Ramtek, also known as Ramgiri, has emerged as a popular tourist destination, drawing fascination from its rich tapestry of myths, legends, and its association with the Vakataka dynasty. According to local beliefs, Lord Rama, accompanied by Sita and Laxman during his exile, halted at Ramtek for respite. The region also served as a sanctuary for Hindu sages troubled by malevolent demons. In response, Lord Rama vowed to liberate the area from distress, leading to the name "Ram-tek" signifying the vow.

Ramtek is located about 40 km from Pench National Park, which makes it a convenient spot to cover while on a while trip to Pench. The historical significance of Ramtek town spans back to the 4th-6th century BC, showcasing architectural remnants from the Vakataka period. The subsequent Yadavas further enriched the landscape with structures like the Ram-Laxman Temple and Kapur Bawli, characterised by Hemadpanthi architectural style. The amalgamation of diverse architectural styles enhances the charm and importance of Ramtek.

There are a plethora of Things to do in Pench including safari, walking trails, bird watching and so on. However, there are several activities to indulge in near Pench, and visiting Ramtek is one among Them. Encompassing an area of 1129 sq. miles, Ramtek offers lush green hillocks, a stunning lake, and ancient temples that captivate tourists with picturesque sightseeing options. The allure of this beautiful place lies in its historical depth, cultural significance, and natural splendour that rolls out before the eyes of its visitors.

Ramtek Temple - A Hidden Gem in Maharashtra

Begin the journey from the accommodation at Pench in the morning. Reaching Ramtek requires a drive of about an hour. 

Nestled atop the Ramgiri hill range, a vast temple complex graces the landscape. According to several sources, originating in the 12th-14th century, the Yadava rulers initially constructed shrines devoted to Ram and Lakshmana. However, the current temple complex, resembling a fort-like structure on the exterior, took shape in the 18th century under the patronage of Raghuji Bhonsle, a Maratha ruler hailing from Nagpur. Beyond the primary group of shrines honouring Ram, Lakshmana, and Hanuman, the complex also houses numerous other shrines erected at various intervals. A tower positioned at the front side of the main shrine offers a mesmerizing bird's eye view of the town and its countryside. Enhancing the historical panorama, the complex features two older temples dedicated to Varaha and Tribikrama, pre-dating the primary shrines.

You can climb 700 stairs to reach the temple area atop the hill. Alternatively, drive your car to the base camp to the base of the temple complex. It is better to start the journey to Ramtek Temple, early in the morning. Climbing the stairs can be really challenging if the sun climbs up the sky. Kartik Utsav and Ram Navami are the two most celebrated festivals at Ramtek Temple.  While you visit Ramtek Temples, do not miss out on other landmarks like Kalidas Memorial, Shantinath Digambar Jain Temple, Ambala Lake and Khinsdi Lake.