Ratangad Fort –This medieval fort lies on the borders of Ahmadnagar and Thana district, It is a paradise for those who love history and nature, this is a four-century-old fort overlooking Bhandardara which is the oldest catchment area. Two forts are located 4250 ft above sea level and lie in the Ajoba mountain range.
Location:- The famed Ratanagad fort is located at Ratanwadi in Maharashtra, State of India. The fort lies in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
How to reach Ratangad?
You can reach this fort from Ahmadnagar or Thane or Mumbai.
There are 2 routes- One starts from Samrad village and the second from village Ratanwadi. The base village Ratanwadi can be approached by boat from Bhandardara. If you desire to travel by road you can reach Ghoti Bhandardara. In case you do the journey by boat to Ratangad it will be a 6 km boat trip and later you have to walk 4 km nearly to approach Ratangad, the trekking route from Ratanwadi is easy and passes through the lush green forests.
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Ratangad Trek Cost
Time 10 p.m. leaving
Event Cost 1200 INR
Ratangad Trek from Mumbai
If you are in Mumbai and are passionate about the trekking event and want to explore the heritage site. You can book the trekking event with some tour operators in Mumbai. You will be driven to the base camp and reach early morning at the site to start trekking. After having breakfast and the introductory session at the base camp proceed at 7:30 am to Ratangad. It will take nearly 3 hours as you reach the fort of Ratangad enjoying nature’s gift. Now you enjoy the age-old Ratanagad fort. Now get submerged in the beauty and get mesmerized. Now about 1:30 pm start descending from the fort while coming down have some rest and lunch and later proceed to enjoy the return journey to Mumbai.
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Best Time to visit Ratangad Fort
The best season to visit Ratangad is the wintertime while the weather remains very pleasant. The summer season should be avoided as the mercury goes very high and the scorching heat prevails. Even the monsoon time is pretty nice while you enjoy the scenic beauty in it is full charms. You can make a plan for one night stay.
The Architecture of Ratangarh Fort
This fort lies on a natural rock and has four gates known as Hanuman, Ganesh. Karkam and Trimbak. There are 2 caves one is pretty small which can adjust 5-7 persons while the other is longer in comparison to the first and can house 40-50 persons. While you reach the base village you get to see the famous Amruteshwar temple where you witness the magnificent carvings. The legends say that the saint Agastya meditated in Ratangad. There are several trekking trails near the fort from where you can get the instagrammble pictures.
Things to keep in mind for Ratangad fort Trek
You can do the track tour from Mumbai, Pune easily but you have to keep in mind that if you want to stay at the base village you do not find proper hotels. The facility of lodging and food is arranged by the local villagers. Ratangad is nearly 190 kms from Pune. In the monsoon time, the Parvara River which emanates from the fort has many waterfalls and you need to make a human chain, you also get to see the percolation lake which is built for water conservation by the forest department.