Rajmachi Sun Down Trek and Home Stay

Walking in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. We have kept the trekking itinerary limited to exploring simple experiences like easy paced hike, casual siting's of Flaura and Fauna; Chai with Sunset, stay in simple community sharing type home stay at Rajmachi Village with simple vegetarian village meals prepared by rural folks. spending a little time gazing at the sky with our back on the earth. 

Day 2 optional for those who wish to do a moderate climb Srivardhan fort to have a bird's eye view of the region. Post breakfast we will take a dip in the pond if feasible and consider safety norms. Post dip we pack up and board the local Sumo Vehicle that will drop us back at Lonavala. Biryani and Curd Raita Lunch at Lonavala, end of tour.

Dates: April 8th (Saturday) to 9th (Sunday), 2023.

Sunrise at Rajmachi

Location: Lonavala Region

Duration: Overnight

Altitude Variation during trek: 
1500 to 3000 feet above mean sea level.

Stay: Simple Home Stay (Community Stay at Village Home)

Trek Category Moderate

Camp Fee: 

Rs.2200/- per person.

WhatsApp: 9619182010 (For bookings)


Trek Management and Mountain Guide, General First Aid Kit
Simple Meals: 
Day 1
Evening Chai/Biscuits; Village Veg Thali
Day 2
Village Breakfast, Lunch at Lonavala

Rickshaw Fare: Lonavala (Fixed Meeting Point to Tungarli Dam) on Day 1;
Rajmachi to Lonavala Sumo Ride on Day 2 (8 persons in a sumo).
Forest Entry Tolls 

Any custom menu item ordered; beverages; bottled water; extra meals (cost to be directly born by person ordering)
Any other travel expenses (Train tickets, private cabs, parking etc)
Any kind of insurance; paid medical assistance etc.
Any kind of expenses that is not included is excluded
Resources not utilized will not be refunded.


Trek Start time:
Meeting place and time
35/2, Divya Hill Top Cottages, Nagar Gaon, Lonavala
Reporting time: 3:00 pm
We will start from Divya Hilltop Cottages at 3:30 pm
Trek from Tungarli Dam Starts at 4:15 pm
Expected to reach Rajmachi village by 8:30 / 9:00 pm
Dinner 9:30/10:00 pm
Sky watch 11:00 00 pm

Day 2
6:00 am - Srivardhan Trek
8:00 am - Breakfast at Rajmachi Village
9:00 am - Dip in the Village Pond (Optional)
11:00 am - Start back from Rajmachi to Lonavala
Offroad Sumo Ride
Lunch at Lonavala 
(End of Tour post lunch)

Art work at one of the local home stays

Local Pond

Srivardhan Fort Summit

Bookings and Payments 

What to Carry? 

Water Bottles for Trek
Munching Snack and Fruits/Dry Fruits
Flash Light (do not plan on using mobile phone as flash light)
Power Bank and charging cable
1 Set of Change Clothes and 1 Extra T-Shirt (Full Sleeves)
Shorts/Swimming Trunks for Swim and towel
Personal Medical Kit and toiletries 
Own Waste Paper Bag
All items properly packed in Backpack
Good plastic bag to carry back wet clothes
Camping Mat and thin bedsheet, Tiny Ultralite travel pillow

More about Rajmachi

Best Seasons for camping: November to March
Trekking season round the year.

Place to Start Trek: Lonavala (from Tungarli Lake) or Kondivita Village (Near Karjat) or Fanasgaon if your have Jeep with you.

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. Best way to do a Rajmachi trek is 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.

Evening take a Dip in a Pond located at walkable distance from Village, the trail to pond leads to a cool patch of greenery.

You can cover to twin forts near base village 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 Manoranjan can also be considered as two separate forts. There is one small plateau in between them. The temple of 'Bhairoba' is very beautiful. Shrivardhan is 'Bale Killa' of Rajmachi. It is almost 3000 feet high. But it was mainly built to keep watch on Konkan area. The other - Manoranjan 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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