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Ratangad- Jewels Of Forts

Ratangad is situated in Ratan Wadi, Maharashtra, India, near Bhandardara dam. Ratangad is a bliss, in monsoon. It is all covered with flowers in the month of November. This fort is around 400 years old which was initially ruled by the Mughals, was conquered by Shivaji Maharaj. Ratangad is also known as jewels of forts.
Ratangad is famous for the view it feeds us with. You can enjoy Kalsubai peak, AMK range, Katrabai peak and Bhandardara backwater. The main attraction at Ratanwadi is the Amruteshwar Temple and is also famous for its carvings.
Suitable time to go to Ratangad fort is between October to February. You can also visit it in monsoon but as the fort is origin for the river Pravara/Amrutvahini it gets difficult in heavy rains. You visit Ratangad to see the scenic beauty but then it is not possible in monsoon season due to fog. 
There are four gates to the fort namely Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak. 
There are four gates to the fort namely Ganesh, Hanuman, Konkan and Trimbak. 
You could probably see many wells at the top and also sculptures of Hanuman and Ganesha at the main entrance.
There are two routes to reach the Ratangad Fort. One route is from village Samrad and the other from village Ratanwadi. Route from village Samrad is difficult, making Ratanwadi the best route to visit Ratangad. Ratanwadi is the simplest one, it passes through dense forest along the river Pravara. 
The last and the most difficult climb is made easy by the forest department by constructing a ladder.

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