About 85 kms from Pune, this fort has great
historical relevance, as it was Shivaji's
favourite fort. Practically speaking, a two
hour bus drive to Wazheghar, Bhutonda or
Pali. Any of these options will take you
right to the foothills of this legendary
fort. Accomplished in a matter of four years,
80 kms from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar,
the remains of this fort give a glimpse of
the majesty of Shivaji's first mountain capital.
For those with the adventurous streak, take
the trek through the chor darwaza,
otherwise the easier route through Pali which
while being a cakewalk is a longer one.
The temple atop the Padmavati machi offers
a good place to stay! Rajgadh, with its treacherous
approaches, zig zag narrow paths and the
deceptive double-walled armour of its ramparts,
and also the massive pali gate, nedhe or
elephant's eye still exists. But Shivaji
had to give this up because of its narrow
summit to move onto Raigadh!
The view from the top offers a magnificent
view of the Sahyadri range.