After 350 years, Shivaji's Raigad Fort to be made global tourist hotspot

RAIGAD (MAHARASHTRA): Once thought to be impregnable, the hilltop Raigad Fort from the place Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj laid the rules of 'Hindavi Swaraj', is poised for a major revamp to make it a global vacationer hotspot, a top legit said right here on Tuesday.

The 350-year-old majestic fort, which stands on a hill of 820 metres, rises upto 1,356 metres above sea stage, and is at this time taken care of by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Nestled within the picturesque Sahyradri Range of the Western Ghats, the fort was once as soon as accessible only by climbing 1,737 steep steps for a number of hours, but since the previous few years a cable automobile -- the Raigad Ropeway -- has made the ascent to the fort an easy 10-minute effort.

Overseeing the mega revamp undertaking is Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati of the Kolhapur royal circle of relatives and the 13th direct descendent of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who is now the Raigad Development Authority Chairman and a President-nominated Rajya Sabha Member.

"The RDA has sanctioned Rs 606.08 crore of which Rs 114 crore will be for the Raigad Fort redevelopment. Besides, another Rs 237 crore will be spent on major roadworks between Mahad on the Mumbai-Goa Highway to Raigad Fort which will be developed as a heritage highway," Chhatrapati said.

Recently, Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati was once appointed the Brand Ambassador of Forts by leader minister Devendra Fadnavis, and took the media on a different visit to the fort on Monday.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was once coronated as the King on this fort on June 6, 1674 from the place he based the Maratha Empire, with Raigad as its capital.

Conservation Architect for Raigad Fort Varun S. Bhamre said that any other Rs 100 crore is anticipated from the Centre, in keeping with the suggestions of the 15th Finance Commission, for the revamp of 10 forts within the country.

"There are at least 84 big and small natural bodies which were converted into tanks during Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's rule to provide drinking water for the residents here. We shall clean them up in a scientific manner to ensure that any artefacts there are retained without damage," Bhamre advised IANS.

Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati said the highlights would be a heritage stroll encompassing a 14 km and four-hour-long tour of the fort and greater than 350 ancient websites inside of it which want to be explored archaeologically.

"Our aim is that tourists should live here at least two or three nights to properly explore and appreciate its beauty and imposing character. Locals shall be trained as guides and NGOs would be encouraged to bring groups of heritage and fort lovers here," he said.

There are plans to release 'facade lights' and a 'sound-and-light display' to attract vacationers at night.

Some 21 villages within the fort's neighborhood, together with Pachad and Raigadwadi on the base of the hill, will probably be developed in a large means. The locals will probably be deployed in tourism-related activities beneath various schemes to ensure their participation for the self-sustainable and 'Model Fort' plans.

An quantity of Rs 50 crore has been put aside for the revamp of the Raigad Ropeway. Nature trails shall be developed as the fort and its atmosphere are wealthy in biodiversity, said Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati.

Raigad Fort is spread throughout 1,300 acres at the hilltop, making it one of the most biggest fort complexes in India, besides having a singular topography on an almost vertical, stony, hill slope affording a magnificent view of the encompassing hills and valleys.
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