The name describes the place itself. The king of all the forts.
It is to the southwest 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction.
The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the center is the Ballekilla.
Padmavati Machee (north end)
This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Good Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).
Suvela Machee (south east)
This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of the first step, a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee, one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end)
This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for the sudden attack.
Bale Killa (center)
This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns, and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
The fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for a couple of kilometers.
It is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes torn and mhasoba.
Maal and Safari Bastions
On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safari is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.
In Marathi ‘budhla’ means the vessel, and budhla Machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.
This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.
Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.
This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of Hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.
Temple of Goddess Mengai
This is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is still in the needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.
It is situated on the western side & a wonderful spot to see.
Meeting point for Mumbai People:
Pritam Hotel , Dadar East @ 10:30 pm
Pickup Point : Chembur Diamond Garden @ 10:45 pm
Pickup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @ 11:00pm
Our journey starts with the private vehicle from Dadar till Gunjavne, the base village of Rajgad.
People coming from Pune can join us from Chandani Chowk at 2.00 am.
Post Breakfast Start our trek by 6 am, reach the top till 10 am.
Explore the fort till 4 in the eve. (Lunch en route – self-carried)
Start Descending towards Torna
Dinner in the village in between.
Start the night trek by 9 pm.
Night trek till Torna Fort.(till 2.00 am)
Sleep in open till 6 am.(everyone needs to carry his bedding)
Explore the fort
Lunch by 12 noon.
Start Descend and Reach Base by 2 pm
Lunch @ Base Village
Start our journey back by bus/vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 10 pm tentatively.