Adventure Club Pune invites you to Ratangad Fort Trek, Ratangad fort has an excellent cave on the top big enough to accommodate about 30-40 people at a time. Apart from this big cave, there are several small caves too. Very few forts have as a geological feature called Nedha or needle hole which means a natural hole in the mountain where you can actually sit in and enjoy the high-speed wind. Amruteshwar temple which is located at the base of Ratangad fort in the Ratanwadi is one of the old hemadpanthi temples with fascinating stone carvings. Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed a jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. Geographically Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara lake in the Ahmednagar district at a height of 4255 feet above sea level. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time. A 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of the high-class architecture of our ancestors, is at the base of this fort. Ratangad has still the remains of the fortress with bastions and stone walls. Caves on the top are cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water systems are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as a water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left; one can see Rani Mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This site has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in the rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by the wind. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Descend to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta Pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaja.
Type: Hill Fort Height: 4255 ft. Grade: Medium Endurance: Medium Region: Igatpuri.
Difficulty level: Medium ( Every Weekend Batch Available)
Endurance level: High
Assembly Point for Participants from Pune: Shivaji Nagar Pune (At 11 PM. ). Assembly Point for Participants from Mumbai: Kasara Station (Assembly time 3 AM).
For Pune: Departure at 11:00 pm. from Pune
For Mumbai: Participants from Mumbai will depart from Kasara Railway Station at 3 am..( Kasara to Base village is 3hrs journey By Private Vehicle sumo - 10 seater) Catch fast train from CSTM to Kasara around 11 pm. Meet our leaders at the ticket counter of Kasara railway station. After roll count, proceed by private transportation towards the small base village of Ratanwadi.
Reach the Base Village by Early Morning. Participants from Mumbai will reach early and will have rest till morning.. Breakfast
Start the Trek by 05 am.& Reach the top by 9:30 am.
Enjoy the view of the surrounding & descend back to the base by 3:30 pm.
Start the return Journey towards Pune/Kasara Railway Station by 4:30 pm.
Reach Pune by 9:00 pm.
Inclusions: All traveling by Private transport from Pune Tea/Breakfast,1 Lunch Expertise and first aid kit.
Exclusions: Cold drinks, mineral water, fast food articles, biscuits etc. Anything not included in the what's included list.
Pay attention to the tour leaders or instructors in order to enjoy a safe and sound experience.
Do not consume alcohol or any other intoxicants during the tour.
Avoid roaming during the night.
Carry basic medications and a first-aid kit during the tour.
Luggage packed in big good trekking sack, all luggage packed in a plastic bag.
Complete spare set of extra clothes & socks
Water bottle (at least 3 ltr) compulsory
Electral/ Glucon-d energizers and personal Medicine.
A sweater/warm wear/rainwear.
Good trekking/sports shoes (sandals, chappals, floaters not permitted).
Torch with Extra pair of Batteries (must)
Camera, Binocular (Optional)
Identity proof (must).
If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of the booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and in such cases, the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same. The trek needs a minimum of 9 bookings for each event, if bookings are less than 9 then we can cancel the event and those who have paid the fees will get the refund within 2-3 days.
Map & Directions
Map & Directions
Ratangad ( Outside Mumbai )
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