Wanna go beyond the beaches of Goa? Trek the trails of Rajmachi Fort amid the rugged Western Ghats!

If you aren't a fan or arduous treks, then you can explore the alluring places around Rajmachi, which offer a panoramic view of nature.

If you are a history buff who loves to go backpacking on muddy routes, camping and trekking at Rajmachi Fort cannot be missed out on! Strategically situated overlooking Borghat- a traditional trading route, Rajmachi Fort is surrounded by cascading waterfalls and lush greenery. Only 6 hours by road from Goa, this offbeat destination is the perfect way to unwind your mind amid nature's lap.

A mystic medley of history and nature

Located in the hills of theSahyadri Mountains (Western Ghats), Rajmachi Fort consists of twin fortresses - Shriwardhan and Manaranjan, surrounded by a wide machi (plateau). This historical fort dates back to the time of the great Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shivaji and bears a connection with the First Anglo-Maratha War. The trek to Rajmachi Fort begins with Udhewadi, a hamlet of 60 households, located at the southern foot of Manaranjan, as the base camp.

This trek is perfect for travellers to indulge in photography, observe untouched wildlife and bird-watching. The trekking trail of almost 14 km takes about 4-5 hours to complete and is dotted by waterfalls, deep gorges and valleys, quaint villages, waterways and much more to feast your eyes on. While you can make the return journey on the same day, it is recommended that you pitch a tent to camp outside the Kondana Caves and relax under a moon-lit sky!

If you aren't a fan or arduous treks, then you can explore the alluring places around Rajmachi which offer a panoramic view of nature. You can visit Valvan Lake to witness the visual delight of abundant majestic waterfalls. The picturesque garden of Ryewood Park is home to several rare and ancient trees is a place you can visit to quench your botanical curiosities.

How to reach?

Rajmachi Fort is located in the middle of the Mumbai- Pune highway and is connected by road and rail network with the major cities of India. The nearest airport is in Mumbai from where you will have to plan a road journey to Rajmachi. However, if you wish to save time and the hassle of baggage checks, then you can travel by road directly from Goa and reach your destination in approximately 6 hours.

Knock Knock

While Goa is the epitome of nature's beauty, it is necessary to go on trips away from home to immerse yourself in the holiday mood. So cleanse your inner aura with the cool breezy weather, sans monsoon mosquitos, in the Western Ghats with a trip to Rajmachi. Also, don't forget to carry a pair of binoculars if you want to enjoy the view of distant landscapes!

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