Rajmachi is the place where one can experience immense surrounding natural beauty of the Mother Nature. It is the best place to visit, if you are a nature lover. Rajmachi Trek is the trek between Lonavala and Karjat, which are the two popular hill stations of Maharashtra.
The trek is a 16 km long trek, where you can not only enjoy the scenaries and view points, but also can feel the sight of Waterfalls. River Ulhasnagar streams it’s water droplets from the gaps of the mountains and hills.
The fort is at an elevation of 2750 ft. Kondhana Caves can be found as a special attraction. Rajmachi consists of 2 forts, Shivadharan and Manaranjan. So, all the brave folks, trek lovers and mountain climbers will explore the heritage of these historical forts of Maharashtra.
The architecture, the breeze touching your skin, the greenery, the valleys, beautiful waterfalls, structured caves, lush green mountains, all these make you forget your past and future and make sure you live in the present and live for the moment.
The best time to visit Rajmachi is from June to November. During monsoon, it is a bit difficult. Therefore, winter is the best time, as it has the best weather, easy to walk and trek conveniently.
Lohagad is an ideal trek for beginners, as it is rated as one of the easiest treks. The route for this trek is very easy and comfortable even when it rains. If any one want to trek for the first time, witha good trek satisfaction, then this is the best place to trek. The lush green mountains, cool breeze, panaromic view, scenaries, all these make the trek even more fantastic. Most beautiful place to explore and experience the sight of several waterfalls too.
This fort is one of the ancient forts of Maharashtra, situated close to the hills. The geography of the fort is unique. It rises to an elevation of 3,389 ft above sea level. The range of this fort divides and branches the plummets of Indrayani river and panina lake. During monsoons, the fort top is covered by fog, mist and clouds and becomes moist and wet, making the land slippery to trek.
Each and everyone can enjoy the trek experience especially in monsoons as the shores and the rains make the place even more beautiful as there is water gushing through your path as you ascend.
Board the train at Hyderabad (8:40 pm)/ Begumpet (8:49 pm)/ Lingampally (9:12 pm). Reach the station on time. While you pack yours bags, also pack some energy and excitement for a good trek. Your guide will meet you at the station/ at your designated seats.
As the train reaches Pune railway station, make sure you complete all your morning routines so as to save time and not to miss the beautiful viewpoints from the window seat, as the route from Pune to Lonavala would be beautiful. We will reach Lonavala railway station by 10 AM and we will board the private bus hired exclusively for GoAdventure and then head to the base village of Rajmachi. On the way to the village, you will stop for breakfast. You can have the breakfast of your choice, which would be filled with some authentic flavours of Maharashtra. Then, after we reach the base village, the vehicle will be parked there and you will start your trek from here.
(Note: Leave your unnecessary stuff in the vehicle and only carry your trek essentials like quilts, pair of clothes, water bottles, energy bars etc. Don’t forget to wear your shoe.)
We will be assigned a trek leader, who will guide us by mentioning all the information regarding the place and trek. As you trek, you experience inner peace, and you can also experience the touch and connectivity of the basic elements of nature (Air, Water, Earth, Fire). As you go farther from the land and climb the mountains, you not only leave your footprints, but also leave your sorrows and continue trekking.
The first place you would reach is the Kondhana Caves. It is easy to trek here, where you reach the caves only in an hour with no difficulty. These Buddhist Caves can be reached by descending from Rajmachi village. The construction, architecture and the wooden pattern are remarkable and notable. From there, you can also find a water body ( River Ulhas) which is 500 mtrs from the caves and very refreshing. “You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there”. After spending some quality time, you will continue trekking until the dawn. Then, you will reach the village called Udhewadi, a small village at the higher altitudes, where we can stay for the night.
(Note: Common washrooms are provided)
We will have dinner at the village, which would be prepared by the locals. Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian thalis , both are available. Then we can play some games and rest ourselves.
Wakeup early, fresh up and start your day with full energy and positive vibes. Have a good chat with your fellow passengers. Have your breakfast of authentic Maharashtra flavours. The route would be filled with plenty of greenery. The beauty of the gorgeous waterfalls, the lush green landscape, hills and mountains covered green, everything makes the trek a great treat to the eyes. The height of the falls is around 115 ft. On the way, we will stop for lunch.This trek can be graded as an easy one as it is an hourly trek, where one can trek comfortably with full ease.
Upon reaching the falls, one can enjoy the adventurous experience of the Waterfall Rappelling activity, which would be filled with fun and can be thoroughly enjoyed by every trekker. This adventure gives you the feeling of the heavily gushed water drenching you, gushing over your head. This would continue with an immediate waterfall with the same pressure, that gives you immense joy and pleasure.
Note: Proper equipment will be provided for the waterfall rappelling activity.
The rappelling activity takes around 2-3 hrs, depending on the crowd. Then, will get into the vehicle and start the return journey. On the way to the railway station, we will stop for lunch, where you can taste the food of your choice. Then, reach the Lonavala Railway Station and board the train to Hyderabad. By this the great trip has come to an end, but also a start for the next.
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