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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