Elevation 4300 Feet above MSL
Ratangad – The Jewel Fort Range Western Ghats
167 km from Thane
(Date of visit: 30‐May‐2009) Distance
Toll Naka (5‐1/2 hrs)
Ratangad(Marathi: रतनगड) is a fort in Ratan Wadi, Maharashtra, India, overlooking the
picturesque locale of Bhandardara, one of the oldest artificial catchment area. The fort is
picturesque locale of Bhandardara one of the oldest artificial catchment area The fort is
about 400 years old.
Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called 'Nedhe' or
'Eye of the Needle'; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group
of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing.
Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites.
Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites
The base village Ratanwadi has a beautiful Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its
carvings. The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is
built on this river.
The main attraction at Ratanwadi, one can take in the beauty of the Amruteshwar
Th i tt ti tR t di t k i th b t f th A t h
temple dating back to the Hemadpant Era Roughly from the 8th Century.
This is the place from where
Tryambak Darwaza ‐ The main
entrance to Ratangad fort
This is a natural hole in the mountain top
probably caused by wind erosion. It is 10 feet
high and 60 feet wide. Due to its shape it is
hi h d 60 f id D i h i i
called Nedhe (or eye of the needle in Marathi)
The remains of a smaller entrance
to the fort ‐ the Thieves entrance
or Chor Darwaza
Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by
g y y
the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,
stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of
Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a
profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among
the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and
crown amidst hills turned mauve.