Ratangad is a popular trekking destination. This 2000 year old Hill Fort is located 22kms from Bhandardara. It is situated at a height of 4255 ft above sea level.
Ratangad was captured by the great Maratha ruler Shivaji. The fort is the origin of the River Pravara.
The towering peak has a natural cavity known as the ”nedhe” or eye of the needle. This 10 feet high and 60 feet wide hole is said to have been drilled naturally by the strong winds.
There are four entrances or Darwazas to the fort – Ganesh Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, Konkan Darwaza and Triambak Darwaza. The panoramic views from the summit are unparalleled. Ratanwadi is the village at the base of the fort. The village has an ancient Amruteshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with a naturally formed ‘Shivling’. The temple was built in 11AD in the Hemad-panthi style of architecture. The temple is famous for its intricate carvings.
By road from Bhandardara (22kms) or Igatpuri.
By Boat: Ratangad can alternately be reached by a 6km boat ride from Bhandardara. From the boat drop off point it is a further 4km walk to Ratanwadi.
Best Time to visit
Season time is during the monsoons from July to October.
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