Trek to Rajmachi and Kondana Caves

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Photo of Kondane Caves, Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Way to Kondane Caves

Photo of Kondane Caves, Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Udhewadi village-- Starting Of the Trek

Photo of Udhewadi, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Kondane Caves- 200 BC

Photo of Kondane Caves, Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Kondane Caves

Photo of Kondane Caves, Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Kondane Caves

Photo of Kondane Caves, Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Climbing Up to Raajmaachi

Photo of Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda
Photo of Rajmachi Trek, Kondhane, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda

Since we didn't have enough time we decided to do this trek in one day. We reached Karjat by the night and stayed over at lodge for the night. We started our trek from the village called Udhewadi after having our morning breakfast of Poha & Bada Pav.

We first visited the Kondana caves which was a easy trek from the river plateau. Though its a heritage site from 200 BC era it was sad to see that its not at all maintainedAfter our brief visit at Kondana Caves we started upward and took the unknown routes since we didn't have any guides with us and it has started raining cats n dogs by then. But it couldn't kill our spirits and we just followed the foot trails There are lot of water falls and streams which overflow and have to be navigated properly in rainy season while trekking to the top.You can also see trains passing there is tunnel through which they appear and head to towards Pune. Clouded mountains....rain....and the jungle had its own charm while climbing this stiff terrain..We reached the Rajmachi village in 4 hours.

Places to see around Rajmaachi Village

1. Kal Bhirava temple is situated in the col between Shrivardhan and Manaranjan.2. There are two Fortresses on Rajmachi – the taller one in the east is Shrivardhan Fort and the other in the west is Manaranjan Fort

Note:

Udhewadi route might be difficult with no clear markings, forks, stream, waterfall and experienced trekker or guide will be helpful to enjoy this trek. I would advise an 2 day trek from Lonavala and descend via Karjat if you like to explore Rajmachi and nearby places. It is advisable to get along some who knows the way by this route there are lot of forks in the route. You can hire some from the village incase you need an guide.

Photo of Karjat, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda
Photo of Udhewadi, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda
Photo of Udhewadi, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda
Photo of Udhewadi, Maharashtra, India by Sushant Panda
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People planning on undertaking Rajmachi trek please don't forget to carry lots of water, at least 3-4 litres. We made that mistake and had to suffer along the way.
Tue 11 24 15, 08:30 · Reply · Report
Are the kondana caves on the way to the fort?
Tue 11 24 15, 04:19 · Reply · Report
Did the trek you took lead up to the rajmachi fort?
Mon 11 23 15, 00:17 · Reply · Report
Thanks for the post and for highlighting the trekking route. Planning a weekend trip to rajmachi end of this month and I hope it’s as beautiful as everyone makes it out to be.
Sun 11 22 15, 21:07 · Reply · Report
Make sure you have a lot of energy reserved to cover the rajmachi trek and visit to both forts. It’s take a lot out of you but is every bit worth it.
Sun 11 22 15, 15:26 · Reply · Report
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