Rajgad: Pictures & Photos
Rajgad Fort (near Pune, India) is one of the most grand forts of the Sahaydris. It was Shivaji Maharaj's capital for 26 years before moving to another grand fort, Raigad. Treasure found on adjacent Torna fort was used to fortify this beautiful fort.
This fort is a must visit in any ones trekking/adventure list. One has to stay in the padmavati temple which can house 50 people. Water tanks provide water all over the year. This Lingana and Sinhagad are also visible from Rajgad.
Reaching this fort is by taking a ST bus from Pune(preferably swargate) to Velhe village which takes around 1.5 hrs. This fort has seen lots of historic events. The origins of this fort date back to 2000 years. This fort was ruled by Adilshahis then Nizamshahis and then finally the Marathas.
Rajgad is tristar shape with each ends having the grand machis and the bale killa or citadel at the center. The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 Kms and hence difficult to capture.
Main parts of the fort are:
Padmavati Machi: Facing north this has Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, chor darwaja, Pali darwaja, Gunjavane darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition) and remains of the castle.
Sanjivani Machi: This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machi faces west and has 3 layered fortifications making it extremely difficult to conquer. Each layer has a depth of 20 feet and just 2 feet wide which looks like a scary narrow well. This type on construction was to aide guerilla warfare.
Suvela Machi: This is another grand machi facing east with lots of secret routes, doorways, nedha (Mountain hole).
Bale Killa: This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water lakes and water towers. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.