Rajgad to Torna Monsoon Trek
Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Rajgad, the "King of all fort" holds true to its name. Famous for its construction, secret routes and doorways and vantage points, this forth was the home of Shivaji for 25 years.
The fort can be divided into 4 different parts based on the geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the center is the Ballekilla.
Torna on the other hand is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort. The fort is truly grand and stretches for a couple of kilometers.
Rajgad to Torna is a difficult and a thrilling trek. The two forts are connected by a narrow ridge that stretches for 9 kms. If you are somebody who is looking for a challenging trek that involves climbing rock patches, traversing narrow ridges and camping in the pouring rain, then sign up for our Rajgad to Torna Trek this July.
Trek Difficulty: Moderate+
Team Size: 15 only
Stay Not Included
Meals Not Included
08:50 pm: Team assembles at Begumpet station and takes the Mumbai Express to Pune.
Transport + Trek
09:05 am: Reach Pune and have breakfast. After breakfast we take a private transport to Gunjavane, the base for Rajgad Trek
12:00 pm: Reach Gunjavane. Introduction, warm up and start the trek.
03:00 pm: Reach Rajgad fort. Lunch en route. Drop bags at the camping spot and head off to explore Suvela Machi
05:00 pm: Climb Bale Killa. If lucky, we might get an amazing view of the surrounding valley.
07:00 pm: Head back to the camping spot. Time for some exciting games followed by dinner.
10:00 pm: Hit the bed
Our journey starts the minute we leave Pune Railway station. The first leg of the jouney is reaching Gunjavane, the base village of Rajgad trek. There are two routes to Rajgad fort from Gunjavane. One follows the secret entrance to Padmavati Machi via Chor Darwaza and the other trail is via the Gunjavane Darwaza. We take the Chor Darwaza trail and reach Rajgad Fort by early evening.
The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla.
Padmavati Machee (north end) : This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).
Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.
Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
06:00 am: Wake up call. Freshen up and have breakfast
08:00 am: Start our trek towards Torna via Sanjeevani Machi.
04:00 pm: Reach Torna. Lunch en route. After reaching Torna, spend the evening exploring Torna
06:00 pm: Head off to campsite.
07:00 pm: Dinner
10:00 pm: Hit the bed
The trail from Rajgad to Torna stretches for 9 kms along a narrow ride. In the morning we head off to Sanjeevani Machi and exit via the Alu Darwaza. It takes appx 5 to 6 hours to reach Torna, crossing more than 20 hills. En route we will come across a small hut where we can buy some refreshments.
The toughest part of the Rajgad Torna trek are the 3 rocks patches. The first is about 60 % steep with loose sand. The second about 80 % steep. The final rock patch is the toughest one, with steep edges and the valley below.
On scaling these rock patches, we finally reach the plateau. Follow the trail to the Torna temple.
Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.
Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.
Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.
Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.
Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.
Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is still there but needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.
Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side and is beautiful.
Trek + Transport + Train
Stay Not Included
06:00 am: Wake up call. Freshen up and have breakfast
08:00 am: Start descent toward Velhe
11:00 am: Reach Velhe. Catch a local transport to Pune
04:00 pm: Reach Pune. Lunch en route
07:00 pm: Board the Konark Express back to Hyderabad
Torna to Velhe.
Velhe is a small Town which has quite a few hotels where you can have Maharashtrian delicacies viz Poha, Misal, Wadapau etc.
Exit Torna via the Bini Darwaza. The route is pretty direct and the tricky patches are supported by railings. It takes appx 3 hours to descent Torna via this route.
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I have known Reetu and Jamila for many years and have worked with them in the past. But this was the first time I decided to travel with them as a participant. When Reetu told me about exploring Spiti in winters I was completely on board. The itinerary sounded exciting and the pricing less. S my friend Manish and I immediately signed up for it. One of the best decisions I ever took. Spiti in winters in beautiful. The 7 days with the team was wonderful. We spent our days driving around the valley and our evenings dancing to pahadi songs. The planning was perfect with utmost care given in the choice of stay and comfort. Of course the highlight of the trip was spotting a snow leopard. Overall it was an amazing trip and I am looking forward to join many more with The Great Escape
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Should I describe with “perfect planning” / “meticulous coordination”/ “cordial organiser”...might be with all of it.
Flawless execution is what makes them unique and organiser Reetu Yadav has let all of us experience it with her executional capabilities...
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Action in Emergency:- very swift 5/5
Team has proved that its not all about the commercial trip but also the cause which is concealed in their carryings. What we pay at Flemingo Resort at Dholavira goes to educate and for taking care of more than 400 students and their boarding facilities as well.
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Off all, well planned itinerary and the execution is commendable. We RoK team who departed on 12th Dec’19 are truly happy with the onsite organiser Reetu Yadav and the offline backbone Jamila Kapasi who took good care of each of us at every stretch.
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Last but not least, am fortunate to have rest 13 of the participants as part of my extended family. Again the credit goes to TGE.
Kudos to the team and i look for further association with “THE GREAT ESCAPE” ( you have already give our team a great escape from the routine.
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Such great detailed planning at micro level and being open and upfront about the tour details impressed me at the very start. They lived up to their promise in every which way.
TGE’s expression of their solidarity towards the cause of the villagers by getting travellers to interact with them in a lively way and help the villagers in their livelihood was one of the primary reasons I chose to travel with TGE.
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The great escape recently took care of my 10 days family trip to Bhutan. We were 9 of us, including 2 kids and 2 elderlies. Each detail of the trip was so beautifully planned and coordinated. Jamila was personally in touch with drivers, hotels and homestay owners to ensure we ar getting the best of experience. We never even had to look for directions, call hotel or tell driver about anything. Everything was already taken care of and we were just the guests in very true sense. Such a wonderful trip it was. Everything was so beautiful including all the places where we stayed.
Much thanks to Jamila and the great escape team to make it work like magic for us!
- Non AC train from Hyderabad to Pune and back
- Local transport from Pune to Gujavne
- Local transport from Velhe to Pune
- 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch and 2 Dinner
- Expert guide charges
- All meals not mentioned above including meals in train
- Personal expenses and tips
**Note: For last minute bookings Tatkal charges will be added to the event cost. Please get in touch with the organizer to know the Tatkal charges.
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10 days before the event start date: No Refund 10-29 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 29 days of the event start date: 75% Refund