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The Rajmachi - Lonavala 40+ Challenge

Event Date: December 12th, 2020

Invitation to all #Natureknights Veterans and their friends….
You are invited to a 40+ challenge trek…
Route Lonavala (Divya Hilltop Cottage - Tungarli Dam - Shrivardhan Fort - Manoranjan Fort - Rajmachi Village - Lonavala Trek in a day).
Trek will start at 7:30 am from Divya Hilltop Cottage, Nagar Gaon (Lonavala) / Lonavala Station
We will carry packed breakfast and 2 liters water, and a few munchies with us.
Water will be replenished at Fanasgaon
Contributions per head Rs.750/- pp

(Those who only wish to do the two Rajmachi forts, not the entire trek, have to contribute approximately Rs.500/- per person extra for offroad transport).

Will include
Packed breakfast, replenished water /snack, village lunch, one local resource person, transport for replenished water, evening tea biscuit, the basic group first aid kit, and a Souvenir Certificate…
December 12th night dinner pot party will be at actual cost...

More about Rajmachi

Location: Lonavala Region

Trek Category Moderate to Tough


What to Carry? 
Water Bottles for Trek
Munching Snack and Fruits/Dry Fruits
Flash Lights
1 Set of Change Clothes and 1 Extra T-Shirt (Full Sleeves)
Personal Medical Kit
All items properly packed in Backpack

More about Rajmachi
Best Seasons for camping: November to March

Things to do: Trek, Fort to be explored, Camping, Pond for a swim, Good place for Bird watching, and Butterflies during winter.

Rajmachi is the name given to the twin hill forts located around 18 kilometers from Lonavala, the twin forts are called 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manaranjan'.

Rajmachi can be accessed either from Lonavala or Karjat (Base Village Kondivita). The approach from Lonavala is longer but easier; from Karjat side it a little steep. The best way to do a Rajmachi trek is to start from Lonavala (Near Tungarli Dam) very early in the morning. An easy trek would take you till base village around Lunch time, stay over at the base village near the twin peaks 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manranjan', few simple village dormitory/ lodges available for stay would be happy to provide you with simple village food for a fee.

You can cover to twin forts near the base village the next day early morning. After early Lunch, you can start your trek towards Karjat. You can get Rickshaws/ ST Bus from some distance at Kondivita Village.

More about Rajmachi

Shrivardhan and Manaranjan can also be considered as two separate forts. There is one small plateau in between them. A temple of 'Bhairoba' is very beautiful. Shrivardhan is the 'Bale killa' of Rajmachi. It is almost 3000 feet high. But it was mainly built to keep watch on the Konkan area. The other - Manaranjan is 2700 feet high. Manaranjan consists of strong walls, 3 doors, and many water tanks. One can see Ulhas river, Dukes Nose (Nagphani), Karnala, Matheran, Mahuli and Bhimashankar, etc. The old caves of 'Kondhavi' on Rajmachi fort are worth to see. The way to the fort is long but truly with a good view. One can enjoy a nice forest, Tungarli lake, and many waterfalls as well.

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