TREK MATES INDIA
Meeting Point: Pritam Hotel Dadar East @11:00 pm
Pickup Point: Nitin Company Junction, Thane @11:40 am.
Reach Base Village by 5 am
Rest in the bus till 6 am
Breakfast at the base village
Start Trek by 7.30 am
Reach Top by 10.30 am
Explore the Fort
Reach Base Village
Start our Return Journey by 5 pm
Reach Mumbai by 9-10 pm (Depend on the Traffic)
Traveling from Dadar to Dadar by Private NON AC BUS,
Breakfast, Lunch and Evening Tea/Coffee.
Guide and TMI Expertise Charges.
Mineral Water; Beverages; Anything not mentioned in above inclusion list
Ratangad Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed a jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katrabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of the lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of a high-class architecture of our ancestors. Ratangad has still the remains of the fort with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as a 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 a rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by the wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from the base of the fort and can accommodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaza.