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.
More on Raj Bhavan
Major Attractions at Raj
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
1. Visit between November – January or June – September for the
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.