Rajmachi is a fort in Karjat region of the Shayadri mountains that stand majestic down the entire West Coast of India . There are two forts which were built by Shivaji Emperor during 17th century.
It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a 17 km trekking distance from Lonavla. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat (ghat between Mumbai and Pune) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivide village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala.
We travelled to Lonavla , by the afternoon train , and then trekked to Rajmachi , a distance of 17 kms, where we reached by midnight and stayed at the Rajmachi village with the local people. . Next day, the descent was around 13 kilometres, via the Kondane Caves , en route to Karjat , below the ghats, from where we reached Mumbai by suburban train.
and arrival ....
The Rajmachi village where we stayed the night, and had meals with the local folks.
A fulfilling traditional simple meal . With seconds and thirds ....
Some parts of the trekking region had touches of civilization...
A view of sunrise the next day when we started the trek through the Forts down to Karjat.
Another view looking up
Various structures designed for security and defence
A long shot of the Fort parapet that overlooks the mountains and the valley and flies the flag..
A closer shot
A still closer shot at the flagpole
A view at the top near the fortifications
And yes, the seasons change, growth happens, sometimes it doesn't, and life goes on.