The Trek to Saur Kund Lake, Manali.

Hey Mates, We at Trek Mates, would like to announce The Trek to Saur kund lake in May’10.


Some info about the trek:
Location: Saur Kund Lake
District: Manali
State: Himachal Pradesh
Height: 13000 ft.
Grade: medium
Dates: May 1st to May 31st, one batch of 35 everyday.

This is a trek to a high altitude lake - Saurkund, located beyond the upper reaches of Manali at 13,000ft. The trek is set to walk you through small villages, thick pine forests, grassy meadows and snowy slopes, all the while presenting a view of snow capped peaks such as Mt. Deo Tibba, Mt. Indrasan, Mt. Norbu, and the entire Kullu-Manali valley. The lake, Saurkund, by the nature of its location is mostly frozen between November and May, and turns to water between June and October.

The Plannings for the trek will be as follows:

Day 1: New Delhi
Group assembly at New Delhi and departure for Manali in Deluxe Bus by 2000hrs.
Being an overnight journey, Dinner will be provided en-route at a motel.
Meals:En-route Dinner. Buffet Style -Vegetarian Only.
Accommodation:Overnight Bus Journey

Day 2: Hotel in Manali
Arrive at your Hotel in Manali for Lunch and check in to allotted rooms. Afternoon at leisure. Assemble for team briefing at 1900hrs, followed by dinner.
Meals:En-route Breakfast and morning Tea. Lunch, Dinner and Evening Tea at Hotel. Buffet Style – Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Rooms –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 3: Base Camp @ Village Sankchar
Post an early breakfast, depart for village Sankchar. After spending time in the village enjoying the local hospitality, a short 1 hour hike will reach you to the Base Camp for lunch. Check in to the allotted tents. Post lunch indulge in adventure activities set at the camp. Evening Bonfire, followed by Dinner
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea & Snacks. Buffet Style –Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Tents –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 4: Camp I @ Barghali-Thaatch
Post early morning breakfast, trek for 05- 06 hrs from Base Camp to Camp I located in a meadow known as ‘Barghali-Thaatch’. Arrive for lunch at camp. Post lunch indulge in adventure activities set at the camp.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea & Snacks. Buffet Style –Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Tents –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 5: Camp I @ Barghali-Thaatch
Post an early breakfast, participants will trek for 05-06hrs to Lake Saurkund and back to Camp I. Arrive at camp for lunch.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea & Snacks. Buffet Style –Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Tents –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 6: Base Camp @ Village Sankchar
Post an early morning breakfast, trek from Camp I to the Base Camp at village Sankchar. Approximate Trekking Time will be 05hrs.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Morning and Evening Tea & Snacks. Buffet Style –Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Tents –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 7: Hotel in Manali
Post breakfast, check-out from Base Camp and transfer to a hotel in Manali for Lunch. Check in to allotted rooms. Post lunch the participants have time at leisure to explore the local markets
Meals:Breakfast at camp, Lunch & Dinner Hotel. Buffet Style –Vegetarian Only
Accommodation:Rooms –Twin / Multiple Sharing

Day 8: Hotel in Manali
Post breakfast, day at leisure for participants to explore Manali. Group assembly at Bus stand by 1800hrs, departure by 1830hrs for Delhi.
Meals:Breakfast, En-route Dinner. Buffet Style – Vegetarian Only. Lunch by yourself.
Accommodation:Overnight Bus Journey

Day 9: Arrive Delhi
Arrive in New Delhi, early morning and proceed for train departures.
Meals:Morning Tea En-route


The charges for the trek will be Rs 10,500 per head, which includes:
• Travel by Deluxe coach, Delhi-Manali-Delhi.
• All meals as specified in the itinerary.
• Accommodation in tents on multiple sharing basis.
• Accommodation in hotel on twin / multiple sharing basis.
Basic first aid facilities at every camp & access to the nearest hospital in Manali.
• Services of an experienced team with safety as their top priority.
• Equipment for the trek; Tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags, harness, ropes, carabineer etc.
• Under the safe guidance of our expert team a hands-on experience in Adventure Sports like; Flying Fox, Rappelling etc.
• Apart from the meals mentioned in the itinerary, there would also be a round of morning and evening tea/energy drinks with snacks at each camp.
• Porter services and transfer of equipment and luggage by porters / mules.

Payment details:
One needs to pay the full amount as advance before 31st March ’09.
The amount to be paid to the following account.
SBI a/c no: 30665796091 S/A in the name of Mr Nilesh Patil.
Branch: Panchpakhadi, Thane.

Things to carry:
Hat / Cap 01 nos.
Woolen cap / Balaclava 01 nos.
Warm Scarf 01 nos.
Pair of Woolen Gloves
Round neck T-shirt, min 03 nos.
Fleece Sweatshirt / Sweater min 01 nos.
Windproof Jacket 01 nos.
Leggings from a Track-suit, min 01pair
Shorts min 01 pair
Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
Cotton Socks, min 03 pairs
Woolen Socks, min 02 pairs
Thermal Inners, Lower & Upper, min 01 pair
Raincoat / Poncho 01 nos.
Hand / Face Towel min 01 nos.
Full Body Towel min 01 nos.
Torch with spare batteries, 01 set
Umbrella 01 nos.
Sunscreen lotion, min 30 SPF
A pair of eye shades
Medicines as specified by doctor
Toiletries
Extra Pair of shoe laces
Cutlery set – Plate, Bowl, Spoon & Bottle
A big duffel bag
A small day pack bag.
Please Note:
# It is very important that you line the inside of your bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry!
# NO SUITCASE! Carry only a duffel bag & a small day pack for the trek. The duffel bag will be sent over ponies between camps, while you will carry the day pack with a bottle of water, a raincoat, an umbrella and some eats in it.

Guidelines:
 We reserve all the rights to change the route or number of days of the trek if the situation so desires due to unforeseen events.
 The package excludes any personal expenses like STD, laundry, or any such expense that may arise due to unforeseen events.
 The event is subject to ‘Force Majeure’ conditions.
 Requests for cancellation/refund will not be entertained without a written application.
 Participants are to duly fill up and send registration form, medical form and indemnity bond to register for the trek. Incomplete forms or any 1 of the 3 forms not sent will result in the registration being cancelled for the participant.
 If you cancel 31 days before the camp begins, Synapses will retain 25% of the fee and return the balance amount.
 If you cancel 30 -16 days before the camp begins, Synapses will retain 50% of the fee and return the balance amount.
 If you cancel less than 15 days before the camp begins, or after the camp has begun, there will be NO REFUND.

Call directly for group bookings.

For More details please contact:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211


Regards,
Nilesh Patil,
Trek mates.

Trek to Matheran via Shivaji Ladder route with Trek Mates on 7th Feb’10.


Hi Mates, we at Trek mates Invite you all for a one day Trek to Matheran via Shivaji Ladder route on 7th Feb’10.

Some Information about the trek:
Place: Matheran
Height: 2516 feet
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Base Village: Ambewadi
Time: 3 hours approx
Difficulty Level: Easy
Endurance Level: Low


Some details about Matheran and  Shivaji Ladder route:
Matheran is situated in the Matheran range of sahyadris at a height of 2516 feet. With more than eight to ten different routes, Math­­­eran (2516 feet) is the ulti­mate destination for the trekker, naturalist and outdoor enthu­siast. It is literally a forest on top of the hill (mathe means head and raan means forest). The dense forest cover, teeming bird life, long walks and flora and fauna make this an all-time favourite. The best part is that it’s pol­lution-free as no vehicles are allow­ed in the hill station.





Apart from Bhimashankar, Math­eran is the only other place where the giant red squirrel is to be found. It’s also a haven for snakes, from the harmless keelbacks and pythons to the more deadly members of the clan such as cobras, kraits and vipers.

While trekking up to matheran hills after Ambewadi, you will come across a mass of boulders and rocks into which the trail disappears. This is known as Shivaji Steps or the Shivaji Ladder




According to local legend, Shivaji rode up this route on horseback. From here, it’s 500m to the top, up a stream bed that’s dry except during the monsoon.From here Big Chowk Point is clearly visible and looks like an elephant’s head.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Take return ticket of Karjat .
Catch the Karjat local and board second last Compartment.(everyone will board the same local from there respective station)
Alight at Karjat. Have breakfast and proceed towards Ambewadi by 6 seater auto.
Start trek at around 9:30 am.
Reach Top by 12:30 and have lunch
Take rest and roam around matheran and proceed towards Dasturi.
Leave Matheran by 3:30
Catch local from Neral
Back to Mumbai by 6:30 pm.

Karjat  (SLOW) local Time Table:
CST: 5.22
DADAR: 5.39
KURLA: 5.50
THENE: 6.17
KALYAN: 6.46
NERAL: 7.29

The cost of the trek will be Rs 220/- per head,
Including all transportation from Karjat till Neral,
Breakfast and Refreshment.


Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Lunch for the day,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
A bottle of water (at least 1-1/2 Ltrs),
Camera (Optional), Cap, etc.
Medicines those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes.

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211
Priti Patel : 9869524260
Vikramsingh : 9987757665
Prasad Tandale: 9029857793

Regards,
Trek Mates.



Moonlight Valley Crossing with Trek Mates on 30th Jan '10.

Hey Mates, we at Trek Mates are arranging a Valley Crossing session in the Moonlight on 30th Jan '10.
Being a fullmoon day, the view that one gets while Crossing the valley is Breathtaking.
After an overwhelming response for the same event in May '09, which had 113 total participants, we are looking at this event as a great success.



Some details of the event: Event Details:
Place: Matheran.
Valley Crossing : Honey Moon Point to Louisa Point
Distance: 850 ft
Height: 900 ft
No previous experience needed. Safety Measures are taken care of.

Valley Crossing is Crossing a Valley with the help of technical engagement with ropes and other grades to reach the other end of the valley. It is an adventure activity, and the absence of sunlight will make it more adventurous.


The itinerary for the camp is as follows :
Meeting Point: Neral Stn at 9.00pm on sat 9th May.
Neral to Matheran by jeeps.
Walk to Honey Moon point. Till 10 pm(atleast 1.5 hr walk.)
Activity till 2 am
Rest in open till morning.
Event ends in the morning. Everyone is free to opt their choices on Sunday. One can spend the day in Matheran or return back to Mumbai on Sunday morning.

Things To Be carried :
A bottle of water (Atleast 1 Ltr),
Proper Bedding,
Camera(Optional)
Sunglasses(if one wants to enjoy Matheran on sunday)
Medicine those which u usually require,
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

The charges for the event will be Rs 350/- per head
which includes,
Travel from Neral to Matheran,
Entry Charges in Matheran,
Event charges.

The cost does not include:
Any food items, returning charges from Matheran, anything else than that specified above.

Interested, people can contact us on the nos. given below for registration :
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211.
Priti Patel: 9869524260
VikramSingh: 9987757665

Thanks and Regards,
Trek Mates.

Konkankada Rappelling With Trek Mates in Feb - March '10.

Hey Mates, Trek Mates with collaboration with Shalom Adventures presents to you one of the most adventurous event in Sahyadris: The konkanKada centre rappelling 1800 ft.

Some details about the event:

Place: Harishchandragad (height: 4500 ft)
Type: Hill forts
Rappelling Height: 1800ft (4 stages)
Endurance level: medium
Group Size: 30 participants per Batch
No experience required

Some details about Harishchandragad and Konkan kada:
Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar region of India . Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat, and it has played a major role in guarding the surrounding region. The height of the fort is 4671 ft MSL. The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks down upon the Konkan. From here, one can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding region and the setting sun. This cliff is not just vertical, but it is an overhang, almost like a cobra's hood.
The Konkan Kada, a unique formation in the Sahyadri, is really tough and a challenge for the trekkers. This is a semicircular cliff of about 2,000 ft straight drop + 1000 ft slant fall in the Konkan plains. The surrounding grandeur and beauty of the plains and the mountains leaves us totally spellbound.

Rappelling, also known as abseiling is 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 the descend controllable.

To rappel the Konkan Kada atleast once in a life time is a dream of almost every adventure freak in Sahyadri. It is the most thrilling and spellbound activity in the whole Sahyadri.

The tentative Programme of the event:
Day 1:
7.00 pm: Meeting Point – Swami Narayan Mandir, Dadar (e)
7.15 pm: Start by our Private bus
11.00 pm: Reach the Base village, Khireshwar.
11.15 pm: Dinner at the base.
11.45 pm: Night trek.

Day 2
6.00 am: Good Morning
6.15 am: Tea and Snacks
7.00 am: Start rappelling (one by one of course) then trek to Belpada village.
1.00 pm: Lunch (Approx)
4.00 pm: Tea and Snacks
8.30 pm: Dinner at the Base village.

Day 3
Night journey
6.00 am: Reach Mumbai.

Dates:
We have batches of 30 participants.
Batch 1: 26-27-28 Feb 2010
Batch 2: 27-28-1 March 2010
Batch 3: 28- 1- 2 March 2010
Batch 4: 1 – 2- 3 March 2010
Batch 5: 2 – 3– 4 March 2010

Cost:
The cost of the event will be Rs. 2800/- per person, which includes
All meals,
Equipment and Expert Instructor Charges,
Traveling by private bus from Mumbai to Mumbai
Insurance coverage.

Anything apart from this will be considered out of package.

Payment Details:
One needs to pay 1500/- per member advance (or the full amount) at the time of booking, and the balance before 19th February.


The amount to be paid to the following account.
SBI a/c no: 30665796091 S/A in the name of Mr Nilesh Patil.

Branch: Panchpakhadi, Thane.






Things To Be carried:

A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, Candles (compulsory).
A spoon, mug and a plate (a must)
2-3 bunch of papers and proper bedding
2 empty polyethene bags for load sharing (approx 1.5 kg weight will be given to each candidate so pack ur bags taking it into consideration)
Camera(Optional)
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
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.

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:

Nilesh Patil : 9967436211
Priti Patel : 9869524260
Vikramsingh : 9987757665
Prasad Tandale: 9029857793

Contact directly for Group bookings.
Regards,
Trek Mates.

Trek to Dhak Bahiri caves with Trek Mates on 17th Feb '10.

Hey Mates, we at Trek Mates have organised a Trek to Dhak Bahiri Caves on 7th feb '10. starting on saturday. And we invite you all for this event to experience the adventure and thrill.

Some information about the Trek:
Type: Hill Cave

District: Raigad
Height: 2300 feet above mean sea level
Base Village: Jambholi
Region: Karjat -Lonavala
Transport: Kalyan to Lonavala by rail, Lonavala to Jambholi by bus.
Time to reach the top: About 3 hrs from the base
Difficulty Rating: Tough

Trek to Bahiri caves is famous for its rock climbing section and is considered one of the toughest trek of Maharashtra just because of this rock patch.
But we will try to make it as easy as possible, with appropriate use of ropes, securing safety of each and every participant over the patch.



The plans for the trek will be as follows
Though it’s a one day trek, the scorching sun in this dry season heats the rocks and makes it difficult to climb after 11 am itself. So to avoid getting burnt by heated rocks we have decided to hike the cave early in the morning and for the same reason we need to reach the base one night prior to the trek.

We will be starting from Mumbai on Saturday afternoon, Our Mates from Pune will join us at Kamshet or Lonavala
Will reach jambhavli the base village by night.
Will have our dinner in the Village, rest for an hour, and start for a night trek till the base of the cave.
Early morning wake up, breakfast, will start towards the patch.(this will prove us very helpful, as only one person can climb the patch at once. and no other goup reaches )
We will climb the patch and will be back by 12pm to the base of the cave.
From here we will return to Jambhavli.
Have lunch and will start our return journey to Mumbai(Karjat) / Pune(Kamshet).

Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Sunday
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, Candles (compulsory).
2-3 bunch of papers and proper bedding
Camera(Optional)
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
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.

The charges of the trek are Rs 300/per head, which includes
Breakfast and dinner for saturday,
Travel expenditure from Kamshet till Karjat/lonavala.
Ropes and Safety gear charges, Expertise.

For Registrations and More Information, Pls Contact:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211
Priti Patel : 9869524260
Vikramsingh : 9987757665
Prasad Tandale: 9029857793

Hi Mates, we at Trek mates Invite you all for a one day Trek to Gorakhgad fort on 17th Jan '10.

Some Information about the Fort:
Place: Gorakhgad fort
Height: 2137 ft
Base Village: Dehri
District: Thane
Difficulty Level: Medium
Endurance Level: Medium

Gorakhgad is a fort that can be done easily in a day, both from Mumbai and Pune. Though not famous for any historical events, Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its inviting pinnacles, which offer good opportunities for rock-climbing. This region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover.


Fort Gorakhgad is quite small in size. It was having strategic importance during the reign of Shahaji Raje. However, no major battle is recorded to have taken place here. It was used in Shivaji's era to patrol the nearby region and was used as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough availability water and a lot of space for accommodation. The fort gets its name from Saint Gorakhnath, who performed his "Sadhana" in this place.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting Point: Kalyan Stn, Platform no 1, Below the indicator, at 6.00 am.
From here we move ahead to Murbad by ST.
Breakfast at Murbad,
Further we go till Dehri by Private Jeep/ST.
We start our trek by 10 am. and reach the top till 1.00 pm.
Explore the fort, have lunch, and start descend.
Refreshment and start back journey by ST/jeep.
Reach Kalyan by 9.00pm.(approximately)

The cost of the trek will be rs 250/- per head,
Including all transportation from Kalyan to Kalyan,
Breakfast and Refreshment.

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Lunch for the day,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
A bottle of water (at least 1 Ltrs),
Camera (Optional), Cap, etc.
Medicines those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes.

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211
\Priti Patel : 9869524260
Vikramsingh : 9987757665
Prasad Tandale: 9029857793

Regards,
Trek Mates.

Trek to Kulang with Trek Mates on 13th-14th Feb '10

Hi mates, We at Trek Mates would like to invite you for our Birthday event to Kulang on 13th-14th Feb '10.(starting on 12th night.)

Some information about the fort:


Type: Hill Forts
Height: 4822 ft
Grade: Medium
District: Nasik
Region: Kalsubai
Base Village: Ambewadi

Kulang… it offer ones the longest and heighest climb from the base to the top amongst any other fort in the Sahayadris. Standing at the height of 4822 ft, it also boasts about one of the finest views form the top and is graded as a medium / difficult trek.

The plans will be as follows:


12th Feb, Friday Night:
> We start from Mumbai by last Kasara local to reach Kasara by 2 am.

13th Feb, Saturday:
> Travel till Ambewadi by local jeeps till 4/5am on Saturday.
> Start trek by 7,
> Climb the fort till 3 pm and explore it till 6 pm
> Dinner & stay in the caves.
14th Feb, Sunday:
> Watch the sunrise, explore d remaining fort, breakfast & start descending by 9 am.
> Have our lunch in Igatpuri.
> Reach Kasara by 5 pm approx.

The charges of the trek will be Rs 600/per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from kasara to kasara, Food Facilities and Expertise.


Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, Candles (compulsory).
A spoon, mug and a plate (a must)
2-3 bunch of papers and proper bedding
2 empty polyethene bags for load sharing (approx 1.5 kg weight will be given to each candidate so pack ur bags taking it into consideration)
Camera(Optional)
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
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.

For more enquiries and Registrations , please contact
Priti Patel: 9869524260.
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211.
VikramSingh:9987757665.
Prasad Tandale: 9029857792.

Regards,
Trek Mates.

Paragliding at Kamshet with Trek Mates on 17th Jan '10

Hi Mates, We are glad to announce Tandem Paragliding at Kamshet on 17th Jan'10.

Some info about the event:
Place: Kamshet, Lonavala.
Base: Tower hill, Pawana Lakeside.
Gliding Time: 15 min approx.
Grade : Medium.

Without any training or experience you can enjoy the experience of flying like a pro for 15 minutes and enjoy the breathtaking sites. Let the pilot do the work while you enjoy the ride, savoring the amazing experience of soaring over beautiful hills and fields like an eagle high up in the sky.


Don't forget to bring your cameras to capture this beauty.


The itinerary for the event is as given below:
Meeting Point for Mumbai People: Thane Stn (platform no 5) at 6.00 am.
From here we move ahead to Lonavala by Indrayanai Express. (Reach by 8.00 am)
8.05 am-Local from Lonavala to Kamshet

Meeting point for Pune ppl: Kamshet at 8.15 am.
Move ahead by Jeep/ auto till the gliding spot.

Paragliding activity till evening.
Back by auto/jeep till Kamshet.
Refreshment,
Train journey from Kamshet till Mumbai.

Reach Mumbai approx by 10.00 pm.

The cost for the event will be Rs 2200/- per head, which include:
Travelling from Kamshet till Kamshet,
Breakfast and refreshment,
All Technical gear and equipment,
Services of expert instructors.
(Extra Glide will be allowed for Rs 2000/- per glide, if time permits)

Payment Details: One needs to deposit the full Payment into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
SBI a/c no: 30665796091 S/A in the name of Mr Nilesh Patil.
Branch: Panchpakhadi, Thane.

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Lunch for the day,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.

A bottle of water (atleast 1.5 Ltrs),
Camera(Optional), Cap, Scarf etc.
Medicines those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,

It is very important to cooperate and obey the instructions of the pilots before, after and during the tandem flight.
No prior experience or training is required
Please refrain from alcohol or drug consumption before the flight.


Caution :Tandems can be enjoyed by any person from the age 7 onwards.
As with other adventure activities, the flight may not be suitable for persons suffering from high BP, heart ailments and back problems. If in doubt, it is always advisable to check with your doctor.
Tandems even may not take place in case of not good air conditions.(in that case the charges for Paragliding, Rs 2000, will be refunded to the member.)

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:
Mumbai Leader: Vikramsingh: 9987560722
Pune Leader: Zeenat Sikilkar: 9970999399
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211
Priti Patel: 9869524260

Four Day Konkan tour on 23rd-26th Jan with Trek Mates

Hi Mates, We at Trek Mates are more than happy to invite you for a four day Kokan tour on 23rd to 26th Jan '10(starting on 22nd night).

Some details of the tour:
The places that we will be visiting:
1. Vijaydurg
2. Devgad
3. Kunkeshwar
4. Bhagwantgad
5. Bharatgad
6. Sindhudurg
7. Padmagad
8. Niwati fort and niwati beach
9. Tarkarli beach (for some water sports)
10. Yashwantgad
11. Reddi cha Ganapati
12. Amboli Ghat

The places that we will try to cover, (if time Permits):
1. Ambolgad
2. Rajkot
3. Sarjekot
4. Terekhol
5. Vengurla

Vijaydurg or Victory Fort:

The oldest fort on Sindhudurg coast constructed in the regime of Raja Bhoj of shilahar dynasty in 1205 (construction period 1193-1205). The fort was earlier known as "Gheria" as it is situated in the village "Girye". Shivaji Maharaj won this fort from Adilshaha of Bijapur in 1653 and renamed it as “Vijay Durg” as the then Hindu solar ear’s name was “Vijay”. Vijay means Victory.
Sprawling over an area of 48 acres, Vijaydurg, fort of victory, was once seized by the British following a bloody battle. They renamed it Fort Augustus. A dilapidated board at the entrance of the fort relates its history. One of the best views of the fort is from the jetty. The fort stretches out into the sea and a walk inside its precincts is worthwhile. Shivaji added triple rows of huge walls, umpteen towers and spacious inner buildings to it and strengthened it in the 17th century.

Devgad

Kanoji Angre, chief of Martha admiralty, was instrumental in erecting this elegant looking fort in 1705. Devgad is a natural harbor and well guarded port town. Earlier big ships used to dock at the port jetty.
When the fort was built it was surrounded by water from all the sides so at the time it was called as "Janjire Devgad"(Janzira means an island in Arabic). It has been spread in 120 acres. There is a Ganesh temple in the fort. Port office is situated in the fort. The lighthouse is situated here.



Kunkeshwar Temple

Kunkeshwar Temple, an ancient Shiva Temple is located in Kunkeshwar village, 14 Kms from Devgad town. A pristine beach with a very long stretch of seashore and white sand adds to the beauty of temple surroundings.
This beautiful temple near beach has alluring architecture with reminiscent of South Indian style of temple architecture. Yadav Kings built this temple in 1100 A. D. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who rejuvenated this temple many times was a frequent visitor to this temple. This temple is also famous as Kashi of South Konkan.


Bharatgad & Bhagwatgad Fort:
At Maure town both this fort are located close to each close to each other but separated by an estuary. Bharatgad's outside wall is in dialogite condition today prominent feature of this fort is a more then 200 ft. deep well which has a carved door at the bottom. It is believed that the cave beginning from this door leads to Sindhudurg Fort. The temple and Masjid in proximity inside the fort is a symbol of Hindu and Muslim unity.History : Bharatgad was built by Sawantwadikar Fond Sawat in 1680 and Bharwantgad by Pant Bawadekar. Fort witnessed many clashes. To bring under its regime British commander Immelock captured this fort in 1880.


Sindhudurga - Padmagad forts:

Huge sea rocks of Malvan has easefully shouldered the responsibility of two Forts Sindhudurg & Padmagad on their broad chest. The name of the fort is given to the Sindhudurg district. Tourist from all over the world visit through out the year to see this Maratha glory.
The fort was built with the help of huge rocks on the Kurte Island which amazes people & one appreciates imaginative power of Shivaji. In 1664 shivaji erected this fort on 44 acers of land.
In Sindhudurg Fort there is 'Shri Shivarajeshwar temple' of King Shivaji. Also there are temples of Hanuman, Jarimari mandir and Goddess 'Bhavani Temple'. Impressions of shivaji's fingers prints found to be preserved here on one of the wall . Also lies, inside the fort worth seeing temples of Bhavanimata, Shambhu Mahadev, Jirimiri & Mahapurush. All are in good conditions.

Kille Nivati

This dilapidated fort by the seashore impress upon the visitor by its range of rocks situated at its bottom. The rippling perennial springs here content one's mind. Fort also commands the fine view of Bhogwe beach.
Kille Nivati was constructed by great Maratha ruler Shivaji. He was such a visionary who had given proper attention at his naval force. He built many forts for the protection of his empire. From this fort, one can observe Bhogave's allevaing beach

Tarkarli Beach
Tarkarli is a narrow stretch of beach with pristine waters, located at the convergence of the Karli River and the Arabian Sea. It is 546 k.m. away from Mumbai, 6 kms. south of Malvan, on the west coast of India. This place has gained prominence because of its transparently clear seas, where on a fairly sunny day, one can see the sea- bed up to a depth of 20 feet. This beach can be rightly called as ‘Queen Beach’ of Sindhudurg.

Redi Ganapati

This place is situated at south west to sawantwadi..Redi is gifted with Arabian sea to its west and it has got ancient history of Lord Ganesha. Round about 18 years back a local person named Sadashiv Kambli visualised the sclupture of Lord Ganesha in his dreams for this he persuade it for long period and with help of Local workers he dug out the sclupture of Ganesha from sea shore. Today after survey it is now clear that this was made by Panadavas during their rule the sclupture is about 6 feet in height and 4 feets in breadth whole thing was readily found in one single piece

Terekhol fort

The Terekhol fort is located in the northern tip of Goa. It is situated on the mouth of the Terekhol River and was built by the ruler of Sawantwadi, Maharaja Khem Sawant Bhonsle. The Terekhol fort of Goa was built during the 17th century. The Terekhol fort was given legal recognition as a part of Goa around 1788. The fort was rebuilt in 1764 by the Portuguese viceroy in India named Dom Pedro Miguel de Almeida. The Terekhol fort is often visited by tourists who come here to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and scenic locales.



The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

22nd Jan ’10, Night:
Meeting point: 10 Pm at Dadar stn.
Start latest by 10.15

Day 1, 23rd Jan:
Reach Vijaydurg (via Rajapur)by 11 am.
Visit Vijaydurg.
Start for Devgad by 2 pm.
Visit Devgad from 4 to 6.
Reach Kunkeshwar temple by 7.
Dinner and Stay at kunkeshwar

Day 2, 24th Jan:
Early morning start from Kunkeshwar.
Visit to Bhagwantgad and Bharatgad.
(if time permits we can also visit Rajkot and Sarjekot,)
Visit to Sindhudurg and Padmagad,
Move on to Niwati fort
Watch sunset at niwati beach.
Dinner and stay at Kochara village, near Niwati.

Day 3, 25th Jan:
Visit Tarkarli Beach and enjoy some water sports.
Start for Yashwantgad, reddicha ganapati, and off for stay at Amboli ghat.
We will try to visit Terekhol fort and vengurla if time permits
Dinner and Stay at Amboli ghat.

Day 4, 26th Jan:
Explore Amboli ghat.
Start for Mumbai by 11 am.
Reach Mumbai by 9 pm.


The cost for the whole tour will be rs 2400/- per head, which includes,
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private vehicle,
Accomodations, Permissions and entry fees.


The cost wont include,
Food expenditure (Konkan being famous for nonvegeterian cuisine, we wont like the vegetarians to bear the burden of the cost of the food by the nonveggies, so the option to have the veg/nonveg food can be left on the members themselves)
Cold Drinks, Mineral Water,
or anything apart from the above stated services.

Payment Details:

One needs to deposit Rs 2000/- advance into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
SBI a/c no: 30665796091 S/A in the name of Mr Nilesh Patil.
Branch: Panchpakhadi, Thane.

 
Things To Be carried:
Lunch for Saturday,
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, Candles (compulsory).
2-3 bunch of papers and proper bedding.
Camera(Optional)
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.


For more enquiries and Registrations , please contact
Nilesh Patil: 9967436211.
Priti Patel: 9869524260.
VikramSingh:9987757665.