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Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध are glad to announce One day BIKE Ride to Malshej Ghat and Shivneri Fort on Sunday, 19th October 2014.

Details are as follows

Brief Introduction about Malshej Ghat:-

Malshej Ghat (माळशेज घाट) is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats.A nice view of valleys is one of the major attraction here. The view from behind the MTDC resort is a must-see. It is also famous for dark woods and the animals inside. These animals includes tigers, leopards, rabbits and peacocks etc. But truly a famous place near Malshej Ghat is Khireshwar which is 2/3 km from rest house. Through Khireshwar village, one can visit the famous Harishchandragad,kokankada a paradise of trekkers. A beautiful Pimplejoga dam also. One of the beauties here are many waterfalls in the hilly regions. Various waterfalls from small up to the huge ones are really worth to see and many are right next to the highway in the mansoon.

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The birthplace of legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, The Shivneri Fort is not very far (approximately 40 km) from Malshej Ghat which is in Junnar region.

 

Brief Introduction about Shivneri Fort (शिवनेरी किल्ला): -

 

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Shivneri Fort (शिवनेरी किल्ला) is a 17th-century military fortification located near Junnar. It is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of Maratha Empire.

Shahaji, Chatrapati Shivaji’s father, was a general in the army of the Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur. He was concerned for the safety of his wife Jijabai during her pregnancy as there was constant warfare going on. He therefore moved his family to Shivneri fort. Shivneri is a highly defensible location, with steep rocks on four sides and a strongly built citadel.

Chhatrapati Shivaji was born at the fort on 19 February 1630, and spent his childhood there.he got his name SHIVBA here. Inside the fort is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi, after whom Shivaji was named.

The highest point of the fort is at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level. The Junnar taluka lies at the foot of this fort. One more thing about Junnar taluka is that it has the highest density of leopard population in the country.

Some of the attraction places in and around Shivneri Fort are given below:

a. Badami Talao: This is a small lake at the centre of Shivneri Fort

b. Goddess Shivai Temple: There is a small temple of goddess Shivai inside the fort. Shivaji was in fact named after this goddess.

c. Lenyadri Caves: We can see the Lenyadri caves just two kilometerss away from Shivneri fort. The history says that Parvathi wanted have Vinayak as her son and performed penance at this caves for nearly 12 years.

d. Shiv Janmasthan: This is the birth place of Shivaji. It is considered by local people as religious place and also called locally as Shiv mandir.

 

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The itinerary for the Event is as given below,

We will be going via Thane-Kalyan-Murbaad-Nagar Road, NH-222. We will be doing around 300Km journey.

06:00 am : Assemble @ Teen Hath Naka Flyover, Thane.

07:25 am: Breakfast Enroute

07:45 am: Move

08:30 am: Malshej Ghat

Explore surrounding Mountain Region, enjoy view.

09:00 am: Move towards Shivneri Fort

10:30 am: Shivneri Fort Base

10:45 am: Start Shivneri Ascend

11.30 am: Atop Shivneri Fort

Fort Exploration

01.00 pm: Start Descend

01.30 pm: at Base of fort.

02.00 pm: Lunch in Junnar

03.00 pm: Depart for Mumbai

Enroute Visit to Pimpaljoga Dam, enjoy a beautiful greenary and dam.

Evening Snacks / Tea on the way

We will be in mumbai around 20:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)

The Estimated expenditure for Ride is abt Rs. 600 /- per head

This includes morning reefreshment, Lunch & evening refreshments and Shikhar Vedh Charges.

Other Cost for the event:

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 if required.

VIMP NOTE:

1) Max. Bikes will be 15 only … Max. participant wud be 30

***Some Important Instructions those who Registered ***

1. All bikers would have to follow the rules and regulations.

2. 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)

3. 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. Note: As there is now regular checking happens near Khandala Exit.

4. Over-speeding will not be tolerated as usual, because mishaps cost yours as well as whole group’s time.

KINDLY NOTE THAT ALL THE ABOVE ‘ON THE FACE’ POINTS ARE DRAFTED JUST TO REACH OUR DESTINATION ON TIME. HENCE, TOTAL CO-OPERATION WOULD BE REQUIRED.

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

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

Things To Carry:-

Pls Do carry LUNCH for Sunday (a must)

A Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs) (a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)

Some ready to eat food.

Plum cakes, biscuits etc.

A cap, 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

Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.

 

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Ganesh Gajare (L): 09833351478 / 07738374948

Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836 / 09702121373

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Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध are glad to announce a day BIKE Trek to Ghangad & Telbaila on  Sunday 3 March 2013 … Hope 2 c u there

Details r as follows
Brief Introduction about Ghangad / Telbaila:-

Height: ~ 3000 feet / 3322 feet
Grade:  Easy/Easy
Time: ~ Max.45 min from Ekole / Max. 45 minutes from Telbaila
Location: Lonavala Region

Ghangad is situated on western side of Mulshi river, which is called as Kobarse Maval. This fort is surrounded by Korigad, Telbaila and Sudhagad, but still lonely and separated. There is not much documentation explored about history of the fort. Earlier it was with Koli Samant, then with Adilshah and later with Marathas.

Telbaila is basically a watch tower built to guard over the Sahwashni ghat near Pali. It consists of two rock walls , the left and the right clearly differentiated by the col in between. There is a temple of local goddess at the base of the twin wall. There are lot of ancient man made water tank & caves at the base as well as on the climbing routes. Though not of much historic importance – the rock walls of Telbaila offer great rock climbing opportunities of technical grade.

The itinerary for the Event is as given below

Rendezvous:

06:45 am : Assemble @ Macdonald, Kalamboli – Intros & Instructions

08:15 am: Breakfast @ Kamath, Khandala
08:55 am: Move
10:10 am: @ Ekole village

11:00 am: Fort ATop
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Explore fort, Rest and enjoy the view of the surrounding region
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12:00 am: Descend
12:30 pm: Depart for Bhamburde – Tail-baila Base
13:00 pm: @ Bhamburde
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LUNCH Time
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14:00 pm: @ Ascend
15:00 pm: @ cave – Col between the two walls (Climbing wall is not involved)
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Rest & exploration
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16:00 pm: Descend
17:00 pm: @ Base
Depart for Mumbai
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Time permits a 15 min break @ Lions point
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Evening Snacks / Tea on the way
We will be in mumbai around 21:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)
The Estimated expenditure for Trek is abt Rs. 300 /- per head
This includes Morning & evening refreshments and Shikhar Vedh Fee
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Other Cost for the event:

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 .
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VIMP NOTE:
1) Max. Bikes will be 15 only … Max. participant wud be 30
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***Some Important Instructions those who Registered ***
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1. All bikers would have to follow the rules and regulations.
2. 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)
3. 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. Note: As there is now regular checking happens near Khandala Exit.
4. Over-speeding will not be tolerated as usual, because mishaps cost yours as well as whole group’s time.

KINDLY NOTE THAT ALL THE ABOVE ‘ON THE FACE’ POINTS ARE DRAFTED JUST TO REACH OUR DESTINATION ON TIME. HENCE, TOTAL CO-OPERATION WOULD BE REQUIRED.

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

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

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Few previous Memories in form of snaps as below :
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VISHAL : https://plus.google.com/photos/113937994326505121756/albums/5435742150198682705?banner=pwa
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KUNAL: https://plus.google.com/photos/106434650283609954841/albums/5435858784560248865?banner=pwa
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Things To Carry:-

Pls Do carry LUNCH for Sunday (a must)
A Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs) (a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Some ready to eat food.
Plum cakes, biscuits etc.
A cap, 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

Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
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For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
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Dipak Kumkar (L): 09920206292
Sonia Anchan (L): 09892813235
Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

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Website: http://shikharvedh.org/

Dear All,  

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a 3 – day Bike Trip to Harihareshwar – Harnai-Murud – Guhagar – Velneshwar – Hedavi – Jaigad – Ganpatipule – Pawas, on January 25 – 27, 2013
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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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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Itinerary of the trip:

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FRIDAY 25th Jan 2013

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Meeting Point: – Macdonald’s, Kalamboli @ 06:30 Hrs – intro & instructions

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06:40 Hrs: – Depart

07:45 Hrs: – @ Vadkhal Naka

Breakfast-Tea Time

08:15 Hrs: – Vadhkal naka to Mangaon (~ 60 kms) – Break

09:40 Hrs: – Mangaon to Harihareshwar (~ 55 kms)

11:00 Hrs: – @ Harihareshwar – exploration for 30 mins

11:30 Hrs: – Move 2 Bagmandla ferry

Ferry- 30 mins – loading bikes n den offroad biking to reach Bankot

12:00 Hrs: – @ BANKOT

Skip Velas on right, move to left towards Kelshi

Bankot to Harnai -Murud

14:00 Hrs: – @ Harnai-Murud – It’s a beach route & is beautiful 1 so maximum breaks – 2hrs buffer time :)

Lunch time at Harnai-Murud, it’s a Fishing village, good place for lunch

15:15 Hrs: – Start

15:45 Hrs: – @ Dapoli – approx 10 kms

16:30 Hrs: – Dapoli to Dhabol – approx 30 kms

17:00 Hrs: – Dhabol jetty to Dhopave jetty

Tea – Break

18:00 Hrs: – Dhopave to Guhaghar – 15 kms

POST SUNSET – Guhaghar to Velneshwar – 25 kms

20:00 Hrs: – @ Hotel in Velneshwar

Dinner (VEG ONLY)

Night halt at Velneshwar

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SATURDAY 26th Jan 2013

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Leave by 09:00 Hrs. (after temple visit, beach time & breakfast-Tea)

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09:45 Hrs: – @ Dashabhuja Ganesh temple, Hedavi

10:15 Hrs: – Hedvi to Baman ghal

10:30 to 11:30 Hrs: – Baman ghal to Tavsal / Rohile jetty (~ 30 kms)

11:30 –12:00 Hrs: – Tavsal / Rohile to Jaigad – by Ferry

Jaigad fort exploration

Lunch on the way

14:00 Hrs: – Jaigad to Ganpatipule – (approx. 35 kms)

14:45 Hrs: – @ Ganpatipule temple

16:30 Hrs: – Move to Pawas

18:00 Hrs: – @ Pawas

Dinner (VEG ONLY)

Night halt at Pawas

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SUNDAY 27th Jan 2013

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Post-Breakfast leave Pawas

09:30 Hrs: – @ Ratnagiri

11:30 Hrs: – @ Chiplun

Visit Parshuram temple

12:30 Hrs: – Leave

Lunch enroute

14:30 Hrs: – @ Khed

15:15 Hrs: – @ Poladpur

15:45 Hrs: – @ Mahad

Tea-break enroute

18:00 Hrs: – @ Vadhkal naka

19:15 Hrs: – @ Macdonals, Kalamboli

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The cost for the Bike Trip is Rs. 1800 / – per head for VEG and Rs. 2100 / – per head for NON-VEG.
This includes Quadruple sharing Accommodation in Velneshwar Hotel and DONATION to PAWAS BHAKT-NIWAS ; FOOD (5 meals & 6 Refreshments) ; FERRY CHARGES and administrative charges for Shikhar Vedh only.

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Other Cost for the event:

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 .
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VIMP NOTE:
1) Max. Bikes will be 15 only … Max. participant wud be 30
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Please confirm the registration by advance payment of Rs 500/- per head (Non-refundable) to book accommodation. Deposit the amount in 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 17th January 2013, 5 pm OR Till Reg. Gets Full .
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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.

VIMP: PLEASE REACH PANVEL BY 6:20 a.m. SHARP, Don’t consider it as Indian time and chalta hai 1 hr late honge toh n blah

MAP WILL BE PROVIDED on arrival, so that you wont get lost on huge konkan coast :P

IMPORTANT NOTICE: –

1. Don’t even think or assume that it is a LUXURY trip, please be ready to rough yourself out or else please stay at home for comfort ;)
2. Since, it is a TIME-BOUND and LONG trip and If you are thinking to relax and take your own sweet time to cover or leave any visiting place, then please opt for shorter trips :P
3. Over-speeding will not be tolerated as usual, because mishaps cost yours as well as whole group’s time.
4. Get your own blanket, jackets, or whatever to save yourself from mood-swings of weather.
5. Carry all your biking stuff like helmets(if possible please add elbow & knee guards), accessories, License, PUC etc. Helmet compulsory for yourself & pillion to save your skin from severe heat on the roads (Nai toh ghar jaane k baad ghar wale shakal nai pehchanenge  ;)
6. Please note to stuff your bag with ready to eat food stuffs & water bottles to calm your unpredictable, untimely hunger pangs.

KINDLY NOTE THAT ALL THE ABOVE ‘ON THE FACE’ POINTS ARE DRAFTED JUST TO REACH OUR DESTINATION ON TIME AND COVER AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE ON THE WAY. HENCE, TOTAL CO-OPERATION WOULD BE REQUIRED.

TIME-PASSERS PLEASE EXCUSE YOURSELF FROM THIS TRIP & STAY AT HOME. YOUR PRESENCE WONT BE MISSED :) WE JUST WANT SERIOUS RIDERS (VALUE For TIME & MONEY-Petrol) ;)

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

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

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

Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Mat for stay in Pawas Bhakt-Niwas

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)
.
A haversack to put all these things

.

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Sonia Anchan (L): 09892813235

Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

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Also join us @
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Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shikharvedh/

Website: http://shikharvedh.org/

Dear All,

As our Harishchandragad-Nalichi Wat Event is Full, for others We @ शिखर वेध have arranged a 2 – day Bike Trip to Pratapgad – Shivthargal – Nira-Deoghar Dam, on November 10 – 11, 2012

Brief Introduction about Places as below: -
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Pratapgad Fort is a mountain fort built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is at a distance of 24 km from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. The fort holds a sturdy view of coastal Konkan. The Bhavani Temple and Afzal Khan’s tomb are other places of interest.

Pratapgad consists of two forts – an upper fort built on the top of the hill and a lower fort immediately below on the south and the east. Surrounding areas can be easily taken guard from the fort on almost all the sides. The southern side is rocky while the eastern side has a strong outwork ending in the Afzal Buruj.

It is believed that Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja was blessed with a shining sword at the temple of Goddess Bhavani here. The historic battle between Chatrapati Shivaji and Afzal Khan, the commander of the Bijapur Sultanate fought here.
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SHIVTHARGAL: Shivthar Ghal is a rare yet refreshing, silent yet soothing, small yet unique place waiting to be explored. The name comes from a cavern in this place (‘Ghal’ is for a cavern in Marathi) where Samarth Ramdas (the guru of ‘Shivaji Maharaj’) used to sit, pray, meditate and more importantly scripted down the famous ‘Dasbodh’ manuscript. Shivthar Ghal is a quiet abode, housing some lush green places, a lovely waterfall and a river and some of the toughest on foot, picturesque mountains. Ideal for trekkers, however the silence and the natural beauty here (which can be seen in all forms possible) can soothe one and all.
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Itinerary of the trip:
Saturday November 10, 2012 . Meeting Point : 06:45 Hrs  @ Macdonald, KALAMBOLI. . 07:00 Hrs: Departure on Bikes ( 0 KM)
08:30 Hrs: Breakfast & Tea – Break @ NAGOTHANE (~ 60 KM)
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11:00 Hrs: @ POLADPUR (~ 130 KM)
12:00 Hrs: @ PRATAPGAD ( ~ 155 KM)
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FORT Exploration, LUNCH, REST
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15:00 Hrs: Move 2 Shivthargal

17:00 Hrs: @ SHIVTHARGAL ( ~ 225 KM)
Retire for the day
DINNER
STAY @ SHIVTHARGAL
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SUNDAY March 25, 2012 .
WAKE UP EARLY & FINISH MOrning chores
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Breakfast & Darshan

08:30 Hrs: Move 2 Varandha Ghat (~ 240 km)
09:30 Hrs: Move 2 Nira-Deodhar DAm & Lake ( ~ 270 km)
10:30 Hrs: @ Lake Side
12:00 Hrs: Move 2 BHOR-Kapurhol
13:30 Hrs: @ Kapurhol ( ~ 300 KM)
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LUNCH TIME
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15:00 Hrs: MOve 2 MUMBAI via NH-4
19:30 Hrs: @ Macdonald, KALAMBOLI ( ~ 500 KM)

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We will be in mumbai around 20:30 hrs ( thats – subjective)
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Note – Time permits we will visit PRATI-BALAJI TEMPLE @ Kapurhol as well :)

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The Estimated fee from SHIKHAR VEDH side to the trip is about Rs. 350 / – per head
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This includes DONATION to SHIVTHARGAL (for 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 1400/- per head
2) Max. Bikes will be 10 only … Max. participant wud be 20
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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)
.
A haversack to put all these things

.

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Sonya Anchan : 09892813235

Jagdish Patil (O): 09869369836

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Also join us @
.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shikharvedh/

Website: http://shikharvedh.org/

Dear All

We @ शिखर वेध, is glad to invite you for 3rd Bike trip of the season to Korlai, Phansad, Murud Janjira, Padmadurg and the surrounding region on 21st and 22nd April 2012
Some information about the area:
The places that will be visiting are:

1. Korlai Fort

2. Janjira Fort
3. Phasad wild life Sanctuary

4. Padmadurg / Kasa fort

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Korlai Fort:
Korlai fort can be seen from the bridge at Salav, located at three Kms. from Revdanda, on the Revdanda – Kashid road. The fort is an Old Portuguese outpost guarding the entrance to the river. A small road leads up to the top of the fort. There is a Lighthouse on the fort and a small climb from behind the lighthouse will take you to the fort. The fort is in ruins, but the view from the lighthouse is beautiful and the rocky beach at Korlai is also good.
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The Janjira Fort:
Janjira is Marathi corruption of the Arabic word Jazirah, which means an island. The Janjira Fort was built by the rulers of the Ahmed Nagar under the patronage of emperor Malik Amber in the 15th century AD. The fort is build in the sea 2 km inside of Murud. This is one of the vital sea-forts in Maharashtra. It has strong walls 40 ft high and standing intact even after being battered by the sea waves from all four sides. the fort was never conquered by any enemy for over 350 years. Shivaji, Sambhaji and the Peshwas tried to take over the fort. But the Marathas, British or Portuguese could never capture Janjira.
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Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary:
The Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary is an amazing revelation. Primarily a bird sanctuary, Phansad is also home to a whole array of insects, amphibians and mammals. Spread across 52.71 sq. km., Phansad is located in the Murud and Roha talukas of Raigad District in Maharashtra.
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Padmadurg / Kasa fort:
Spread over a vast area of about 9 acres, Padmadurg Fort is regarded as one among the major sea forts in India. A monument of great historical importance, it is situated in Raigad District of Maharashtra. This famous fort is constructed by the great Marathas in order to conquer the Janjira Fort which lies near by.
Padmadurg Fort commemorates the repeated failure attempts of the mighty Marathas reigme against the tiny Siddis. Padmadurg fort which is now called as Kasa fort, spilt in to three by the ravage of time and now it is not easily accessible to the public. Ruins of this great fort can be seen from the seashore.
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The itinerary for the event will be as Follows:

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Day 1, 21st April 2012:

Meeting point:

06:30 Hrs: McD at kalamboli (the one situated just before the start of the expressway)
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06:45 Hrs:  Start ride

08:30 Hrs:  Breakfast @ Alibaug

10:00 Hrs: @ Korlai Fort

Fort Exploration

12:00 Hrs: Siddhivinayak Temple @ Nandgaon

13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Patil’s, Murud (To be borne by the participant as per veg/non-veg)

14:30 Hrs: Janjira fort @ Murud

Fort Exploration

16:30 Hrs: Murud beach till sunset
19:30 Hrs: @ Phansad

Dinner ( veg only)

Accommodation in Phansad

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Day 2, 22nd April 2012:
> Morning trail in the Jungle till 09:00 Hrs

09:00 Hrs: B/f-tea time
10:30 Hrs: Padmadurg fort,

Fort Exploration
13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Patil’s, Murud (To be borne by the participant as per veg/non-veg)

14:30 Hrs: Departure 2 mumbai
Visit Revdanda / Alibaug fort-beach for interested members on the way
20:00 Hrs: Reach Panvel approx.
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The Cost for the Trip will be Rs 600/- per person

That includes Food (1 Dinner, 2 mornings b/f – tea) ; Accommodation charges @ Phansad; Entry fees for Phansad, Boating charges for Padmadurg and Janjira visits and Administrative charges for Shikhar Vedh

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

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> In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by him alone. (Shikhar Vedh will provide info about a willing participant who can accompany you, and share the expenses. this depends on availability of such willing participants.)
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Snap link for some of the places dat we r gonna visit:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106678309740053608924/Phansad_Kashid_Korali

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Things To Be carried:
Licence for the rider (Must),
Bike’s Legal Papers, Helmet (Must)

Sleeping Bag / Mat (Must)
A bottle of water (At least 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory)
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Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes,
Camera(Optional),
Cap, Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional),

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For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Jagdish Patil : 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,  

शिखर वेध has arranged a one day Bike Trip to Induri Fort / Sangramdurg & Visit 2 Vadu-Tulapur, on Sunday March 11, 2012

Brief Introduction about Induri / Sangramdurg: –

Height: ~ 1750 ft Type: Land Fort
Grade:  simple
Location: Talegaon / Chakan .

Induri Fort is situated in Talegaon-Dabadhe village. The “Induri Fort” was built by Sarsenapati Khanderao Yesajirao Dabhade in 1720-21. The fort also had a mint (Coin) in it. The temple of Goddess Kadjai is also in the fort. Fort has around 9-10 bastions, Entrance door, Rooms with different types of carvings. The Goddess was got in the Sarsenapati Dabhade Family by Ambikabaisaheb (d/o Shitole Family of Patas) after her marriage to Sarsenapati Yashwantrao Dabhade Ist} .

Sangram Durg is situated at Chakan, Pune. It is a land fort. Firangoji Narsala was a renowned Maratha warrior and military leader in the army of Shivaji Maharaj. He is famous for his defence of this fort against a Mughal army led by Shayeste Khan in 1660. Firangoji was a ‘Killedar’ (garrison commander) of this fort in Chakan (Pune). When Shayeste Khan invaded Pune with a lakh of soldiers, he selected Sangram Durga as the first target. He attacked the fort with 10,000 soldiers. Firangoji Narsala was prepared for this attack, however, even though he had only 200 soldiers. Just before this attack Shivaji had asked his commander to leave the fort. However, Firangoji decided not to abandon the fort and instead started a fierce guerrilla war against the Mughals and defended the fort in this way for almost two months.  Chakan Fort is situated in Chakan on National Highway 50. The last Maratha – British war took place here. The fort is in a ruined state now. .

A Tribute visit at Vadu – Tulapur : जगावे कसे ह्याचा आदर्श घालून देते शिवचरित्र आणि मृत्यूचा आदर्श देई शंभूचरित्र

A article for the same is here  फाल्गुन अमावस्या – छत्रपति संभाजी महाराज पुण्यतिथी (Date – 11 March 1689)
उद्या पाडवा. हिंदुं नववर्ष दिन. उद्याच्या दिवशी हिंदु घरोघरी गुढ्या उभारतात. त्याची ‘याद’ मनात ठेऊन औरंगजेबाने आजची संध्याकाळ निवडली होती. की उद्या पहाटे या हिंदुंना – काफरांना त्यांच्या प्राणाहून प्रिय असणार्‍या राजाच्या मस्तकाचीच गुढी – भाल्यावर टांगवून मिरवून दाखवू. बहादुरगडावर (मौजे पेडगाव, ता.श्रीगोंदा) संभाजी महाराजांची धिंड काढलेली होती. एका बोडख्या घाणेरड्या उंटावर संभाजी महाराजांना व कवि कलशांना उलटे बसवले होते. साखळदंडाने बांधलेले. त्या दोघांच्या अंगावर विदुशकासारखे झिरमिळ्यांचे चट्ट्यापट्टयाचे कपडे चढवलेले होते. गळ्यातील शिवरायांनी चढवलेली कवड्याची माळ उतरवून गुरांनाही सहन होणार नाही अशी काथ्याची पेंढी बांधलेली होती. दोघांच्याही डोक्यावर एखाद्या अट्टल गुन्हेगारांना बांधाव्यात अशा, कुराणमध्ये सांगितलेल्या आदेशानूसार इराणी लाकडी टोप्या बसवलेल्या होत्या. त्याच प्रमाणे ‘तख्तेकुलाह’ म्हणजे लाकडी फळ्यांचा खोडा मानेवर ठेऊन त्याला दोन्ही हात बांधलेले होते. त्या खोड्याला घुंगरे बांधलेली होती अन् त्यावर छोटी छोटी निशाणे चितारलेली होती. अशी ती धिंड मोगली फौजेमधून काढलेली होती. मोगलांमध्ये ईदपेक्षाही उत्साहाचे वातावरण होते. दुतर्फा फौजेतील सैनीक महाराजांवर व कवी कलशांवर दगडे भिरकावीत होते. त्यांना भाल्याने टोचीत होते. त्यांचे नगारे वाजत होते, कर्णे थरारत होते. बारा ईमामांचे झेंडे फडकत होते. रायगडचा राजा, महाराजांचा व जीजाआऊचा शंभूबाळ आज रांडा पोरांच्या विटंबनेचा विषय झालेला होता. पुढे औरंगजेबाने आपला मुक्काम तुळापूर येथे हालवला. इथे तुळापूरच्या संगमावर त्याला हिंदू राजास हलाल करावयाचे होते. संभाजी महाराजांची तेजस्वी नेत्रकमले काढण्यासाठी हशम सरसावले. रांजणातून रवी जशी फिरवावी, तशा त्या तप्त – लालजर्द सळया शंभू राजांच्या डोळ्यातून फिरल्या. चर्र चर्र आवाज करीत चर्येवरील कातडी होरपळून गेली. सारी छावणी थरारली पण संभाजी महाराजांच्या मुखातून आक्रोशाची लकेरही उमटली नाही. यामुळे औरंगजेबाचा पारा मात्र जास्तच चढला. कवि कलशाचेही डोळे काढण्यात आले.
बलिष्ठ शरीर यष्टीचा एक पठाण कविराजांच्या छातीवर बसला. दोघांनी त्यांचे पाय उसाचे कांडे पिळगटावे तसे मागे खेचले. दोघांनी आपल्या राकट हातांनी कविराजांची मुंडी धरली. त्या पठाणाने कविराजांच्या जबड्यात हात घातला. कविराजांचे मुख रक्ताने भरून गेले. त्या धटींगणाने कविराजांची जीभ हाताने बाहेर खसकन खेचली. एकाने ती वीतभर लांब बाहेर आलेली जीभ कट्यारीने खचकन छाटली. कविराजांच्या तोंडातून रक्ताचा डोंब उबळला. संभाजी महाराजांचीही जीव्हा अशीच छाटली गेली. पहाणार्‍यांचेही डोळे पांढरे पडले. असूरी आनंदाने आवघी छावणी गर्जत होती.
कवी कलशांवर होणारे अत्याचार ही जणू संभाजी महाराजांवर होणार्‍या अत्याचारांची रंगीत तालीमच असायची. संध्याकाळ झाली. शंभू महादेव खांबास घट्ट बांधून ठेवलेले होते. स्वाभीमानाने तळपत झळकणार्‍या तेजस्वी योग्यासारखे. ज्यांच्या तेजाने शेशही डळमळून जावा अशा तेजस्वी श्रीकृष्णासारखे. अविचल. अभेद्य ! आभाळात अभिमानाने मस्तक उंचावून बाणेदारपणे उभे असलेल्या रायगडाच्या टकमक टोकासारखे.
दोन दैत्य पुढे सरसावले. एकाने पाठीच्या वरच्या मणक्यापासून आणि दुसर्‍याने समोरून गळ्यापासून शंभूराजांच्या अंगात वाघनख्या घुसवल्या. त्या राक्षसांना जोर चढावा म्हणून कुराणातील आयते वाचले जात होते. रण वाद्यांचा दणदणाट होत होता. “दीन दीन” “अल्लाहो अकबर” च्या घोषात राजांची त्वचा डाळिंबाच्या टरफला सारखी सोलली जात होती. जास्वंदीसारखा लाल बुंद देह यातनांनी तळमळत होता. रक्ता मासाच्या चिंध्या होत होत्या. संपूर्ण देहाची चाळणी झाल्यावर मग फरशा व खांडे पेलत दोन गाझी (धर्मेवीर) पुढे आले. त्या दोघांचेही हात पाय असे अवयव एक एक करून तोडून टाकले. एकाने खांड्याचे धारधार पाते संभाजी राजांच्या मानेत घुसवले. व हळू हळू कुराणातील आज्ञेप्रमाणे ‘हलाल’ करीत शिर चिरत धडावेगळे केले !!! स्वातंत्र्य सुर्या आता तरी प्रसन्न हो. हिंदु धर्माच्या रक्षणार्थ एक तेजस्वी राजा आज स्वातंत्र्य देवतेच्या वेदीवर आपली आहूती देत आहे. आता तरी प्रसन्न हो…..!!! शंभूराजे आम्हाला माफ करा. ज्या धर्माच्या रक्षणार्थ तुम्ही स्वतःचे प्राण वेचलेत त्याच धर्मातील अभागे आम्ही, तुमच्या स्मरणार्थ वढू तुळापूरास जात नाही. तिथे तुमचे स्मरण करून २ साधी फुलेही वाहात नाही. उलट आमच्यातीलच काही हिंदु तुमच्या नावाचा दुरूपयोग राजकारणात करून त्यावर आपली पोळी भाजत आहेत. ज्या धर्मासाठी आपण बलीदान केलेत त्या धर्मा विरोधात काम करीत आहेत. आणि आम्ही आभागे हे सर्व निमूट पणे पाहात आहोत. आम्हाला क्षमा करा. आम्हाला नर्कातही जागा मिळणार नाही….आम्हाला क्षमा करा.

Itinerary of the trip:
Sunday March 11, 2012 .

Meeting Point : 06:45 am  @ Macdonald , Kalamboli Near Mumbai-Pune Mega Highway starting pt. .

06:45 Hrs: Departure from Kalamboli by Bikes

08:45 Hrs : Breakfast point: – Manshakti Kendra, Lonavala

11:00 Hrs: @ Induri Fort

Induri Fort Exploration

12:00 Hrs: Move 2 CHakan (Sangramdurg fort)

13:00 Hrs: @ Chakan Sangramdurg Exploration

14:00 Hrs: Lunch (Veg. Only)

15:30 Hrs: @ Vadu – Chatrapti Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi place – (Mantagni Dilela Thikan)

16:30 Hrs: @ Tulapur - Famous historical place Chatrapti Sambhaji Maharaj Samadhi – (Vadh Jhalele thikan)

17:30 Hrs: Return journey starts 2 Mumbai
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Note – Time permits we will visit Aalandi & Dehu Temples as well :)
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Refreshments on the way
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We will be in mumbai around 21:30 hrs ( thats – subjective)

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Previous memories in form of snaps : by Sankalp Shrivastav

https://picasaweb.google.com/111824097481318544223/IndoriChakanTrip?authkey=Gv1sRgCPnLxtaT9sPHPQ

For Induri Fort pics see below link
https://picasaweb.google.com/prasadpardeshi23/InduriFort#
For Sangramdurg (CHakan fort)  pics see below link
https://picasaweb.google.com/prasadpardeshi23/ChakanFortAKASangramdurg#
For Tulapur pics see below link https://picasaweb.google.com/jagdishlove/Mahad_Dehu_Tulapur#

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The Estimated fee for the trip is about Rs. 300 / - per head
.This includes food expenses (Veg. Lunch+2 Refreshments) and administrative charges for Shikhar Vedh only..

Other Cost for the event:
1. 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 .
2. Any other details will provide on call.
***Some Important Instructions those who Reg ….. 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)

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)
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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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Website: http://shikharvedh.org/

Mumbai Hikers: http://mumbaihikers.net/shikharvedh/
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