About Ratangad Fort
“Ratan” means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. Geographically Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara lake in Ahmednagar district at a height of 4255 feet above sea level. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time.
A 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors, is at the base of this fort. Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Caves on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water cistems are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left; one can see Rani Mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Decend to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta Pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaja
Introduction and Event Summary:
Difficulty Level: Medium level
Endurance Level: High
Transport: Local public transport is available - usually shared jeep / trax from Kasara
Height of Fort: 4255 ft approx.
Base Village: Ratanwadi
Total time required for climbing: 3 hours one way
Total distance for climbing: 6 km approx.
Minimum participants required: 10
Maximum participants: 35
Assembly: Kasara railway station
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
Duration: 1 days 1 nights
Cost Rs 1400 per head Itinerary For Ratangad Trek - Board 22:50 Kasara slow local from Mumbai CST timing as below:
05:00 Reach Base Village Rest 06:15 Breakfast, Introduction, Orientation.
07:15 Start Trek to Ratangad Fort
10:30 Sumit Ratangad - Explore the Fort and Lunch
14:00 Start Decend
16:30 Reach base village
Reach Mumbai by 22:00 (subjective)
Transportation from Kasara – Ratangad - Kasara by local Transport
Meals - Breakfast, Lunch , Evening Tea
Equipment, Expertise, guides charges and TreksandTrails, India charges if any.
All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered. Insurance, tips, Porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks etc.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like road blocks, bad weather.
Travel from Mumbai to Kasara and back not included.
How To Register
For registration and confirmation transfer Rs. [masked] per person in the given a/c
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Account Holder Name: Mr. Rajesh Mhaddalkar
IFSC Code: SBIN[masked]
Once payment is done, please send an email to [masked] with Transaction ID, Participant Names, email ID, mobile phone number, emergency contact number.
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Rajesh Mhaddalkar [masked] / [masked] (Trek Leader)
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Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation
Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation