Raigad fort Information
The fort is located near Mahad in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most important forts as well as the capital of all the Forts of Maratha Empire. The fort was build by Hiroji Indulkar, chief architect of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The hill fort is located in the Sahyadris mountains. Raigad Killa has only one access to the fort through the main gate climbing from the steps as the other side of the forts has a deep valley. This fort is not only a historic place but also a Pilgrimage temple. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is worshiped as a God In Maharashtra and there is a Samadhi of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the fort. There is also a Statue of his loyal dog named Wagya on the fort.
Raigad fort History
The fort was earlier named as “Rairi” was seized in 1656 by Shivaji Maharaj from Chandrarao More who was the king of Jawali. After that the fort was Rebuilt By Architect/Engineer Hiroji Indulkar and was renamed it as “Raigad”. In the year 1674 Raigad was named as the Capital of Maratha Empire when Shivaji Mahraj was crowned (Rajya Abhishek) as the king of Maratha Empire. This fort was one of the toughest fort to climb during the era. The fort was surrounded by two villages named Pachad and Raigadwadi at the base. These villages played an important role in the Maratha empire to protect the fort from the Enemies. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also built another Fort 2 miles away from Raigad which was used to keep the prisoners.
Best time to visit fort
Best time to visit fort is between October to January as the climate here is very beautiful as this is the spring season in India. There is a Raigad fort ropeway by which you can reach the fort. Rope way starts at 8:30 am & stops by 5:00 pm. Where the Ropeway service is unavailable in the rainy season. There is a small museum you’ll see before entering the ropeway. After reaching the top of the fort you can hire a local guide to know more deep history about the fort.
There is a MTDC Raigad Resort on the fort where if you are travelling from outside Mumbai or Pune so you can make it a two day trip by staying at the resort. But if you are travelling from Mumbai or Pune it is a one day trip for family and friends.
HOW TO REACH RAIGAD FORT
- Mumbai To Raigad is approx. 160 kms Via Pen-Mangaon Road.
Mumbai ← 35 kms → Panvel ← 109 kms → Mangaon ← 27 kms → Raigad.
- Mumbai To Raigad is approx. 166 kms Via Khalapur-Pali Road.
Mumbai ← 35 kms → Panvel ← 29 kms → Khalapur ← 39 kms → Pali ← 68 kms → Raigad.
- Pune To Raigad is approx. 135 kms Via Mulshi(Tamhini Ghat Road).
Pune ← 47 kms → Mulshi ← 58 kms → Nizampur ← 30 kms → Raigad.
The Nearest Railway Station is Mangaon Railway Station is approx. 28 kms from the Raigad.
- Mangaon Railway Station ——> (Via Pachad Road) Raigad.
- Mumbai ——> Mangaon Station ——> Raigad.
- Thane ——> Panvel ——> Raigad.