Shivaji, king of Marathas, managed his kingdom at Raj Bhavan. At that time, it had a splendid architecture. On all four sides, it has wooden columns and is built on a double platform. Another main attraction is the 2 tanks bathes were taken by the royal family. The Bhavan has a well-managed drainage system and a modern toilet. It also comprises of the main events in Shivaji’s life. You have to climb about 1450 steps to reach the fort which is about 3 and a half hours. There you can see the clouds and hear the sound of the wind rustling. Visiting the area is of no problem at all as the place is now more accessible.
You can as well find tourist guides on the way of the fort. A ropeway is available to aid the landing to the top of the fort close to the Mean Darwaja. This entrance was royal ladies and queens alone.
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Major Attractions at Raj Bhavan
Main attractions for tourists are Wagh Darwaja, Grenades depot, Takmak Tok (a place where criminals get punished), Rameshwar Mandir and Bara Tanki( a dozen water reservoir collection). The sides of the fort look like they were carved out of a solid rock.
On the foothill of the fort close to the Pachad village lays the Jit Darwaja which can also be called the Chit Darwaja. Another place around there is the Khoob Ladha Barooj
Tips For Visiting Raj Bhavan
1. Visit between November – January or June – September for the best experience.
2. Go with family to this place and don’t forget to take lots of food and water on the way.
How to Reach Raj Bhavan
Close to Mumbai is where Raigad is located and it is connected by railways and roadways. The closest railway being Mangaon. From Mumbai, just take the NH-17 route or you can take local transport as well.