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Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lakes and highest mountains in Sahyadris, it indeed looks very much lost in time.The fort is about 2000 years old.
Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called 'Nedhe' or 'Eye of the Needle'. The fort has four gates Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak. It also has many wells on the top.
Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle. The base village Ratanwadi has an Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings. The fort is origin for the river Pravara/Amrutvahini. The Bhandardara dam(arthar dam) is built on this river.
The main attraction at Ratanwadi is the Amruteshwar temple dating back to the Hemadpant Era - roughly from the eighth century.
Location: Ratanwadi, Ahmednagar
Date: 3rd-4th Sept, 2016!
Grade: Above Medium.
Height: apprx. 4255 ft.
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You need to catch the CST - Kasara local train which starts 10:50pm at CST and Reaches Kasara at 01:18pm.
Meeting point : 01:30am Kasara station ticket counter.
01:40am : We start moving towards Samrad in private jeeps. The jeep takes around 2.5hrs to reach Samrad. Samrad is the base village of the famous Sandhan Valley from where Ratangad is roughly 30 minutes away. We will be resting at Samrad village for the night.
06:00am : Wake up call and breakfast.
07:00am : Start moving towards Ratangad via Kalyan Darwaja, once there our trek begins.
11:30am : Reach the top and explore. Post trek, we will have lunch at Samrad.
04:30pm : Proceed to Kasara station.
09:00pm : Reach Dadar (Tentative).
Transport from Kasara to Kasara.
Safety and First aid.
Mapping Journeys volunteers.
Mapping Journeys Charges.
Meals during travel.
Dinner for the night.
Insurance of any kind.
Medical hospitalization, evacuation and related expenses.
Any item not covered under “inclusions.
All our explorations are nature-friendly. Smoking and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. If anyone found doing the same, will be debarred without refund from the exploration.
For confirmation of the seat, full amount needs to be deposited prior to the event. Prior to making any payments please confirm about the seat availability.