Raigad Fort – A must see

Raigad Fort is a must see if you are staying in Pune. It’s a place that few foreigners visit.

You can hike up the 1500 steps, or you can take the gondola.


We hiked up and took the gondola down.

You will see many macaques along the highway during the drive.

In the temple at the top of the fort a man was chanting in the most beautiful voice, I sat for a long time listening to him.  I think I could have listened to him all day.

While we were at the top, our friend/driver Vikram More arranged for us to have lunch in one of the resident’s homes.  The home was a simple one room hut.  We sat on the floor and ate wonderful food.  It was one of my best India experiences.


Here’s the gondola we took down.  I don’t know if it was ‘vertigo inducing’ as advertised, but it was fun. You can judge.

raigad gondola going down

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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