Rajmachi with the undulated hilly regions and the treasures of natural beauty is one of the best summer retreats to keep away from the scorching mercury levels in the down plain cities. Rajmachi is also famous as a trekking spot, and thus is a good place for adventure buffs. You can go trekking while in Rajmachi as the rocky locations will serve as the perfect background for such activities. Rajmachi lies at close distance to the spectacular twin hill stations namely Lonavala and Khandala. The trekking path from Rajmachi to Lonavala via Tungarli lake offer some spectacular sceneries.
Shreevardhan and Manoranjan are the two famous and lofty peaks of this region. History buffs will love the massive forts of Shreevardhan and Manoranjan. Shreevardhan fort also called the Rajmachi fort is the famous fort among the two forts. It is beautifully constructed in the Maratha style and houses the Kondhane Buddhist caves and an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva called the Bhairavnath temple. Trekkers rest in this temple for some time and take blessings of the Lord before continuing their trek journey. The forts offer panoramic view of the underlying valleys and plains. Tourists can enjoy a dip and play in the cool and unpolluted waters of the Ulhas river.
Rich collection of the fauna can be witnessed in the Rajmachi wildlife sanctuary.
Monsoon season between June to August is the best time to visit Rajmachi and fill your eyes with the glittering waterfalls which flows down through the rocky terrain.
PLACES TO VISIT
Rajmachi fort (Shreevardhan fort) : It is beautifully constructed in the Maratha style and houses the Kondhane Buddhist caves and an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva called the Bhairavnath temple. Trekkers take rest in this temple and take blessings of the Lord before continuing their trek journey. The fort offers panoramic view of the underlying valleys and plains. The fort has two water tanks.
Tungarli Lake : This is a spectacular lake chosen by many families to spend a weekend with joy. Flanked by the lofty peaks this lake offers a treat to the nature lovers. A dam was built across the lake for irrigation purpose. Trekkers set up their camps here.
Wild Life Sanctuary
HOW TO REACH
By Air : Pune and Mumbai airports are 70 and 120 kms respectively.
By Train : The nearest railhead is about 7kms from here at Lonavala. Lonavala has many trains to Pune and Mumbai.
By Road : Many buses are available from Pune and Mumbai.