Ratangad Fort

Ratangad Fort, Bhandardara: Address, Ratangad Fort Reviews: 4.5/5

Ratangad Fort
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Sunny
2 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Only Vodafone works in ratanwadi village.
If u plan to stay in ratanwadi then there are no proper hotels.
The villagers let u stay in their house at minimum cost and also provide food.

Stay at pravara hotel not recommended.
Written 30 November 2019
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Prathamesh Dalvi
Navi Mumbai, India7 contributions
Jul 2019
This fort is located in Ratanwadi. Shiva temple is there. and it is must visit fort during mansoon .
You can stay on the fort as caves are available with local people provides food on the fort.
Written 9 October 2019
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DhanrajKalbhor
Pune, India555 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This year comparatively monsoon started very late with first rain only in early July. Getting excited our family of 2+2 decided to take monsoon trek to Ratangad. Unfortunately it was continuously raining some 3-4 days before our date & we were on the verge of cancelling it but my family pushed go ahead even with heavy rains. We started from Pune at 3:30am on Sunday morning. Ratangad is roughly 192kms from Pune if we take shortest route via. Ale phata, Bramhanwada & Kotul. But as it was raining heavily we took the highway via. Ale phata, Sangamner & Akole. The second route is roughly 215kms but takes same time as the shortest route as it's a better road. As it was very early morning time the highway was very much empty & 60% raod is four lane we were very fast on speed. We crossed Sangamner by 6:00am & were at Randha water fall by 7:00am for cup of tea. Ratanwadi which is base village for this trek is hardly 20kms from Randha fall. On the way we even enjoyed some clips at Nane waterfall. Govt. has made some fabricated structure to stand in front of the waterfall & enjoy it.

Finally we reached Ratanwadi by 8:30am. It was still continuously raining & seeing the Pravara river flow down from the fort, we started getting scared. We were in mind of calling our trekking plans but just then saw a bus coming down with group of 10-15 people planning to continue with their trek inspire of heavy rains. We also decided to stick down to our plans. Only this time as we were a family, to be on safer side we took a local guide Mr. Sachin Lote. He is a residence of Ratanwadi, in his early 20's. Works as a part time trek guide during rains when he has No work in his farms. Usually they quote Rs. 700-800 & suggest to give it without negotiations. Their living depends on this money. To start with we ordered our breakfast & went for Amruteshwar temple darshan. It's a hemadpanti style Shiva temple dates back to 8th century. It is still maintained in good condition. Village panchayat Car parking is just next to it who charge Rs 50 for the day. It is also surrounded by homely food stalls offering some snacks like poha, bhaji or junka bhakri lunch. We took our breakfast & started the trek around 9:00am.

Within some minutes of start we had to use human chain formation to cross the heavily flowing Pravara river that originates from this fort & on which the Bhandardhara dam is built at a later stage. In general the trek route takes a almost half round around a hill passing through dense forest & then the actualclimb starts. On the way we pass by a perculation lake built by forest department for water conversation. Till the half way we pass through some 5-6 heavy water flowing strems hence suggest if you are taking monsoon trek & if it's first time, local guide is highly recommend. They know which is the less deeper water section & from where to cross the water currents. In fact in midway we came across a group wherein some members had got injured in attempt to cross the river at wrong places. In mid way they joined us to find their way out.

After about one hour of trek we cross from one hill to other which is differentiated by a open patch & then onwards we the steep climb starts. Even the forest gets more dense & water flowing noise increases making it more scary. We passed by many tree fallings that had blocked our route but as the guide was knowledgeable he ensured we moved on safe. After two hours of trek we reach the final stage which is ladder climb. Like Kalsubai peak, here also they have provided three ladders to make the climb easy but here they are more steep with underpassing waterfalls making it slightly scary. The last ladder directly touches the Hanuman darvaja or gate. After few steps you cross the Ganesh darvaja. Just in between if we take a right turn, we pass by a goddess temple by name 'Ratna bai' temple. After darshan, we moved on to the two caves for some shelter from heavy showers. It was almost 12:00noon. Here we got some local snacks with hot tea which we were long waiting for. Even zunka bhakri lunch is available but cannot except beyond. Overall it took us almost two & half hour to reach the top. We took some rest in the caves & roamed around but with limitations as it was heavily raining.

As it was raining heavily, Our guide suggested to start back by 1:00pm to avoid any risk. Without wasting much time we started climb down but this it was much more relaxed & many stops for photography or selfies. We were back in the village in two hours time, I think by 3:00pm. Before leaving, again took Amruteshwar darshan & some lighter local lunch and by 4:00pm, we started our return journey. In between took one tea break at Sangamner & dinner break after Rajgurunagar before reaching Pune by 10:30pm. In short had a wonderful experience of our first monsoon trek though it was slightly scary for family due to heavy rains & free flowing waters but never my family promised to come back in winter to check the other side.
Written 23 July 2019
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Siva
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Friends
How far is ratangad fort from igatpuri railway station ? What are the mode of transport available to reach base village.
Written 15 July 2019
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dhiraj107
22 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Very beautiful fort near bhandardara must visit for awesome views you can see Kalsubai peak, AMK range, Katrabai peak and Bhandardara backwater.
Written 7 March 2019
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Ms Philange
Nagpur, India6 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
The trek is of moderate difficulty, and its pretty long as well. But the view and the top is worth it!!
Written 3 December 2018
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Pratikkalawadiya04
Jalgaon, India1 contribution
Dec 2017 • Friends
Its view is really nice and after reach the nead-point u comlete ur trecking and give the mind-blowing feeling.....
Written 4 September 2018
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PawansingPardeshi
Nashik, India66 contributions
Nov 2017
Really trek to Ratangad Fort is Unforgettable. The height of Ratangad Fort from sea level is 1297 meter (4255 Ft) high. Ratangad fort is 400 year old fort. There are two way to go on fort one is from base village ‘Ratanwadi’ and another is from base village ‘Samrad’. Most likely and popular way is from Ratanwadi village. On the way of the fort from Ratanwadi you have walk in dense forest which is thrilling experience. Many time you have to cross Pravara river. This fort is the origin of River Pravara. The Final step of climbing is made easy with some metal ladder.
The trek route from village Samrad is difficult , it passes through the narrow way and steps and finally reache at the Trambak Darwaja.
On the top of the fort you will find some caves which is use by many trekkers for overnight stay. There are many well carved water cisterns present. In some water cisterns usable water is present throughout year. The main attraction of the fort is natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called 'Nedhe' or 'Eye of the Needle'.
At the base village Ratanwadi 1000 year old temple ‘Amruteshwar’ of Lord Shiva is present. This temple is famous for its superb carving design.

When to go
The best period to visit this fort is between October to February. You can see many flowering plants on fort during November and December. If you plan to visit this fort in Monsoon season then you have to face heavy rain and strong wind here and due to foggy environment you cant see scenic top view beauty of surrounding area from top Ratangad .

How to go
To reach Ratanwadi you have to first come to Bhandardara which is also a famous tourist spot. The distance between Bhandardara and Ratanwadi is 37Km. Please prefer personal vehicle OR car to visit Ratangad fort as this place is not well connected with state transport service.

Food | Accommodation
You can park your car at base village Ratanwadi. Many hotels are present in this village where you can get delicious food. If you want overnight stay here then you can stay in caves present on fort OR in base village Ratanawadi OR you can stay in Bhandardara.
Written 18 August 2018
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Mehul Patnaik
1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Friends
It'is an awesome trek during monsoon and winters. A must do trek if you love trekking! It has got great views and strong winds.
Written 29 June 2018
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Mangat G
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Jun 2018 • Friends
It was a good trek.We took a local guide with us ,who was very helpful. We enjoyed a lot and had fun with friends.This was our second trek after Kalsubai which we climbed two years ago.
Written 13 June 2018
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