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Raigad Fort

One look at the surroundings and one can understand why Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj chose this fort as his capital. Surrounded by a ring of mountains deep in the Sahyadris, Raigad fort is built atop a mountain with sheer cliffs on all sides.

There are two ways to go up and down the fort – either up 1500 steps that could take between 45 mins and 2 hours, depending on your fitness, or by the Raigad Ropeway – run by a private firm from Pune.

Practical information

State
Maharashtra
District
Aurangabad
Top elevation
850 m
Base elevation
400 m
Coordinates
18°14' N, 73°26' E
Distance from Mumbai (BKC)
170 km
Distance from Pune
131 km

Local speak

“Even though we work as local guides in the fort, we are not given free access to the ropeway. We climb up and down the 1500 steps every day. Once on top, we draw chits each morning to decide the order in which the guides will get clients. During low season, we often get no clients and return empty handed.”

– Dilip, Local Guide

“Kokam juice has a lot of nutritional benefits. However these days tourists just want aerated drinks in plastic bottles which end up in all corners of the fort and down the valley.”

– Juice seller on the top of the fort

1 – Ropeway Start Point (parking available)

2 – Climb Start Point (parking available)

3 – Living Quarters of Shivaji’s queens

4 – Central part of the fort – throne, court and living chambers of Shivaji

5 – Water reservoir

6 – Holi ground

7 – Bazarpeth

8 – Takmak Tok (execution point)

9 – Maha Darwaza (the main entrance of the fort)

10 – Jagmandir Temple

11 – Chhatrapati Shivaji’s Samadhi