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Posted: 30 Nov 2015 01:30 AM PST
Rehekuri Wildlife Sanctuary – A Photography tourAttractions: Blackbucks are found only in 3 wild life sanctuaries from India. These are very rare & we are fortunate to have this opportunity to see them only at a distance of 140Kms from Pune. During this visit we will also get a chance to do bird watching where our wildlife experts will help you identify these birds, share information about their habitat, identification and living styles.Information: Rehekuri is located approx 120 Kms from Pune and around 40 Kms from Ahemadnagar. This is a Blackbuck sanctuary spread across 3-4 Kms & 100's of Blackbucks can be observed. Also it is home for many Birds. Monsoon & Winter is supposed to be a good season to visit this Sanctuary.Event Date – 6th DecemberEvent Location – Rehekuri Blackbuck SanctuaryContact –Plus Valley Adventure – 7720080918Anurag – 8308962700Prajakta - 8380054989Pick up Point - Plus Valley Adventure Office, 3, Anand Complex, Alkapuri Society, Opp. Hotel Kinara, Above Bata Showroom, Vanaz Corner, Paud Road, Kothrud, Pune- 411029.Pick up Time – 06.00 amThings to Carry – 1. Identity Proof2. Daypack3. Water Bottle (Min 3 ltr)4. Cap / Hat5. Good Shoes6. Camera7. Binocular8. Personal Medicines, if anyItinerary –06.00 am to 06.15 am – Reporting06.15 am to 08.00 am – Travel via Solapur Road to Khamgaon08.00 am to 08.45 am – Breakfast08.45 am to 10.45 am – Travel to Rehekuri10.45 am to 01.00 pm – Explore the Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary01.00 pm to 02.00 pm – Lunch02.00 pm to 03.00 pm –Continue to Explore the Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary03.00 pm to 05.30 pm – Travel Back towards Bhuleshwar..05.30 pm to 06.30 pm – Bhuleshwar Temple.06.30 pm to 08.30 pm – Return journey to Pune. Enroute Evening Refreshments.Activity Fees - INR 1200 /-Fees Includes: 1. Morning Breakfast & Tea (Limited), Packed Lunch, Evening Refreshments (Limited).2. Transportation by Private Vehicle.3. Expert Fees.Fees Excludes: ● Cold Drinks, Mineral Water, etc.● Private orders of Tea,... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 07:25 PM PST
Owalekar Wadi Owalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden is a home for 132 species of butterflies which are seen throughout the year. It is an open air butterfly garden located in Thane(w) , Maharashtra , India [Pin - 400 607]     Description Owalekar Wadi Butterfly Garden is an unique open Butterfly Garden, where you can see butterflies in natural surroundings and not in any enclosure. Much importance has also been given for the Larval Host Plants of Butterflies. This Garden is open to public on all Sundays only. The timings are between 8:00 morning to 12:00 noon.     This photo walk is for whom? Nature Lovers Butterfly Lovers Shutter Bugs (Photographers) Children / School Children's Families / Friends  In short Everyone !!! BEST Buses From Thane Station (E): LTD 700 & AS - 700 AS To Owale Village From Mulund CheckNaka: AS - 458 From Cadburi Juction, Thane (W): C-61 To Owale Village From Borivali Station (E): LTD 700, AS - 700 AS & AS - 458 A To Owale Village   TMT Buses From Thane Station (W): 50, 52, 58 & 60 To Owale Village   From Owale Village, Owalekar wadi is around 10-15 mins by walking.   Route from Thane Thane (W), Ghodbunder Rd Start, Majiwada, Kapurbawadi, Maanpada, Anand Nagar, Owale Village   Photo Walk Schedule 1. Reach Owale village by 7:00 am and move towards Owalekarwadi. 2. Discussion and sharing information about butterflies. 3. Explore different butterflies species. 4. Concluding tour by 11:00 am 5. Bid adieu and return to respective destinations.   Things to Carry: 1. 1-2 Ltrs Water (Must)2. Cap (Must) 3. Breakfast (Must) 4. Mosquito Repellent cream (Must) 5. Camera (Optional - Capture the moments in your Heart !!!)   Cost The ENTRY FEE RS. 100/-   Confirm your participation on: Nikhil 9820 432 576 All our Photo-walk's are Eco-friendly, kindly take care of na... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 07:21 PM PST
Moments Shoot's Photo Tour to "Tadoba" Wild Life Safari - The Jewel of Vidharba on 24-25-26-27 Dec 2015 Tadoba TATR stands for Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve since it was included in the Project Tiger Program in the year. TATR is created by amalgamating Tadoba National Park & Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The total area under the Project Tiger is 1727.6 with core area being 625. 82 and the rest 1101.78 constitute the buffer zone. The core area concept denotes critical tiger habitat which is subject to intense conservation measures with human intervention being minimal.      The lifeline of the park are the Andhari River, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, Junoria Lake and the Tadoba Lake. The river and water storage systems provide year long supply for fresh water to this amazing ecosystem. Besides small water bodies, rivulets and creeks exists in  the confines of dense forests in plains and hills. Man made water holes and small dams add to a life sustaining environment. These factors explain the prolific bio diversity of the region. Flora Tadoba reserve is a predominantly Southern tropical Dry Deciduous Forest with dense woodlands comprising about 87 per cent of the protected area. Teakis the prdominant tree species. Other deciduous trees include Ain (crocodile bark), Bija, Dhauda, Hald, Salai, Semal and Tendu. beheda, hirda, karaya gum, mahua Madhuca (Crepe myrtle) and Lannea coramandelica (Wodier Tree) are other common species. Fauna Aside from around 65 of the keystone species Bengal tiger, Tadoba Tiger Reserve is home to other mammals, including: Indian leopards, sloth bears, gaur, nilgai, dhole, striped hyena, small Indian civet, jungle cats, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, chital, and chausingha.   Reptiles here include the endangered Indian python and the common Indian monitor. Terrapins, Indian star tortoise, Indian cobra and Russel's viper also live in Tadoba.  The lake is an ornithologist's paradise with a wide diversity of ... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 09:35 AM PST
Trek to Tikona Fort on 27th December 2015! What's new and in it for you? Tikona Fort, also renowned as Vitandgad, literally means triangle fort. The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev', a water tanks (seven water tanks) and some Satvahan caves, Enjoy the spectacular views of the lake, Pawna Dam and the forts of Tung, Lohagad and Visapurgad from the top of this fort. Date : 27th December 2015.Type : Hill Fort. Height : 3500 ft Feet above MSL (Approx). Grade : Easy. District : Lonavala. Base Village : Tikona Peth. Itinerary :Meeting point :06:00 am Pritam Hotel Dadar East. The pickup points will be as follows : 06:15 am – Yogi Hotel , Diamond Garden , Chembur. 07:00 am – Vashi below Main Birdge. 07:40 am – McDonald', Kalamboli, Panvel. 10:00 am –  Base Village. 10:30 am – Start our trek. 12:30 pm – Reach the Top, Explore. 01:30 pm – Descend. 02:30 pm – Reach the base, Lunch. 04:30 pm – Start the return journey. 09:00 pm – Mumbai tentatively. Cost : Rs.1100 per person. (Group discount for a group of 6 and more.) Maximum number of participants : 40 Inclusions : Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private NON AC BUS. Breakfast Lunch. Evening Refreshments Safety and first aid Guide and Professional Expertise. Exclusions : Meals during travel Personal expenses Insurance of any kind Medical hospitalization, evacuation and related expenses. Any item not covered under "inclusions. All our explorations are nature-friendly. Smoking and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited. If anyone found doing the same, will be debarred without refund from the exploration. For confirmation of the seat, full amount needs to be deposited prior to the event. Prior to making any payments please confirm about the seat availability by calling on the below given numbers. Payment options : Bank Name : ICICI Bank Name : Ankita Phalle Account No : 107401505442 IFSC Code : ICIC0001074 Branch : Thakur Complex Branch For payment... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 03:21 AM PST
You are welcome for First ever trek to Ghanchakkar via new NALI recently explored by Arun Sawant and team.   There are two NAILs which are leads to Ghanachakkar Top. Out of which one is explored on 12th October 2014 and second is explored on 15th November 2015 by Sahyadri's veteran trekker Arun Sawant and team.   Trek date :  5/6 December 2015 Leave on 4th night (Friday). Return on Sunday night.   Grade  :  Moderate. Also participant should know how to do Rappelling   Age limit : above 14 years   Please note that this is a unique trek and don't miss this opportunity. You will get 5 rappelling patches to Rappel down on the second day.   Fee : Rs 2850/= Fee includes Transportation, food, equipment, expertise, Individual accidental insurance etc. (you have to bring pack lunch for Saturday)   Every participant will be insured (individual high risk accidental insurance) for a sum of Rs 2 lakhs.   Please transfer Rs 1000/= (non refundable booking amount ) to any of the following bank account. Remaining amount pay at trek.   Name : Aarushi  A Sawant HDFC Saving A/c No : 00121460005403 Siddhi Vinayak Temple Road Branch, Prabhadevi, Mumbai IFSC : HDFC0000012   Name : Aarushi  Arun Sawant SBI Saving A/c No : 31984432248 Vile Parle West Branch, 3 Irla Road, Mumbai IFS Code : SBIN0000515   Please let me know by mail after transferring the fee. Also forward full details of your transaction like payment date, bill no or transaction id and if possible photocopy of your transaction etc. to me.   Please feel the attached excel sheet and send it to me.   ========================    Please carry Pack Lunch for Saturday, torch with extra pair of cells, water bottle - 2 ltrs, glass, bowl, plate, trekking or sports shoes, extra pair of socks, extra pair of clothing, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, snacks, personal medical kit etc.     Rules and instructions Keep the camp site clean & force others to do so. Please note that this area is under the... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 01:51 AM PST
SPR Giriratna Hikers Midnight cycling event to Bandstand juhu beach on 19/20 Dec 2015.(Saturday Night , 19 Kms)   Dear Friends we invite you all for Midnight cycling event to Bandstand juhu beach on 19th Dec.(Saturday Night) 21 Kms.   bandra-worli-sea-link   Category : Cycling   Level : Easy   Duration : 1 Night Saturday night 10:00 pm to Sunday early morning 5:00 Am. Total Ride of approximately 21 Kms.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Disclaimer :-1. No midway back out during the ride if you want you can drop the cycles on starting point on your own expenses.2. There might be alteration in the route as per the situation.Itinerary for the Cycle Ride:Meeting Point Bandra Station (West) Near ticket counter, 10 Oclock Sharp.Allocation of Cycles at 10.15Ride will Start around 10.30 sharpStarting Point: Bandra Hill RDLilavati HospitalMount Marry churchBandra Band standCarter RdPali hillZig Zag RdJuhu BeachBack to Bandra Hill Rd Ride Ends Around 5 am Early morning.Tour Cost : Rs 825/- per personName: Rajendra JadhavBank: HDFC Ltd.Account No: 50100091005091IFSC code: HDFC0000814Branch : Thane Ghodbander RoadMail id: shilpachimad@gmail.comInclusions:1. Cycle Rental2. Refreshments on tour (Energy Drink Gatorade ,Energy Bar,biscuits)3. First Aid4. Expertise ChargesThings to be Carried:Tail Lamp CycleIdentity proof (must)A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs) CompulsoryTorch with extra batteriesMedicine those if u require usually (Optional)Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.All participants are requested to wear comfortable clothes for cycling and avoid wearing pants which are loose on bottom.For Registration call us:Rajendra: 9769641488Shilpa': 9920360336Registration accepted only through phone call..Few rules we would like our participants to follow:Please -Do Not LitterNo Smoking, tobacco and alcoholRespect the HeritageBe a GroupPay attentionIn case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or los... Read more

Posted: 29 Nov 2015 12:51 AM PST
    We at MUMBAI GREEN CHAPTER invite you all to event 'Shabda' We learn new things almost every day, the biggest step is taken when we start speaking first 'Shabda'. When we teach our child in best schools there are many who can't even think of it. The purpose of the event is to play our role for society we are living in Let's come together for a cause - 'Shabda'- Child Education The fund generated will be handed over to a NGO working for child education in India in presence participants Let's experience a different night life of Mumbai.. When clouds move in sky and cool breeze singing around... When all Mumbaikars taking rest... Let's do something different.. Gear up to ride on Roads of Bombay!! Let the Marine Drive air enter in blood... let the hot tea freshen up you in midnight...Let the glittering lights of Haji-ali amuse you… Its winter night cycling... Let's feel the beauty of this unique costal face of Mumbai  Don't just live in Mumbai. Let the city live in you!! Registrations Open till 10th Dec 15, 10 AM (if entries are closed due to limited resources before last date 100% amount will be refunded to late entries) Last Reporting Time 12 Dec 15, 10.45 PM Start 12 Dec 15, 11.30 PM Expected Finish: 13 Nov 15, 4 AM Route:-  Colaba/Nariman Point -  Marine Drive - HajiAli - Worli Sea face- Back To- Colaba Type : Cycling Grade : Easy Distance : 24 km Approx Contribution with rented cycle Rs. 700 non-refundable Contribution with Own Cycle: Rs. 300 non-refundable Transfer Contribution in account no below and send a mail to with payment details & participants names. Reply with confirmation of Contribution will be made. Please mention Shabda Contribution in subject of mail   Vivek Bharat Khade AC No.    000301557456 Race Course Circle Vadodara Branch Ifsc code ICIC0000003 ICICI BANK  See you there ... Yo !! Regards,Mumbai Green Chapter, Your connection with Green..  Things to carry: - Some ready to eat foo... Read more
Posted: 29 Nov 2015 12:13 AM PST
SPR Giriratna Hikers India 'Magha Purnima special Rajgad To Torna Fort on 20-21 Feb 2016 (Starting from 19th Feb 2016)   Little info about the fort.Type: Hill FortHeight:Rajgad Fort: 4182 feetTorna Fort: 4200 feetGrade: MediumEndurance: MediumBase Village: Gunjavne - Velhe---------------------------------------------------------This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has an entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.This fort is built on the hill called "Murumba Devicha Dongar" Rajgad boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.This fort has witnessed lots of historic events, including the birth of Rajaram Chhatrapati, the death of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, theantyayatra of Tanaji Malusare to his Konkan village, the burial of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Ballekilla, the strict words of Sonopant Dabir toShivaji, and the Khandoji Khopade episode.What to see on the fort:1. SANJEEVANI MACHEE2. PADMAVATEE MACHEE3. SUVELA MACHEE4. BALEKILLA5. VIEW OF TORNA AND SINHAGADTorna: the fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.Fascinating points on Torna fort:Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.Budhla Machi: In Marathi 'budhla' means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel ... Read more
Posted: 28 Nov 2015 11:10 PM PST
Type: Hill Fort Height: 3600 Feet above MSL (Approx) Grade: Easy- medium District: Pune Range: Lonavala ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rajmachi (Udhewadi) is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. Rajmachi, located in the Lonavala region is accessible from both Karjat as well as Lonavala. The fortification at Rajmachi consists of two forts , namely Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan Fort. Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking destination Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat(ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet. The other route is from Lonavala which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In rainy season this region all the more beautiful with silvery water falls, streams and lust green forests and meadows-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Meeting Point for Mumbai/Pune people :On 13th Feb, @11 at Lonavala Station, Platform no. 1, Near ticket window.Pune people can come by bus or Local as below (lots of options available)21:10 Hrs: Pune Staion21:16 Hrs: ShivajiNagar21:21 Hrs: Khadki .21:33 Hrs: Pimpri.22:35 Hrs: LonavalaMumbai People can reserve their seatsMahalaxmi Exp/ CHENNAI Exp Details are below,MAHALAXMI EXP CSTM 20:23 LNL 22:58CHENNAI EXPRESS DR 20:30 LNL 22:48Please check website for timings at respective stations---------------------------------------------------------------------------Start Night Trek to Rajmachi by 11.30pm.Reach Udhewadi Village at 4.00am (slow walk/ camp fire activity ) (17 km walk.)Relax Some time for an hourVisit to Shreevardhan Fort @5AMBack to Udhewadi village.Breakfast at Udhewadi Village @8AM.Start re... Read more
Posted: 28 Nov 2015 08:23 AM PST
  Some Information about the Trek:Type : Jungle FortHeight : 4267 ft approxRegion : Koyna wildlife SantuaryDifficulty Level: EasyEndurance Level: MediumVasota Fort (also called Vyaghragad) is located in Satara district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It was famously defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was captured. Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Bhoja II (1178–1193) of Panhala. Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirkes & Mores in 16th century & then incorporated in Swarajya by Shivaji Maharaj in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort "Vyaghragad" .Vasota Fort is situated in dense forests surrounded by river. It is also known as Vyaghragad. It's believed that a disciple of Vasishtha, a sage by the name Agasti, came to reside on a mountain on the banks of river Koyana. He named the mountain after his mentor. Later the mountain was fortified and converted into a military station. This fort is so remote that rarely there used to be any military action here hence it was used as resting place for army which has returned from the war during Maratha era.This trek is counted as one of the best treks in Sahyadri. Being situated in the Koyna WLS, it offers amazing surprizes for wildlife lovers. The trek through the dense forest makes you forget the distance you cover.Contribution 1950/-for Mumbai peoplePune 1750/- Whats Included in Fees> Pune to Pune/ Mumbai to Mumbai transportation by private bus including toll and parking charges> Bamnoli-Met Indavli-Bamnoli transport by boat >Tea/Breakfast, Packed Lunch, evening tea on Sunday> Forest Fees > expertise, safety equipments > First aid kitDay 1: 16th jan 2016> Departure from Pune at 11.15pm> Non stop journey to BamnoliDay 2: 17th Jan 2016> Early morning wake up call at 6am > Fresh up, breakfast and get ready for trek by 7am > After forest permissions departure by boats and reach ... Read more
Posted: 28 Nov 2015 04:58 AM PST
Dear trekkers,#Trekkers Journey glad to invites you for long journey trek to SiddhaGad fort (Top) on 6th Dec 2015 (Leaving 5th Dec night).Info : SiddhaGad fort event is a complete adventures experiance of Junge walk, wildlife experiance,long Trek, Campfire,village food & stay.Fort height : 3232 ft MSLType : Hill fort Place : Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuaryGrade : Easy till Siddhagad machi then moderate to summit ballekilla.History : In 1657/58 Chatrapati maharaj won Siddhagad and north konkan forts.Then it has been under of mughal but after Shambhu maharaj death, another battle won by maratha against mughal and swarajya flag Bhagawa hosted on siddhagad.In 1734 peshwai kept some soldier on fort.In 1888 britishers destroyed many forts n range like padargad, siddhagad.In 1942/43 freedom fighters " Bhai kotwal & Hiraji pandit with many fighters" started freedom movement against Britishers.2nd Jan 1943 black day freedom fighters were shot dead at this place by Britisher.We can see few remnants of the fort that was battled over between British and Maratha army, Shiva Temple, few broken cannons, few water cisterns etc.If clear weather we can see Kothaligad, Bhimashankar, Gorakhgadh & Macchindragadh from top of Siddhagadh.#Tentative itinerary :#Mumbai people : Meeting point Kalyan bus depo @ 22:00 pm on 5th Dec 2015.#Pune people : @ Swargate (Natraj hotel) @ 19:00 pm on 5th Dec.#Will start our journey towards base village.Night trek of half hour, campfire with intro round and rest.#Early morning 06:00 am after breakfast will start our journey towards siddhagad wadi.Enjoy remaining waterfalls, streams on the way.#The way to the fort is through dense forest which helps us to trek in cool breeze.10: 00 Am @ siddhagad wadi and exploration10: 30 Hike starts towards Ballekilla citadel (moderate level)12: 00 Summit top of siddhgad.Exploration, photography & descend.2 : 00 Pm : Lunch (veg)After lunch n rest will start descend.5 : 00 Pm base village.tea ... Read more

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