We @ Shikhar Vedh have arranged a one day trek to Fort Lohgad & Bhaje caves in Lonavala region on Saturday 9th July 2016
Little info about the fort :
Height: 3400 ft
Type: Hill Fort
Lohagad (literally “Iron fort” in Marathi) is one of the many hill forts of Chatrapati Shivaji. It divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna and is situated on a side range of the Sahyadris. The Visapur fort is located on its eastern side. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact. Historical records show that in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well (bawali).
On the west side, there is a long and narrow wall-like fortified spur called Vinchukata (Marathi for Scorpion’s tail) because of shape.Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time: Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and Marathas. Shivaji captured it in 1648 CE, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 CE by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji recaptured the fort in 1670 CE and used it for keeping his treasury.
Trek Schedule :- SATURDAY 9th July 2016
The journey starts with the Indrayani express. People interested should catch this train from respective stations with ticket till Malavli & meet at lonavala station. (Plz get your respected stations at least half an hour earlier, as there might be a long queue for the tickets)
Train Timings :- Indrayani Express
CST – 5:40 am
Dadar – 5.51 am
Thane – 6.14 am
Kalyan – 6.35 am
Lonavla – 8.00 am
Move forward to Malavali by local train (8 :15am at Lonavala station platform no 3).
Pune people :
Catch Pune Lonavala Local Train … Timings are as below
Pune Station: 06:27 Hrs
Shivaji Nagar : 06:33 Hrs
Malavali Station: 07:40 Hrs
08:25 Hrs: Move 2 Bhaje village
08:45 Hrs: @ Bhaje Village
Breakfast – Tea Time
09:30 Hrs: Ascend
Visit Bhaje caves en-route
11:00 Hrs: Atop Lohgad
Exploration rest etc (2 hrs approx)
13:30 Hrs: Descend
14:00 Hrs: @ Lohgadwadi
15:00 Hrs: Move 2 Malavali Station
17:00 Hrs: @ Malavali Station
From there 2 Lonavla / Pune by local
Take train / bus to Mumbai.
We would be returning to Mumbai by 21:00 Hrs (thts-subjective).
The charges for this trek is Rs 400/- per head,
Which includes Breakfast, Veg Lunch & evening Tea, Entry Fee for Bhaje caves & Shikhar Vedh Charges.
Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
2. A bottle of water (3 Ltrs).
3. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
4. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits
5. Personal medicines.
6. A good trekking shoes, wind cheater.
Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
For confirmation, do call on below no or reply here
Shivaraj Khade : 9699570425 /9870198572 (Leader)
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836 / 09702121373 (Whtsapp)
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