Perched on what is essentially a large rock, at a height of 2,700 ft above sea level, the Raigad Fort, in Mahad, is a formidable structure. While exploring the fort is intriguing, the experience of getting to it is also quite thrilling. One needs to climb 1,737 steps to reach this hill fort, which is surrounded by lush greenery and picturesque views. To get a sweeping view of the area, you can take the Raigad ropeway that takes about 10 minutes to reach the fort. For those with an adventurous side, trekking is the best option.


Since Raigad used to be the capital of the Marathas under the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the fort is a treasure trove of historical riches and one can almost feel its former grandeur being reflected in the beautiful ruins. It is said that Shivaji's Shiv Raajabhishek or coronation ceremony took place at Raigad, which later became his resting place as well. The primary feature of the fort is a towering structure that is flanked by watchtowers. One can also spot the queen’s quarters and Nagarkhana darwaza. It also has a huge ground that is believed to have been a venue for Holi celebrations in its heydays.

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