Explore the legacy of Maratha Empire and witness their culture and history through the old remains of Raigad. Being the first capital of the Maratha Empire, it is a place of great importance in the history of the Marathas. If you are planning a quick weekend getaway to know the history, Raigad can be on the top of your list. This place was acquired by the great Chhatrapati Shivaji in the year 1656. The Samadhi (Tomb) of the Maratha ruler is still in Raigad Fort. Although the place is known for housing a number of forts that people like to visit, one fort that has gained more popularity is Raigad Fort.
We all know how important knowing the history of a place is. Raigad is still considered to be one among a few places that has the Maratha legacy intact. It is therefore an ideal destination for Historians and families who want their children to see what Maratha Kingdom was like and know more than just a little. Are you planning a family trip or a solo trip to Raigad?
Calculating the distance from Mumbai, the city is 112 kilometers away. The distance from Pune is less which is 54 kilometers approximately. Hence, people like to go on a road trip in their cars. The distance from Aurangabad is 270 kilometers approximately. The distance from Delhi is 1222 kilometers approximately. It is best travelled by train or flight if you are taking a journey from other parts of India but Maharashtra. Even weekend getaway may not possible if you are not around the city.
If you are planning for a two days trip to Raigad, with minimum expenditure, you can expect a sum of Rs 6000 to Rs 8000. The higher limit on the minimum amount is for the varying cost of items such as food, stay etc. The maximum amount can go up to any amount that you can afford. There are so many factors owing to which one cannot quote the exact budget. You must be ready with anything less than the quoted amount.
Things to do and see in Raigad
1. Raigad Fort
The most popular place to visit in Raigad is this fort. Apart from housing the tomb of Shivaji, the place also is also popular for film shows, the route and a museum. There are 1700 steps in total in case you wish to climb up. Alternatively, you can take the ropeway.
2. Diveagar Beach
You must be wondering what not this city has. Diveagar Beach has a stunning view of both white and grey sand. Due to the presence of this water body, there are several water activities that one can attempt. It has a coastline of 5 kilometers filled with palm trees that enhance the view. Whether you are on a solo trip or a family trip, you will love the place.
3. Jagadishwar temple
Did you know that Shivaji, the great Maratha ruler had been very religious by nature? He used to visit this temple daily only to find peace and tranquility. Since then, this temple has become a popular site among the locals as well as the tourists. People on family trips definitely visit this temple. The dome like shape on top of the temple makes this temple an eager destination.
4. Madhe Ghat Falls
Yes, Raigad is an amalgamation of everything; right from beach to temples to forts and now falls. The surrounding of these falls makes the spot even more gorgeous. The presence of river, hills and green vegetation is a sight that you can’t ignore.
5. Raj Bhavan
The administration of the Maratha Empire, especially during the time of Shivaji, took place in Raj Bhavan. People visit this bhavan to have a look and witness the life of the then ruler and the royal family. The wooden columns on four sides are brilliant. The construction is on two platforms and depicts both modern as well as ancient architecture and facility. When you visit this place, don’t miss out on grenades depot, Wagh Darwaja, Takmak Tok and Rameshwar Mandir.
Maharashtra is proud of how Raigad has still been able to maintain the art and culture of the state. Maratha Empire’s dignity is still alive.
How to Reach Raigad?
By road, you can get buses to Raigad from any city of Maharashtra especially from Mumbai, Pune, Mahabaleshwar and Kolhapur. If you are travelling from a different state, then the railway is the best mode of transport. You can take a train to Mumbai junction. From there, you can go to Dasgaon Railway station. From there, you take a local transport, taxi or bus and reach Raigad or continue with you train journey to Raigad.
There are people who like to travel only by air. For those, don’t worry! There is a flight from any part of the country to the nearest airport, Mumbai International Airport. The distance is only 72 kilometers from Raigad. From there, you can take a local transport.
Which is your favorite and exciting mode of travel? Road trip is still considered the best when it comes to travelling from Mumbai or Pune to Raigad. When it is an adventure trip with friends, there can’t be anything better than this.
Best Time to Visit Raigad
The best time to visit Raigad is during winter. The place becomes all the more beautiful and you can do everything listed above. During Monsoon, heavy rainfall makes it a little inconvenient for sightseeing but the greenery and waterfalls come to life. During summer, the temperature rises too high and makes your stay uncomfortable to every bit. It may be a solo trip, a family trip or a trip with friends, ensure you travel during winter, from November to February. Also, if you travel in winter, you have an opportunity to witness festivals that happen around this season.
Nearby Places to Raigad
Raigad is a place that promises silence and peace to the mind and soul. On the other hand, if you would want to have some spark, you can go to cities which are nearby. Mumbai and Pune are two cities that are beautiful and have a lot for you to try. When in Raigad, don’t miss out on the fun in these places.