haversack or backpack
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Torch

Medical Kit

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

Cancellation policy

If cancellation is done 10 days or more before the start of the Ratangad trek: 75% will be refunded.

If cancellation is done 5-10 days prior to the start of the Ratangad trek: 50% will be refunded.

If the cancellation is done 0-5 days before the start of the Ratangad trek: No refund.

No show: No refund.

If you wish to transfer your booking to someone else, or reschedule to another date, the cancellation policy will apply, and only the applicable refund amount will be transferred or rescheduled.

Rules on trip

Smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco or consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on the Ratangad trek.

You must stick with your group at all times.

No damage should be inflicted on monuments or natural environments.

You must adhere to the instructions of the trek leader at all times.

Taking photos or selfie near the edges of cliffs are not allowed on the Ratangad trek.

Participants are requested to carry trash back to the city and dispose of it in dustbins.

Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

In case of injury, damage to self or property or death, Travel Trikon cannot be held responsible.

Adventure activity is arranged considering normal weather. In case of cancellation of the Ratangad trek due to reasons beyond control such as natural calamities, riots, political uncertainty, public transport failure etc, refund shall be payable with respect to the given to refund policy.

There will be no refunds or discounts given for services unused or missed due to traveller's own fault, negligence or breach of terms.