TMI : Twin Treks to Sea Fort Khanderi and Underi on 28th April 2013

We at Trek Mates India invite you to Twin Treks to Khanderi and Underi island sea forts near Alibaug on 28th April 2013.

Some information about the trek: 
Fort : Khanderi and Underi
Type : Island Sea Forts
District : Alibaug
Level : Easy
Trek Leader : Vishal Khond

 The Island Sea forts of Khanderi and Underi are located three kms. in the sea near Thal. The two early notices of Khanderi in 1538 of the Portuguese Viceroy Dorn Joao da Castro and 1674 of John Fryer, refer to it as uninhabited island.

 In August 1679, Shivaji occupied the islands ant oversaw the construction of a fortification, wall. The British attempted to claim the islands 'for the Crown' and oust Shivaji failed miserably and this was followed by Janjira Siddi to unseat the Marathas but followed suit. All attempts by the British and the Siddi to capture Khanderi - Underi, forts did not fructify till 1750, but finally it was ceded to the British in 1818 "as part of the Peshwa territory". And currently the Khanderi Fort is under Bombay Port trust administration.Permission of the Bombay port trust is necessary to visit the fort by mans of o boat.
In 1687, Light House on the Island was built by the British which still stands. Even today, there is a temple Of Vetal and the Tomb of Daud Pir both of which are worshipped by the local fishermen community.

Khanderi is a fortified island 20 km off the coast of Mumbai. This along with its sister fort Underi formed the major fortification along the Mumbai coast. This was built by Shivaji in 1660 to keep a check on the Siddis at Murud-Janjira fort. However later on it lost its importance. Most of the fort is still intact the most prominent structure is a lighthouse built in 1837. It can only be accessed with the permission of the Bombay Port Trust.
 

Underi (also called Jaidurg) is a fortified island near the mouth of Mumbai harbour south of Prong's Lighthouse. It is a companion fort to Khanderi and currently lies in Raigad district, Maharashtra. These islands of Khanderi and Underi served as one of the landmarks for ships entering Mumbai harbour. Underi is smaller than Khanderi and nearly circular. It was built by Kahim of the Siddis in 1680.

 

         (* Photos are sourced from internet. we do not claim any rights on them)

Itinerary of the trek is as follows:
Meeting Point – 06:30 am @ Gateway of India on 28th April, 2013.
Catch ferry to Mandva from Gateway
Reach Thal & Breakfast
Start Trek Underi & then Khanderi
Lunch at Thal
Back to Mandva by 05:00 pm
Reach to Gateway by 07:00 pm

Cost of event is INR 900 & INR 100 extra for Non-vegetarian (fish)
Which includes – Travel from Gateway to Gateway, Breakfast & Lunch, Guide, Permissions & Entry Fees,  and Expertise charges. 

For Booking please transfer INR 500 into following account :
Account Name – Vishal Ravindra Khond
Bank – ICICI Bank Ltd
Branch – Naupada Branch, Thane
IFS Code – ICIC0000035
Saving Account Number - 003501542728  

 (Once payment is done , please send an email to vishalkhond9@gmail.com  / trekmates@gmail.com  with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number) 

Things To Be carried: 
A bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs) 
Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional) 
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. (No sling bags/ jholas please)
Avoid wearing gold ornaments. 


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For more details and Registration, Please contact on the nos. given below:
Vishal Khond: 8291139993 / 9322069953
Nilesh Patil: 8655588508 / 9619990866
Vikram Singh: 9987761562 / 8652028262

Registrations are only through phone calls.
Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.
Mail us at trekmates@gmail.com for any query

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".

Do Not Litter: Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins.
 No Smoking, tobacco 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.

Regards,
Team – Trek Mates India