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Raigad, a visit down historic lanes
Feb 19, 2001 12:15 PM 9157 Views


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Fort Raigad was the fort of the illustrious Maratha King ,

Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Built over 350 years ago, this main entrance to the Fort stands majestically. It is as imposing and stout today, as it was then! There is a steep climb of nearly 1450 steps and three and a half hours of extreme demands on your physical stamina, leaves you too exhausted.

If however you wish to go by way of the path of the horses, it is more enjoyable and less taxing on your feet. There is also the ropeway, for the aged and the less adventurous folks. This fort is a treat to explore as there are so many monuments within. There is Raj Bhanvan, the palace of Shivaji maharaj, Then there are resevoirs of water, one of which is the picturesque Ganga Sagar.

Two main entrances from the Royal Palace open in to a sprawling lawn.

This is the Raj Sabha. It has witnessed the splendour of the glorious coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Then there is the temple of Bhavani, The presiding deity of the fort. Then there is the jagadeeshwar temple. And adjacent to this temple is the samadhi of Shivaji maharaj. This samadhi is very well maintained even today.

We had gone there trekking during the monsoons, and we shirked from going up the usual way of steps. We were well rewarded, as we came across many waterfalls. Also, the whole place was lush green. When we reached the top, the whole place was encompassed in clouds. One could barely see a metre away. It was fabulous. And the wind..Lord, it was so windy, we had to tread carefully around.

For trekkers, and otherwise this is one fundoo place to be. If u are a trekker, you can catch the overnight ST bus to the fort from Mumbai Central. It leaves around 11 pm. and takes u there at around 5 am. Take with you basic food items, and cooking oil. These u can hand to the locals, who live on the fort, and for a nominal charge, they'll cook the same for you.

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