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1You Can Kiss The Clouds - While Climbing Up Raigad Fort
You Can Kiss The Clouds - While Climbing Up Raigad Fort

HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul Bhunde shares about Raigad peak, “Raigad Fort, once the happening place in Maratha Empire is worth a visit. Main attraction is the rope way facility to climb & descend from the fort. Especially during monsoon season i.e. from June to end August, you will get a feel of travelling through clouds. You can also opt for one way travel by ropeway & ascending or descending by foot from the stair root.”

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2A place rich in Maratha history
A place rich in Maratha history

HolidayIQ Reviewer Dharmesh Kumar shares, “Fun in trekking all along and go well equipped One of the most amazing forts to go for, the capital of Shivaji Maharaj's kingdom, the best time is the rainy season, with a group of friends. One should get ready to get all wet, phones, wallets should be kept aside. Morning breakfast compulsory even though there are some vada pav stalls available at the foot of the fort.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kaustubh Phatak adds, “Excellent fort to visit Shivaji Maharaj has made this fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of the Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering the majority of modern-day India. You can access the fort by Cable car, however, the trekking is my preferred route. ” 

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3To camp at the foothills of the ruins of Maratha kingdom
To camp at the foothills of the ruins of Maratha kingdom

HolidayIQ Reviewer Dharmesh Kumar says, “One of the most amazing treks up towards the capital of Shivaji Maharaj's kingdom, the best time is the rainy season, with a group of friends. I spent one full day there and it has been the most memorable trek dotted by innumerable picturesque waterfalls. One should get ready to get all wet, phones, wallets should be kept aside. Morning breakfast compulsory even though there are some vada pav stalls available at the foot of the fort. Takmak Tok at the top is a wonderful view but one should be careful at the top. Wear shoes with a good grip as it gets slippery near waterfalls and keeps one full day aside to enjoy to the fullest. No point in using the ropeway, the fun is in trekking all along and spending the night at a camp atop the hill.”

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4To visit Raigad Fort that can also be accessed by a ropeway
To visit Raigad Fort that can also be accessed by a ropeway

HolidayIQ Reviewer Dharmesh Kumar shares, “One of the most amazing forts to go for, the capital of Shivaji Maharaj's kingdom, the best time is the rainy season. I spent one full day there and it has been the most memorable trek dotted by innumerable picturesque waterfalls. One should get ready to get all wet, phones, wallets should be kept aside. Morning breakfast compulsory even though there are some vada pav stalls available at the foot of the fort. Takmak Tok at the top is a wonderful view but one should be careful at the top. Wear shoes with a good grip as it gets slippery near waterfalls and keeps one full day aside to enjoy to the fullest. No point in using the ropeway, the fun is in trekking all along.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Raj Mehta adds, “Worthy place to visit; Raigad is one of the oldest forts in India. It was the capital of Maratha empire founded by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Raigad fort is around 25 kilometers from Mahad in Raigad district in the state of Maharashtra. State transport buses available from Mahad. Ropeway services are available to go to the fort.”

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5Under The Rule Of Shivaji - The Great
Under The Rule Of Shivaji - The Great

In 1656, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated Chandra Rao More to win the region and after four years, the capital of the Maratha Kingdom was shifted to Raigad. He won the Raigad Fort, which is also referred to as the Gibraltar of the East.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sid says, "It is the capital of the Maratha Kingdom. Maharashtra's only ropeway. Good facilities to spend a night at the top. A very good place to explore. Also very great to view the sunrise as well as the sunset. Watching the stars on a dark night is also a heavenly experience."

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Reviews (22)

Sanjay Dongre

Sanjay Dongre4.6/5

3 reviews

Raigad - Awesome place to visit

Over here, fog, mist, and rains play hide and seek. So in the morning when we reached the base, it was raining, and I prayed.

As the morning turned into noon, the Sun smiled down on us, and the fog appeared along with his girlfriend the misty feeling wrapped us around. Rains continued to play hide and seek.

But the most interesting character at #Raigad are the clouds that performed for us throughout the day.

This photo taken at the famous Hirkani bastion is worth more than a thousand words as the clouds performed exclusively for our presenter, the very stylish Seema Sarode.

Watch the full film and experience nature at its best, while the inspiring story of my favourite King #Shivaji unfolds.

"Good to Great", "Great, but not Good enough" etc..

Long before the strategy masters formulated these catchy phrases, there was the Master Strategist, who proved that Greatness was not about discovering it, but rather about realising it. #Ganimi Kawa is a term that Harvard has not heard of, but was executed with elan.

From the age of 16, when he embarked on the March to Swarajya, #Shivaji carved out the #Maratha Empire, after a sustained struggle with #Bijapur and #Aurangzeb.

For centuries #Shivaji inspired millions to go beyond, function in a zone far removed from their comfort and capabilities. It is a story that may fail to inspire only a dead stone.

The #Fort Trilogy is a modest homage to India's favourite King and a Master Strategist... As his story is narrated from the perspective of his Forts, here is the story of #Raigad, cinematographer on a beautiful rainy day, by Akash Kakade

And presented by Seema Sarode.

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Pritvi Kanchi

Pritvi Kanchi4.6/5

232 reviews

Must visit place

I had been to Raigad in the month of March 2016. Raigad is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. The must-visit places around Raigad include the Jijamata Temple, Karnala Bird Sanctuary and the Gangasagar lake. Incidentally, Jijamata was the mother of King Shivaji. This fort was literally destroyed by the British during their long reign in India and whatever remains now is the grand ruins of a forgotten and bygone era. The Samadhi of Jijibai is situated within the precincts of this majestic fort. Jijibai lived here till the time of her death. The Karnala Bird Sanctuary is a two-hour drive from Thane and Panvel. Migratory birds visit here between the months of October to April. In the monsoon, the forest is lightened up the humming of songbirds. The Gangasagar lake is located adjacent to the Raigad fort. It is a popular belief that this lake was constructed during the coronation ceremony of King Shivaji and the water for this magnificent beauty was brought from the holy Ganges river.

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Raigad Overview

Raigad District is located in the Konkan region in the south-western side of Maharashtra. It is spread over an area of 7,148 sq km. Raigad encompasses dense forests along with the Western Ghats of Sahyadri range.

Raigad is located at an altitude of 2,851 feet above sea level and shares its boundary with the Mumbai Harbour, Thane, Pune, Ratnagiri and the Arabian Sea. The destination is named after mountain Rairi situated along the district headquarters. The river streams, which include Gandhar and Kal, flow through the mountainous terrain of the Sahyadri range.

In 1656, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated Chandra Rao More to win the region and after four years, the capital of the Maratha Kingdom was shifted to Raigad. In victory, he won Raigad Fort, which is also referred to as the Gibraltar of the East.

The inaccessible fort is constructed on an irregular wedge-shaped mass of rock at an altitude of 2,700 feet above sea level. Some of the highlights of the ancient fort are the Samadhi of Shivaji and the site of Balekilla. The destination is famous for its forts, which include Purandar, Vichitragad, Lohgad, Tikona and Sinhagad.

A major attraction of the district is the isle of Gharapuri or Elephanta, featuring Hindu and Buddhist caves. Boratyachi Nal along with Lingana and Raylingi mountains are some of the adventure locations of the district. Raigad has preserved its diverse and rich cultural heritage in the folk arts such as keertan, bhajan, koli dance and bharud.

Raigad District is connected with Mumbai by the Sion Panvel Expressway. State buses are available from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune and Mahabaleshwar for Raigad. The airbase of Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, at a distance of 140 km, is the closest airport to the destination. Vir Dasgaon Railway Station in proximity to Raigad headquarters is connected with Pune and Mumbai.

Summer months are extremely hot and humid; therefore, the best time to visit Raigad is during winters, which is also the festive season.

Photos of Raigad

Raigad Fort, Raigad

Photo by

Amruta Jog

The View down from fort
Raigad, Maharashtra

Photo by

Ankur mistry

Closure to Nature
Raigad, Maharashtra

Photo by

Hemantkumar dewanand mandhare

Mahur gadh- Renuka mata temple on High Hill.
Raigad, Maharashtra

Photo by

Hemantkumar dewanand mandhare

Mahur gadh- Renuka mata temple on High Hill.

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