RAIGAD DARSHAN TREK

SEASON :- WINTER
DURATION :- 1 NIGHT – 1 DAY
EVENT TYPE :- ADVENTURE
RANGE :- RAIGAD
LEVEL :- EASY – MEDIUM
LOCATION :- RAIGAD
BASE VILLAGE :- PACHAD
HEIGHT :- 2900 ft. from MSL

ABOUT RAIGAD

Raigad is one of the most important forts in the history of Marathas, being the first capital of independent Marathi kingdom or “Hindavi Swarajya”. Graded as the most secured and most appropriate location by the King himself, the fort stands proudly showing the strength of the Maratha Empire. Raigad fort is situated 25 km north of the modern day Mahad town. Being situated comparatively near to the sea, with Mahad being in reach, and at same distance from Mumbai, Pune and Satara, Raigad enjoyed a strategic position. Moreover, it is an important link between the Deccan plateau and the coastal Maharashtra.
Raigad is well surrounded by mountains and was considered secured. The fort is surrounded on its north and east by Kaal River, and Gandhari River flows from its west side. Fort Lingana is situated to the east side and Kokandiva to the north. If the skies are clear, we can see Rajgad-Torna on the east and Pratapgad, Vasota and Makarandagad on the south.3

History :
Raigad was known as the mountain of “Rairi” before it was captured by Shivaji Maharaj. Due to its impregnability, Raigad was known as “Gibraltar of East”. In the 16th century, when this was not developed as a fort, it was called by local people as “Rashivata” and “Tanas”. Due to its shape of a tall oil lamp tower, it was also called as “Nandadeep”. The fort was called by 15 different names by different people at different times –
Raigad, Rairi, Islamgad, Nandadeep, Jambudweep, Tanas, Rashivata, Badenur, Raigiri, Rajgiri, Bhivgad, Reddi, Shivlanka, Rahir and Gibraltar of the east.
The fort was initially used to keep prisoners during the Nizamshahi rule. It was then ruled by the More clan of the Javli region. On 6th April 1656, Shivaji Maharaj besieged Rairi and captured it in May. The then Subhedar of Kalyan was transporting the treasure of Adilshah to Bijapur, which was raided by Marathas and utilized to fortify Raigad.
It is mentioned in “Sabhasad Bakhar” how Shivaji Maharaj selected the fort as the first capital –
‘राजा खासा जाऊन पाहता गड बहुत चखोटा. चौतर्फा गडाचे कडे तासिल्याप्रमाणे दिड गाव उंच. पर्जन्यकाळी कडियावर गवत उगवत नाही आणि धोंडा तासीव एकच आहे. दौलताबाद पृथ्वीवर चखोट गड खरा, परंतु तो उंचीने थोडका. दौलताबादचे दशगुणी उंच असे देखोन बहुत संतुष्ट झाले आणि बोलिले, तक्तास जागा हाच गड करावा’.
‘The King observed that mountain of “Rairi” was the best place, steep on all sides and tallest of all, the whole mountain being a seamless rock. Daulatabad is also good, but less tall than this one. This fort is taller and better then Daulatabad and hence the best place for the throne.’
Raigad has been one of the most importance forts, and has been a witness of significant events –
Shiv Raajabhishek (The Coronation ceremony of Shivaji Maharaj) was the most significant event in the history of India. Shivaji Maharaj became the King of the newly formed Maratha kingdom after a struggle of more than 300 years. Shivaji Maharaj took the blessings of Bhavani Mata of Pratapgad on 19th May 1674 and offered a golden umbrella (Chatra) worth Rs. 56,000 to the goddess before the ceremony. The ceremony took place on the auspicious day of 6th June 1674, which was a Saturday.
On 24th September 1674, Shivaji Maharaj underwent another ceremony for coronation for the commoners. This was done by Nischalpuri Gosavi. Kavi Bhushan has aptly written an extended description of this fort in his works.
On 4th February 1675, Sambhaji Maharaj’s thread ceremony took place on Raigad, and on 7th March 1680, it was Rajaram Maharaj’s ceremony. 8 days later Rajaram got married to Prataprao Gujar’s daughter.
On 3rd April 1680, Shivaji Maharaj passed away on this fort, which was the most devastating moment for the Maratha regime. On 16 February 1681, Sambhaji became the crowned king of Maratha Empire.
Aurangzeb started his conquest of Raigad in 1684, and dispatched Shahabuddin Khan with an army of 40000. He plundered the villages in vicinity like other Mughals and returned in 1985 without attacking Raigad. Zulfikarkhan followed suit and besieged Raigad on 25th March 1689. On 5th April Rajaram escaped to Pratapgad. Finally, on 3rd November 1689, Mughals captured Raigad due to treacherous Suryaji Pisal. They renamed the fort as Islamgad. Marathas regained it on 5th June 1733.
( नाणे दरवाजा मार्गे मोहिमेला सुरुवात)
*स्थळ दर्शन सुरू*
– महादरवाजा वरील बाहुबली पाण्याचे टाके
– गडपूर्वीचे बुरुज
– प्राचीन ब्रिटिशकालीन तोफा
– हनुमंत टाके
– हत्ती तळे
– शिरकाई देवी मंदिर
– होळीचा मांड
– तोफा
– सातवाहन काळ पाण्याचे टाके
– नगारखाना
– राजसदर
– सिहासंन दर्शन
– महाराजांचा राजवाडा
– दिवाण A आम A खास
– खलबत खाना
– टाकसाळ
– राणी वसा
– मेणा दरवाजा
– रोपवे मार्ग
– अष्टप्रधान वाडे
– धान्य कोठारे
– पालखी दरवाजा
– मनोरे
– गंगासागर तलाव
– शिवकालीन बाजारपे
– जगदीश्वर मंदिर
– महाराजांची समाधी
– शिलालेख
– सवेची पायरी
– धान्य कोठारे
– दारू गोळा कोठारे
– टकमक टोक
– शिक्षा खांब
– हत्यीखाना
– हिरकणी बुरूज किंवा वाघ दरवाजा
गडफेरी पूर्ण
*(चित दरवाजा मार्गे गड उतरणे)*

Journey Details: – (16th – 17th Jan 2021)

Pick-up Point:-
Dadar (Near Pritam Hotel) :- 08:00 pm
Sion :- 08:30 pm
Kurla Signal :- 08:45 pm
Amar Mahal Signal :- 09:00 pm
Chedda Nagar Signal :- 09:00 pm
Mankhurd Highway :- 09:15 pm
Vashi Highway : 09:30 pm
Sanpada Highway :- 09:45 pm
Nerul Highway :- 10:00 pm
Kalmboli Highway :- 10:15 pm
Panvel ST Stand : 10:30 pm
Itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
08.15 pm Hrs – Move towards Raigad Base Village by Pvt. Vehicle
04.00 am Hrs – Raigad Fort Base (Freshn Up )
05.00 am Hrs – Ascend Via Nnae Darwaja
07.30 am Hrs – Top Raigad Fort (Explore Fort With Mr.JAIKANT SHIKRE)
09.00 am Hrs – Break & Snacks Time
01.00 pm Hrs – Lunch
04.00 pm Hrs – Start Descend Via Chit Darwaja
05.30 pm Hrs – Rch Base
05.45 pm Hrs – Evening Tea & Snacks
06.30 pm Hrs – Start Return Journey
11.00 pm Hrs- Rch Dadar
TRANSPORT
PRIVATE NON A/C VEHICLE

THINGS TO CARRY
Identity Card
2 ltrs water
Trekking Shoes
Enerzyl powder or Glucon D powder
Snacks & biscuits
Extra pair of clothes
Clean napkin or towel
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or backpack (No sling bags)
Camera (optional)
Please carry personal medicines if any
Hand Sanitizer & Face Mask (Compulsory)

COST :- Rs.1400/- Per Person(Non Refundable)
100% Advance Required For Seat Confirmation

INCLUSIONS
1) TRANSPORATION FROM DADAR TO DADAR
2) DAY-1 PACKED DINNER + BREAKFAST + SNACKS + LUNCH + EVENING TEA & SNACKS
3) GUIDE & EXPERTISE CHARGES

EXCLSIONS
1) ANY PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS SOFT DRINK ETC.
2) ANYTHING OTHER THAN ABOVE MENTIONED INCLUSION

TERMS & CONDITIONS
1) NOTE:- Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.
2) ”Hills and Highways” or there leaders would not be responsible for any uncertainties happening to him and also the members who accompanies him
IMP. NOTE :- It’s an adventure activity not a picnic ……….don’t forget that.
:- Follow the guidelines with respect to COVID PANDEMIC.
:- Proper safety measure keeping in mind for Covid-19.

Account Details
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