A fort that served as a home to the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji lies safely tucked in Pune district of Maharashtra. Rajgad Fort was home to the warrior king for almost twenty-six long years. It was a witness to several historic events including the birth of Chhatrapati Sivaji’s son who was named Rajaram Chhatrapati. Today it is considered to be one of the most important forts in all of Maharashtra.
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The Rajgad fort can be translated as the “fort of the rulers” and was previously known as Murumdev. The name Murumdev is said to be derived from Murumbadevi Dongar or Mountain of the Goddess Murumba upon which it is situated. The fort is located in what was the capital city of the great Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is believed to have been one of the earliest forts that were captured by him. After capturing it from Aadilshaha, he renovated and fortified it. An important fort in terms of its strategic value, thirty-seven miles to the south-west from Pune, the fort is a mere 15 km away from the towering Sahyadris. The fort by itself holds an area which is approximately 40 km in diameter.
Palaces, water cisterns, and caves are some of the architectural ruins that have been discovered within the fort premises. Apart from its historical value, Rajgad Fort is a much sought after destination for both tourists and trekkers. During the monsoons, the view of the fort and its charm in the foggy clouds gives it a touch of imaginative surrealism. Tourists need to remember that the fort is enormous (40 km diameter) and cannot be covered in a single. Which is why most people who are interested in sightseeing preferred to stay overnight. Padmavati temple in the Rajgat fort premises is large enough to accommodate up to fifty people at a time. For those who like souvenirs; men, women, and children from villages at the mountain foothills gather around the fort to sell local antiques and related items of significance. Whether you are going as a hiker or a tourist, the following places are not to be missed Padmavati Machi, Suvela Machi, Balekilla, Sanjeevani Machi and Nedhe. These are the four regions into which the fort is divided. If you miss one of these places, consider the Rajgad trip incomplete.