Comprising of two unwavering peaks namely Shrivardhan and Manranjan, Rajmachi is a magnificent tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra. Rajmachi is quite famous for its fort and nearby twin hill stations ‘Khandala and Lonavala’. The fort bears testimony to the political turmoil witnessed by Rajmachi. The ancient Kondhavi Caves enclosed by the Rajmachi Fort offers a nice view of the creative architecture on rocks. Rajmachi is a perfect getaway for wildlife enthusiasts and one can witness a large variety of flora and fauna in Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary. The region is a haven for trekkers.
How to Reach Rajmachi from Pune
Located 7 kilometers away from Rajmachi, Lonavala Railway Station is located in the Mumbai-Pune railway line. Many express trains that ply between Mumbai and Pune stops here.
Pune Airport is the nearest airport to Rajmachi. It is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from Rajmachi town. Taxi cabs ply between Pune Airport and Rajmachi.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway connects Pune to Rajmachi. The road journey from Pune to Baramati will approximately take around 1 hour and 46 minutes. State owned and A/C deluxe buses ply between Pune and Rajmachi.
Attractions in Rajmachi
Manranjan Fort is one of the two forts that form the Rajmachi fortification. The other one is Shrivardhan Fort. The west part of the Rajmachi fortification is Manranjan Fort. Located in Rajmachi village just 8.5 kilometers away from Lonavala in the Sahyadri Mountain Range, Manranjan Fort was built to keep a watch on the plateau below the Manranjan hills. It has three gates, large ramparts and a water tank at the summit.
Located in the eastern parts of Rajmachi town, Shrivardhan Fort is an ancient fort, which is closely associated with the Maratha rulers. The fort’s construction reflects Maratha style of architecture and the grand entrance of the Shrivardhan Fort is in semicircular shape. The fort covers charming Buddhist caves, two water tanks and a Bhairavnath Temple.
Tungarli Dam and Lake
One of the most famous weekend picnic spots near Rajmachi, Tungarli Dam and Lake is positioned on the backdrop of scenic surroundings with lush greeneries. Nestled in the Sahyadri Hills, Tungarli Village offers panoramic views of the city of Rajmachi and other cities such as Lonavala and Lohagad. The camping facilities for the trekkers and tourists are available at the Lake site.
Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in a scenic place surrounded by dense green forests, Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Western Ghats in Sahyadri ranges. The sanctuary houses a good variety of animals and birds. The giant Indian squirrel is one of the major attractions of this place. The location is quite good for nature walks, bird watching and trekking.
Situated at a place known as Dhak in Rajmachi, Bhairavnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who resides here in the form of Bhairav. The temple architecture is akin to Shiva temple elsewhere in Konkan region. The temple is located in the backdrop of dense forest regions. Several shrines of Hindu gods and goddesses are also placed around the main Sanctum Sanctorum. The main festival celebrated in Rajmachi is Mahashivarathri temple.