Raigad fort memories Trek 2

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.
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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

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Palkhi Darwaja

Mena Darwaja

Raj Bhavan

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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.

 

Note:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Best time to visit
    1. A clear day during the Monsoon
    2. A Rainy/Cloudy day during the monsoon
    3. Morning/Evening during winter/post monsoon
    4. Noon time during winter/post monsoon
    5. Early morning/late evening during the summer
  4. Once you reach there, immediately go to the booking counter to get the ticket for the cable car/rope way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Korigad Trek 1.

Korigad Trek happened somewhere in Oct 2014 my little one was just a year old. Since it was our first trek we decided to go for an easy one.

There is always a proud feeling to share our trek memories as we see our kids climbing all the forts without a fuss. I noticed that they enjoy everything about forts like their father. They are always curious to hear from us the stories of Shivaji Raje, Shambhu Raje n Peshwas.

That’s when I thought of putting my feelings n experience with kids while trekking on blog so that other parents can also take their kids for trekking, nature trails or anywhere close to nature and away from gadgets, technology, Play zones in malls etc. at least once a month.

Every time I posted our fort trek images on Facebook, many parents told me that they too would like to go but they are either busy or don’t know how to go about it.

About Korigad Fort : Its a Hill fort  located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level. The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort’s southern and eastern foothills.

History : This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by the Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Colonel Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannonball he succeeded and this fort went to the British

About our Korigad experience :

Trekkers were Me, my husband Dattattray, our kids DR and DK and Friend Nilkanth Ingle.

Our experience of first trek with kids was amazing. We discovered that they are loving it.

We took a forest route to explore the dense forest and reached the Stone steps. Its been exact 3 years and I still remember walking through the jungle route may be because we enjoyed it.

I also realized that when you climb the hills through the greenery around, you get good amount of fresh air to breathe and a good exercise for your knees and muscles. So at the end its 100 percent beneficial.

It was a great achievement when we reached the top. Mesmerizing beauty, cool weather, eyes delight and what not. we were roaming around like archeologist to explore. one also get a tiny wish to go back in history n know more about everything about the fort.

That’s all about Korigad travel diary.

Things we carry always while going for trekking are :

  1. Peanuts, dryfruits, Popcorns, Fruits like apple, oranges etc anything healthy that (kids) your group loves to eat while travelling.
  2. Water bottles
  3. Caps/stole/bandana
  4. Camera
  5. Mat
  6. Small first aid kit

FYI: We always carry bags to fort to put all the plastic wrappers, bottles, litters which we find on the way to fort. People should understand that these forts are our Indian history which we need to preserve. We find many who come for picnic with no intention to understand history or thank nature but to have fun and litter around.

Thoda Vishram. DR 5 year old, Dk 1 year old, r curious to reach on top to explore.
Cannon

Korigad Trek 1.

Korigad Trek happened somewhere in Oct 2014 my little one was just a year old. Since it was our first trek we decided to go for an easy one.

There is always a proud feeling to share our trek memories as we see our kids climbing all the forts without a fuss. I noticed that they enjoy everything about forts like their father. They are always curious to hear from us the stories of Shivaji Raje, Shambhu Raje n Peshwas.

That’s when I thought of putting my feelings n experience with kids while trekking on blog so that other parents can also take their kids for trekking, nature trails or anywhere close to nature and away from gadgets, technology, Play zones in malls etc. at least once a month.

Every time I posted our fort trek images on Facebook, many parents told me that they too would like to go but they are either busy or don’t know how to go about it.

About Korigad Fort : Its a Hill fort  located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500. It is about 923 m above sea level. The planned township of Aamby Valley is built over the fort’s southern and eastern foothills.

History : This fort was incorporated into his kingdom by the Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj along with the forts of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Colonel Prother tried to take over this fort but even after a prolonged siege could not make any headway. Finally on 14 March, by igniting the stored ammunition by means of a loose cannonball he succeeded and this fort went to the British

About our Korigad experience :

Trekkers were Me, my husband Dattattray, our kids DR and DK and Friend Nilkanth Ingle.

Our experience of first trek with kids was amazing. We discovered that they are loving it.

We took a forest route to explore the dense forest and reached the Stone steps. Its been exact 3 years and I still remember walking through the jungle route may be because we enjoyed it.

I also realized that when you climb the hills through the greenery around, you get good amount of fresh air to breathe and a good exercise for your knees and muscles. So at the end its 100 percent beneficial.

It was a great achievement when we reached the top. Mesmerizing beauty, cool weather, eyes delight and what not. we were roaming around like archeologist to explore. one also get a tiny wish to go back in history n know more about everything about the fort.

That’s all about Korigad travel diary.

Things we carry always while going for trekking are :

  1. Peanuts, dryfruits, Popcorns, Fruits like apple, oranges etc anything healthy that (kids) your group loves to eat while travelling.
  2. Water bottles
  3. Caps/stole/bandana
  4. Camera
  5. Mat
  6. Small first aid kit

FYI: We always carry bags to fort to put all the plastic wrappers, bottles, litters which we find on the way to fort. People should understand that these forts are our Indian history which we need to preserve. We find many who come for picnic with no intention to understand history or thank nature but to have fun and litter around.

Thoda Vishram. DR 5 year old, Dk 1 year old, r curious to reach on top to explore.
Cannon