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Visit Ratangad this monsoon one of the most scenic trek in sahyadris

8th July 2017 09:30 p.m. Ratangad MH, INDIA

As the name suggests ‘Ratan’ which certainly means Jewel in Hindi, Ratangad fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Bhandardara region of Sahyadri mountain range. Ratan Wadi, is the base village for this hill fort. On top Ratangad has one natural rock peak with a cavity, peak is called Nedhe or Eye of the Needle. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites. The base village Ratanwadi has an Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time. This trek is one of the most famous near Mumbai, but is not for beginners. Trekking group Altitude Quest Adventure based in Mumbai, conducts trek to this amazing peak

  • Type: Hill Fort
  • Grade: Medium
  • Endurance Level: Moderate
  • Height: approx. 4255 ft. ASL
  • Base Village: Ratanwadi
  • Distance from Borivali: 200 KM (travel time: 4.30 hrs)


  • Assemble at start point SGNP, Borivali at 11 PM (8th July)
  • Tea and snacks break on the way
  • Reach base village at 4 AM (2 July)
  • Start trekking at 5 AM after stretching, briefing and breakfast
  • Reach top of the fort by 8:00 AM
  • Descend down to Samrad village reach by 12 noon
  • Lunch at 1 PM in Samrad Village
  • ✔Note: Above schedule is tentative as time depends on the speed of the group and many other factors.

Things to Carry

  • Shoes
  • Tracks Pant
  • T-Shirt
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Water Bottles
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Windcheater
  • Plastic Bags (To keep wet clothes and garbage)
  • Some dry snacks and eatables
  • And Backpack to carry all things above.

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