After our Gangotri
Badrinath Trekking Expedition via Kalindi in May 2001, I had attended
this enjoyable trek to Rajmachi as a celebration of year 2001 also to
welcome year 2002. One of our trekking colleague Mr. Vinay asked me
regarding my plans for 31st Dec. Since I was not having any plans except
going out for trek we mutually decided to go for Rajmachi trek.
from Dadar at 9:00am by ashiad to lonavala. After reaching lonavala
& having lunch we started our journey to Rajmachi at 2:00pm. Another
group from pune was supposed to join us after one hr.. Initially we
thought it will be very hot day but in reality the day was cool. Almost
after five years I was traveling on the same route. The big difference
I found here is construction of proper tar road. Construction is currently
going on, may be within 2 months the road will be ready & motorable
till the village Rajmachi. The route near this village is having little
forest which is while passing gives a good natural fresh flowering fragerance.
Which one can breath in the span of almost around 200ft. The route is
completely covered with the tree. We reached the destination by 5:00pm,
had two cup of tea while resting & waiting for the other group.
We were three out of our total seven members. Rest were accompanying
to the other group. They came at around 7:00pm. Now the total members
were 16. After considerable rest. We all started enjoying by sharing
our trekking experiences latter by singing and all till the dinner.
We had our dinner at round 9:00pm. We were staying at one of the villagers
hut. He prepared a nice food for all of us. Might be because of the
trek all were enjoying the food. It was a very good day since in the
night also a bright moon light made everybody glorious. One of our member
caught a nice glimpse of the moon rising from behind the fort wall of
sreevardhan. Almost all have waited till 12:00pm to say bye for the
year 2001 & to welcome new year 2002. Everybody wished each other
& we closed the nice day for bed. Few members sleep inside the hut
& all male members were out below the hut shade. The night was not
that cold. In the morning wind started blowing too child us.
5:30am myself & one of our sr. member Mr. Anil started to the Sreevardhan
fort to see & catch the new year sunrise in the camera. We reached
on the top at 6:00am. We were there more than one hr.. We returned back
to the village by 7:30am. Got freshnup had breakfast & tea &
ready for the descending down to Karjat via Kondana caves.
We left the village at 9:15am & reached Kodana
caves by 11:30am. We were there for a photography session of the
caves. Then we reached Kondivade village by 12:00 noon. We had lunch
& little rest in the village then marched to Karjat station by auto.
Then from Karjat to Mumbai by 5:00pm.
journey was very enjoyfull & relaxed. I was expecting this kind
of trek which morally boosted my new year plans towards more trekking
& mountaineering this year. This I was evaluating on the Srivardhan
About this area
is one of the Shivaji's fort. These fort was made in those days mainly
aiming for the trade. From the base village one can see two adjacent
fort. Facing from the village towards those forts, The one which is
at right side is Sreevardhan & one at Left is Manaranjan. While
ascending to Sreevardhan from Rajmachi one can see a Temple. In front
of the temple one can find an old small canon(Tof). From the top of
Sreevardhan fort, facing to the east one can see Shirota lake, Sangshi
village at north which is a base for Dhak fort. On the south one can
see Duke Nose. On the west one can see the Lonavala Khandala & the
grate train route as well the newly build Express Highway also Ulhas
river. Descending down from Rajmachi to Karjat side one can visit Kondana
caves where you can find grate peace of architecture. These are of 3-4
Buddha caves. In side the main cave you can find remains of wooden art
work still this date. In the rainy season this place will be more crowded
due to a prominent waterfall from the top of the Caves. In the rainy
season one can approach this place from Kondivade a small trek.