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Range Trek from Rajgad to Torna with Trek Mates India on 17th - 18th January ‘15.

Hey Mates, We at Trek Mates Indiainvite you all for a Range Trek from Rajgad to Torna on 17th - 18th January ‘15.(Starting on Friday night)

Little info about the fort.

Type: Hill Fort
Height:
Rajgad Fort
: 4182 feet

Torna Fort: 4200 feet
Grade: Medium
Endurance: Medium
Base Village: Gunjavne - Velhe
Max Participants :30
Leader : Manoj Kalwar








(Pics Credit : Mathew Padinjath)

Rajgad – The name describes the place itself. The king of all the forts. 

It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction.
The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla. 

Padmavati Machee (north end) : This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).


Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.


Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.


Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.

Torna: the fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.

Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai:
 it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.

Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.

Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.

Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.

Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.

Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.

Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is stillin the needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.

Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side & a wonderful spot to see.

Meeting point for Mumbai  People:  16th Jan , Friday Night
Pritam Hotel , Dadar East @ 11.30 pm
Pickup Point : Chembur Diamond Garden @ 11:45 pm
Pikcup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @ 12:00 am

Our journey starts with the private vehicle from Dadar till Gunjavne, the base village of Rajgad.

Day 1 Post Breakfast Start our trek by 6 am, reach the top till 10 am.
Explore the fort till 4 in the eve. (Lunch enroute – self carried)
Start Descending towards Torna
Dinner in the village in between.
Start the night trek by 9 pm.
Night trek till Torna Fort.(till 2.00 am)

Day 2:Sleep in open till 6 am.(everyone needs to carry his bedding.) 
Explore the fort
Lunch by 12 noon.
Start Descend and Reach Base by 2pm
Lunch @ Base Village
Start our journey back by bus/vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 10 pm tentatively.

The charges of the trek are RS 2000/per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Dadar to Dadar by Pvt Vehicle
1 lunch (Sunday),
1 dinner (Saturday),
Tea, breakfast, refreshments, etc.
TMI Expertise and Guide Charges.

For Registrations, call us on
Manoj Kalwar : 09819021806  / 09870775633
Trek Mates Office: 8422888006 / 07 / 08
Vikramsingh: 99877 61562

Please sms if calls not attended. We will call you once we are free



Last but not the least, any adventure activity is a disciplined fun so please check our "Rules and Regulation" page.

Medical Disclaimer: It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness checkup done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes, etc. should seek their physicians advice before coming.

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
Lunch for Saturday.
Plates , Spoon , Glass. (Must)
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
Sleeping Bag or Proper Bedding
Medicine those if u require usually
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

To get quick updates about the Live action and Unlimited Dhammal, Join us on
Facebook Mumbai 
Facebook Pune
Twitter
TMI Website
TMI Diaries

For any Trekking gear or travelling accessories,

Join our Facebook page "Straub" OR

Visit us at Trek Mates India's own office cum Sales Store @
STRAUB
106, A wing, 1st Floor,
Rajdarshan Building,
Dada Patil Wadi, Near Thane Station,
Thane (w) 400602.

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Team Trek Mates India.


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TMI: Trekking and Camping to Brahmagiri (Trimbakgad) - BhandarDurg on 20th - 21st December '14.

Hello Friends, We at Trek Mates India are glad to invite you for Trekking and Camping to Brahmagiri (Trimbakgad) & BhandarDurg on 20th - 21st December, 2014 (Leaving on 20th, Saturday Morning)

Bhandar Durg


Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Trimbakeshwar
District : Nashik
Endurance : Medium
Difficulty : Medium
Height : 4248 feet

Bhandar Durg :


In the year 1752, the warrior from Peshwa’s camp, Trimbak Suryaji Prabhu wrested the fort and established the Peshwa’s regime there. It was in the year 1818 that British forces led by Mc Dowell wrested the fort and gained upper hand in the region as the forces won a set of 16 other forts in the vicinity.




Brahmagiri (Trimbakgad) :



Trimbakeshwar Temple is perched on the picturesque lusting green Brahmagiri hills near Nasik in Maharashtra. River Godavari originates on this hill and flows though the Brahmagiri ranges.







Camping Pics

Few Pics from our Last Visit :

https://www.facebook.com/sandesh.chalke/media_set?set=a.10205640443196941.1073741871.1429825606&type=1&pnref=story

https://www.facebook.com/soumya.pharma/media_set?set=a.715849878500821.1073741845.100002274454424&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/shreekumar.krishnan/media_set?set=a.995507803797682.1073741926.100000154140560&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/bibhashazari/media_set?set=a.719875884696882.1073741848.100000234319974&type=3

The itinerary for the trek will be as follows: 


Day  01 : Saturday Morning : We will be starting with the Morning CST - Kasara Fast Local (Time table given below)

People may board the same Kasara train from the station of their convenience and meet us in the train directly. (Get into second boggy from CST side)


06:55 am: CST 
07:02 am: Byculla 
07:08 am: Dadar 
07:15 am: Kurla 
07:19 pm: Ghatkopar
07:35 pm: Thane 
07:47 pm: Dombivali 
07:54 pm : Kalyan 
09:08 pm: Kasara

We will proceed to the Trimbakeshwar Temple by Local Transport.
Breakfast on the way
Reach the Temple by 11:30 am
Post Introduction , Start Trek to Brahmagiri Top. (Rock cut steps to reach on top of Brahmagiri) 
Reach the Top by 1:00 pm
Lunch Time
Post Lunch Rest for some time
Setup the Tent.
Fun time
Enjoy Sunset from the top.
Preparation for Dinner
Post Dinner Enjoy Camp Fire.
Retire for the day. (Tented Accommodation)

Day 2 : Sunday

Wake up at 06:00 am
Enjoy Sun Rise from the top of Brahmagiri
Post Breakfast Start Trek to Bhandar Durg  by 7.30 am
Reach the Top by 9am
Explore and Start Descending by 10.30 pm
Reach Base Village by 1.30 pm 
Lunch at the Base Village.
Start our Return Journey by 4pm
Evening Tea/Coffee on the way
Reach Mumbai by 9-10 pm.

The charges for the trek will be Rs 1500/- per head, which includes
Travelling from Kasara to Kasara by Public Transport,
Saturday Breakfast and Dinner , Sunday Breakfast and  Lunch.
Tented Accommodation 
TMI Expertise Charges.


Payment Details:
One needs to deposit Full payment into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.


Note : Registrations through phone calls only (Do send sms if calls are not attended).

Bank Details  :
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account ID: 123801501755
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
Account name: MANOJ KALWAR
Branch: MUMBAI-ANDHERI W E HIGHWAY
IFSC code: ICIC0001238

(Once payment is done , please send an email manoj1920@gmail.com with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number and Boarding Station Name)

For Registrations, call us on
Manoj Kalwar : (+91) 9819021806 / (+91) 9870775633
Trek Mates Office: (+91) 8422 888 006 / 007 / 008
Vikramsingh:  (+91) 99877 61562


Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Torch with Extra Batteries (must)
Good trekking shoes (must)
A bottle of water (at least 2 Ltrs)
Warm Jacket to wear in the morning,
Extra Pair of Clothes,
Sleeping Bag / Bedding,
Bunch of Newspaper,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.,
Sunscreen, Cap, Camera etc
Medicines & personal care stuff those if u require usually (Optional)

A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.

Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Last but not the least, Any adventure activity is a disciplined fun so please check our "Rules and Regulation" page.

Medical Disclaimer: It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.


To get quick updates about the Live action and Unlimited Dhammal, Join us on

For any Trekking gear or travelling accessories,Join our Facebook page "Straub" OR

visit us at Trek Mates India's own office cum Sales Store @
STRAUB
106, A wing, 1st Floor,
Rajdarshan Building,
Dada Patil Wadi, Near Thane Station,
Thane (w) 400602.

Regards,
Team Trek Mates India.


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TMI Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfall Top through Jungle Route and Camping near the Waterfall on 7th and 8th Feb 2015

Visit the Legendary Waterfall of India with Trek Mates India –  Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfall Top through Jungle Route and Camping near the Waterfall on 7th and 8th Feb 2015. (Leaving on 6th Night and Returning on 8th Feb Morning)

Dudhsagar is one of the world's most exquisite falls. It lies high up in the Mandovi River's watershed and so are so spectacular during the monsoon season when the falls are transformed into one of the most powerful falls in India. Dudhsagar Falls is listed as India's fifth tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world at 310 m. The water plummets hundreds of meters (over a thousand feet) in large volumes during the rainy monsoon season, forming one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Goa.


Max Participants :40



There is also a legend associated with this waterfall. It is believed that a beautiful princess lived in the forest (near present day Dudhsagar Falls) in a palace. She loved and enjoyed bathing in a lake nearby and used to drink "sweetened milk" from her "golden jug" after finishing with her bath. One day while enjoying her jug of milk she found herself being watched by a prince, who was standing amongst the trees. Red with embarrassment at her inadequate bathing attire, she poured the jug of milk in front of him to form an improvised curtain to hide her body while the maids rushed to cover her with her dress. It is said that it is that sweetened milk that cascades down the mountain slope as Dudhsagar Falls to this day as a tribute to the virtue and modesty of the princess.


(View from Dudhsagar Waterfall Top)



 This is equally scenic but less popular route. One has to get down at Kuhlem (Collem) railway station and walk towards the falls which is about 11 km away. It normally takes 2–3 hours to reach. The famous photograph of Trains passing through before the waterfalls can be seen in this route and also the complete stretch of the falls will be visible while you hike towards the waterfalls.




Pics from our Last Visit to Dudhsagar:

Pics from our Last Visit :

https://www.facebook.com/praveenmp85/media_set?set=a.10152907558377728.771342727&type=3

https://plus.google.com/photos/+deepan1074/albums/6082606254941374913?authkey=COmswPyywJjkcw

https://www.facebook.com/deep1074/media_set?set=a.10152839397159726.1073741889.778199725&type=1





Pics from Local Guide.


https://www.facebook.com/manojkalwar/media_set?set=a.10202582359253424.1073741851.1029901500&type=3


Video Uploaded on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3t8epOcrPk


Itinerary for the trip as below: -

 

Day 1: 06th Feb 2015, Friday

For all Mumbai Participants

Meeting point at Dadar Central Railway station at 20:00 Hrs.
We will be catching the 22629/DADAR TEN EXP at 20:40 Hrs
Overnight Journey toward Madgaon


Day 2: 07th Feb 2015, Saturday

Reach Madgaon at 08:25 am

Breakfast at Madgaon Station
Catch Private or Public Transport and Reach Kulem Station.
Reach Kulem Station by 10 am
Start our Trek toward Dudhsagar Waterfall through Railway and Jungle Route. (16 KM / 4 Hours Trek)
Reach Waterfall around 14:00 Hrs.
Setup the Tent.
Lunch Time
Post Lunch Start Trek toward Dudhsagar Top (01:30 Hrs Trek)
Reach Dudhsagar Top around 16:30 Hrs
Enjoy and have fun at the top
Start Descending by 18:00 Hrs
Reach Camping Site by 20:00 Hrs
Prepare the dinner.
Campfire.
Dinner time
Rest.

Day 3 : 08th Feb 2015, Sunday
Wake up and get fresh.
Post Breakfast Start Descending toward Jungle Route to reach Kulem Station (16 KM / 5 Hours Trek in the Dense Forest)
Reach Kulem Railway Station by 13:00 Hrs
Lunch and Change 14:00 Hrs to 15:00 Hrs.

Mumbai People can move ahead to Madgaon Station by Private Transport
Catch 12134 / Mumbai Express from Madgaon Station at 18:50 Hrs
Overnight Journey toward Mumbai

Day 4 : 09th Feb 2015, Monday
Reach Panvel at 02:45
Thane at 03:34
CSTM at 04:25

For Mumbai Participants 

Charges: 3300/-Inclusions: 
Sleeper Coach NonAC Train Reservation from Dadar to Dadar
Traveling by Local Vehicle from Madgaon to Madgaon Station
Food (Veg / NonVeg)
Forest Entry Charges
Tented Accommodation.
Local Guide Charges. 


Exclusions:
Train / Bus Travelling Food (Friday Night and Sunday Night Dinner)
Mineral Waters, Cold drinks

Payment details: 
One needs to pay Rs 3000 as advance at the time of booking. (Non Refundable)

Account Details
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account ID: 123801501755
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
2Account name: 
MANOJ KALWAR
Branch: 
MUMBAI-ANDHERI W E HIGHWAY
IFSC code:
 ICIC0001238

(Once payment is done, please send an email to manoj1920@gmail.com / trekmates@gmail.com with Transaction ID, Participant Name, Email ID, Gender , Cell Number, Age and Coming from Mumbai / Pune)

Last date for Registration : 4th December or till the 40 seats get booked.



Last but not the least, Any adventure activity is a disciplined fun so please check our "Rules and Regulation" page.

Medical Disclaimer: It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.

Things to carry:
ID Proof
Full Sleeves round neck Tee shirt and Full length Lowers,calf length socks( 2 pairs)Shoes either trekking or sports ( Good firm Sole ),No floaters/Slippers on track
Water – 2 liters
Torch (High Quality) , Candles, Match Sticks, Salt Packets, Tobacco Packets.
Sleeping Bag or Bedding with extra Papers, Extra Clothes.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those that you require usually.
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried.(Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Pack your bags to save them from getting wet.

For Registrations, call us on
Manoj Kalwar : 09819021806 / 9870775633
Trek Mates Office: 8422 888 006 / 007 / 008
Vikramsingh: 99877 61562


(Pls Msg if calls not answered.)

Registrations are only through phone calls 
(scraps, reply to this thread won’t be considered as confirmation)

Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.
Mail us at trekmates@gmail.com / manoj1920@gmail.com for any query

To get quick updates about the Live action and Unlimited Dhammal, Join us on
Facebook Mumbai
Facebook Pune
Twitter
TMI Website
TMI Diaries
Last but not the least,
Any adventure activity is a disciplined fun so please check our "Rules and Regulation" page.

For any Trekking gear or travelling accessories,
Join our Facebook page "Straub" 

OR

visit us at Trek Mates India's own office cum Sales Store @
STRAUB
106, A wing, 1st Floor,
Rajdarshan Building,
Dada Patil Wadi, 
Near Thane Station,
Thane (w) 400602.

Regards,
Team Trek Mates India.


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