Overview

Ratangad Fort, located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India, is a popular trekking destination known for its scenic beauty and historical significance. Here's some information to help you plan your trek:

  1. Location: Ratangad Fort is situated near the village of Ratanwadi in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, approximately 180 kilometers from Mumbai and 240 kilometers from Pune.

  2. Difficulty: The trek to Ratangad Fort is considered moderate in difficulty. It usually takes around 3-4 hours to reach the top, depending on your pace and fitness level. The trek involves ascending rocky terrain and traversing through dense forests. The elevation of Ratangad Fort is approximately 1,297 meters (4,255 feet) above sea level.

  3. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Ratangad Fort is during the monsoon season (June to September) when the surroundings are lush green and the weather is pleasant. However, the fort can also be visited during other seasons, but the trekking experience may vary.

  4. Attractions:

    • Ratangad Fort: The main attraction is, of course, the fort itself, which offers panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountain range and the surrounding valleys.
    • Amruteshwar Temple: Situated at the base of the fort, this ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is worth visiting.
    • Nedhe (Needle) or Eye of the Needle: A natural hole in the mountain, also known as Nedhe, offers breathtaking views and is a favorite spot for trekkers.
  5. Trekking Route: The trek to Ratangad Fort usually starts from Ratanwadi village. The route passes through lush greenery, dense forests, and rocky terrain. There are multiple routes to reach the fort, and the most commonly used one is via the Trimbak Darwaza (gate). From there, trekkers ascend to the fort's plateau.

  6. Safety Tips:

    • Carry sufficient water and snacks as there are limited refreshment options along the way.
    • Wear appropriate trekking shoes and clothing.
    • It's advisable to trek with a group or with an experienced guide, especially if you're unfamiliar with the route.
    • Be mindful of your surroundings and avoid littering.

Remember to respect the environment and local culture while trekking. Enjoy your adventure to Ratangad Fort!

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Highlights
  • Historic fort with an elevation OF 4255 feet
  • Amruteshwar Temple
  • Bhandardara Lake
  • Mesmerizing cliff Edge

About Trek

  • Location : Ratanwadi, Maharashtra
  • Elevation : 1296m (4255ft)
  • Fort Type : Hill Fort 
  • Trek Distance : 6 km approx 
  • Trek level : Moderate
  • Trek Duration : 3 hrs one way
  • Endurance : Medium to High
Itinerary
DAY - 1 Pune
DAY - 2
  • 04:00 AM : Reach at base village & freshen up.
  • 05:00 AM : Have Morning Breakfast & then we'll start the trek.
  • 09.00 AM : Reach the top and explore the Fort.
  • 11:00 PM : Start descending towards to the Base. 
  • 01.00 PM : Return to the base village. 
  • 01.30 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food. 
  • 02.00 PM : Start return Journey after Lunch. 
  • 09.00 PM : Reach back to Pune & bid farewell to all amazing souls with beautiful memories.

Note - 1-2hrs buffer time is possible depending on the speed of trekkers, traffic on the road & other unavoidable circumstances during the trip.

Packages
  • Pune to Pune :- 1,399/- 
  • Mumbai to Mumbai :- 1499/-
  •  Base to Base :- 699/-
Dates and Rates
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Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune Travel by Non-AC bus
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Lunch (Unlimited)
  • Basic First Aid (if required)
  • Trek leader expertise
  • Forest entry charges
  • Our Badge

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the inclusion of this package.
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption. 
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, accidents etc. 
  • Any Medical/Emergency evacuations if required. 
  • Any kind of Insurance is not included.
Things To Carry

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.

How To Book
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  • Step 2 : Select your departure date from the calendar and proceed.
  • Step 3 : Select your ticket type & no. of participants. (At this step you can use the coupon code if you have any)
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  • Step 5 : Tap on review & Payment to select your payment type (UPI, Debit Card, Credit Card, Net Banking) and proceed.
  • Step 6 : Once your tickets are booked, you will receive confirmation mail. WhatsApp us the booking ID details on  8799856476 & fill the google registration form.  

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  • Step 1 : Make Payment on PhonePay/Google Pay   8799856476 (Maharashtra Gadkille)
  • Step 2 : Send a screenshot of the payment on WhatsApp number  8799856476 for confirmation.
  • Step 3 : Fill the registration form for the final booking procedure.
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Terms and Condition
  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy and please fill the registration form to confirm your seats, names & age with the team.
  • Do note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please note that the advance amount paid would not not refunded in any case, except if the trek/tour departure is cancelled by us. Do check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations.
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.) 
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup & lead details would be shared in the group. 
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability of the locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who are looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences. 
  • Your payment implies that you have read & complied with all our terms and conditions.
FAQs
  • Are washrooms available on the trek?

Washrooms are available at the base village only. No facility is available during the trek.  

  • Is this trek safe for girls?

This trek is completely safe for girls And have separate changing rooms.

  • What about extra baggage?

You can safely keep your extra bags in bus

  • Are changing rooms available?

Changing rooms and washrooms are available at the base village

  • What are the pickup points?

Pick up is available if your location comes in between our route for this you have to contact us before.

  • What is the type of bus?

The bus is NON/AC Tempo Traveler with decent seating comfort.

  • What is the best time to visit Ratangad Fort?

The best time to visit Ratangad Fort is during the monsoon season (June to September) and the winter season (October to February). The monsoon season offers lush greenery and beautiful waterfalls, while the winter season provides pleasant trekking weather.

  • Is the Ratangad trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Ratangad trek is moderately challenging and can be undertaken by beginners with basic fitness levels. However, it is advisable for first-time trekkers to go with an experienced join  experienced organized trekking group.

  • What is the distance and duration of the Ratangad trek?

The trek to Ratangad Fort is approximately 6 km one way, making it a 12 km round trip. The trek usually takes around 3-4 hours to ascend and 2-3 hours to descend, depending on the fitness level of the trekkers.

  • Is Ratangad Fort Easy or Difficult to Trek?

Ratangad Fort is a moderately difficult trek and is considered one of the best one-day treks in Maharashtra. It is safe for groups, solo travelers, and female trekkers. Popular treks around Ratangad include Harishchandragad, AMK (Alang, Madan, Kulang), Kalsubai, Sandhan Valley, and Bhandardara.

  • What are the Main Attractions at Ratangad?

The main attractions at Ratangad include the Amruteshwar Temple, an ancient and beautifully carved temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is well worth exploring. Additionally, the fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding Sahyadri mountain range and the Bhandardara Lake, making it a visually stunning destination.

  • What is Ratangad Famous For?

Ratangad is a renowned trekking destination in Maharashtra and a popular tourist spot near Bhandardara. Situated at an elevation of 4250 feet, Ratangad Fort is a 400-year-old fort historically used by the Maratha warrior Shivaji Maharaj. The fort features four gates named Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan, and Trimbak, adding to its historical and architectural significance.

  • Which District is Ratangad Fort In?

Ratangad Fort is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is situated at Ratanwadi village, approximately 6 km from Ratanwadi, 23 km from Bhandardara, 183 km from Pune, and 197 km from Mumbai.

  • Why is Ratangad Called the Jewel of Sahyadri?

Ratangad is called the "Jewel of Sahyadri" because of its stunning natural beauty and rich historical significance. After the monsoon season, in November, the fort is covered with beautiful flowers, creating a picturesque landscape. The name "Ratangad" is derived from the word "Ratan," meaning jewel or gem, reflecting its esteemed status in the Sahyadri mountain range.

  • How to Long Ratangad  from Pune?

 The distance is about 200 kilometers, and it typically takes around 4-5 hours, depending on traffic and the route you select.

Ratangad Fort Trek Blog

Exploring Ratangad Fort and Amruteshwar Temple: A Trekker’s Delight

Imagine starting your adventure under the starlit sky, the promise of history and nature unfolding with every step. Join us on an exhilarating trek to Ratangad Fort, paired with a serene visit to the ancient Amruteshwar Temple. With a convenient 9:30 PM pickup from Pune near Shivajinagar, this journey offers a perfect blend of adventure, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Our journey begins as we gather near Shivajinagar at 9:30 PM, ready to embark on an overnight drive to the base village. The excitement of the night and the camaraderie of fellow trekkers set the tone for an unforgettable experience. As we traverse through the quiet roads, the anticipation of exploring the historical Ratangad Fort keeps our spirits high.

We arrive at the base village early in the morning, greeted by the fresh, crisp air of the countryside. A hearty breakfast awaits us, providing the necessary energy for the day's trek. The warm meal and the breathtaking morning view prepare us for the adventure ahead.

Our trek begins as the sun starts to rise, casting a golden hue over the landscape. The trail to Ratangad Fort is a moderately challenging one, suitable for both novice and experienced trekkers. As we ascend, the panoramic views of the Sahyadri ranges unfold, each step bringing us closer to the fort that stands as a testament to history and resilience.

Ratangad Fort, with its rich history and strategic significance, offers a captivating glimpse into the past. As we explore the fort, the ancient walls and the natural beauty surrounding it leave us in awe. The fort's location provides stunning views of the Bhandardara backwaters and the lush greenery, making the climb worthwhile.

After the fort exploration, we descend back to the base village where a delicious lunch awaits. The local flavors and the satisfaction of the trek make for a perfect meal. This break also allows us to relax and share our experiences, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Post-lunch, we head towards the Amruteshwar Temple, a short drive from the base village. This ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is an architectural marvel. The intricate carvings and the serene atmosphere provide a spiritual end to our adventurous day. The temple's historical significance and its tranquil surroundings offer a perfect contrast to the morning's trek.

As the day comes to a close, we start our journey back to Pune. The return trip is filled with reflections of the day's experiences, the new friendships formed, and the anticipation of sharing our adventure tales. We reach Pune by night, carrying with us the essence of Ratangad Fort and Amruteshwar Temple.

This trip is more than just a trek; it’s a journey through time, nature, and spirituality. The combination of Ratangad Fort’s historical grandeur and Amruteshwar Temple’s serene beauty makes for an enriching experience. So, lace up your trekking shoes, pack your essentials, and get ready for an adventure that promises to be both challenging and soul-soothing.