About the Place: Rajgad / Torna
- Height: 4182 ft / 4200 ft
- Grade: Medium/Medium
- Time: ~ 2 / 3 hrs from base
- Base Village Gunjavane / Velhe
- Location: Pune
RAJGAD – The name describes the place itself. The King of all the forts.
It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla.
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently.
Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall.
Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
TORNA:- The fort is also known as Prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.
Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.
Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.
Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.
Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.
Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.
|MEETING POINT||~ Pune Railway Station|
|DEPARTURE TIME||~ 5 a.m. on 4th November’17|
|RETURN TIME||~ 5 p.m. on 5th Novmeber’17|
|THINGS TO CARRY||– A Water Bottle (~2-3 Ltrs)
– Lunch for Day 1
– Torch with extra batteries.
– Bedding (bedsheet or shawl)
– Camera, Cell Phone, Cap(Optional)
– Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
– A haversack to put all these things.
– Extra Pair of clothes(optional)
Please Avoid Carrying Valuables & Ornaments
– Mumbai People can join us at CST at 11PM on 3rd Nov’17.
– Proceed to Gunjavne from Pune.
– Reach base village by 8am, Breakfast.
– Reach the top by 11am.
– Visit Suvela Machi and Balekilla till 1PM.
– Head towards Sanjivani Machi for Lunch.
– Begin our way to Torna after lunch by 2PM.
– Reach Torna by 7PM.
– Dinner and rest in Toranjai Temple.
– Explore Torna Fort till 9am.
– Breakfast and began our descend by 10am.
– Reach base village velhe by 1pm.
– Mumbai people will be back by 8PM tentatively.
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