“Ratan” means jewel. Ratangad is known as the jewel fort. It is situated in dense forests of Kalsubai – Harishchandragad range and offers a very beautiful view from the top.

Short Info:

Trek: Ratangad.

Date: 19th Ngt – 20th Aug 2017.

Fort Type: Hill

Maximum Height: 4255 ft.

Region: Igatpuri

Base Village: Ratanwadi.

Difficulty: Medium

Cost:

Trek Cost: Rs 900/- per head.

Registered Member: Rs 850/- per head.

It includes Morning Breakfast & Tea, Travelling from Kasara to Kasara by local jeep or tracks, Guide & expertise charges

Cost does Not Included Lunch, Insurance & Anything other than mentioned above.

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History:-

The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is built on this river. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called 'Nedhe' or 'Eye of the Needle'; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group  Of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favourites. The base village Ratanwadi has a beautiful Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings.


The entry to the fort is through two ladders & the ladders are in poor shape. One of them has the railing of a complete side hanging, while the other has no railings for the last 5 rungs. Besides they are supported by apparently flimsy supports. And another entrance of the fort is called Tryambak darwaza, this is Main Entrance. The steep way down from the Tryambak darwaza are little risky. A chor darwaza ("Secret entrance") the fort lies below the walls. A water tank on top of the mountain. Ratangad had one of the largest rain water catchment areas for its day.

Trek Schedule:

Kasara Super fast local (N) :

22.50 CST                          

23.05 Dadar

23:13 Kurla

23:18 Ghatkopar

23:34 Thane                     

23:57 Dombivali

00:07 Kalyan

01:18 Kasara

Tentative Schedule:

03.30 am: Via Kasara will reach to base village Ratanwadi.

05.30 am: Will take rest.

06.00 am: Wakeup call.

07.00 am: Intro with Breakfast & tea.

07.30 am: Will start the trek.

12.00 am: Reach to top of the fort & explore fort and lunch.

01.30 pm: Will start descending.

04.00 pm: Will back to base.

04.30 pm: will start return journey to Dadar.

08.30 pm: Back to Dadar.

Payment Details:

To confirm your seat Click on Account Details &  please deposit (non refundable) Rs 400/- in any manner.

After transferring amount please send Details like Name, event name, transaction id and amount on 9167546547 Sudhir. (If we cancel trek then total money you will get refund)

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek

Compulsory items:

A proper two sided haversack to put all the things, So that one has hands free while trekking, id proof, approx 3 ltr water, Sunday Lunch, Torch with extra batteries, some snacks, Should wear good trekking shoes, full sleeve shirt/T-shirt & Full Pant.

If you have any medical issue please carry your own medicine as we carry only First aid, carry some extra cloths.

Non-compulsory items but helpful:

Cap, Sunglasses, Woolen Jacket, Camera , Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry  mosquito’s repellent, Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution.

It’s totally self-responsibility to take care of things.

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