Dear All,

The Turtle Festival 2012 commenced from Sunday 19 Feb 2012 and we have our already 1st Batch visit on  3 – 4th March 2012 and cited 87 Turtle hatch lings on saturday 3rd March and 16 Hatch lings on sunday 4 march … a total of 103 Hatch-lings the Maximum of this year till now.

So, We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a 1 more batch – Tour to Velas Beach specially for the Turtle festival on 31st March – 1st April 2012

Do join us to witness it … Hope 2 catch u der
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Some information about the area: The places that will be visiting are:1. Velas Beach – Turtle Festival visit 2. Bankot Fort3. 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.

Bankot Fort:
Region: MandangadDistrict: RatnagiriHeight: 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:
Friday 30th March 2012

Rendezvous : @ Borivali National Park, Borivali (East) @ 22:30 Hrs sharp .

Saturday 31st March 2012

05:30 Hrs: @ Velas
Refresh, Breakfast
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle festival
09:15 Hrs: @ Bankot fort

09:45 Hrs: Atop

Fort Exploration
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Lunch at Velas (Veg. Only) Rest time
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Evening TeaVisit velas beach in the evening, Go for turtle watching.

Dinner ( Veg. Only)

Stay @ villagers home in Velas (Dormitory Type only) — .

Sunday, 1st April 2012.

07:00 Hrs: Visit Velas Beach for Turtle watching.

08:00 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea

09:30 Hrs: @ Harihareshwar by crossing Veshvi – Bagmandala creek by ferry Harihareshwar Temple visit
Visit 2 Harihareshwar Beach
13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Harihareshwar ( Veg/Non-Veg to be borne by participant as per choice)

15:00 Hrs: Departure 2 Mumbai

Evening Tea on the way .

We will be in mumbai around 21:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)

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The Estimated expenditure for Tour is about Rs.1500 / - per head
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This includes Borivali 2 Borivali transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Turtle festival charges, ferry 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 22nd March 2012, 5 pm

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Note: -

1) Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles.

Things To Carry:-
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A Torch with spare battery ( a must)

A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Sleeping Bag, Mat (a must)

Towel, a napkin, 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

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

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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 3 – day Bike Trip to Ganpatipule - Ratnagiri – Pawas – Purngad – Marleshwar region, on March 23 – 25, 2012

Brief Introduction about Places as below: -
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Ganpatipule: Nestled in the greenery is a nearly 4000 year old landmark the Swayambhu Ganpati Temple (Swayambhu means a self-originated idol, Ganapati). It is flooded by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. Ganpatipule, the Lord of the ‘ganas’ or army and “pule” means sand dunes. It is one of the ‘Ashta Ganapatis’ (eight Ganpatis) of India and is known as ‘Paschim Dwar Dewata’ (Western Sentinel God).
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Purnagad: Purnagad fort is situated on a mountain which is at the origin of Muchakundi creek. This fort is having a small area but the bastions are having a very strong construction. One can view the entire fort premises in a sight.
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Pawas
: Pawas, a village with captivating natural beauty. This is a prime spiritual place in Ratnagiri district due to a very long stay of Swami (saint) Swaroopanand. Swami Swaroopanand was a follower of Warkari Sampraday ( Tradition).
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Bhatye Suru Ban
: The entire coast of the Bhatye village is covered with ‘Suru’ trees and is locally known as Bhatye Suru Ban. The entire area is covered with trees and is very beautiful.

Bhatye beach: The Bhatye beach is a clean and beautiful beach. The beach is less crowded and secluded as it is a little away from the main city. At one end of the beach you can also visit the temple of ‘Zhari Vinayak‘.

Ratnagiri (THIBA ) Palace: One of the major attractions of Ratnagiri city situated on a small hillock. There is also a best sunset point from here. One can have a panoramic view of Someshwar creek, Bhatye bridge to pawas and Arabian sea. This palace was used for keeping the King Thibaw, last king of Burma (now Myanmar) under house arrest. Thibaw ruled the Burma for 6 years.

Ratnadurg: Besieged by the charming Arabian Sea on the three sides, the massive Ratnadurga Fort presents a splendid look. A massive structure in the shape of a horseshoe, with a length of 1,300 meters and a width of 1,000 meters, Ratnadurg Fort was once a strong hold of the Maratha Empire.
Spread over a vast area of 120 acres, Ratnadurg Fort was under the Muslim rule for so many years. Now a collapsed structure, lying across two hills, Ratnadurg Fort gives a decrepit look.Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Ratnadurg Fort offers the dazzling view of the sun going down the sea and the sweet sound of the pounding of the waves against the rocks makes a perfect symphony. Another specific attraction in the fort is the marvelous lighthouse situated in the bastions of the fort. Once in the fame of glory, Ratnadurg Fort on the coastal line of the Konkan region is a perfect place to getaway from the trappings of the city life.
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Marleshwar Temple: Tourists should visit this important temple in Sangmeshwar for devotion and natural beauty. We can see Sahyadri’s huge precipice and river. We get a surprise when we reach Marleshwar in the pleasant atmosphere. At the right side we get the entrance of the cave and near the entrance of the cave, there is ‘Kund’ of cold water. When we enter the cave we can see Shri. Marleshwar. Friendly snakes and cobras are everywhere in the cave but noteworthy thing is not a single person has died because of snakes here. If we go ahead, ‘Dhareshwar’ waterfall can be seen. The waterfall sight is very beautiful from the cave but we don’t get an idea about the height of the waterfall from here. We will have to go beyond ‘Karambeli Doh’ for that. .

Itinerary of the trip:

Thursday March 22, 2012 .

Meeting Point : 21:30 Hrs  @ DATTA SNACKS CORNER, PANVEL. .

21:45 Hrs: Departure from Panvel by Bikes ( 0 KM)
23:00 Hrs:
Tea – Break @ VAKAN , NAGOTHANE (~ 55 KM)
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FRIDAY March 23, 2012

00:15 Hrs: @ POLADPUR (~ 115 KM)
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:00 Hrs: @ PARSHURAM TEMPLE, CHIPLUN ( ~ 190 KM)
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POWER NAP TILL 06:00 Hrs
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TEA – BREAK @ CHIPLUN
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06:00 Hrs: Move 2 Sangmeshvar

08:00 Hrs: Breakfast Time @ HOTEL SWAD, Sangmeshwar ( ~ 240 KM)
11:00 Hrs: @ GANPATIPULE ( ~ 290 KM)
Exploration TIME for TEMPLE, BEACH, KESHAV SUT SMARAK @ MALGUND
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14:00 Hrs: Lunch TIME

15:00 Hrs: Move 2 PURNGAD Via RATNAGIRI

16:30 Hrs: @ PURNGAD ( ~ 350 KM)
PURNGAD EXPLORATION

17:30 Hrs: Move 2 PAWAS
DINNER
STAY @ PAWASBHAKT-NIWAS  ( ~ 360 KM)
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SATURDAY March 24, 2012 .
WAKE UP EARLY & FINISH MOrning chores
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07:30Hrs: BREAKFAST TIME
MOve 2 Explore Ratnagiri
KURLI Beach,
BHATYE Beach,
THIBA PALACE

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13:30 Hrs: LUNCH TIME
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BHAGWATi FORT,
RATNDURG LIGHT HOUSE

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Free time for MARKET
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DINNER @ HATKHAMBA
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STAY @ TULASANI village ( TENTED Accommodation)
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Roughly ~ 100 KM for da day ( TOTAL till nw would be ~ 460 KM)
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SUNDAY March 25, 2012 .
WAKE UP EARLY & FINISH MOrning chores
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07:30Hrs: MOve 2 Marleshvar
Breakfast & Darshan
10:00 Hrs: MOve 2 MUMBAI via Devrukh, SAngmeshwar
13:00 Hrs: @ CHIPLUN
LUNCH TIME

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@ Panvel ( ~ 800 KM )
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We will be in mumbai around 21:30 hrs ( thats – subjective)
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Note – Time permits we will visit DERVAN as well :)

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The Estimated fee from SHIKHAR VEDH side to the trip is about Rs. 400 / – per head
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This includes DONATION to PAWAS BHAKT-NIWAS & TENTed accommodation and administrative charges for Shikhar Vedh only.

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Other Cost for the event:

1. All Food Expenses, Entry fee wherever required  to be borne by the participant (TTMM basis)
2. Bikers have to bear their bike’s fuel expenses by themselves & pillion rider. (In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges have to be paid by him alone.) … In case of a single rider, we will let u know about pillion’s availability .
3. Any other details will provide on call. .

VIMP NOTE:
1) TOTAL ESTIMATED Expenditure for the TRIP would be around Rs 2000/- per head
2) Max. Bikes will be 15 only … Max. participant wud be 30
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***Some Important Instructions those who Registered …..

All bikers would have to follow the rules and regulations.

All person need to carry Identity proof (Must), Bike’s Legal Papers, Helmet (Must), (Valid Driver’s License, RC Book, Insurance papers and PUC is must) We would check for the license and papers at the start of the ride for every biker, and if any paper is not found in place, the members would not be allowed to ride with us.

Shikhar Vedh would not be responsible for any uncertainties happening to him and also the members who accompanies him after the warning.

It’s advisable to get your bike Serviced / Repaired before the ride so that we all can have safe ride.

Over Speeding / Rash Driving would result in immediate expulsion from the tour.

Please ensure safety for yourself and other people on road.

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

Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Mat (Compulsory)

Good trekking shoes, Extra pair of Cloths, 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,

On Demand, We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a trip to Konkan – Sindhudurg Safari, on  6 – 8 April 2012 (leaving 5th Night & Return 9th Early Morning)

Brief Intro about tour:
Grade           : Easy
Destination   : Vijaydurg, Kunkeshwar, Rameshwar, Sindhudurg Fort, Dolphin Safari, Tsunami Island, Tarakarli Beach
Activities   : Snorkeling, Surface Supply Scuba Diving,
Date             :
Thursday 5
th April 2012 (Night Departure) – Monday 9th April 2012(Early Morning)
Cost per Person: Indian Rupee ₹ 5400/- per head ( All Veg Meals ) and  Indian Rupee ₹ 6100/- per head ( Non-Veg Meals ) Maximum 25 Participants
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Details as below:

  

Vijaydurg or Victory Fort: 

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 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.

Kunkeshwar Temple
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 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. 

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.

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 equipmentInline image 3

Dolphin Safari:

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SURFACE SUPPLY SCUBA DIVING:

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows: 
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Thursday , 5th April 2012, Night

Meeting point:
09:45 Hrs at Dadar station.
22:00 Hrs: Departure
 
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Day 1: Friday, 6th April 2012 

 

Breakfast en-route @ Hotel Alankar, HatKhamba 

 

11:30 Hrs: Check in Hotel @ Malvan 

 

12:00 Hrs: Lunch in Hotel (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Soundale Fish + Prawns CurryUnlimited) 

 

14:00 Hrs: Visit to Sindhudurg fort ( Guided Tour) 

 

16:00 Hrs: Snorkeling activities (every one can do the snorkeling … Safe & Easy)

 

18:00 Hrs: Snacks – Kanda Bhajji & Tea

 

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

 

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali - Paplet / Surmai Fish as available – Limited)

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Stay at Malvan

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Day 2: Saturday, 7th April 2012

 

07:30 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea Time

 

08:30 Hrs: Scuba Diving ( Surface Supply – 30-40 mins each ) – BATCH – 1

(Note: Alternate for BATCH – 2:  Visit 2 DOLPHIN SAFARI & TSUNAMI Island)

 

12:30 Hrs: Lunch Time in Hotel (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali – Bangda + Prawns Curry as available - Unlimited)

 

13:30 Hrs: Scuba Diving ( Surface Supply – 30-40 mins each ) – BATCH – 2

 

(Note: Alternate for BATCH – 1Visit 2 DOLPHIN SAFARI & TSUNAMI Island)

 

18:00 Hrs: Snacks – Vada Pav & Tea

 

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

 

21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg Thali / Chicken Thali / Fish Thali - Paplet / Surmai Fish as available – Limited)

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Stay at Malvan

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Day 3: Sunday, 8th April 2012

 

07:00 Hrs: Break Fast (Dhavade + Tea)

 

 

08:45 Hrs: Move 2 Achara

 

10:00 Hrs: @ Rameshwar Temple, Achara

 

11:30 Hrs: @ Kunkeshwar Temple

 

12:00 Hrs: Move 2 Vijaydurg

 

13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Hotel Suruchi, Vijaydurg (as available)

 

14:30 Hrs: @ Vijay-Durg fort (Guided Tour)

 

Vijaydurg – Exploration

17:30 Hrs: Tea Break & Depart for Mumbai

21:30 Hrs: Dinner @ Hotel Swad, Sangmeshwar (To be borne by Participant as per veg / non veg choice)

Day 5: Monday, 9th April 2012

 

05:30 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)

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The cost for the whole tour will be Indian Rupee ₹ 6100/- per head ( For Non Veg meals ) &  Indian Rupee ₹ 5400/- per head ( For All Veg meals )
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This includes Dadar 2 Dadar transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Surface Supply Scuba Diving, Snorkeling Charges, Dolphin Safari, Boating charges, Permissions and entry fees, Guide Charges, Food ( Veg & Non Veg Thali as mentioned wherever limited and unlimited), Accommodations ( Rooms with 5 ppl sharing basis)
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VIMP Note:

1) Those who do not want to do Surface Supply Scuba Diving, then the cost would be
Indian Rupee ₹ 4600/- per head ( For Non Veg meals )Indian Rupee ₹ 3900/- per head ( For All Veg meals ) … But last min reg. won’t be possible for this 1 as its time bounded activity.
2) Twin sharing accommodation will be possible with extra amount of  Rs 600/- per head and the participant has to make arrangement for company as well
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Maximum 25 seats … Seats will be first come 1st basis wid Advance payment only …

One needs to deposit Indian Rupee ₹ 3500/- (Non-refundable) advance amount for Booking Private Vehicle, Activity Charges, 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 15th March 2012, 5 pm

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Few memories in form of snaps of Konkan – Tour – April & November 2011 as below
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Vishal Budhavalekar:
https://picasaweb.google.com/104699421488274212758/Malvan?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCNPvwc7i157iWg&feat=directlink
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Suhas Sawant:

https://picasaweb.google.com/105425526563576974836/KonkanTourApril2011ShikharVedh?authkey=Gv1sRgCMuzlYHJvq2VvwE
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Dev
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https://picasaweb.google.com/msg4devendrasingh/Malvan?authkey=Gv1sRgCJi_qOr_5-iVOw&feat=directlink&fgl=true&pli=1#
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Aniruddha Misra:
https://picasaweb.google.com/112736161027056685175/Malvan?authkey=Gv1sRgCPKnu9DAwdXECg#
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Things To Carry:-
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A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)

Cap, Good trekking shoes, Extra 3 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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