Dear All,
शिखर वेध has arranged New Year Special Trek to Sandhan Valley exploration cum rappelling event on 31 Dec 2011 – 1 January 2012

Hope 2 cu on trek with me to NJoy again ;-)

Brief Intro abt Sandhan:-

Height:~ 4100 ft
Grade: Medium
Time: ~ 2.5 hrs from Ghatghar Dam
Location: Bhandardara region

“SANDHAN” …. 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.

Also you will get chance to Rappel down four small patches to reach the base of SANDHAN VALLEY.

Trek Details:
Saturday 31 st December 2011

Rendezous: On Telecon

00:15 Hrs :CST
00:23 Hrs: Byculla
00:33 Hrs: Dadar
00:44 Hrs: Kurla
00:50 Hrs: Ghatkopar
01:10 Hrs: Thane
01:32 Hrs: Dombivali
01:40 Hrs: Kalyan
02:56 Hrs: Kasara

03:00 Hrs: Depart 2 Samrad by Private vehicle

05:30 Hrs : – @ Samrad
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Breakfast-T @ Samrad
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08:00 Hrs — Move 2 Sandhan
08:30 Hrs — Enter in Sandhan Valley

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We have to go through abt 4-5 feet deep water for about 25-30 meters on the way … its real fun-thrill
Pls do carry extra clothes for da same …

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12:30 Hrs — Rappelling of 50 ft patch
Lunch time mid way
& then 2 more patches of 20 feet 2 rappel ..
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17:30 Hrs — Settle at base

Dinner & Campfire
Stay in open … near a natural swimming pool

Sunday 1 January 2012

Wake Up early
07:30 Hrs — Breakfast-Tea
09:00 Hrs — Trek towrds Dehne
11:00 Hrs — @ Dehne
12:00 Hrs — @ Dolkhamb by jeep
13:00 Hrs — @ Shahapur by ST

Lunch @ Hotel Abhijit, Shahapur

14:30 Hrs — @ Asangaon station

We will be in Dadar around 17:00 hrs ( thats – subjective) … depends on Mega block things

The Estimated expenditure for the Trek is about Rs. 1000 /-

Includes Transportation from Kasara 2 Asangaon, 2 meals & Refreshments + Rappling Charges
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Please book yourself with advance payment of Rs. 500/- (Non-refundable) … Deposit the amount on following account.
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Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

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Seats r limited … MAXimum 30 members …
Last date to register with advance payment is 20th December 2011 till 5 pm
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Note:- Its a group activity so each and every member will be allotted some or other responsibility. Pls do keep space for 1kg at least in your bag.
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Few memories in form of snaps

https://picasaweb.google.com/114023022216173991101/SandanValley

https://picasaweb.google.com/104269804834836030230/SandhanValleyViaChondheGhat

Things To Carry:-

Pls Do carry Lunch for Saturday (a must)
A Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs) (a must)
1 torch (a must) with spare battereies
Sleeping Mat – Bags (a must)
Tiffin Box, Plate, Spoon ( a must)
Extra Pair of clothes (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, do carry a extra pair as well
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)

A haversack to put all these things

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagadish Patil: 09869369836
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Dear All,

We @ शिखरवेध has arranged much awaited Rajgad to Torna AND Torna to Rajgad (2 separate group) on 24-25 December 2011 ( Journey starts on Friday 23rd Dec 2011, 23:00 Hrs)

Brief Introduction about Rajgad / Torna:-

Height: 4182 ft / 4200 ft
Grade: Medium/Medium
Time: ~ Maximum 2 / 3 hrs from base villages Gunjavane / Velhe
Location: Pune

RAJGAD – The name describes the place itself. The King of all the forts.
It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla.

Padmavati Machee (north end) : This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).

Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.

Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.

Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.

TORNA: The fort is also known as Prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.

Fascinating points on Torna fort:

Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.

Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.

Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.

Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.

Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.

Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.

Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is stillin the needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.

Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side & a wonderful spot to see.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

Rendezeous: Borivali National Park Gate, Borivali (E) @ 22:45 Hrs on Friday 23rd Dec 2011

23:00 Hrs: Departure from Borivali
Pick-ups en-route JVLR turn, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Airoli, Nerul etc.
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A) Rajgad to Torna Group

Saturday 24th Dec 2011
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05:00 Hrs : @ Gunjavane, Base Village
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Finish off Morning activities , Breakfast & Tea

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06:30 Hrs : Ascend to Rajgad Starts
08:45 Hrs : Atop Rajgad

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Explore Padmavati machi, Balekilla & Suvela Machi
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12:45 Hrs : Lunch time @ Padmavati Temple
14:30 Hrs : Move 2 Sanjivani Machi

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Explore Sanjivani Machi
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16:15 Hrs : Descend from Alu Darwaja
18:30 Hrs : @ Paal-Khind

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Retire for da day & Prepare Dinner & Tented accommodation …
Note: 1 Tent will be distributed among 3-4 ppls group as per size and They have to carry out the burden of same alternately till the trek ends.
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Sunday 25th Dec 2011
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05:00 Hrs : Wake up call
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Finish off Morning activities

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06:00 Hrs : Breakfast – Tea
06:30 Hrs : Move to Torna
09:00 Hrs : Torna Atop

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Explore Torna gad, Lunch, Rest
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13:30 Hrs : Descend
16:30 Hrs : Refreshment – Tea

17:30 Hrs : Start return journey back 2 Mumbai by private vehicle
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B) Torna to Rajgad Group

Saturday 24th Dec 2011

06:15 Hrs : @ Velha, Base Village
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Finish off Morning activities , Breakfast & Tea

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07:30 Hrs : Ascend to Torna Starts
10:30 Hrs : Atop Torna

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Explore Torna Fort
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12:30 Hrs : Lunch time @ Menglai Temple
13:00 Hrs : Move 2 Budhala Machi

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Explore & Descend

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16:30 Hrs : @ Paal-Khind
18:30 Hrs : @ Sanjivani Machi
19:30 Hrs : @ Padmavati Temple

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Retire for da day & Dinner & Stay in Temple …
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Sunday 25th Dec 2011
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06:00 Hrs : Wake up call
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Finish off Morning activities

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07:00 Hrs : Breakfast – Tea
08:00 Hrs : Move to Balekilla

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Explore Balekilla, Suvela Machi & Padmavati machi etc.
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12:30 Hrs : Lunch Time
13:30 Hrs : Descend
16:00 Hrs : @ Gunjavane village
16:30 Hrs : Refreshment – Tea

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Move to Margasani to catch our Private vehicle
18:00 Hrs : Start return journey back 2 Mumbai by private vehicle
We will be @ Borivali by 23:00 Hrs (Subjectively)
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The Estimated expenditure of the trek is Rs 1400/- per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Borivali 2 Borivali by private vehicle, 3 veg meals, 4 Refreshments, Tented accommodation

For registration, Rs. 800/- Non-Refundable) as advance payment for vehicle charges is a must …
Deposit the amount on following account.

Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

Maximum 25 seats …
Last date for confirmation with advance payment is on Tuesday 13th December, 2011 till 5 pm

Things To Be carried:

A bottle of water (Atleast 3 Ltrs – must),
TORCH with extra batteries (Compulsory),
Bedding ( Compulsory)
A spoon and a plate (a must)

Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
2-3 papers, Cap, etc.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking.

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagadish Patil: 09869369836
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Dear All,

After a Thrilling Nalichi waat Descend Trek, शिखरवेध has arranged a one more tough -thrill 1-day trek to little explored place Padargad near karjat on Sunday 20 Nov 2011
Hope 2 meet u on trek .

Brief Introduction about Padargad:-

Height: 2002 ft
Grade: Medium-Thrill
Time: ~ Maximum 3 hrs from Khandas, Base Village

Journey Details:-
Catch the local train for Karjat on Sunday 20th November 2011 morning. Timings r as follows

CST : 05:41Hrs
Byculla : 05:49 Hrs
Dadar : 05:58 Hrs
Kurla : 06:09 Hrs
Ghatkopar : 06:15 Hrs
Thane : 06:35 Hrs
Dombivali : 06:57 Hrs
Kalyan : 07:07 Hrs
Neral : 07:49 Hrs

Pls do keep a buffer time of 5 mins due to changes in time table
We will meet @ Neral station … Just Check that if u miss the train … u miss the trek with us…
Note: Please do take return tkt till Karjat even though we r getting down @ neral .. for return journey we may board from Karjat …
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Breakfast Time
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Move 2 Khandas

10:00 Hrs: Trek 2 Padargad
13:30 Hrs: Atop

Lunch,Rest,Explore

15:00 Hrs: Descend
18:00 Hrs: @ Khandas

Evening refreshments

19:30 Hrs: @ Neral / Karjat

We will be in Dadar around 22:00 hrs (that’s – subjective)

The Estimated expenditure for Trek is abt Rs. 350 /-
This includes Neral 2 Neral/Karjat rick fare, Morning & Evening refreshments, Tea

Maximum 20 seats

A blog entry about the trek is as below :

http://sites.google.com/site/jagdishlove/padargad

Things 2 Carry:

LUNCH for the day ( a must)

Water Bottle (~3 Ltr) ( a must)

Some ready 2 eat food-Plum cakes, biscuits etc

Extra Pair of clothes, good trekking shoe
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)

A haversack to put all these thing

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagadish Patil: 09869369836
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Also join us @
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Dear All,
We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a trip to Crocodile Safari, Velneshwar, Guhagar beach, on 26 – 27 November 2011 (leaving 25th Night)
Brief Intro about tour:
Grade : Easy

Destinations : Velneshwar, Hedvi, Susrondi Caves, Guhagar, Boat Ride – Crocodile Safari, Govalkot fort, Parshuram Temple etc.

Date : Friday 25th November 2011 (Night Departure) – Sunday 27th November 2011(Return time around 22:30 Hrs)

Cost per Person: Indian Rupee ₹ 2800/- per head

Maximum 25 Participants

Details as below:
Velneswar:

Velneshwar has one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire Konkan stretch and with popular destinations like Guhagar and Ganpatipule flanking it on either sides Velneshwar is soon going to capture the imagination of beach lovers in Maharashtra.
Velneshwar hasnt been been spoken about much apart from the Velneshwar Shiva Temple which is flocked by hundreds of devotees during the Maha – Shivratri festival. Small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav are also present around the main sanctum in this Shiva temple

1 IMP thing :) :It is known that all Gokhale in the world originated from this place.

Hedvi : Dashabhuja Ganesh Mandir, Hedvi
This ‘Laxmi – Ganesh Temple’ is not only ancient but also rare. Carved in white stone beleived to be from the Kashmir region the idol is 3 feet high with ten hands, hence the name ‘Dashabhuja Ganapati’. A grand ceremony along with a procession of in a chariot is held between Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh every year to celebrate the birth of the elephant god.

Susrondi Caves :

The discovery of a Late Acheulian cave occupation at Susrondi in Palshet near Guhagar, on the banks of a small perennial stream, near a waterfall, at a height of 85 m amsl and 2 km inland is the first of its kind on the more than 7500 km long coastline or on the Deccan plateau.
Guhagar Beach:
Guhagar has a very beautiful beach! well known for its long white sandy and safe beach.

Crocodile Safari: -
Govalkot – Maldoli Backwater :- Famous for Crocodile Safari (one can see the rare salt water crocodile in a natural habitat).

Govalkot :

On top of a detached hill and surrounded on nearly all sides by higher hills, is the Gowalkot Fort. This Fort is said to have, at different times, belonged to various kingdoms including the Habshi, Angre, and the Peshvas. At the top of the fort is a beautiful reservoir. Shivaji Maharaj is also believed to have used the Gowalkot Fort at various times. While the Gowalkot Fort is in a relative state of disrepair, it offers a panoramic view of Chiplun, the Western Ghats, the valley, and the Vashisti River

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Friday , 25th November 2011, Night

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Meeting point: 22:15 Hrs at Swami Narayan Temple , Dadar (East).

22:30 Hrs: Departure

Day 1: Saturday, 26th November 2011

07:30 Hrs : @ Velneshwar

Freshen up, Breakfast – Tea Time

09:00 Hrs: Velneshwar – Shiva Temple visit & beach time,

11:30 Hrs: @ Ganesh Temple, Hedavi , Bamanghal

13:00 Hrs: Lunch (Veg Thali) @ Velneshwar

15:30 Hrs: Visit to Acheulian Caves @ Susrondi

17:00 Hrs: @ Guhagar Beach (till sunset)

18:00 Hrs: Tea

20:00 Hrs: @ Maldoli

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali )

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Stay at Maldoli – Home stay – ( Dormitory type)

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Day 2, Sunday, 27th November 2011

07:00 Hrs: Break Fast – Tea

08:00 Hrs: Crocodile Safari (IMP Note: Sighting of Crocodile in safari is not Guaranteed / Commitment … Its just a pure luck OR your fortune / fate ;) )

11:30 Hrs: Govalkot fort visit

13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Hotel Shivsagar, Chiplun

14:00 Hrs: Return Jouney to Mumbai … (if Time permit visit to Parshuram Temple )

22: 00 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)
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The cost for the whole tour will be Indian Rupee ₹ 2800/- per head
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This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Boat Ride charges to Crocodile Safari, Boating charges, Permissions and entry fees, Guide Charges, Food ( Veg only as mentioned ), Accommodations ( Dormitory types)
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Maximum 25 seats … Seats will be first come 1st basis …

One needs to deposit Indian Rupee ₹ 1500/- (Non-refundable) advance amount for Booking Private Vehicle, Boats, Food, Accommodation etc. 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: – Thursday 17th November 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 2 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
Jagadish Patil: 09869369836
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Dear All,

शिखर वेध, has arranged a MoonLight Night Trek to Gorakhgad near Murbad on coming Thursday 10 November 2011

Note: Thursday 10 November 2011 is Kartik Pournima – Guru Nanak JayantiA Holiday — Hope u will also Have 1 ;)

Hope to c u on trek :-)

Details r as follows

Brief Introduction about Gorakhgad

Height: ~ 2140 feet

Grade: Medium

Time: ~ Maximum 2.5 hrs from Dehari, Base Village

Location: Malshej region

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Gorakhgad which is located close to Murbad is a trek that offers a challenge to both the mind and body. Its offers the regular walk in the woods followed by beautiful rock cut steps that lead to the cave on the fort. Another vertical flight of stairs cut through the rock wall lead up to the top of the fort which houses a small temple. This trek is an adrenaline rush for all who look for something different to do over a weekend!

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Journey Details:

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Wednesday 9 th November 2011

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Rendezvous: Sharp 22:00 Hrs @ Kalyan Bus Depo

22:15 Hrs: Departure from Kalyan by Bus

23:45 Hrs: @ Murbad

01:00 Hrs: @ Daheri

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01:30 Hrs: Ascend

04:00 Hrs: @ Cave

Rest till Dawn

06:30 Hrs: Enjoy thrilling top to view of the surrounding region,

Breakfast (Maggi) – Tea

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10:00 Hrs: Descend

12:30 Hrs: @ Base

Lunch - Veg / Non – Veg Thali ( Non-veg thali depends on da No. of ppl)

15:00 Hrs: @ Murbad then to Kalyan by bus
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We would be getting back to Dadar at approx 19:00 Hrs (Subjective)

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The cost of this trek would be Rs.300/- only for Veg and Rs.350/- only for Non Veg ( Chicken Thali) and would include:

> Kalyan-Murbad-Kalyan by ST

> Murbad-Dehri-Murbad by Jeep / ST

> Breakfast – Tea & LUNCH as mentioned

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Things To Carry: -

Torch wid extra pair batteries (a must)

A Water Bottle (~2.5 Ltrs) ( a must)

Sleeping Bags – mat ( 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)

A haversack to put all these things

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

Also join us @
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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_181834891865933&ap=1

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