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Raigad

Raigad

Raigad is a hill fortress situated in the modern day Raigad District of Maharashtra, India. The great maratha king, Shivaji made the fort his capital in 1674 AD when he was crowned king of Marathi kingdom what later developed into the Maratha Empire.
The fort rises 1350 meters (4530 feet) above sea level and located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are around 1400-1450 steps leading to the fort, though today a rope-way exists to reach the top of the fort. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege.

Raigad

Shivaji Maharaj had seized the site, which used to be the fortress of Rairi then, from the royal house of the Chandarrao More, a junior or Cadet dynasty descended from the ancient Maurya imperial dynasty. The last More king ("Raja") was a feudatory of the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji renovated and expanded the Fortress of Rairi and renamed it Raigad, or the King's Fort, the name he gave it when he selected it for his capital when he was in the process of assuming the royal character. Rajgad, a hill fortress situated in Pune District of Maharashtra, India was capital of Shivaji's kingdom before it was moved to Raigad.

The fort ruins today consists of the queens quarters consisting of six chambers with each chamber having its own private commode with plumbing. The main palace was constructed using wood of which only the bases of pillars remain. Ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds and overlooks an artificial lake was created next to the fort. It also has a view of the execution point called Takmak Tok, a cliff from where the sentenced prisoners were thrown off. The king's public Durbar has a replica of the original throne that faces the main doorway called the Nagarkhana Darwaja. This enclosure had been acoustically designed to aid hearing from the doorway to the throne. A secondary entrance exists called the Mena Darwaja that was supposedly the private entrance of the royal ladies of the fort and lead to the queens quarters. The earstwhile main entrance to the fort is the imposing Maha Darwaja. The convoy of the king and king himself used the Palkhi Darwaja. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, is a row of three dark and deep chambers. Historians believe that these were the granaries for the fort. A statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji is erected in front of the ruins of the main market avenue that eventually leads to the
Rameshwar Mandir and his own Samadhi(tomb) and that of his dog Waghya.

Shivaji Maharaj Statue

Location: Mahad, Raigad
Distance from major cities:
Mumbai - 140 km
Pune - 150 km
Villages at Foothills: Chatri Nizampur, Mahad
Altitude: 1350' (4530 m)
Latitude: 18°14'11"N
Longitude: 73°26'17"E

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How To Reach There:-
- By Air - Mumbai is the nearest airport (140 km) well connected by flights from all over.
- By Rail - Veer is the nearest rail head. It is a 30 min drive from here to Mahad
- By Road - Regular buses available from Mumbai, Pune, etc. to Mahad and Mahad to Raigad fort.
Trek Routes
- From Mahad - 1 hrs
A tar road takes you upto half the height of the fort from Mahad. From here steps are built up to reach the top.
- Raigad Ropeway - 10 min
One can enjoy the ropeway joyride up the fort.

Raigad

Raigad

Raigad