Things to keep in mind for this trek
1. If you are travelling to Rajmachi from Pune, you will have to take the Pune-Khandala highway and reach the Udhewadi village. Do not get confused and head for the Rajmachi view point, which is all the way in Khandala. Ask for clear directions from Kajrat.
2. If you are too exhausted to come down to the basecamp, pitch a tent inside the Kondane Caves near the forts.
3. Trails from Kajrat are not clearly defined and during monsoons, the path gets muddy. It is highly recommended that you hire a guide from Kajrat to take you up to the fort.
4. Even though there are many waterfalls from where you can re-fill your bottle, it is better to carry enough drinking water, or water purifying tablets. Carry your own water bottles and leave behind no trash.
5. Monsoon means insects will come out to play. Carry mosquito repellents and leech guards to avoid unwanted creatures sticking to and biting you.
6. If you are opting for a homestay, let your hosts know what you'd like to eat. Villagers cook for their guests with a lot of love.
7. Travel responsibly. Do not leave any sort of garbage behind, and do not use plastic in any form.
8. Carry a pair of binoculars to enjoy the view from the top, or look at the detailing on the caves more carefully.
9. Raincoats are compulsory! You never know when it will start pouring.
10. Let the fireflies be. Do not capture them in a jar, or kill them.
11. To spot more fireflies, turn off all the lights at your campsite. You can point an L.E.D flashlight up in the sky. This gives them an impression that the light is emitted by one of their own.
12. Average temperature in the month of May and June remains at 33 degree Celsius, and the weather is quite humid. Pack your clothing accordingly. Read this article to know more about what to pack on a trek.