Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध have arranged Women Special Trek on Sunday 9 March 2014 to ARNALA FORT. This is the 5th consecutive year SHIKHAR VEDH is organizing Women Special Event (on occasion of International Women Day celebrated on 8 March )

Brief Introduction about ARNALA: –
Grade: Easy
Type : Coastal Fort

Region : North Kokan
Fort ARNALA – Arnala Fort is located approximately 8 miles North of Vasai. It is built on a small island off the Arnala port. Since the fort is built on an island and surrounded on all sides by water it is also known as “Jaldurg” or “Janjire Arnala” Portuguese called the island “Ilha das vacas”. Before the Portuguese control of the island, the island was controlled by the Muslim rulers of Gujarat.
The island is near the mouth of Vaitarna river and the Portuguese used it to observe and control shipping and navigation along the western coast. The Portuguese captain of Bassein donated the island to a Portuguese nobleman. The nobleman tore down the old fort and began construction of 700 foot by 700 foot fort. The fort was never completed by the nobleman but remained under Portuguese control.
In 1737 when Chimaji Appa began his assault on Bassein (Vasai) to drive out the Portguese, his General Shankarji Pant informed Chimaji that Arnala fort is a strategic for the naval forces that were on route to attack the Portguese. Chimaji approved the assault on the fort. Shankarji Pant consulted and sought assistance of the local people to attack the Arnala fort; among them were Govindji Kasar and Gavraji Patil from Bolinj. Shankarji sent Gangaji Naik, Bajirao Belose and Rayajirao Surve to lead a battalion of 400 soldiers to lead the attack on Arnala fort. This attack was coordinated along with naval force commanded by Manaji Agre. Maratha navy was no match for the Portuguese firepower. Agre’s navy was routed

Itinerary Details: -
SUNDAY 9 March 2014
Meeting point : Virar railway station, Virar (W) at 08:10 Hrs Sharp
Churchgate : 06:38 Hrs
Mumbai Central : 06:48 Hrs
Dadar : 06:55 Hrs
Bandra : 07:01 Hrs
Andheri : 07:10 Hrs
Borivali : 07:25 Hrs
Virar : 08:03 Hrs
Breakfast Tea – Time @ Virar
09:00 Hrs: @ Move to Arnala by Local Transport
10:00 Hrs : Travel by Ferry to Arnala Fort
10:30 – 14:00 Hrs : Exploration of Fort, Lunch Time, Rest
Fun Games and Beach Time
16:30 Hrs : Back to Arnala by Ferry
17:30 Hrs: @ Virar by Local Transport
Evening Snacks – Tea
Depart 2 Mumbai by Local Train
We will be back in Mumbai around 20:00 Hrs (Thats subjective) …

The cost for the trip is Rs. 300 / – per head
This includes Transportation from Virar 2 Virar ;  Ferry Charges; Morning Breakfast + Tea , Evening snacks-Tea; & SHIKHAR VEDH Charges


Things To Carry: -

LUNCH For the Day ( A Must)
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
Supriya Choudhari : 09881843813

Shraddha Shenvi  : 09820822725

Jagadish Patil (O) : 09869369836 / 09702121373

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