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Raikot FortHeight : 1640
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Nil
District : Dhule Grade : Medium
      This fort in the Kondaibari Ghat was built to keep an eye on the Surat-Burhanpur trade route.
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Raikot
Raikot
Raikot
History :
      Raikot fort was built by King Ahir and the main purpose of this fort was to serve as a watch tower for the trade routes. Considering the size and spread of the fort the existence of a garrison on the fort rules out. Also hardly any information can be obtained from the historical records.
Fascinating Spots :

      Remnants of the fort wall can be seen on a trench between two hills on the way to the fort from Raikot village. This fort is now being utilized as a farm land which is the main reason for its ruins. There is a lake and a bastion on the fort.


The path from Morkaranj village to the fort has stairs built in rock. There is a cave (10 ft * 20 ft in size) near the stairways but it is not recommended for a stay. The beautiful and steep valley which surrounds the fort from three sides is called Makad-dari.
Ways To Reach :
      Kondaibari ghat is on the Dhule - Surat route. Kondaibari village is at the beginning of the ghat and Morkaranj village is at the end. Raikot fort can be reached from both these villages.



l) Kondaibari route:-

Kondaibari village is 70 kms from Dhule on the Dhule - Surat route. 3 kms further from this village, on the Nandurbar road, take the left diversion to Raikot village. One passes by Navagaon (4 kms) - Lagadvaad (2 kms) and finally to Raikot (2 kms). The road from Hanuman temple outside the village ends at a small path which further takes us to a trench. One reaches the fort after climbing this trench. As the surrounding area of the fort is located at a height well above sea level, the further ascend to the fort becomes quite easy.


2) Morkaranj route:-

A small path from Morkaranj village via Makad-dari valley and then stairs built in rock on the upper side of the fort leads us to the fort entrance.
Accommodation Facility :
      Nil
Food Facility :
      NIl
Drinking Water Facility :
      Nil
Time To Reach :
      From Raikot: 1 hr
From Morkaranj: 2 hrs
Notes :
      1) After the monsoon season, the fort and the surrounding area turns into a paradise for butterflies. Also the scenic beauty from Kondaibari to Raikot is eye pleasing.


2) From Dhule, Forts of Bhamer and Raikot can be visited in a single day.
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Forts of Grade: Medium
 Achala  Ahivant  Ajmera  Balwantgad
 Barvai  Bhairavgad (Satara)  Bhairavgad(kothale)  Bhaskargad
 Bhavanigad  Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bishta
 Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chavand  Daulatmangal
 Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal  Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Dharmapuri
 Dundha  Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad
 Galna  Gambhirgad  Gharapuri  Ghosalgad
 Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot  Hadsar
 Hanumantgad  Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad
 Hatgad  Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya  Kailasgad
 Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai  Kamalgad
 Kamandurg  Kanchan  Kanhergad  Karha
 Katra  Kavnai  Kohoj  Kokandiwa
 Kolkewadi  Kondhavi  Korlai  Laling
 Mahimangad  Mahimatgad  Mahipatgad  Malanggad
 Mandangad  Mangad  Mangalgad  Manikdurg
 Manikpunj  Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad
 Mordhan  Mrugagad  Mudagad  Mulher
 Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Nhavigad
 Padmagad (Malvan)  Palgad  Pandavgad  Panhaledurg
 Panhalekaji Fort  Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)
 Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajgad  Ramgad
 Ramshej  Ranjangiri  Ratnagad  Rohida
 Sagargad  Sajjangad  Salher  Salota
 Santoshgad  Saptashrungi  Sarasgad  Shivgad
 Shivneri  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sondai  Songir (Dhule)
 Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)  Suvarnadurg  Tahuli
 Takmak  Talgad  Tandulwadi  Thalner
 Torna  Underi  Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)
 Varugad  Vasota  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad
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