The trek begins at a village called Gunjavane, which lies at the base of Rajgad. You can reach this village by using public transport—an MSRTC bus from Swargate (main bus stand in Pune) can drop you here. From here, the ascend begins. Within 2-3 hours you can reach Padmavati machi. In Marathi, machi is a flat portion on the top of a hill. Such plateaus are often fortified with walls and are strategic points from defense point of view. There’s also a temple at this machi. The fort of Rajgad is divided into four parts: Padmavati machi, Suvela machi, Sanjeevani machi, and Balekilla. Among these, Suvela machi flanks toward east, whereas Sanjeevani machi extends toward west. Balekilla, being the central part of the fort, stands on a rocky hill at the center. It is this unique geography that made Shivaji Maharaj choose this fort as his capital. Walking across all parts of the fort is likely to consume the entire day. I would strongly recommend visiting Balekilla and watch the ruins of the palace and marketplace. After exploring the fort, you can head back to Padmavati machi and retire for the day. The local villagers can provide you food and shelter. If you are pressed with time, you can skip Balekilla and head straight to Sanjeevani machi. The way to Torna goes from there.
Rajgad fort is etched in to every Shivaji maharaj Followers and admirers. And yes I am proudly among them.First freedom struggle also known as Swarajya - Self rule. So lets talk about this fort. As i have visited this Fort Twice in Rainy as well as Summer. So Lets trekking Began. The fort is a significant tourist destination and is most sought after especially during monsoon. Visitors prefer to stay overnight on the fort considering the fort itself is huge and cannot be explored in a single day. The Padmavati temple on the fort can accommodate around 50 people. Water tanks provide fresh water all throughout the year
Aah.. Bliss! Something you cant explain in words. You have to experience it yourself!