Rajmachi

Camping in Rajmachi

Experiences

An experience of Camping in Wilderness and Countryside, Exploring Rustic Countryside and Remote Rural village life in Maharashtra, Exploring twin Ancient forts of Rajmachi, Climbing Hills, Swimming in Small Lake (only allowed with life jackets),  Village Life..





Welcome dip in pound at Rajmachi


Location Lonavala Region

Duration 2 Days and 1 Night

Stay Tents or Home Stay / Village Dormitory

Trek Category Easy to Moderate

Best Season October to March



Camp Fee: 

Minimum 6 to 8 persons @3300/- per head (1 Off-road Vehicle; 1 Guide; 1 Tent with upto 8 beds)


Minimum 10 to 15 persons @3150/- per head.; (2 Off-road Vehicle; 1 Guide; 2 Tent with upto 8 beds per tent)


Minimum 17 persons to 21 persons @3000/- per head.;  (3 Offroad Vehicle; 2 Guides; 3 Tent with upto 8 beds per tent)

No AC Bus (Mumbai or Pune to Lonavala for 2 days)

16 Seated - Rs.16,000/- + Road Tolls
27 Seated - Rs. 20,000/- + Road Tolls


Camp Fee Includes
Trek Guide as per options above.
Tents with attached Washroom 
2 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 2 Evening Tea, 1 Breakfast
Treks to local forts
Offbeat Mandala Expertise and Management Charges

Optional Inclusions (for extra cost as mentioned above)
Bus Mumbai to Lonavala (2 Days)


Wild Chefs


Proposed Plan

Day 1
Ex. Pune / Mumbai - 6am.
08:30 am Reporting time at Lonavala 
09:00 hrs to 10:00 hrs - Off Road ride Lonavala to Rajmachi Village or Phanasgaon (during monsoon).
or Trek..
13:30 hrs - Rest at village home and lunch
15:00 hrs - Pitching Campsite
16:30 hrs - Dip in the Pond or Explore Manoranjan Fort
18:30 hrs - Campfire if weather permits.
19:30 hrs - Dinner at campsite or village home
Hit the sack at your convenience



Day 2

Trek and exploring fort 2 
Breakfast
Exploring Nature or Village.
Early Lunch at village
Off road ride from village to Lonavala or return trek. (Return trek 4 hours)
16:30 hrs Start Lonavala for Mumbai
20:30 hrs reach Mumbai


Campsite in Wilderness during trek to Rajmachi

What to Carry? 
Water Bottles for Trek
Munching Snack and Fruits/Dry Fruits
Flash Lights
1 Set of Change Clothes and 1 Extra T-Shirt (Full Sleeves)
Shorts/Swimming Trunks for Swim
Personal Medical Kit
Sleeping Bag or Two thin Bedsheet or One Mat and One Bedsheet
Air Pillow
Towel, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Pocket Mirror, Small Plate, Spoon, and One Small Steel / Plastic Coffee Mug.
Own Waste Paper Bag
All items properly packed in Backpack



Things to do: Trek, Fort to be explored, Camping, Pond for a swim, Good place for Bird watching and Butterflies during winter.


About the place:

Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri (Western Ghats) in India. The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts, namely Shrivardhan (3200 feet above sea level) and Manaranjan (2700 feet above sea level). Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking destination. It is a very famous fort located near two famous hills of Maharashtra, Lonavala and Khanadala. Its located around 18 km from Lonavala.

There is one small platue in between them. A temple of 'Bhairoba' is very beautiful. Shrivardhan is 'Bale killa' of Rajmachi, these forest were built to keep watch on Konkan area. The other - Manaranjan consists of strong walls, 3 doors and many water tanks. One can see Ulhas river, Dukes Nose (Nagphani), Karnala ,Matheran, Mahuli and Bhimashankar etc. The old caves of 'Kondhavi' on Rajmachi fort are worth to see. The way to fort is long but truly with a good view. One can enjoy a nice forest, Tungarli lake and many waterfalls as well.


Rajmachi can be accessed either from Lonavala or Karjat (Base Village Kondivita). The approach from Lonavala is longer but easier; from Karjat side it a little steep. Best way to do a Rajmachi trek is start from Lonavala (Near Tungarli Dam) very early in the morning. An easy trek would take you till base village around Lunch time, stay over at the base village near the twin peaks 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manranjan', few simple village dormitory/ lodges available for stay would be happy to provide you with simple village food for a fee or camping in wilderness.

Evening take a Dip in a Pond located at walk able distance from Village, the trail to pond leads to a cool patch of greenery.

(Note: while taking a dip in pond or lake at remote locations take extremely precaution; do not venture out beyond shallow water without your personal life jackets and do not go out for a swim alone).


After early Lunch you can start your trek towards Karjat. You can get Rickshaws/ ST Bus from some distance at Kondivita Village.
Village Kitchen at Rajmachi



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