Ratangad (Night Trek)

Ratanwadi, Bhandardara

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  • Difficulty - Moderate

Ratangad, which translates to ‘Jewel Fort’ is approximately 400 yrs old. It boasts a splendid 360-degree view of a range of mountains from its summit. Due to its proximity to Bhandardara, you get a clear bird’s-eye view of Arthur lake, as well as a glimpse of the famous Kalsubai peak, Harishchandragad, and AMK. The ‘Eye of the Needle’ or ‘Nedhe’ is a famous attraction at the summit. This trek has a wonderful combination of forest walks, steep ladder climbs, and flat trails under canopies. Join us for a night climb filled with wonder, a campfire, and stories.


Difficulty level: Moderate

Base village: Ratanwadi

Ratangad height: 4,250 ft

Location: Bhandardara, Ahmednagar district

Time taken to climb/descend: 3.5 hrs climb / 2.5 hrs descent

Total distance of climb/descent: 6 km each way

Duration: 1 night / 1 day

Meeting point: Kasara stn ticket counter (Saturday 09:30 pm)

Departure point: Kasara stn ticket counter (Sunday 2:00 pm)

Who should attend?

-There isn’t an age restriction on any of our experiences, everyone is welcome. However, the average Vagabond customer is anywhere between 20 – 32 years old. The experiences involve a good amount of time spent with the group. Depending on what experience you’re opting for, there could be a lot of walking and physical exertion.

-It’s important to understand that most of our experiences include very rustic accommodation and not a luxurious means of transport. These may be basic in their facilities, but the hospitality is homely and comforting. If you’re someone who doesn’t like compromising on your comforts while travelling, this experience may not be very enjoyable.

-Most of our trips have a healthy number of solo travellers. We encourage you to join us solo, especially if you’re tired of waiting on your friends. We promise you’ll return with many more.

-We try our best to be responsible travellers. Everyone is welcome to explore with us, but we pay utmost importance to cleanliness on all our experiences. We encourage you to #LeaveNoTrace behind while you discover the beauty of the outdoors.

-It’s important to understand that in a limited amount of time, only a limited amount of experiences can be had. We like to cover a few places in-depth rather than just ticking off a long list of things-to-do and places-to-go. However, if you are that kind of traveller, on almost all trips you can feel free to wander by yourself to places of your interest.

-At a Vagabond Experience, it’s important to stay open-minded and positive when things don’t go as per plan. The essence of traveling in a group is being able to help each other out when in need. The weather could go bad, and plans could get altered. In such situations, we urge you to have faith in your group leader to make the most informed decision for the group.

09:30 pm: Board the 07:18 pm Kasara Fast from CST on Saturday night and meet the Vagabond team at Kasara station ticket counter by 09:30 pm.

10:00 pm: We board privately booked vehicles and head to Ratanwadi. On the way, we will stop for dinner at a roadside dhaba. It'll take us approximately 3 hours to reach the village.

01:00 am: We reach Ratanwadi, limber up and get ready to start the trek.

01:30 am: Gear up, pack your bags, and get your torches out! It's gonna be a long and dark climb to the top. We will make a few halts on the way to grab a snack or a drink.

05:30 am: We reach the summit, & sit around a campfire waiting for the sun to rise.

07:00 am: At sunrise, all the surrounding mountain ranges become visible. Since Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara, you get a gorgeous view of Arthur lake, as well as Kalsubai (the highest mountain of Maharashtra)

07:30 am: We start our descent. Finally, you get a view of the surroundings you climbed through in the night.

10:00 am: We reach back down and gather around for breakfast at the village

11:00 am: Time to head back to Kasara station.

02:00 pm: Adios! Back to the mundane city life. Until next time, Vagabonds!

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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-Transport to and from Kasara station (private vehicles)

-Refreshments while trekking



-Trek guide charges

-Vagabond EMs assistance

-First-Aid assistance



-Snacks (non-perishable)

-Drinking water (min 2 ltr)

-Warm clothes (it gets VERY windy at the summit)

-Sweets/Glucon D

-Torch - VERY IMPORTANT (Headlamp is preferable)

-Camera (optional)

Policy and Terms

-Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the Vagabond website)

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

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Why choose Vagabond?

Years of experience: We’ve been leading trips around the country since 2014. Our time in this field has helped us learn things about places and people that would not be possible without the amount of experience we have. This knowledge about the destination contributes to a more wholesome and enriching group experience.

Footfall: Since our inception, we’ve led more than 4,500 people on treks, backpacking trips, camps, and outdoor experiences. Be rest assured, we’ve dealt with all kinds of people.

Safety first: Given the time we’ve spent in the travel field, we know and believe in the importance of safety. All our Experience Managers are first-aid certified, and carry a well equipped first-aid kit on every trip.

Solo / female traveller friendly: Over the years we have noticed a trend in the increasing number of solo and female travellers on our trips. Many of our trips end up having a good amount of solo female travellers.

Group size: We’ve come to realize that taking large groups of people compromises on an intimate inter-personal experience. Thus, our trips are led with a fairly small group of travellers who find it easier to get to know each other over the course of the trip.

No discrimination: At Vagabond, we believe that your age, social class, gender or sexual orientation shouldn’t determine if you’re allowed on a trip or not. Anyone and everyone should feel safe and welcome to experience and explore new places.

Flexible itinerary: On a Vagabond experience, you’re free to stray away from our scheduled itinerary and explore the place on your own. You do you. We’re not your travel guides. We’re here to facilitate a better understanding of the location and help you experience it in your own comfort zone.

Mindfulness to nature: Over the years we’ve seen the places we visit turn filthier and less pristine. We don’t want to contribute to that any further. At a Vagabond experience, we encourage you to reduce your waste and leave the place cleaner than it was. Check out #LeaveNoTrace

In-depth research: We're not a tour & travel agency. Every experience we offer you has been researched and experienced first hand by our core members. We visit the locations ourselves and curate an experience that we believe to be in sync with our ideologies. 

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