Dear All

We @ SHIKHAR VEDH have arranged a 300 feet rappelling at Dukes Nose, this also covers a superb and thrilling traverse of almost 1000 feet on 3 April 2016
Place: Duke’s nose, Lonavala
Base village: Kurvande
Rappelling Height: 300 ft, Traverse 1000 ft.
Date :-  Sunday 3 April 2016

Description ,
Dukes Nose near Khandala which is named after Duke Wellington, is a huge pinnacle seen while traveling from Mumbai to Pune. The sight from top is unique and magnificent as one sees a vast landscape and the winding Mumbai-Pune expressway cutting through the ghats and trains chugging along the tracks.
It’s famous for rappelling, rock climbing and valley crossing activities.
Rappelling (English Name) also known as abseiling (German Name) is a method of a quick and safe descend after a climb. It’s an act of descending a mountain face by sliding down a rope, which is attached to a body harness and fastened to an overhead projection, with sufficient friction provided as to make the speed of descent controllable.

Itinerary of the event :

Sunday 3 April 2016
Mumbai Participants – 
Catch Indrayani Express and get down at Lonavala station
Mumbai CST: 5.37 am
Dadar: 5.46 am
Thane: 6.05 am
Kalyan: 6.30 am
Lonavala: 8.00 am
Pune Participants:
Catch Pune-Lonavala local and get down at Lonavala station
Pune: 6.27am
Shivaji Nagar: 6.33am
Pimpari: 6.55 am
Dehu Road: 7.04
Talegoan: 7.16 am
Kamshet: 7.30
Lonavala: 7.55 am
08:00 am – Meet and greet at Lonavala Station.
08:30 am – Reach Dukes Nose base camp and have breakfast.
09:00 am – Start the trek to Dukes Nose.
10:00 am – Training and harnessing followed by the main rappelling event.
17:00 am – Move from base camp towards Lonavala.
18:00 am – Journey ends at Lonavala.
Cost Of the Event will be Rs. 1600/- per head
This includes Lonavala 2 Lonavala transportation fare for private vehicle
Breakfast & Lunch
All Technical gear and equipment,
Services of expert instructors.


Please book yourself with advance payment of Rs. 1000/- (Non-refundable) … Deposit the amount on following account.
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

IFSC Code : ICIC0000268
Seats r limited …
Last date to register with advance payment is Thursday 31 March 2016 .
Note: - 
(Extra rappel will be allowed for Rs 800/- per rappel, if time permits)
Things to be carried:
A Water Bottle (~2-3 Ltrs),
Camera, Cell Phone, Cap
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if you require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, carry extra pair of shoes or floaters if possible
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 / 09702121373 (Whtsapp)
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Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a trip to Crocodile Safari, Velneshwar, Hedavi, Guhagar beach, on  2 – 3 April 2016 (leaving April 1st Night)

Brief Intro about tour:

Grade           : Easy

Destinations   : Velneshwar, Hedvi, Guhagar, Boat Ride – Crocodile Safari, Govalkot fort etc.

Date             : Friday 1st April 2016 (Night Departure) – Sunday 3 April 2016 (Return time around 22:30 Hrs)

Cost per Person:  4000/- per head

Maximum 25 Participants

Details as below: 


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.

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). (IMP Note: Sighting of Crocodile in safari is not Guaranteed / Commitment … Its just a pure luck OR your fortune / fate ;) )
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 1 st April 2016


Meeting point: 22:30 Hrs at Pritam Hotel , Dadar (East).

23:00 Hrs: Departure


Day 1: Saturday, 2nd April 2016


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


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


18:00 Hrs: Tea


20:00 Hrs: @ Maldoli


21:00 Hrs: Dinner (Veg / Non VegThali ) – Fish will b extra charge


Stay at Maldoli – Home stay – ( Dormitory type)


Day 2, Sunday, 3rd  April 2016

07:00 Hrs:    Break Fast – Tea

08:30 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

13:30 Hrs:    Lunch on the way ( Veg / Non – Veg) – Fish will be with extra charge

14:00 Hrs:    Return Jouney to Mumbai …

22: 00 Hrs: @ Dadar (Subjective)



The cost for the whole tour will be  4000/- per head


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 (as mentioned ), Accommodations ( Dormitory types)

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

One needs to deposit  2000/- (Non-refundable) advance amount for Booking Private Vehicle, Boats, Food, Accommodation etc.  into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.



ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464

Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

Last date for registration: – Tuesday 29th March 2016, 5 pm


Things To Carry:-

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)

A haversack to put all these things


For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Jagadish Patil: 09869369836 / 09702121373 (Whtsapp)

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Dear All,


We @ शिखर वेध are glad to announce Bike Ride to Velas Turtle Festival on 26-27 March 2016
Get Ready to Witness the Wonderful Life Of Turtles ….

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. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley, which is an endangered species of turtle.


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.


Tour Duration: 2 Days/ 1 Night

Dates :

26-27th March 2016

The Itinerary for the Tour as follows:

Day 1: SATURDAY 26 March 2016

06:30 Hrs: @ McD, Kalamboli ( Near the starting of Expressway )
06:45 Hrs:  Start Riding towards Velas,

08:30 Hrs: @ Vadkhal Naka –  Breakfast (2 b born by participants)


En-route Visit to Bankot Fort and exploration.


13:30 Hrs: Lunch at Velas (Veg. Only)

Rest time

Evening Tea & Visit Velas beach,

Go for Turtle watching.

Dinner ( Veg. Only)

Stay @ villagers home in Velas (Dormitory Type only)


Day 2: SUNDAY 27 March 2016


06:45 Hrs: Visit Velas Beach for Turtle watching.

08:00 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea

Start for Harihareshwar by crossing Veshvi – Bagmandala creek by ferry

(En-route Load bikes in Ferry and cross the creek )

Harihareshwar Temple visit

Visit 2 Harihareshwar Beach


13:00 Hrs : Lunch time ( 2 b borne by participants)


Ride 2 Mumbai post Lunch

21:00 Hrs : @ Mumbai


The cost for the trip will beRs 1000/- per head

That includes the expenditure for ferry charges, food expenses (except Saturday B/f-Tea & Sunday Lunch ), accommodation charges , entry fees and Shikhar Vedh administrative charges


Petrol and Maintenance cost should be settled by the bike owner and the person accompanying him.

In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by him alone. Shikharvedh can help you to get a pillion who is interesting for the trip. 

For PUNE PARTICIPANTS, Can join us at Mangaon st depo

Note: -

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

Things To Carry:-

Identity proof / License (Must),
Bike’s Legal Papers, Helmet (Must)

Sleeping Bags / Mat ( Must)

A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional),
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put all these things

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Ganesh Gajare : 09833351478 / 7738374948

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Dear All,
We @ शिखर वेध  has arranged A one day WOMEN SPECIAL TREK/TRIP to Kelwe-Palghar region on Sunday 6 March 2016
This is the 7th consecutive year SHIKHAR VEDH is organizing Women Special Event (on occasion of International Women Day celebrated on 8 March )

Brief Introduction about Kelwe/Shirgaon/Mahim Forts: –
Grade:  Simple
Location: Safale – Kelwe – Palghar region


SHIRGAON FORT: Entrance thru the main darwaja at the north-eastern part of the fort. This fort resembles Muslim architecture with its dome shaped bastions. Just at the entrance on the right-side are inscriptions dating the origin of this fort to 1714 A.D. As we enter the fort, we find that most of the area is now in ruins. There are 5 bastions on the fort. Climb the dome-shaped, north-eastern bastion which is in good condition and overlooks the road. Walking on the ramparts we head to the bigger bastion which is on the north side. This bastion is also dome-shaped with 5 pillars and is in excellent condition. Both these bastions have small doors to enter and have about 5 pillars running in a semi-circular pattern. The bastion at the north-western end is broken. Check out the south eastern bastion. which is open and does not have a dome. We then move towards the south-western bastion which is also in a broken condition. The area inside the fort between the north-west and south-west bastions houses 5 rooms which are open and in complete ruins.
There are plenty of cells and tunnels inside the fort and most of them are secret ones and yet to be found. Some of the cells/rooms were used as godowns. Another important thing that we noticed was that there were no water tanks or wells in the fort. Quite strange! The sea water touches the fort on the western side.
MAHIM FORT: In 1739, Chimaji Appa started his occupation on the fort and the area around. At that time there were just 60 soilders and 15 cannons on the fort.While on Medekot (small fortification/bastion made of wood), next to the fort, there was a Portuguese captian and 30 soilders. The Mahim fort entrance was supported by 2 pentagonal shaped bastions and the cannons were well placed on these bastions. These bastions are now completely broken and in ruins. Inspite of all this, the fort fell in the hands of the Marathas.
In 1818, the British won this fort, and they have described this fort with 10mtrs high fortwalls and an approx area of 75 sq.mtrs. Till 1862, this fort was kept in extremely good condition. Even the collector of Thane district used to live in the fort premises. The Mahim fort used to be of strategic importance & in the olden days this fort used to be a major hub for all land and sea trade happening between Vasai & Mumbai.

Fort Kelve  : This fort was initially surrounded by sea, but is now on the coast due to reduced sea level. In 1739, the Marathas conquered the fort on 10th of January in the “Campaign of Vasai”.
The fort walls and entrances were buried under sand, until in 2008-09, a group of people under the group “Kille Vasai Mohim” cleaned up the sand and the entrances. Today, we have to enter crawling through the partially blocked entrance to the first level. Entering the second door we reach the backside of the fort. There are 4 amazing bastions on 4 sides, shaped triangular. These have windows and holes for guns. It takes less than an hour to see the fort.

Fort Kelve (PAANKOT) : This fort is rectangular in shape (75ft long and 40ft in breadth) & from a distance the fort looks like a ship. At the western end of the of the fort we see a wall that separates a small part of the fort. The door used to exist but now in place one finds only a broken arch. On the left we can find a fresh water tank. The broken arch leads us into the balekilla which is like a huge watch tower 2 storeyed, but completely open and ruined.

Itinerary Details: -.

SUNDAY 6 March 2016
Meeting point : Palghar Railway Station

The CHURCHGATE – VIRAR local train timings are given as below: – Its a FAST local 
Churchgate            : 06:08 Hrs,
Mumbai Central     : 06:18 Hrs,
Dadar                     : 06:25 Hrs,
Bandra                   : 06:31 Hrs,
Andheri                  : 06:39 Hrs,
Borivali                  : 06:54 Hrs,
Mira Road              : 07:03 Hrs,
Vasai                     : 07:19 Hrs,
Virar                      : 07:31 Hrs,
Please board in 1st compartment VIRAR end side as we Have to take 07:40 Hrs VIRAR – SURAT shuttle
Pls do keep 5 minutes buffer time due to recent changes in railway time table … Pls do carry ur return tickets till Palghar

07:40 Hrs : Virar
07:50 Hrs : Vaitarna
08:00 Hrs : Safale

08:06 Hrs : Kelve
08:15 Hrs : Palghar
Breakfast Tea – Time
Move to Shirgaon Fort by Tumtum
10:00 Hrs: @ Shirgaon Fort

1.5 Hr time for Exploration
12:00 Hrs: @ Mahim Fort
Exploration time
13:00 Hrs : @ ShitlaDevi Mandir , Kelva
Lunch, Rest Time

15:00 Hrs: @ Kelve fort ,

Exploration time

Fun time @ beach
17:15 Hrs: Move 2 Kelve station by tumtum
Return Journey to Virar by 18:15 hrs OR 19:15 hrs Shuttle … From there to Mumbai by local train
We will be back in Mumbai around 21:30 Hrs (Thts subjective) …

The Estimated expenditure is about Rs. 700 / – per head
This includes Full day Local Transportation from Palghar & Back 2 Kelve stationMorning Breakfast + Tea, LUNCH (VEG) & Evening Tea/ coffee;

Things To Carry: -

Pls do carry A Water Bottle (~2 liters a must)
Camera, Cell Phone (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)

A haversack to put all these things

For any Clarification and further information call on

Sonia Anchan : 09892813235

Poonam Angre  : 09869441508

Supriya Choudhari : 09881843813

Shraddha Shenvi  : 09820822725
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