Movie Chori Chori scene of Shekhar’s dream project of building a wooden house overlooking the Ratangad Khuta Pinnacle was sot near Ratangad …Get more information on this spot on secret locations of Bollywood
Crystal clear water gave a mirror view of fort Ratangad from a distance
Basic information on Ratangad trek (near Nasik)
height is 4255feet, time to reach is around 2 hours to the to, around same to descend down from the other route
- Huge cave at top
- Ganesh temple near the cave
- Ban sulka
- Needle hole point (do not forget to climb over to get scneic view, but be careful, it is slippery there)
- Amruteshwar temple in the village (Hemadpanthi style)
- Back water views of Bhandardara dam
- Views of Sandhan valley
- View the Kalsubai peak (~5000 feet)
walk of 2 hours to the top of fort.
- Use proper trekking gears for this trek
- Monkeys on the fort top are aggressive, so be careful for your bags, they snatch the bags to get food
Amruteshwar temple has beautiful carving pillars, well in condition
Near the temple there is a cistern, village people are using water from here as drinking water, it also has carvings at all corners .. well in condition so far…
remains near the temple, not sure if they were part of original temple or there was one more temple which is not in existence !
Ladder to facilitate way up the fort, they are in very good condition, but make sure not all people climb at the same time, keep them intact for the other people
while i was waiting for ladders to be free for me .. a dog was also watching down the fort … may be he was following our group to get some food .. he may be habituated for that ..
Near the ladder .having panaromic views .. but wait .. u will get best views when u r at the top of needle hole point …
once you climb the ladder, you are almost there at the top .. there is a huge cave which can accommodate 40~50 people easily .. u can have night stay at this place …
remains of the structure .. it is said that this fort is 2000 years old .. looks like this was a watch tower point .. but who knows it may be part of palace !
when u reach the top .. most interesting point is the needle hole point .. do not forget to climb on the top of needle hole point (be careful since it is very narrow there at the top and slippery .. but no risk no gain !)
before descending down from Trymbak darwaja .. we could get nice group photo on the steps ..
We started our descend from Tryambak Darwaza – but this was the main entrance to Ratangad fort (and we used it to exit !)
way down the Trymbak darwaja .. have steps which are still in good condition .. fabricated protective structure work was in progress ..
Be aware of these notorious monkeys .. they dare easily to snatch your bags .. do not under estimate them ..since it can lead to an accident .. they are very much aggressive
Places to see nearby…
Recommended reference reading –
One day trek in Sahaydri mountain ranges – Do’s and Don’t, Things to carry list