Rajdeher Fort is a fort located 10 km from Chandwad, Nashik district, of Maharashtra.
This fort, stands tall at 3,555 feet and belongs to the Giridurg type. It’s a part of the Ajantha-Satmal row, which is a line of Sahyadris starting from Surgana and ending at Chandwad, and further going to Ankai near Manmad.
To get to the fort, you have to reach Rajdherwadi , a foothill village and from there, you’ll have to trek for about one and a half hours on a steep path. Be warned, the steps leading up from a certain point are broken, so make sure you have good shoes and balance. But don’t worry, if you’re feeling lazy, there’s a ladder installed at the entrance of the fort.
Now, what can you see at the fort, you ask? Well, first things first, there’s an inscription in Persian on the arch to the left of the first entrance. It’s a great spot for taking those Insta-worthy pictures. From there, take the path on the right side, and you’ll come across a castle. Even today, it’s standing in good condition and looks like it’s ready to welcome you. Apart from the castle, there’s not much to see on this side, so turn back and take the path to the left.
After walking a little further, you’ll find a cave dug into a rock. There’s a ladder to descend into the cave. At the top of the cave is a well with a domed arch. Going back a little further, you’ll find another cave, and a path leading from the front of this cave leads to the lake. There’s a temple of Mahadev in a cave on the bank of the lake.
On the top, the views of the hill are breathtaking. You can see Mangi Tungi, Nhavigad, Koldher, Indrai, Dhodap from the top.
The fort has a cave for living, which can accommodate up to 10 people. So, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to spend a night in a cave, this is your chance. Just make sure you arrange the food yourself. It takes about one and a half hours to reach the fort from the village, but trust me, it’s totally worth it.