is the very heart of Maratha country -- Raigad, the capital of
Shivaji's kingdom. Strategically perched atop a wedge-shaped block
of hill, split off from the Western Ghats and inaccessible
from three sides. Stories of incredible valour and heroic deeds are etched
on every pebble at Raigad.
was here that Shivaji built his capital city in the 14th
century, and here that he crowned himself Chhatrapati.
For six years upto his death, Raigad remained the capital of the
Marathas with its broad gates and magnificent monuments. There
was only one pathway leading to the top, and prizes were offered
to those who scaled the fort through unconventional methods. Though
parts of Raigad are in ruins, yet they inspire an aura of grandeur.
Shivaji's impregnable capital, the place
where he was crowed and where he died. Besides the fort, you'll
find his samadhi and the remains of his palace.
its immence beauty, Raigad remains a hiker's paradice.The formidable
Pratapgad fort with its equestrian statue of shivaji is an interesting
can also visit Gangasagar Lake or worship at the nearby Jagadishwar
Temple or pay your respects to the great Maratha warrior at his
For Trekking :
There are many interesting routes to Raigad, varying from
the relatively easy to the challenging. The path starts from Pachad,
24 kms from Mahad, a shallow sea port on the banks of the Savitri
River. Raigad can also be an adventure-filled day excursion from
the hill station of Mahabaleshwar or from Pune.
Air : Nearest
airport is Pune 126 kms.
By Rail : Nearest
railhead is Pune.
By Road : Mumbai-Raigad
210 kms. via Mahad. Pune-Raigad 126 kms. Mahad-Raigad 27 kms.
Transport buses ply from Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune to Ratnagiri
and also from Ratnagiri to Pawas via Bhatye.