TREK MATES INDIA
RATANGAD TO HARISHCHANDRAGAD
Meeting Point Kasara Railway Station at 01.20 am.
You are requested to board the Kasara Local Train from your respected stations.
Train Timings are given in the Travel Help Section.
Reach Ratanwadi Village by Pvt Vehicle by 03:00 am.
Will Start Ratangad Ascend Via Trimbak Darwaja by 03:15 am
Reached Ratangad Caves by 05:30 am
Post breakfast start trek towards Katrabai Pass by 06:30 am
Reach Kumshet by 12:00 pm
Post lunch trek to Pethechi Wadi
Reach Pethechi Wadi by 03:30 pm
Will Travel by Pvt Vehicale to Pachnai from Pethechi Wadi
Reach Pachnai by 04:30 pm
Start Trek to Harishchandragad by 05:00 pm
Reached Top at 07:30pm & Dinner at 08:00 pm
Rest for the day.
Wake up at 06:30 am & Breakfast
Post Breakfast expolre the Fort
Start descend towards Khireshwar by 08:00 am
Reach Khireshwar by 12:00 pm
Lunch at Base
Back Journey till Kalyan by ST bus / Pvt Vehicale.
Reach Kalyan Approx 04:00 pm
Traveling from Kasara till Kalyan,
Food (3 Meals, 2 Breakfast)
Mineral Water; Beverages; Anything not mentioned in above inclusion list
We leave by Last Kasara Local.
Time Table -
10:50 pm: CST
10:57 pm: Byculla
11:05 pm: Dadar
11:13 pm: Kurla
11:18 pm: Ghatkopar
11:34 pm: Thane
11:57 pm: Dombivali
12:07 am: Kalyan
01:18 am: Kasara
It is advised to board the second last compartment of the train from your respective stations so that we can meet in the compartment itself.
Range Trek from Ratangad to Harishchandragad
Ratangad: Jewel Fort – 4250 feet above MSL (Approx)
The fort is an origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini. The Bhandardara dam is built on this river. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called ‘Nedhe’ or ‘Eye of the Needle’; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites. Ratangad, a jewel fort of Sahyadris has conventionally said to have 2 routes. One, from Ratanwadi village via Ganesh Darwaja and the other from Samrad village via Trimbak Darwaja. We will be climbing the fort from Trimbak Darwaja & will be descending via Ganesh Darwaja.
Katrabai: A Mountain Pass – 4300 feet above MSL (Approx)
The most important pass on Trans Sahyadri trek. This pass is known for passage between Ratangad and Harishchandragad. This pass gives an excellent 360° view of the area.
Harishchandragad – 4500 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Harishchandragad: The fort is quite ancient, considered to be from the medieval period. The Great sage Changdev (one who wrote the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are also from the same period. Harishchandragad was captured by the Marathas in 1747 from the Moguls.
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