Rajmachi is a town bathed in its old world charm snuggled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. This Konkan beauty boasts two well-known peaks - Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located in close proximity to Lonavala and Khandala. The startegic location of the fort was well caliberated move to keep an eye and control the Borghat on the busy Mumbai - Pune highway which was a crucial trade route since the 17th century. The monsoon season witnesses a great footfall of tourists to Rajmachi. This can be attributed to the sheer glow that this town receives during the rains. The lush green of the landscape embosses the otherwise plain sight into a pleasing one. You will also spot gentle streams and waterfalls on your clim up. It is a guaranteed experience of delight as one can reach out to the nature-lover inside you and refresh yourself in the pristine surrounding.
In addition to the raw beauty of the landscape, you will be taken aback to know that this little town holds a historical value of its own. It has been under the rule of many different emperors starting from Shivaji Maharaj, Aurangzeb, Shahu Maharaj and then eventually falling a prey to the British Raj.
You can reach Rajmachi by two routes. One of the routes is from the Kondivade village near Karjat. This itself is a climb of roughly 840 m. This route is also steep and can take you 4 to 5 hours to reach. The second route is a walk of 15km from Lonavala.
Rajmachi is a good start to all the amateur trekkers out there. Even those of you who are looking for a light and breezy outing to bring in some zest to your otherwise monotonous city life, this could be your go to destination! That being said, the Rajmachi fort is quite famous among adventure enthusisats and trekkers alike. The Kodhane caves can be a good start for your trek which itself will take 3-4 hours of climbing. An alternative choice would be drive from the Lonavala side to Udhewadi village and then subsequently trek to Rajmachi fort. In both the cases, the trek is not said to tedious and there are clearly marked trails to lead your way up.
Things to keep in mind :
- It is recommended to carry water and food supplies with you while trekking. This is because, there aren't many shops on the way with such provisions.
- Wear appropriate footwear during monsoon. It becomes slippery and slightly unsafe.
How to reach
The nearest city to Rajmachi is Lonavala and being a famous hill station is very well connected by road. You can find many state transport buses that are available from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Nashik. From there, you can continue towards Udhewadi village and do a trek of 30 to 40 mins.
Another option that is available at your dispense is to take the route from Kodhane side and do a longer trek of about 3-4 hours.
How to Reach by Flight
The new Pune international airport is the nearest to Rajmachi located at a distance of 173 km away.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is also close by and you can hire a cab/taxi from the airport.
How to Reach by Train
Lonavala station id the nearest railway station to Rajmachi and many outstation trains stop here. You can also take a local train from Mumbai to Karjat and then travel from there.
How to Reach by Bus
There are regular state-run buses from Mumbai, Pune, Thane, and Nashik that will take you to Rajmachi. You can also spot many private travels from Mumbai and Pune that run their buses to Lonavala. From Lonavala, you can hire a cab or even catch an auto to Rajmachi.
How to Reach by Road
There are 2 routes available to travel by road:
- From Mumbai, head on towards Panvel through the Mumbai-Pune expressway till Lonavala. From Lonalava, the route continues as Nandgaon - Fanasrai - Valvand - Udhewadi
- The second route is to start from Pune via the Mumbai - Pune expressway and continue ahead.
How to travel within
It is easier to travel with Rajmachi with your own private or hired vehicle.
Rajmachi being a weekend getaway, is a destination where tourists frequent only for a day. As a result, there are not many hotels around here. Most of the people who travel here, reach by morning and leave by night. There are provisions for a handful of homestays and some camping facilities.
This place, like any other destination in Maharashtra, is fondly remembered for the scrumptious local delicacy of vada paav and misal paav. The food is simple with the authentic Marathi flavour. You may not find a lot of established eateries that serve these, but the secret delight of visiting such a destination lies in trying out them from the tiny shops and carts. You can opt for many other snacking options including poha, bhajji and bakharwadi.
- Reach Rajmachi
- Start trekking to Rajmachi fort
- Indulge in some local cuisine and flavors