TMI: Wildlife Safari tour to Bandhavgarh

Hi Mates, we at Trek Mates India are glad to invite you for a wildlife tour to Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh in the summers, for it is the best season to watch the animals while they come out of the dense forest in search of water, which is provided in the man made waterholes, near the Safari roads.

Tour 1:  8th March to 11th March 2012 (starting on 7th night by 11.30 pm)
Tour 2:  5th April to 8th April 2012 (starting on 4th night by 11.30 pm)

Type: Wild life / Photography / Safari

Tour Leader: Nilesh Patil / Adhar kanungo

Maximum Batch size: 24 each Batch.

Some information regarding the place and the tour:

Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most popular national parks in India located in the Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. Bandhavgarh was declared as a national park in 1968 with an area of 105 km². The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals 437 km². The park derives its name from the most prominent hillock of the area, which is said to be given by Hindu Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana to keep a watch on Lanka (Ceylon). Hence the name Bandhavgarh (Sanskrit: Brother's Fort).

Bandhavgarh shot into fame with Charger and Sita sightings in mid nineties, ever since there has been no looking back for this national park in MP. The Tiger density in the Tala zone of this park puts rest of the parks to shame. A rare jewel as far as Tiger sightings are concerned, Bandhavgarh attracted lot of media attention for the number of Tigers one would see in each Safari. Tourists would come out of the park saying they saw 4, some 5, some even 6 in just one safari. Sounds unbelievable, but it is 100% true.

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:

Day 1, Wednesday night:
Ø  Meeting point: CST station, 11.30 pm
Ø  Start our journey by Mahanagri Express( ppl can join from cst, dadar, thane Kalyan or even igatpuri, nasik. Pls follow the timings given at )

Day 2, Thursday:
Ø  Reach Jabalpur Station by 4. 20 pm
Ø  Travel till Bandhavgarh by our private vehicle
Ø  Check in at hotel, dinner, rest

Day 3, Friday:
Ø  Early Morning Safari and back to hotel by 10 am
Ø  Breakfast, rest, Lunch
Ø  Evening safari
Ø  Enjoy folk dance
Ø  Dinner, rest

Day 4, Saturday:
Ø  Early Morning Safari and back to hotel by 10 am
Ø  Breakfast, Play some group games, Lunch
Ø  Evening safari
Ø  Dinner (carry pack dinner if possible),
Ø  start back journey, Travel by private vehicle till Jabalpur station
Ø  Board 11.20 pm train(Chapra express)

Day 5, Sunday
Ø  Reach Mumbai by 4.08 pm.

The charges for the tour:
Rs 11,850/- per head: for Non AC rooms (double sharing)
Rs 11,400/- per head: for Non AC rooms (triple sharing)

Rs 13,350/- per head: for AC rooms (double sharing)
Rs 12,600/- per head: for AC rooms (triple sharing)
Note: Ac rooms advisible, as it will be too hot in March / April

The Charges Include:
Ø  Travelling from Mumbai to Mumbai by train(3A compartment)
Ø  Travel from Jabalpur station to resort and back in AC vehicle
Ø  Stay and food facilities at the resort.
Ø  4 Wildlife Safaris (2 morning and 2 evening)

What is not included:
Ø  Food while train travelling
Ø  Mineral water/ cold drinks
Ø  Camera fees for the park
Ø  Any extra snacks if you order.

Payment details
One needs to deposit the full amount 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.,  IFS code: sbin0007232.

Note: Last date of Registrations:
Tour 1: 5th Dec 2011.
Tour 2: 1st Jan 2012

After these dates, registrations will depend on the availability at the resort, whereas the Railway ticket should be reserved by the member himself (Rs 1800/- for the railway fares will be reduced from the tour cost.)

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Vikram Singh : 9987761562

Team Trek Mates India.

TMI : Trek to Peb (Vikatgad) Fort on 22nd October 2011

Hi Mates, we at Trek Mates India are glad to invite you for a One day Trek to Peb (Vikatgad) fort via Neral on Saturday , 22nd Oct '11.

Trek Details :

Trek Leader: Manoj Kalwar

Type : Hill Fort

Height : 2100 Feet above MSL (Approx)

Grade : Medium

District : Raigad

Region : Karjat

Base Village : Neral

Group size will be max 30 only.

Some details about Peb Fort :

Located in the same mountain range as Matheran, Peb fort is a enjoyable trek for a day’s outing.
The fort derives it name from the Goddess 'Pebi'; Peb is also called 'Vikatgad' for its supposed shape of the Elephant Headed God, 'Ganesh'. The trek to the top involves surmounting a small rock patch and a ladder. The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained by disciples of Swami Samartha and the meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain. To get inside the meditation chamber, one has to crawl through a narrow passage in the rock and then climb down into the meditation chamber. The chamber is very well maintained with tiles on the floor for ppl to sit and meditate.

The fort also has a temple dedicated to Swami Samartha on the top and has the footwear or 'Padukas' worn by the great saint kept on the top. The view of the entire Neral and Karjat region from the top is worth the climb. Another attraction of the trek is the only standing Bastion or Buruj facing the Panorama point of Matheran, the view from here is just too beautiful to describe.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below

Take return ticket of Neral.
Catch the Karjat local and board second last Compartment.(everyone will board the same local from there respective station)
Alight at Neral . Have breakfast and proceed towards base village
Start trek at around 9:30 am.
Reach Peb Fort by 12:30 pm
Have Lunch
Take rest and roam around matheran and proceed towards Dasturi.
Leave Matheran by 5:00 pm
Take Taxi Till Neral Station
Evening Refreshment and Start our Return Journey
We will be reaching Dadar by 9.30pm

Train Timing

Karjat Slow-S7

CST : 5:40
Byculla : 5:48
Dadar : 5:58
Kurla : 6:09
Ghatkopar : 6:15
Thane : 6:35
Dombivali : 6:57
Kalyan : 7:07
Neral : 07.44 am

The cost for the trek is Rs 200/- per head which includes

Travelling from Matheran to Neral ,
Breakfast and Evening refreshments.
Train fare has to be taken care of by the members themselves.

Note : Registrations through phone calls only.

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
Lunch For Sunday,
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Cap, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (shoes with good grip are preferred over floaters)
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.

Rains are expected, so pack yr bags accordingly to save them from getting wet. Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.

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For more details and Registration, Please contact on the nos. given below:

Mumbai Coordinators :

Manoj Kalwar : 9870775633

Nilesh Patil : 8655588508

Vikram Singh : 9987761562

Pune Coordinators :

Adhar : 99756 41375

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Few rules we would like our participants to follow
We follow a strict policy of "no trace" trekking,

"Take nothing but memories and photographs, leave nothing but footprints".

Rules & Regulations:

Do Not Litter: Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.

No Smoking and alcohol: Smoking cigarette, chewing tobacco or related products and consuming alcohol is strictly prohibited on the trek. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the trek. NO REFUND will be provided.

(Smoking will only be permitted before the trek starts and after the trek is over with prior consultation of the Leader and the person will have to move away from the group to smoke.)

Respect the Heritage: Participants should not deface or damage any monument by writing or scribbling on them. Please help us to conserve and preserve our heritage along with our trek mates.

Be a group: It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in the group, in the event of any ‘deviation’ by the participant without the consent of the ‘Trek Leader’, he/she/they will be considered as ‘Independent/s’ and will no longer be considered as a part of the group.

Pay attention: Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; Trek Mates India, it’s instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.

Any violation of the above rules will be dealt with seriously, and may involve expulsion from the trek or event, and no refund is admissible in such cases.

Adventure activity is arranged considering normal weather. In case of occurrence of any natural calamities, if event is cancelled, in such circumstances NO REFUND will be provided.

The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.

Trek mates India reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice. No arguments or refunds will be entertained.

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