Raigad Fort

Plagiarised From Wikipedia :

Raigad (Marathi:रायगड) is a hill fortress situated in the modern day near mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering majority of modern day India.

The fort, which rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1400–1450 steps leading to the fort, though today a rope-way (Cable Car – Vertical Height 420m. Rope Length 760m) exists to reach the top of the fort. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege.

At the end of my recent trip to India I was lucky enough to be able to take my team out to Raigad Fort. Located, as the crow fly’s 55Km from Pune, it’s a long and bumpy 250km by road. The road winds over hills with multiple switchbacks, exposed bends and fearsome drops. Uncomfortable in the passenger seat I was constantly applying the ‘virtual’ brake as we rounded each bend…

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In the >40°C heat there was no contemplation of us hiking the trail involving 1400 steps to reach the fort and we easily opted for the cableway. I couldn’t help but wonder about it’s maintenance schedule (or the lack of one!)

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The fort itself is truly massive and appeared to cover acres on the ground…


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Outside the fort, still on the elevated plateau we wandered slowly 1Km across the pre-monsoon desert landscape, through the “market place, and across to the Jagdishwar Mandir Temple, the tomb of king Shivaji Maharaj and of course the view.

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About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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One Response to Raigad Fort

  1. Ian Johnston says:

    Superb Andy, what a place that looks! The labour involved in the construction must have been truly immense. I never cease to be amazed by our world – thanks for posting :o)

    Kind regards

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