Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a trip to Konkan – Sindhudurg Safari, on 22 – 24 April 2011 (leaving 21st Night & Return 25th early morning)

Brief Intro about tour:

Grade : Easy
Destination : Vijaydurg, Devgad, Kunkeshwar, Rameshwar, Bharatgad, Bhagwantgad, Sindhudurg Fort, Snorkeling, Dolphin Safari, Nivti Fort, Nivti Beach, Bhogve Beach, Tarakarli Beach

Date : Thursday 21st April 2011 (Night Departure) – Monday 25th April 2011(Early Morning)

Cost per Person: Rs 4000/- per head

Maximum 25 Participants

Details as below:

Vijaydurg or Victory Fort:

The oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as “Gheria” as it is situated in the village “Girye”. Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory.
Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.

Devgad

Kanoji Angre, chief of Martha admiralty, was instrumental in erecting this elegant looking fort in 1705. Devgad is a natural harbor and well guarded port town. Earlier big ships used to dock at the port jetty.
When the fort was built it was surrounded by water from all the sides so at the time it was called as “Janjire Devgad”(Janzira means an island in Arabic). It has been spread in 120 acres. There is a Ganesh temple in the fort. Port office is situated in the fort. The lighthouse is situated here.

Kunkeshwar Temple

Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings.
This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan.

Bharatgad & Bhagwatgad Fort:
At Maure town both this fort are located close to each close to each other but separated by an estuary. Bharatgad’s outside wall is in dialogite condition today prominent feature of this fort is a more then 200 ft. deep well which has a carved door at the bottom. It is believed that the cave beginning from this door leads to Sindhudurg Fort. The temple and Masjid in proximity inside the fort is a symbol of Hindu and Muslim unity.History : Bharatgad was built by Sawantwadikar Fond Sawat in 1680 and Bharwantgad by Pant Bawadekar. Fort witnessed many clashes. To bring under its regime British commander Immelock captured this fort in 1880.

Sindhudurga – Padmagad forts:

Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land.
In Sindhudurg Fort there is ‘Shri Shivarajeshwar temple’ of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess ‘Bhavani Temple’. Impressions of shivaji’s fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.

Kille Nivati

This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one’s mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
Kille Nivati was constructed by great Maratha ruler Shivaji. He was such a visionary who had given proper attention at his naval force. He built many forts for the protection of his empire. From this fort, one can observe Bhogave’s allevaing beach

Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 k.m. away from Mumbai, 6 kms. south of Malvan, on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day, one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.

Snorkeling: is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped tube called a snorkel, and usually swim-fins. Use of this equipment allows the snorkeler to observe underwater attractions for extended periods of time with relatively little effort.
Snorkeling is a popular recreational activity. The primary appeal is the opportunity to observe underwater life in a natural setting without the complicated equipment.

Dolphin Safari:

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Thursday , 21st April 2011, Night
Meeting point:
22:00 Hrs at Dadar stn.
22:15 Hrs: Departure

Day 1: Friday, 22nd April 2011

09:30 Hrs: @ Vijaydurg (via Rajapur)

Breakfast

10:30 Hrs: Vijaydurg – Exploration

13:00 Hrs: Move 2 Devgad

14:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Devgad (Veg & Non-Veg) @ Hotel Vasant-Vijay / Matoshri Lunch Home

15:00 Hrs: Devgad exploration

16:00 Hrs: Move 2 Kunkeshwar

17:00 Hrs: @ Kunkeshwar Temple

Visit temple & Sea Shore

18:00 Hrs: Refreshments

18:45 Hrs: Move 2 Achra village

20:00 Hrs: @ Achra

Dinner (Veg. only) and Stay at Achara Village

Day 2: Saturday, 23rd April 2011

Morning Visit 2 Rameshwar Temple

Breakfast

08:00 Hrs: Move from Achara

Visit en-route Bhagwantgad and Bharatgad @ Masure Village (abt 15-20 mins easy trek)
(if time permits we can also visit Rajkot and Sarjekot)

12:30 Hrs: Lunch in Hotel (Veg & Non-Veg Thali unlimited)

14:00 Hrs: Visit to Sindhudurg fort

15:30 Hrs: Snorkeling (every one can do the snorkeling … Safe & Easy)

18:00 Hrs: Snacks & Tea

18:30 Hrs: Free time for Malvan Market / Beach / Rock Garden etc. (Optional)

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg & Non-Veg Thali unlimited)
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Stay at Malvan
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Day 3, Sunday, 24th April 2011

(Entire Day Travel by Boating only)

06:30 Hrs Break Fast
07:00 Hrs Dolphin Safari

09:00 Hrs Tsunami Island

10:00 Hrs Nivti Beach, Nivti Fort

12:30 Hrs Lunch ( Veg. / Non-Veg.)

15:00 Hrs Bhogve Beach

16:00 Hrs Tarkarli Beach

17:00 Hrs Malvan

Tea Break & Depart for Mumbai by 5.30 pm

21:00 Hrs: Dinner @ Hotel Alankar, Hatkhamba (To be borne by Participant as per veg / non veg choice)

Day 4: Monday, 25th April 2011

00:05 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)

The cost for the whole tour will be Rs 4000/- per head
This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Snorkeling, Dolphin Safari, Boating charges, Permissions and entry fees, Food ( Veg & Non Veg Thali unlimited), Accommodations ( Rooms with 5 ppl sharing basis)

Maximum 25 seats … Seats will be first come 1st basis …

One needs to deposit  Rs 2000/- advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
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Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Last date for registration: – Tuesday 12th April 2011, 5 pm

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Things To Carry:-
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A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)
Cap, Good trekking shoes, Extra pair of Clothes, a Towel etc.(a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
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A haversack to put all these things
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For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

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Dear All,

शिखर वेध has arranged a one day trip to Induri Fort / Sangramdurg & Visit 2 Vadu-Tulapur, on Sunday April 3, 2011

Brief Introduction about Induri / Sangramdurg: -

Height: ~ 1750 ft
Type: Land Fort
Grade: simple
Location: Talegaon / Chakan
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Induri Fort is situated in Talegaon-Dabadhe village. The “Induri Fort” was built by Sarsenapati Khanderao Yesajirao Dabhade in 1720-21. The fort also had a mint (Coin) in it. The temple of Goddess Kadjai is also in the fort. Fort has around 9-10 bastions, Entrance door, Rooms with different types of carvings. The Goddess was got in the Sarsenapati Dabhade Family by Ambikabaisaheb (d/o Shitole Family of Patas) after her marriage to Sarsenapati Yashwantrao Dabhade Ist}
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Sangram Durg is situated at Chakan, Pune. It is a land fort. Firangoji Narsala was a renowned Maratha warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji Maharaj. He is famous for his defence of this fort against a Mughal army led by Shayeste Khan in 1660. Firangoji was a ‘Killedar’ (garrison commander) of this fort in Chakan (Pune). When Shayeste Khan invaded Pune with a lakh of soldiers, he selected Sangram Durga as the first target. He attacked the fort with 10,000 soldiers. Firangoji Narsala was prepared for this attack, however, even though he had only 200 soldiers. Just before this attack Shivaji had asked his commander to leave the fort. However, Firangoji decided not to abandon the fort and instead started a fierce guerrilla war against the Mughals and defended the fort in this way for almost two months. Chakan Fort is situated in Chakan on National Highway 50. The last Maratha – British war took place here. The fort is in a ruined state now.
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A Tribute visit at Vadu – Tulapur : जगावे कसे ह्याचा आदर्श घालून देते शिवचरित्र आणि मृत्यूचा आदर्श देई शंभूचरित्र …

A article for the same is here

फाल्गुन अमावस्या – छत्रपति संभाजी महाराज पुण्यतिथी
उद्या पाडवा. हिंदुं नववर्ष दिन. उद्याच्या दिवशी हिंदु घरोघरी गुढ्या उभारतात. त्याची ‘याद’ मनात ठेऊन औरंगजेबाने आजची संध्याकाळ निवडली होती. की उद्या पहाटे या हिंदुंना – काफरांना त्यांच्या प्राणाहून प्रिय असणार्‍या राजाच्या मस्तकाचीच गुढी – भाल्यावर टांगवून मिरवून दाखवू.
बहादुरगडावर (मौजे पेडगाव, ता.श्रीगोंदा) संभाजी महाराजांची धिंड काढलेली होती. एका बोडख्या घाणेरड्या उंटावर संभाजी महाराजांना व कवि कलशांना उलटे बसवले होते. साखळदंडाने बांधलेले. त्या दोघांच्या अंगावर विदुशकासारखे झिरमिळ्यांचे चट्ट्यापट्टयाचे कपडे चढवलेले होते. गळ्यातील शिवरायांनी चढवलेली कवड्याची माळ उतरवून गुरांनाही सहन होणार नाही अशी काथ्याची पेंढी बांधलेली होती. दोघांच्याही डोक्यावर एखाद्या अट्टल गुन्हेगारांना बांधाव्यात अशा, कुराणमध्ये सांगितलेल्या आदेशानूसार इराणी लाकडी टोप्या बसवलेल्या होत्या. त्याच प्रमाणे ‘तख्तेकुलाह’ म्हणजे लाकडी फळ्यांचा खोडा मानेवर ठेऊन त्याला दोन्ही हात बांधलेले होते. त्या खोड्याला घुंगरे बांधलेली होती अन् त्यावर छोटी छोटी निशाणे चितारलेली होती.
अशी ती धिंड मोगली फौजेमधून काढलेली होती. मोगलांमध्ये ईदपेक्षाही उत्साहाचे वातावरण होते. दुतर्फा फौजेतील सैनीक महाराजांवर व कवी कलशांवर दगडे भिरकावीत होते. त्यांना भाल्याने टोचीत होते. त्यांचे नगारे वाजत होते, कर्णे थरारत होते. बारा ईमामांचे झेंडे फडकत होते. रायगडचा राजा, महाराजांचा व जीजाआऊचा शंभूबाळ आज रांडा पोरांच्या विटंबनेचा विषय झालेला होता.
पुढे औरंगजेबाने आपला मुक्काम तुळापूर येथे हालवला. इथे तुळापूरच्या संगमावर त्याला हिंदू राजास हलाल करावयाचे होते. संभाजी महाराजांची तेजस्वी नेत्रकमले काढण्यासाठी हशम सरसावले. रांजणातून रवी जशी फिरवावी, तशा त्या तप्त – लालजर्द सळया शंभू राजांच्या डोळ्यातून फिरल्या. चर्र चर्र आवाज करीत चर्येवरील कातडी होरपळून गेली. सारी छावणी थरारली पण संभाजी महाराजांच्या मुखातून आक्रोशाची लकेरही उमटली नाही. यामुळे औरंगजेबाचा पारा मात्र जास्तच चढला. कवि कलशाचेही डोळे काढण्यात आले.
बलिष्ठ शरीर यष्टीचा एक पठाण कविराजांच्या छातीवर बसला. दोघांनी त्यांचे पाय उसाचे कांडे पिळगटावे तसे मागे खेचले. दोघांनी आपल्या राकट हातांनी कविराजांची मुंडी धरली. त्या पठाणाने कविराजांच्या जबड्यात हात घातला. कविराजांचे मुख रक्ताने भरून गेले. त्या धटींगणाने कविराजांची जीभ हाताने बाहेर खसकन खेचली. एकाने ती वीतभर लांब बाहेर आलेली जीभ कट्यारीने खचकन छाटली. कविराजांच्या तोंडातून रक्ताचा डोंब उबळला. संभाजी महाराजांचीही जीव्हा अशीच छाटली गेली. पहाणार्‍यांचेही डोळे पांढरे पडले. असूरी आनंदाने आवघी छावणी गर्जत होती.
कवी कलशांवर होणारे अत्याचार ही जणू संभाजी महाराजांवर होणार्‍या अत्याचारांची रंगीत तालीमच असायची. संध्याकाळ झाली. शंभू महादेव खांबास घट्ट बांधून ठेवलेले होते. स्वाभीमानाने तळपत झळकणार्‍या तेजस्वी योग्यासारखे. ज्यांच्या तेजाने शेशही डळमळून जावा अशा तेजस्वी श्रीकृष्णासारखे. अविचल. अभेद्य ! आभाळात अभिमानाने मस्तक उंचावून बाणेदारपणे उभे असलेल्या रायगडाच्या टकमक टोकासारखे.
दोन दैत्य पुढे सरसावले. एकाने पाठीच्या वरच्या मणक्यापासून आणि दुसर्‍याने समोरून गळ्यापासून शंभूराजांच्या अंगात वाघनख्या घुसवल्या. त्या राक्षसांना जोर चढावा म्हणून कुराणातील आयते वाचले जात होते. रण वाद्यांचा दणदणाट होत होता. “दीन दीन” “अल्लाहो अकबर” च्या घोषात राजांची त्वचा डाळिंबाच्या टरफला सारखी सोलली जात होती. जास्वंदीसारखा लाल बुंद देह यातनांनी तळमळत होता. रक्ता मासाच्या चिंध्या होत होत्या. संपूर्ण देहाची चाळणी झाल्यावर मग फरशा व खांडे पेलत दोन गाझी (धर्मेवीर) पुढे आले. त्या दोघांचेही हात पाय असे अवयव एक एक करून तोडून टाकले. एकाने खांड्याचे धारधार पाते संभाजी राजांच्या मानेत घुसवले. व हळू हळू कुराणातील आज्ञेप्रमाणे ‘हलाल’ करीत शिर चिरत धडावेगळे केले !!!
स्वातंत्र्य सुर्या आता तरी प्रसन्न हो. हिंदु धर्माच्या रक्षणार्थ एक तेजस्वी राजा आज स्वातंत्र्य देवतेच्या वेदीवर आपली आहूती देत आहे. आता तरी प्रसन्न हो…..!!!
शंभूराजे आम्हाला माफ करा. ज्या धर्माच्या रक्षणार्थ तुम्ही स्वतःचे प्राण वेचलेत त्याच धर्मातील अभागे आम्ही, तुमच्या स्मरणार्थ वढू तुळापूरास जात नाही. तिथे तुमचे स्मरण करून २ साधी फुलेही वाहात नाही.
उलट आमच्यातीलच काही हिंदु तुमच्या नावाचा दुरूपयोग राजकारणात करून त्यावर आपली पोळी भाजत आहेत. ज्या धर्मासाठी आपण बलीदान केलेत त्या धर्मा विरोधात काम करीत आहेत. आणि आम्ही आभागे हे सर्व निमूट पणे पाहात आहोत. आम्हाला क्षमा करा. आम्हाला नर्कातही जागा मिळणार नाही….आम्हाला क्षमा करा.

Itinerary of the trip:

Sunday April 3, 2011
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Meeting Point :
05:45 am Swami Narayan Temple, Dadar (East)
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06:00 Hrs: Departure from Mumbai by private vehicle
08:45 Hrs : Breakfast point: – Manshakti Kendra, Lonavala
11:00 Hrs: @ Induri Fort
Induri Fort Exploration
12:30 Hrs: Move 2 CHakan (Sangramdurg fort)
13:00 Hrs: @ Chakan
Sangramdurg Exploration
14:00 Hrs: Lunch (Veg. Only)
15:30 Hrs: @ Vadu – Chatrapti Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi place – (Mantagni Dilela Thikan)
16:30 Hrs: @ Tulapur – Famous historical place Chatrapti Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi – (Vadh Jhalele thikan)
Refreshments on the way

We will be in mumbai around 21:30 hrs ( thats – subjective)
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For Induri Fort pics see below link

https://picasaweb.google.com/prasadpardeshi23/InduriFort#

For Sangramdurg (CHakan fort) pics see below link

https://picasaweb.google.com/prasadpardeshi23/ChakanFortAKASangramdurg#

For Tulapur pics see below link

https://picasaweb.google.com/jagdishlove/Mahad_Dehu_Tulapur#
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The Estimated initial expenditure is about Rs.750 / -
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This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), food expenses (Lunch+2 Refreshments), .
Seats will be first come 1st basis … Deposit the full amount on following A/c …
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Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Last date for registration: – Thursday 31st March 2011, 5 pm

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Things To Carry:-
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A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
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A haversack to put all these things
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Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध arranged A HOLI Special Trek 2 Ratangad-Sandhan Valley on 19-20 Mar 2011 …
Hope 2 c u to NJoy with us …
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Brief Introduction abt Ratangad – Sandhan Valley:
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Height: 4255 feet
Grade:Medium
Time: ~ 2.5 hrs from Ratanwadi
Location: IgatPuri region
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Ratangad: Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time.
About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Top of Ratangad has two caves in which stay can be made. One can go around the fort to have a look at the nearby mountains in the Kalsubai range. Ratangad also has a natural orifice (nedhe). It is also possible to go an sit in this nedhe .
Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accomodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle. One can make circuitous way back to the cave from the route on the edge of the northern cliff.
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@ Sandhan Valley is a beautiful place situated in the Western Ghats near Ratangad. Amidst the water carved valley of 50 to 500 feet deep and around two km long. Experience the heart throbbing crossing of 4 ft deep water pool in the way of rock floored water carved valley.
This will be your memorable trek.

Journey Details:

Saturday 19th March 2011
Meeting point @ DADAR railway station @ 00:15 hrs on Saturday 19th March 2011
Catch 12167 Dadar – Varanasi super fast express … For comfortable journey if u wish, u can book sleeper class tkt in advance … still 10 seats r vacant
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00:35 hrs: Departure from Dadar by DR BSB SUP Exp
01:25 Hrs: @ Kalyan
03:25 hrs: @ Igatpuri
04:45 hrs: Catch bus 2 Shendi
06:20 hrs: @ Shendi
06:30 hrs: Ferry / jeep ride to Ratanwadi
07:30 hrs: @ Ratanwadi
Amruteshwar Temple visit
& Breakfast Time
08:00 hrs: Trek to Ratangad
10:30 hrs: Atop
Sight seeing & lunch @ Nedhe
13:30 hrs: Descend by Trimbak Darwaja 2 Samrad Village
17:00 hrs: @ Samrad
Tea Time …
Village trail
Dinner, Campfire
Stay @ Samrad village school

Sunday 20th March 2011
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Early morning B/f +T

08:00 Hrs: Move 2 Sandhan Valley
Explore Sandhan valley & Back 2 Samrad
12:00 Hrs: Lunch time
13:00 Hrs: Move 2 Konkankada Point
14:00 Hrs: @ Konkankada Point
14:30 Hrs: Descecnd by CHondha ghat steps route
15:45 Hrs: @ Ghatghar lower deck platue
16:00 Hrs: Move by jeeps 2 Dolkhamb Village
16:30 Hrs: @ Dolkhamb
From there by ST / TRax 2 Asangaon
18:00 Hrs: @ Asangaon

From there by local train 2 mumbai either by 18:17 Hrs / 18:54 Hrs
We will be in Dadar 20:30 hrs (That’s Subjective)
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Max 20 participants
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The estimated expenditure is about Rs. 600/- only
Includes Transportation charges frm Igatpuri to Asangaon, Ferry/Jeep Charges, 2 meals and 4 Refreshments, Accommodation charges if any
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Things To Carry
Lunch For Saturday (Must)
Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs) (Must)
Torch with spare batteries (must)
Sleeping mat/Bedding (must)
Extra Pair of clothes (must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars
Some ready 2 eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuit
Good trekking shoes
Personal basic medical kit
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A haversack to put all these things
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Vishal Budhavlekar : 09930849930
Dipak Kumkar : 09920206292

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Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a Tour to Velas Beach specially for the Turtle festival on 12-13th March 2011

Some information about the area: The places that will be visiting are:
1.Velas Beach – Turtle Festival visit
2. Bankot Fort
3. Harihareshwar Temple

Velas Beach :
Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated near Bankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favorable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Gokulashtami Festival is one of the important festival in Velas. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley, which is an endangered species of turtle. The hatchlings are heading towards the sea from the shore now-a-days. And we have at least 80% chances to see the emergence of these little new born turtles as I have a talk with organizers there.

Bankot Fort

Region: Mandangad
District: Ratnagiri
Height: Sea fort (Slightly above sea level)
Difficulty: Simple

Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Saturday, 12th March 2011
Rendezvous :
@ Swaminarayan Temple, Dadar (East) @ 06:00 Hrs sharp
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06:15 Hrs: Departure from Dadar
Breakfast on the way near Nagothane / Kolad
13:30 Hrs: @ Velas
Lunch at Velas (Veg. Only)
Rest time
Tea & Visit velas beach in the evening, Go for turtle watching.
Dinner ( Veg. Only)
Stay @ villagers home in Velas (Dormitory Type only) —
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Sunday, 13th March 2011
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Visit Velas Beach for Turtle watching.
08:00 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea
08:45 Hrs: @ Bankot fort
09:15 Hrs: Atop

Fort Exploration
10:30 Hrs: @ Harihareshwar by crossing Veshvi – Bagmandala creek by ferry
Harihareshwar Temple visit

Lunch @ Harihareshwar ( Veg/Non-Veg to be borne by participant as per choice) … Post-Lunch Visit 2 Harihareshwar Beach
16:00 Hrs: Departure 2 Mumbai
Evening Tea on the way

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We will be in mumbai around 21:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)
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The Estimated initial expenditure is about Rs.1300 / -

This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Turtle festival charges, food expenses except Sunday Lunch, and accommodation charges.
Seats will be first come 1st basis … Deposit Rs 1000/- advance on following A/c …
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Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Last date for registration: – Thursday 10th March 2011, 5 pm

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Things To Carry:-
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A Torch with spare battery ( a must)
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
2-3 papers, Bedding (can be used if Required)
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
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A haversack to put all these things
For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
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