Every fort has its own story and every trek has an experience to share.
We have been to Raigad fort thrice not because there’s no climbing but because of the significant history of this fort. So going there just once is not enough.
About History : Soaring to a height of around 820 metres, the captivating Raigad Fort is perched on the Sahyadri mountain range. An exquisite gem of the Indian history, the fort is of great pride for the Marathas and accounts to their glorious past. It is a reminder of the valour and audacity of the Marathas. The Raigad fort is not just a tourist spot, it is a sacred place of pilgrimage which holds the imprints of the grand vision of Hindavi Swarajya as cherished by Chhatrapati Shivaji.
After capturing the Raigad Fort, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj renovated and named it as the capital of Maratha kingdom. The Britishers named it as the Gibraltar of the East as this well-fortified structure atop a hill had defied various attackers. .
We started early morning every time we been there. And the first most fascinating thing that kids love is climbing the fort through Rope ways.
The Ropeway ride gives you an opportunity to have a beautiful view of sahyadri mountains and nearby village with a cool breeze. (Ropeway tickets available at base station).
We always have had tasty Pithale Bhakri at ropeway hotel which is near ropeway station and then quickly go for Fort exploration. Our guide to all the forts is my husband as he has equipped himself with loads of information on Maharashtra forts n Maratha empire majorly through books.
All three times we been there we been to all the points on the fort which includes Mena Darwaja (starting point/entrance), Balekilla and Tak Mak Tok point, Rani Wada (Queen’s Palace with 6 rooms for 6 queens of maharaj), Ganga Sagar Lake, 3 Grains storage rooms, Sapt manzil (watch towers), Raj Bhavan (Palace), “Hirakani Buruj” (Hirkani Bastion), Shivaji Maharaj Samadhi (Memorial), Statue of Shivaji Maharaj’s faithful Dog “Waghya”(no evidence that Maharaj had a dog but such stories makes your journey even more interesting), Temple, Bazarpeth (old Market area) and many more.
Time is never enough when one is completely engrossed in knowing more about history that you are so much of proud of. And when we see our kids engagement in knowing the same and the inquisitive nature they display to know more, we feel all the more proud.
Near Gangasagar lake – Raigad Fort
(Main water reservoir for the Fort)
Statue of Shivaji at the spot where his Rajyabhishek took place.
The Throne of Maharaj
Every spot and corner at Raigad fort has a tale to share which is so attention grabbing. The best time to visit Raigad fort is Monsoon and even winters.
We had the pleasure of being their once last year during Maharaj’s Rajyabhishek sohala i.e Shivaji Maharaj coronation ceremony which is held every year in honor of Great Shivaji Maharaj.
The Rajyabhishek ceremony (coronation) of Shivaji Maharaj was performed on June 6, 1674 at Raigad. He assumed the title of a king in a formal coronation and became the first Chhatrapati of Maratha Empire.
People from in and around Maharashtra come here every year on this day. Its celebrated like a festival. Many Dhol Tasha vadan group come to pay homage.
I used to wonder looking at 1000s of visitors there, what is that thing which calls them here every year. And gradually I realised that its their love n respect for Great Maratha warrior, his deeds, his heroics which gave freedom to all those who were suppressed under the rules of various Mughal emperors and his quest for SWARAJYA which made all the maratha’s come together and he created an unbeatable MARATHA EMPIRE, these and many such feelings which cannot be put in words has been attracting and will continue to attract many to Raigad.
Be it any day of the year, be it any fort, you will never be alone to be visiting the fort on any particular day. You will meet someone on the way visiting with an unexplainable purpose. Strange isn’t it ? I have been there on three different occasions and always found it flooded with people barring somewhat lesser crowd during monsoon.
Some pictures of Shivrajyabhishek Sohla…….
Sharing few images of the fort during Monsoon. You can see how entire fort covered with layer of fog, its like vanishing in the clouds.Not even a visibility of 1 meter.
- There are two options of food and accommodation at Raigad fort : MTDC resort and ropeway hotel rooms at a very reasonable rates. we went for a day trek once and twice for stay. we have stayed in both MTDC and Ropeway accommodations ones.
- Always do some research before going to the fort. so that one is equipped with enough facts n details for yourself or to share with family or friends while exploring.
- Best time to visit
- A clear day during the Monsoon
- A Rainy/Cloudy day during the monsoon
- Morning/Evening during winter/post monsoon
- Noon time during winter/post monsoon
- Early morning/late evening during the summer
- Once you reach there, immediately go to the booking counter to get the ticket for the cable car/rope way.