Rasalgad Fort is a popular weekend destination among trekkers. Rasalgad is located on triangular plateau with fortification on all sides. Two entrance gates are still in good condition. Things to see on Rasalgad Fort, Veer Maruti idol around first gate, ZolayiDevi temple on Fort with stone Deep Mala and Tulsi Vrindavan. One can see 16 cannons on Rasalgad and two large rock cut water cisterns. Fortification is in good condition at Rasalgad Fort. Parvatgad and Chakdev can be seen from Rasalgad. Rasalgad lies at 15 km east of Khed City it has been developed as tourist destination. Rasalgad can be combined with Sumargad and Mahipatgad Trek.Base village Rasalwadi is located at the foothill.
The fort is quite small and it takes almost one and half hours to see the whole fort. The route to the fort starts from a village near foothills of the fort, which is known as Rasalwadi. Once we reach the fort, we come across two doors. Entering through first door, we come across a temple of Lord Hanuman. Beyond the temple, lies the second door. Entering through the second door, we come across huge cannon of those days placed on the wall of the fort. Cannons are one of the significant features of this fort. About 16 cannons can be found on this fort.
The top of this fort is almost a flat plateau. There is a temple of Godess Zolai on the top, which has been recently renovated. One can find many small statues of Gods & Goddesses being kept in the temple. There is a Deepmal, a vertical structure made for lighting oil-lamps, and a plant of Tulsi in front of the temple. A Cannon can also be seen lying nearby. Next to the temple, is a small lake, the water from which is good enough for drinking. Behind this temple is the temple of Lord Shiva.
Ahead of the Cistern, there is a hilly terrain portion which was known as citadel of this fort. Citadel has many remains of castles and ramparts carrying cannons. One can notice a stone-masonry room which could be a food grain storage facility. There are two lakes on the citadel having water suitable for drinking. These lakes are perennial. A river flows to South-West side of this fort.
|Ways To Reach :|
|From Beed Villege :|
|Board a bus towards Khed or Vadgaon from Birmani and alight at Humberi junction. From Humberi junction, a 1 hour journey takes us to village called Beed. From Beed one can reach to this fort in approximately 1 ½ hours.|
|From Nimni Villege :|
|Board a bus from Khed to Nimni village. From Nimni village, one can reach this fort via Rasalwadi within an hour. The route is quite simple.|
|From Mouze Jaitapur Villege :|
|Board a bus from Khed to Mouze Jaitapur. From Mouze Jaitapur, one can reach this fort via Rasalwadi within couple of hours. The route is quite simple.|
|Accommodation Facility :|
|One can avail accommodation in Zolai Temple which can host 30 to 40 persons.|
|Food Facility :|
|One has to make his own arrangement for food.|
|Drinking Water Facility :|
|Drinking water is available on the fort throughout the year.|
|Time To Reach :|
| 1 hour via Beed village|
1½ hour via Nimni village
2 hours via Mouze Jaitpur village