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Ratangad FortHeight : 4255
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Kalsubai
District : Ahmednagar Grade : Medium
      Ratangad fort vests in the beautiful landscape with dense forests on one side and the vast spread Bhandardada lake to the other. It falls in the Ghanachakkar hill range and is the origin point of Pravara river.

Ratanwadi is the base village of the fort. There is a beautiful Amruteshwar Shiva temple in the village built in the 9th century in Hemadpanti architectural style. The carvings on black stone of the temple structure bring out the ancient art depicting stories from religious Hindu books like Samudramanthan, idol of Yakshakinnar etc. adjacent the temple there is a beautifully built water tank named as Vishnutirth. There are many corners in it to place idols.
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Ratangad
Ratangad
Ratangad
Fascinating Spots :

      While accessing the fort via the ladder route, the flow of Pravara river runs along with us. This route passes through dense forest. After reaching the second plateau area, the route going to the left goes to Harishchandragad fort while the path in the front goes via the ladder route to the first entrance of the fort. Idol of Lord Ganesh is carved on the door and after we enter the route to the caves is to the right and the left route goes to another doorway.

Moving further from the second doorway we come across a round bastion which is now in ruins. There are three water tanks nearby. As we proceed ahead we can spot demolished structures. A 10 minute trail takes us to Konkan doorway which is towards Samrad village. This door is now in ruins. The route which descends form here is uneven and unpaved and thus isnít safe. Moving further bypassing the door there are two large water tanks. Some people believe there might be an underground secret chamber here. There are many water tanks in a stretch as we move ahead. Further on this route there is a needle eye formed in the hill due to wind. From here Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai, Ajoba, Harishchandragad, Khutta, Mahuli forts can be seen. To the left on the lower side there is a door which stands in good condition and about 30 to 40 rock cut stairs. This door is carved in rock. The Khutta pinnacle can be seen from this door. On the other side of the needle eye hole is the origin of Pravara river.

It takes two hours to visit the entire fort.
Ways To Reach :
      The base village of Ratanwadi can be accessed by Igatpuri-Ghoti-Shendi route. Small boats are available from Shendi village to reach Ratanwadi in 30 minutes. The first boat departs Shendi at 8 am. Buses are also available from Shendi but it takes a very long route.

There are two ways to reach the fort:-

1) Via the cleft between Ratangad and Khutta pinnacle- We come across 50-60 rock cut steps on this route and it takes 2 hours to reach. Route is easy.

2) Ladder route- This route passes from the left side of the fort. There are two ladders on the way and it takes 2 hours to reach the fort. This is route is easy.
Accommodation Facility :
      The caves near the ladder route can accommodate up to 70-75 people.
Food Facility :
      Not available
Drinking Water Facility :
      Available in the tanks throughout the year.
Time To Reach :
      2 hours
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Forts of Grade: Medium
 Aad  Achala  Ahivant  Ajmera
 Akola Fort  Ankai  Balwantgad  Barvai
 Bhairavgad (Satara)  Bhairavgad(kothale)  Bhandardurg  Bhaskargad
 Bhavanigad  Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bhushangad
 Bishta  Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chandragad(Dhavalgad)
 Chavand  Daulatmangal  Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal
 Devagiri (Daulatabad - Deogiri)  Devgiri (Daulatabad)  Dhakoba  Dharmapuri
 Dundha  Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad
 Galna  Gambhirgad  Gavilgad  Gharapuri
 Ghosalgad  Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot
 Hadsar  Hanumangad  Hanumantgad  Hanumantgad(Nimgiri)
 Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad  Hatgad
 Hirakot  Jangli Jaigad  Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya
 Kailasgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)  Kaldurg  Kalsubai
 Kamalgad  Kamandurg  Kanchan  Kanhergad
 Karha  Katra  Kavnai  Kenjalgad
 Khairai  Kohoj  Kokandiwa  Kolkewadi
 Kondhavi  Korlai  Kunjargad(Kombadgad)  Laling
 Mahimangad  Mahimatgad  Mahipatgad  Malanggad
 Mandangad  Mangad  Mangalgad  Manikdurg
 Manikpunj  Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad
 Mordhan  Mrugagad  Mudagad  Mulher
 Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)  Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Narnala
 Nhavigad  Nimgiri  Pabargad  Padargad
 Padmadurg ( Kasa Killa)  Padmagad (Malvan)  Palgad  Pandavgad
 Panhaledurg  Panhalekaji Fort  Pargad  Pateshwar
 Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)  Pisol
 Prabalgad  Raikot  Raireshwar  Rajgad
 Rajmachi  Ramgad  Ramshej  Ramtek
 Ranjangiri  Ratangad  Ratangad(Ratnadurg)  Ratnagad
 Rohida  Rohilgad  Sagargad  Sajjangad
 Salher  Salota  Samangad  Sangli Fort
 Santoshgad  Saptashrungi  Sarasgad  Shivgad
 Shivneri  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sondai  Songir (Dhule)
 Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)  Suvarnadurg  Tahuli
 Takmak  Talgad  Tandulwadi  Thalner
 Torna  Trimbakgad  Umberkhind  Underi
 Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)  Vardhangad  Varugad
 Vasota  Vetalgad  Vetalwadi Gad  Visapur
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