Raigad district in Maharashtra has a rich historical background and abundance of natural beauty spread within its boundaries. From beaches to mountains to grand forts and ancient temples, the district has something for every traveler. This district attracts history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and wildlife lovers from across the country and abroad for its impeccable beauty.
Kolaba was the former name of Raigad. Historians claim that the name was changed to Raigad when Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj captured the place and made it the capital of the Maratha Empire in 1656. In the 19th century, Raigad separated from Thane district but the native communities with surnames such as Naik, Bhagat, Patil, Mhatre, and Thakur stayed in Raigad district.
The hilly areas of Raigad are a part of the Sahyadri range of Western Himalayas and are a major attraction for tourists from across the globe. Madhe Ghat Waterfalls and Diveagar Beach are the two highly popular tourist spots located in this district.
Raigad Fort. This majestic and captivating fort was seized by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1656 and was then known as ‘Rairi’. The fort features several gates that still manages to amuse the visitors. Some popular gates are Nagarkhana Darwaja, Maha Darwaja, Palkhi Darwaja, and Meena Darwaja. The ropeway facility will take to this hill fort in just a few minutes from the ground. The fort remains open on all 7 days from 8 am to 6 pm. Indian tourists are required to pay an entry fee of Rs10, while the foreign tourists are required to pay Rs100 to explore the fort.
This Hindu temple is dedicated to Sri Jagdishwara. Locals claim that Shivaji Maharaj was a staunch Hindu follower and used to visit the temple daily. A striking feature of the temple is its dome-shaped top that gives the hint of Mughal art and architecture.
Set amidst lush green hills and under the infinite blue sky, the waterfalls will make you fall in love with it at the very first sight. The waterfalls are located approximately 850 meters above the sea level from where one can clearly see the Raigad fort. Madhe Ghat Waterfalls is amongst one of the most visited destinations in Raigad.
This charming and calm beach is a perfect weekend location to relax with family and friends. The view of sparkling water, golden sand, and the greenery at the shores is magical enough to let you forget all the worries. Tourists can also enjoy various water sports such as surfing, parasailing, jet ski, bumper ride, and banana ride by the beach.
Alibaug is the district headquarter of Raigad and is home to the never conquered Janjira fort. The fort is surrounded by water on all sides and has two entrances one that opens into the sea and the other that opens to the shoreline. Read More
The food of Raigad is similar to that of other districts and towns of Maharashtra. If you are planning to visit Raigad then you must try the following local dishes: Aamti (pulses), Basundi (sweet milk), Sol kadhi (Coconut curry), Sabudana Khichdi, and Puran Poli.
Switching to the traditional attire of people of Raigad, men wear Dhoti and Kurta on an everyday basis and also on special occasions. They complete their look by wearing ‘Pehta’ which is a cotton cap. The women generally wear a saree which in the local language is referred to as ‘Lugade’.
Because summer is extremely hot and humid, one may consider taking a trip between November and March as the weather is pleasant during this time. In the aforementioned months, one may also explore all the top attractions of Raigad district to the fullest.
By Road. Road trips give you full opportunity to take the less-traveled roads of a town or a city and explore the interiors, food, and people of that place. If you are planning a visit to Raigad you may either take an inter-state tourist bus or drive to the place in your personal vehicle. In either case, one is required to cover roughly 1,500, 100, 2,000 and 900 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
By Rail. Veer Dasgaon Railway Station is the nearest one to reach the district. Trains from all metropolitan cities of India arrive here hence one may consider rail travel as it is budget-friendly, comfortable and convenient.
By Air. Mumbai airport is the nearest airport to Raigad district. Direct and connecting flights from all major cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Patna, Lucknow and others land here. One may consider air travel if budget is not a constraint and comfort is the priority.
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