Fort Raigad,even if only the name is mentioned,the leap taken by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s deeds can be noticed.To go to this Fort is like to go to the pilgrimage spot.Raigad Fort is second capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaaj.This Fort will remind you the rich history of this land.
Raigad Fort is located at Mahad in Raigad district in the state of Maharashtra.Pachad and Raigadwadi these two villages are situated at the base of the Raigad Fort.It is about 28 km away from Mangaon railway station.Raigad Fort is a hill Fort situated in the Sahyadri mountain range.Nearly 2800 ft. above sea level.
At that time,this Fort was also called as Rairi,when it was under the control of Chandrarao More and after it was seized by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1656 and he renamed it as ‘Raigad’. Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj made this fort as capital of Maratha’s empire in 1674.After capturing this Fort,Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj completely renovated and expanded the Raigad Fort.This Fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and architect Hiroji Indulkar.
Rope-way is available to reach on the top of this fort.Another way to get inside the fort is by steps.You have to hike about 1400-1500 steps to get inside.Interesting fact about this Fort is that,this Fort is the only one Fort in Maharashtra which has rope-way facility to enter the Fort.
Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is one of the main attraction of this Fort.There are many other attraction such as Maha Darwaja,Takmak tok,Ambarkhana,Rajwada and so on.The main entrance of this Fort is comprises of Maha-Darwaja.This Fort has numerous gateways such as Maha Darwaja(Huge door),Nagarkhana Darwaja,Palkhi Darwaja,and the Mena Darwaja.(Darwaja-Door).
This Fort is one of the most famous fort in all over the India.On the June 6, at the historic Raigad Fort, about 4-5 lakh people are gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the great Maratha warrior Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s coronation ceremony(in marathi-Shivrajyabhishek Sohala).
In 1818 this Fort was looted and destroyed by British and later they conquered it.But now still stands proudly and reminds the rich history of Maratha’s empire and his land.
How to reach:
You have to catch the train to Mangaon.From Mangaon railway station you can take cab to Pachad.
Otherwise you can go by bus. From Mangaon bus stand you will easily get buses to Pachad.
Pachad is situated at the base of Raigad Fort.From Pachad you can trek to the Fort,otherwise you can go by rope way.Rope way is the quickest way to reach on the top of the Fort.If you want to do some advanture ,then trek to this Fort is really amazing,which gives you unforgettable moment.
From Mangaon railway station about 5 to 10 min. of walking distance you will get Mangaon bus stand.From Mangaon bus stand you will easily get the buses to Pachad,which is less costly compare to cab or auto.
1.Statue of Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
9.Samadhi of Chhatrapati shivaji Maharaj
10.Samadhi of Jijau at Pachad
Famous occasion: Shiv rajyabhishek Sohala celebrated on 6 Jun.
From Mangaon Railway Station:29 km
From Mangaon Bus Stand: 28 km
From Mahad: 24 km
From Mangaon Railway Station to Mangaon Bus Stanad: 1.2 km
Nearest Railway Station: Mangaon
Nearest Bus Stand: Mangaon
Nearest Town: Pachaad and Raigadwadi