Trek Mates India : Tour To Aurangabad on 1st n 2nd May 2010

Hi Mates, After a Memorable tour to the city of sun and sands; we are glad to announce our next tour to Auirangabad on May 1st and 2nd ; 2010

( Starting on 30th april night )
The places that we will be covering in this tour are:
1) Jyakwadi Dam / Paithan
2) Daulatabad Fort
3) Aurangabad Caves
4) Bibi Ka Maqbara
5) Panchakki
6) Grishneshwar
7) Ellora Caves
8) Ajanta Caves

Jayakwadi Dam

Jayakwadi Dam is built across the Godavari River and supplies water to the Aurangabad city. It is situated in Paithan town, famous for its woven Paithani sarees. The town is 50 km south of Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
Jayakwadi Dam is famous for its vantage points for bird watching. A wide variety of resident and migratory birds are found in the vicinity of the dam.

Paithan is a village in Aurangabad. It is located 56 km south of Aurangabad. It is the ancient capital of Satvahanas. The hamlet is famous for its 6 yards silk brocade sarees. The name of the saree is also Paithan.


Daulatabad is situated 13 km from Aurangabad. The fort stands on a pyramid shaped hill. It was previously known as Devgiri. Bhillama, the king of the Yadav dynasty built it in the 12th century. It was Mohammed Bin Tughlaq who gave the name Daulatabad which means city of fortune.

The fort of the city is built on top of a high hill. It is surrounded by thick walls and has transfixed gates. Steep slip ways and a deep ditch can also be seen. Curled network of secret, teasing and underground transitions can also be seen in the fort.

Aurangabad Caves

 were excavated from the soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. These caves, ten in number, are divided into two separate locations - Western Group Caves having caves 1-5 and Eastern Group Caves having caves 6-10, located 1 km apart. The designing and image is molded by Tantric Hinduism.

Cave 4 from Western Group group is the oldest cave. The remaining four Western caves are viharas depicting an early type of Buddhist monastery. Cave 6 which belongs to the Eastern Group has a large statute of Buddha supported with a form of Ganesh and Cave 7 has forms of women which are barely clad and bejeweled.

Bibi Ka Maqbara

The monument Bibi Ka Maqbara was built in 1679 AD by Aurangzeb’s son. He built it in memory of his mother Rabia. Ata Ullah was the architect and he based the design on the Taj Mahal.

Panchakki otherwise known as the water mill was built during the early years of the 17th century. The mill used to grind grains for the pilgrims.

It was so designed that it generated energy through water which was brought from a spring on a mountain.
These pipes are lined up at particular distances. To allow the water to flow through the pumps masonary pillars are erected. Water through the pipes flows with a force and it rises to a huge raised masonary pillar and from there it falls to make an attractive water fall.

Ghrishneshwar Temple
The Ghrishneshwar Temple was built during 1765 and 1795. The construction of the temple was done by Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. The temple is built of red volcanic rock and it delivers a characteristic appearance.
The most impressing feature of Ghrishneshwar Temple is the 5 tier shikara. The shikara rises in decreasing height. The height is then increased with the help of the high wall component of the sanctum. An unerect bull at each corner and monkey behind it is the crown of the Shikara
The temple is of great importance as the presiding deity is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.

The Ellora Caves

The Ellora Caves are listed in the world-heritage list. They are located about 30 km from Aurangabad.
The Kailash Temple of the Ellora caves is the most attractive and masterpiece of the creator. The Kailash temple in the Ellora caves is one of the world’s largest and massive sculpture. It was curved out of a rock with the help of 7000 laborers and took nearly 150 years to complete. The shrines are a mix or both Hindu and Jain faiths. Cave number 32 is famous for a glorious Yakshi statue and beautiful ceiling paintings.

The Ajanta Caves

The Ajanta Caves have 30 rock cut Bhuddhist caves and it is 106 km from Aurangabad. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. Five caves are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries.

The Chaityas are large, rectangular chambers separated by rows of pillars. They are decorated by sculptures and murals which depict the many incarnations of Buddha. The Vhharas are rectangular shaped halls. They have series of small cells which are attached on both sides. Opposite to the entrance is an image of Buddha. The caves also include a visual form of the life of Buddha and interesting stories from Jatakas.

The approx Itinerary for the tour will be as follows:
30th April
Start from Dadar station at 10 pm Sharp.
Venue: Swami Narayan Temple, nr Dadar stn, Dadar (e).

1st May:
Reach Paithan by 7 am
Site seeing
Jayakwadi Dam
Reach Aurangabad By 10am.
Get fresh
Visit Daulatabad Fort
Lunch Break
Aurangabad Caves
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Return to the hotel
Retire For the day.

2nd May:
Early Moring Wake up.
Start for Ellora caves.
Ghrishneshwar Temple
Ellora Caves
Lunch break
Ajanta caves.
Eveneing refrehment.
Start our return journey towards mumbai.
Dinner on the way.
Reach mumbai by 5am on Monday 3rd may.

The cost for the whole tour will be Rs 2500/- per head,
which includes,
Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private vehicle,
Site seeing, entry fees and tourism tax/permits ect.
Accommodation in hotels. (Quadraple sharing basis)

The cost won’t include,
Food expenditure,
(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.
Union bank a/c no: 369102010801696
S/A in the name of Ms Priti Patel.
Branch: Juhu Tara Raod, Santacruz,
IFS code: UBINO536911.

Things To Be carried:
Photo identity card,
A bottle of water (Atleast 1 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries,
Glairs, etc.,
Shawl (it will be cold while in wheels at night)
Extra clothes,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes or comfortable foot wear,
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Minimum 20 participants required.

For more enquiries and Registrations , please contact
Priti Patel: 9869524260
VikramSingh: 9987560722.

Team Trek Mates India

Trek Mates : Trek To Kalavantin Durga on 18th Of April 2010

Hi friends, we at Trek Mates, have arranged a trek to Kalavantindurg on Sunday 18th April 2010.

Little Info About The Fort
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2330 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: medium
Base Village: Thakurwadi
Region: Panvel

Kalavantin Durg is situated on northeast side of Panvel, on Mumbai-Pune road. Can see it from express highway a V-Shaped one. The Left one is Kalwantin Durg & right side is Prabalgad.

The fort top commands an excellent view of the surroundings with Prabal in the front. Matheran, Chanderi, Shrimallang, Irshal Karnala, Manikgad, etc can be easily identified.

Kalavantin durg is a adjoining hill (pinnacle) to Prabalgad.

The tentative itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
We start with the early morning Train towards Panvel (according to the timings given below.)
Meeting Point :
Mumbai People :Panvel Station at 6.50 am.
Pune People : Panvel St Depot at 7am.
Breakfast and reach the base village in next an hour or so..
Introduction, instructions and start the trek.
Reach the top in 3-4 hrs.
Lunch break.
Explore the fort and start descending by 1pm.
Reach the base till 5 pm.
Start our return journey.

The cost for the trek is Rs 140/- per head which includes
Travelling from Panvel to Panvel,
Breakfast and evening refreshments.

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Lunch For Sunday,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
A bottle of water (atleast 3 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries
Cap, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
A good trekking shoes,
A haversack to put in all the things to be that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:
Mumbai Coordinator :
VikramSingh: 9987560722
Pune Coordinator :
Zeenat Sikilkar : 9881736231

Team Trek Mates India

Trek Cum Tour To SGNP For Orphan Children On 25th April 2010

Hi Mates,

Exams are over…

Everybody goes for holiday at their granny’s town or somewhere else…

What about those who never go anywhere…

Think about it…

After the wonderful response for Trek cum Nature Trail at Karnala on the eve of Christmas for the children at ASARA Orphanage, Thane, we are very glad to arrange another activity for the same children. Trek cum Nature Trail at Sanjay Gandhi National Park on Sunday 25th April 2010 for the children at ASARA Orphanage, Thane.

This activity is a unique concept where we are bringing trekkers and orphan children together to gift the moments of joy with the help of Trekkers to the orphanage children.

In this activity every participant will bear expenses of one orphan child. This is no profit no loss basis trek. There are total 26 orphan children from ASARA orphanage Thane for whom we are organizing this event.

So we invite all our mates to join their hands with us in this Noble Cause.

Let’s give them a day full of Fun and Happiness, and let’s have a day full of fun with children.

Little info about the trek:
Type: Jungle Trail and Visit to kanheri caves.
Grade: Easy
Base Village: Borivali

The approximate cost for this event is Rs.150/- per person.
This includes travelling from Thane till Thane and morning and evening refreshments.
This is a TTMM trek/event.
Expenses will be counted and equally distributed among all trekkers which may come around Rs.120-150.

You can also bring chocolates, pen, pencils, notebooks etc or any other things you wish to distribute to the children.

The itinerary for the event is as given below:
Meeting point is Thane station: Platform no 2, below red indicator [CST side] at 06:10 am
Catch the train and reach SGNP gate, Borivli by 7.40am.
Go for Lion Safari, Toy train, boating and visit Kanheri caves.
Lunch at 12 noon.
Leave the park by 5:30 pm
Reach Thane by 7:00 pm

Things To Be carried:
Lunch For The Day.
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (at least 2 Ltrs),
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
2-3 bunch of papers
Towel, a napkin
Camera (Optional)
Cap, Scarf etc.
Medicines those if u require usually.

A haversack to put in all the things to be that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas. Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Pic Link to our Karnala Event :

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

Vikram Singh : 9987757665

Vishal Khond : 9322069953

Trek Mates India.

Trek Mates : Trek To Harihar Fort on 11th Of April 2010

Hello Mates,
We are glad to arrange a one day trek to Harihar Fort  11th of April 2010. (Starting on 10th night)

Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Trimbakeshwar
District : Nashik
Grade : Medium
 FortHeight : 3500 feet

 Harihar Fort is, located in Igatpuri region of WesternGhats.Situated at an altitude of about 3, 676 ft above sea level,this unique fort isbuilt on a triangular prism of rock.

The three faces and two edges of the fort are completely vertical. Rocky steps with one meter wide at an angle of about 75 degrees are also found here. 

A small temple and a cave with water, situated 
on the top, are worth visiting.

Thrilling spot : Rock cut steps at an angle of almost 80 degrees vertical.
While climbing the fort, we come across a rock-sheet, which has got steps carved in it. Also many grooves have been carved here for additional support. After climbing these steps, we get upto the entrance door. 


There is a cavern ahead of this door. 

Again we come across few steps after a short distance walk from this cavern. 

On climbing these steps we reach to the main entrance door of this fort. The fort has got a tapering plateau with a raised level in the middle.

One secret – door is located at the edge of this fort, but the way to this door has now got blocked. There is a small temple of Lord Hanumana and Lord Shiva on the plateau. A small pond is there in front of this temple. Water from this pond can be used for drinking. Making headway from here we come across a palace having two rooms in it. 10 to 12 persons can be accommodated in this palace. There are five cisterns along one side of the palace, one of which has water suitable for drinking.

The approx Itinerary for the trek will be as follows:
Latch the last kasara local from Mumbai.
Get down at Kasara by 3 am and proceed towards the base village of Harihar Fort by private vehicle.
Start the trek early Moring and reach by 10pm atop.
Explore the fort.
Start descending by 1pm.
Reach base villege by 3pm
Reach Igatpuri.
Evening refreshment at Igatpuri.
Reach Kasara by 7 pm.
Reach Mumbai by 9.0-10pm tentatively.

Things to be carried
Identity Proof. (must)
Lunch for Sunday. (must)
A Bottle of Water A Must.
Few Old Newspapers.
Sun block,
Some ready to eat food items.
Medicine those if you require usually.
Good trekking shoes, (must)
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried. ( No sling bags/ jholas please) (must)
Avoid wearing gold ornaments.

The charges of the trek will be Rs 350/- per head, which includes
travelling from Kasara till Kasara,
Evening Refreshments.

For further enquiries and Registrations, please contact
Priti : 9869524260
Vikram : 9987560722

Train Time Table
Train Number :- N1 S 12 coach to Kasara

Mumbai(CST) : 00:15
Byculla : 00:24
Dadar : 00:33
Kurla : 00:44
Ghatkopar : 00:50
Thane : 01:10
Dombivili : 01:32
Kalyan : 01:40
Kasara(N) : 02:56
Get into second compartment from CST side from the station of your convenience.
Everyone will be boarding the same compartment from their respective stations so that we will meet in the train only.

Team, Trek Mates India.