6th Mar 21 => 7th Mar 21
Rajgad, formerly known as Murumdevs is one of the best-preserved forts in Maharastra and served as an early capital of the Maratha Empire for 26 years. I went on a night trek starting from the base of the fort towards the Palli gate. We reached there around 2:30 and then set up tents. There was supposed to be a sleeping break but 4 of us went on to trek towards the “Balekilla” (upper fort) and other parts till 4:30 am. Which was followed by a group hike to Sanjivani Machee to witness the sunrise. After that glorious encounter, we began a sleep-deprived and exhausted descent.
13th Mar 21 => 14th Mar 21
Harishchandragad named after king Harishchandra was built during Kalachuri dynasty, who soon lost their territory to
the Chalukyas of Vatapi.This fort also
features the 6th highest peak Taramati (named after the wife of King Harishchandra) in Maharashtra state
with height of 1,431m. There are references to this fort in Puranas and has a spiritual significance in Vaishnavism.
We left for the fort from Pune around 7:30 pm and reached the base at 3:30 am. After having night snacks, we started the ascend and reached the Taramati peak around 5:45 am. The ascent was non monotonous covering steep cliffs, forest paths, and plane ground. It became slightly challenging near the end but the view from the top was worth the trouble. We waited for the sunrise and then headed towards the Konkan Kada and nearby temples. Had breakfast at the fort and started our descent.