Rajmachi

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Rajmachi
Udhewadi
village
Rajmachi Fort
Rajmachi Fort
Maharashtra locator map.svg
Rajmachi is located in Maharashtra
Rajmachi
Rajmachi
Rajmachi is located in India
Rajmachi
Rajmachi
Location in Maharashtra, India
Coordinates: 18°50′N 73°24′E / 18.83°N 73.40°E / 18.83; 73.40Coordinates: 18°50′N 73°24′E / 18.83°N 73.40°E / 18.83; 73.40
Country  India
State Maharashtra
District Pune
Talukas Maval
Languages
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Nearest city Lonavala
Lok Sabha constituency Lonavala

Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts, namely Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort. Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking destination.[1] It is a very famous fort located near two famous hills of Maharashtra, Lonavala and Khanadala.[2]

It is about 15 km treking distance from Lonavala and famous for bike trek ride.[3]

Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat(ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade Or Salpe-Kharmare village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet. The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In rainy season this region all the more beautiful with silvery water falls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.

Overview[edit]

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Rajmachi is also unique in the way that an NGO, Rajmachi Rural Aid and Development Program has done commendable work in Udhewadi village by providing the villagers with better education, medical aid, drinking water, houses and Economic Development through Eco-tourism.

As examples, in the recent times better sanitation facilities have been provided. Solar panels have also been installed. This has helped the villagers to power CFL bulbs during the evenings.

History[edit]

The fort played a strategic role in the First Anglo-Maratha War.[4]

Rajmachi Fort has been declared as a protected monument.[5]

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has started work to develop Rajmachi for tourism.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rajmachi ( Popular Trek in Lonavala region )". 
  2. ^ "Rajmachi". Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Rajmachi : A Road to Heaven Through the Hell". Travel News India. 2016-11-09. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  4. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. p. 60. ISBN 9788131300343. 
  5. ^ "List of the protected monuments of Mumbai Circle district-wise" (PDF).