In 1656, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated Chandra Rao More to win the region. After four years, Raigad became the capital of the Maratha Kingdom. In victory, he won Raigad Fort, which is also referred by European historians as 'The Gibralter of East'. It is a monument of his prophetic vision of Hindavi Swarajya and has become vibrant by the valour, courage and patriotism of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Various landmarks have lent it the credo of 'Shivtirth'.
The Raigad fort presents a terrifying look and it is very difficult to get into the fort through the rocky path. All sides appear as if it fell down from a huge mass of solid rock. The sheer vertical rock face tearing into the sky above, appears defiant and insurmountable. Raigad is distinguished from the nearby mountains by lovely and profound canyons. Now the fort features certain new structures like the Samadhi of Shivaji and his loyal dog along with the ruins of the old structures. The most stunning site on Raigad Fort is the Balekilla, from where one can see the implausible views of the enchanting Sahyadris and the propitious Bhatghar Lake. The top of the Balekilla offers a panoramic view of the forts of Purandar, Vichitragad, Rayreshwar, Lohgad, Visapur, Tikona and Sinhagad.
Raigad District is connected with Mumbai by the Sion Panvel Expressway. State buses are available from Mumbai, Kolhapur, Pune and Mahabaleshwar for Raigad. The airbase of Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, at a distance of 140 km, is the closest airport to the destination. Vir Dasgaon Railway Station in proximity to Raigad headquarters is connected with Pune and Mumbai.Summer months are extremely hot and humid; therefore, the best time to visit Raigad is during winters, which is also the festive season.