We again started with a good speed and soon reached a last village- UDHEWADI village. This was a small village and they provide rooms to those who want stay overnight there. We had snacks from there and now it was only half hour route to fort from there. Now the way to fort was at the last stage, the way now was OK to walk and finally we reached the fort entrance at 12:30. Now we climbed the stairs and reached to a point from where fort was only 200 mts, but it was the most dangerous way. If one lost concentration or grip he will fall into the valley. It was raining heavily , the speed of wind was very high and fog was all over there. So, we slowly started to walk on that way and at one point one of our friend got lost. There was no phone signal and it was so foggy that we can’t see him. It was the most fearful moment for me in my life, we were shouting “Arjun…Arjun” and there was no response. Two of my male friends went to top to find him but he was no-where. We all were numb at that moment that what should we do now????
Then, we suddenly out of nowhere the phone bell rings (mobile signal came) and he went on some other way and we went to other. That is the most important thing one has too keep in mind that never go alone, it is very difficult to find if someone get lost.
(RAJMACHI consist of two forts: 1)Shriwardhan Ballekilla and 2) Manaranjan Balekilla)
**If you have to visit both, you have make an arrangement to stay up there.
Then we all tighter went on the top and the weather was so pleasant and it was raining continuously and the view was very beautiful. We stayed there for 30-45 mins and then started our journey back to kondivade village. We were so happy that OK now we can go down easily, but that was our misconception. The downward journey was more difficult. We stared around 2-2:30 pm and thought to reach the village by 5pm. But it was 7pm when we reached the village, this time we encountered 6 high speed running water streams in which one of friend was just about to flow (never break the chain when the water flow is high). During return we even lost our way in between, we were no where but in-between a hill. After so many assumptions we took one difficult way to go down slowly and that’s why we got late because form the we went up was not the same when came down. While coming back KONDANA Caves came in-between but we were so tired to go there, therefore we decided to skip it.
*If one has time for two days it is better to stay up there for one night because what we did was very adventurous. Going for such a long trek and coming back on the same day. One more thing is that the way to Rajmachi fort is very adventurous from KARJAT but there is one more way from LONAVALA which is plain and you can walk 15 km straight to go Rajmachi. The #choice is yours.
BE A RAJMACHI TREKER! IT FEELS GREAT.