Bhatkanti - Pune, Forts, Trekking

Bhatkanti: Ratangad

Ratangad at the top, has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it which is called 'Nedhe' or 'Eye of the Needle'; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group of 10 people & the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing.

Ratan gad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites. The base village Ratanwadi has a beautiful Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings. The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is built on this river.

Main attraction at Ratanwadi, one can take in the beauty of the Amruteshwar temple dating back to the Hemadipant Era Roughly from the 8th Century.

Trek: Ratangad
Type: Hill Fort
District: Ahmadnagar
Height above mean sea level: 4255 feet
Base Village: Ratanwadi
Region: Igatpuri
Distance from Pune: Approx 175km

By vehicle reach Bhandardara and then Ratanwadi.

Time to reach the top: About 3 hours from the base
Water Availability: Water cisterns are available at the top

Sights to visit: Darwajas (Gates), caves, nedhe (natural hole to the hill), Amruteshwar temple, Bhandardara lake.

Difficulty Rating: Simple, but careful in rainy season. Shoes with good grip are extremely necessary. Carry rope and enough food and cloths, if you are planning to stay there.

Shelter: Caves at the top (1 small for 8-10 people and one big cave for 40-50 people)

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