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Posted: 08 Nov 2015 11:01 PM PST
Harishchandragad Fort,situated in Junnar region near Malshej Ghat, is famous for its height, its toughness and the famous 'Konkan Kada'. Harishchandra Temple is known to be the pride of the fort. Sant Changdev stayed here for some time and completed his manuscript - 'Tatwasaar'. The Nandi and Shivling in the temple are breathtaking. A cave nearby is always full of very cold water.  The fort is very popular to trekkers and nature lovers as it is one of the best forts to trek. Konkan Kada is a challenge for trekkers as it is at a height of 3,500 feet. Rohidas, Taramati and Harishchandra are the three peaks in Harishchandragad. Taramati peak is the highest one in the fort. Many peaks, fort and other beautiful places such as Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane Ghat, Ratangad, Kalsubai, etc. can also be seen from here. Grade: Moderate/difficult Schedule: Day 1: 6:00- Leave for Harishhchandragad from Kalyan (approx. 172 kms) with packed breakfast. 9:00- Reach base village and start the trek. Have packed lunch en route. 3:00- Reach the top and explore the fort till late evening. Overnight on the top. Day 2: 6:00- Wake up and explore the fort till 10:00 AM. 10:00- Have breakfast and start descending the fort. 2:00- Reach the base and have lunch. 3:00- Leave for Kalyan. Have evening snacks en route. 7:00- Reach Kalyan. Note: Schedule subject to change, depending on participants' speed. Cost: Rs 1450/- per person Cost Includes: Travel from Kalyan to Harishchandragad base and back by Non AC vehicle. Meals: Day 1- B/Evening snacks/D. Day 2- B/L/Evening snacks. First aid-medical kit,  Expertise. Cost Excludes: Lunch on Day 1. Personal expenses like mineral water, cold drinks etc. Anything not mentioned in inclusions. Limited seats. Call for details: Surendra- 9819091954... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 02:19 PM PST
About:The Andaman Islands form an archipelago in the Bay of Bengal between India, to the west, and Myanmar, to the north and east. Most are part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union Territory of India, while a small number in the north of the archipelago, including the Coco Islands, belong to Myanmar. The Andaman Islands are home to the only known Palaeolithic people, the Sentinelese people, who have had no contact with any other people. The Andaman Islands have been inhabited for several thousand years, at the very least. The earliest archaeological evidence yet documented goes back some 2,200 years; however, the indications from genetic, cultural and isolation studies suggests that the islands may have been inhabited as early as the Middle Paleolithic. The indigenous Andamanese people appear to have lived on the islands in substantial isolation from that time until the 18th century CE. Andaman are theorized to be a key stepping stone in a great coastal migration of humans from Africa via the Arabian peninsula, along the coastal regions of the Indian mainland and towards Southeast Asia, Japan and Oceania*** source Wikipedia Summary:Type: Leisure TourMinimum Count: 2Maximum Count: 20Last date: 15 November 2015Duration: 2 Nights at Port Blair + 2 Nights at HavelockTour Cost: Rs. 21800.00Type: StandardCode: IXZ 0402 How to get to here:Port Blair is the Andaman's major gateway which is well connected by air & sea while regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from the India's major cities like Chennai, Kolkata and Vishakhapatnam. The best way to reach these exotic islands is to take flight from New Delhi, Kolkata & Chennai. At present, the regular domestic flight services are available from all these India's major cities mentioned above. (Spice Jet, Go Air and Air India) Option: 1BY AIR Port Blair is connected with Chennai and Calcutta by air. Option: 2 - BY SEA Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai, Cal... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 02:03 PM PST
TreksandTrails, India invites you all for a weekend trek to Alang and Madan on 28 - 29 November 2015 (starting on 27 Nov, Friday night) About:Alang (4852 ft): The beautiful Alang Fort lies in the Nashik region. Top of the fort is huge plateau. There are two caves on the fort for staying and 11 water cisterns arranged in a Cascade formation & a dilapidated storage room. Mandan (4841 ft): Madangad is considered to be one of the most difficult forts to climb among all the forts in the Sahyadri. The area of the fort is quite small as compared to Alang and Kulang, its adjoining forts. There are only two water tanks on top of the fort. The area visible from the top of the fort is quite scenic. Summary:Type: Hill FortsHeight: Alang- 4500Ft; Madan- 4900ftGrade: ToughDistrict: NasikRegion: KalsubaiBase Village: AmbewadiTrek Leader: Rajesh MhaddalkarContribution: Rs 1800.00 per personLast date to Register: 25 November 2015 The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:Day Zero: Friday - Night start by second last Kasara local starting 22:50 from CST. Note this is semi fast local. Timings given below:10:50 CST11:05 Dadar11:30 Ghatkopar11:34 Thane12:07 Kalyan01:18 Kasara Day: 1 - Saturday:Alight at Kasara and travel till Ambewadi by local jeeps.Start trek by 7:00, reach the col between both the forts till 11:00 amClimb Madan fort & explore it till 15:00Get down & climb Alang till 18:00 - Explore & stay on Alang. Day 2 - Sunday:Watch the sunrise explore d remaining fort, breakfast & start descending by 9:00 am.Have lunch in Igatpuri. Reach Kasara by 17:00 approx. Things to carry: 3 Litres of water, Torch with Extra batteries, Cap, Rain cheater (Optional) for those who don't want to get wet. Camera (optional), Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional), Electoral or Glucon D powder, some ready to eat food like Plum cakes, biscuits etc. Towel, Napkins, Extra Pair of clothes. Polythene bag for your garbage, 2-3 bunch of papers (Optional). Personal basic medical ki... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 01:49 PM PST
Trekking near Mumbai to explore the Sandhan Valley (leaving Friday night) Upcoming Batches19 - 20 December 2015 (Batch IV)02 - 03 January 2016 (Batch V)30 - 31 January 2016 (Batch VI)13 - 14 February 2016 (Batch VII) Summary:Region: IgatpuriContribution: Rs 1700.00Assembly: Kasara railway station Duration: 2 days and 2 nights AboutSandhan Valley, also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of (Western Ghats). The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 1.5 long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai (5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of mountain range. At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadow. ItineraryBoard Kasara slow local from Mumbai CST on Friday. Train timing as below:22:50 CST23.04 Dadar23:31 Thane00.03 Kalyan01:18 Kasara Pune Participants:Board Indrayani train from Pune at 18:35Reach Kalyan 21:00 (have dinner before you board the train)Board local train till Kasara. Day: 1 - Saturday01:30 Assemble at Kasara Rail Station 05:30 Reach base village by local transport06:30 Breakfast.07:00 Start full descend trek towards Sandhan Valley 13:30 Lunch in route. 16:00 Evening tea & snacks.20:30 Dinner & night stay under open sky. Day: 2 - Sunday06:30 Wake up, Breakfast08:30 Start descending toward Dehne village.12:30 Reach Dehne village.13:00 Lunch14:30 Start travel from Asangaon to Kalyan.16:30 Disperse at Kalyan railway station. Cost Includes:Transportation from Kasara – Sandhan Valley – Dehne – Asangaon by local TransportDay 1 - 1 veg breakfast, evening tea, and 1 veg... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 01:33 PM PST
Trekking near Mumbai to explore the Sandhan Valley (leaving Friday night) Upcoming Batches05 - 06 December 2015 (Batch III)19 - 20 December 2015 (Batch IV)02 - 03 January 2016 (Batch V)30 - 31 January 2016 (Batch VI)13 - 14 February 2016 (Batch VII) Summary:Region: IgatpuriContribution: Rs 1700.00Assembly: Kasara railway station Duration: 2 days and 2 nights AboutSandhan Valley, also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of (Western Ghats). The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 1.5 long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai (5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of mountain range. At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadow. ItineraryBoard Kasara slow local from Mumbai CST on Friday. Train timing as below:22:50 CST23.04 Dadar23:31 Thane00.03 Kalyan01:18 Kasara Pune Participants:Board Indrayani train from Pune at 18:35Reach Kalyan 21:00 (have dinner before you board the train)Board local train till Kasara. Day: 1 - Saturday01:30 Assemble at Kasara Rail Station 05:30 Reach base village by local transport06:30 Breakfast.07:00 Start full descend trek towards Sandhan Valley 13:30 Lunch in route. 16:00 Evening tea & snacks.20:30 Dinner & night stay under open sky. Day: 206:30 Wake up, Breakfast08:30 Start descending toward Dehne village.12:30 Reach Dehne village.13:00 Lunch14:30 Start travel from Asangaon to Kalyan.16:30 Disperse at Kalyan railway station. Cost Includes:Transportation from Kasara – Sandhan Valley – Dehne – Asangaon by local TransportDay 1 - 1 veg breakfast... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 01:20 PM PST
TreksandTrails invites you all for trek to Vasota and lake side camping on 14 - 15 November 2015 (leaving on 13 November, Friday night) About Vasota:Vasota 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" (Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense. After Shivaji Maharaj, the brave Maratha Bajirao Peshwa carried on the Swarajya mission of ousting the Mughal invaders from our country. Type: Jungle FortHeight: 4267 ft approxRegion: Koyna wildlife SantuaryDifficulty: EasyEndurance: MediumTrek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar TreksandTrails itinerary for the trek is as given below:Meeting point for Mumbai: 13 November 2015Pritam Hotel Dadar East @ 22:30Chembur Diamond Garden @ 22:45Vashi Below Main Bridge @ 23:15 Day 1 - 14 November, Saturday Reach Bamnoli by 6amBreakfast and introduction, orientationsStart towards Met Indavali via boat ride through Koyna back watersReach Met Indavali by 10.00 am and start trek by 10.30 amReach Vasota fort 13:30.Explore the fort and have lunch.Start descend toward Met Indavali village.Back to Bamnoli, Camping and stay at Bamnoli or Kaas lake Day 2 - 15 November, Sunday Wake up at 6am and Get FreshPost Breakfast around 11am, start our return journeyLunch near Kaas Plateau, evening Tea on the way. Reach Dadar by 22:00 (Subjective) The cost for the tour will be Rs 3200.00 per person: Inclusions: Traveling from Dadar to Dadar by Private NON Air-conditioned bus.Vasota Jungle Entry Charges, Boat Ride till Met Indavali and Return.Tented Accommodation at Lake Side. 2 veg... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 05:57 AM PST
Hallo Friends,Welcome to Wild Speed Adventure.Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley.Located near beautiful Bhandardara region, Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 200 ft rock walls on both the sides is a lifetime experience. it is also surrounded by Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai, Ratangad and Ajoba forts. Along with breathtaking sights, Sandhan Valley also offers adventure seekers a chance to rappel down patches to reach its base. Dates: 21th - 22th November (Departure on the midnight of 20th November)Height: 4100 ft Grade: Medium with Thrilling Patches Location: Bhandardara RegionItinerary: 21th November (midnight of 20th November):Catch the CST-Kasara train as per the timings mentioned. 10:50pm: CST10:57pm: Byculla11:05pm: Dadar11:13pm: Kurla11:18pm: Ghatkopar11:34pm: Thane11:57pm: Dombivali12:07am: Kalyan01:18am: Kasara01:30am: Depart to Samrad by a Private Vehicle04:30am: Reach Samrad. Proceed for some rest and breakfast.07:30am: Move towards the base exploring Sandhan Valley. Rappel down a few patches. Lunch mid way. (The route has 4 small rappelling patches and we have to go through water upto 4-5ft deep for approximately 30 meters on the way. This only adds to the thrill of the whole exploration.)05:30pm: Reach the base.Settle at the base followed by talks, food and campfireEnd the day by a natural swimming pool under the open sky.22th November 06:30am: Wake Up Call08:30am: Chai and Breakfast09:30am: Trek towards Dehne12:00pm: Reach Dehne02:00pm: Move to Asangaon by public transport. 04:00pm: Reach Asangaon Station Things to be carried: A Water Bottle (~2-3 Ltrs), Identify proof (must) Your Plate, Spoon, katori, etcTorch With Extra Battery (Must)Camera, Cell Phone, CapSome ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.Personal Medical Kit, Medicine those if you require usually (Optional)Extra Pair of clothes, Sleeping Bag/Carry MatGood trekking shoes... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 04:53 AM PST
Sandhan Valley is a beautiful valley situated in the Western Ghats near Ratangad. Amidst the water lies this carved valley 200 feet deep and approximately 2kms long. Located near beautiful Bhandardara region, it is also surrounded by Alang, Madan, Kulang, Kalsubai, Ratangad and Ajoba forts. Along with breathtaking sights, Sandhan Valley also offers adventure seekers a chance to rappel down patches to reach its base.    Height: 4100 ft Grade: Medium with Thrilling Patches Location: Bhandardara Region Itinerary: 13th Nov : (Night of 13th, Friday)Catch the CST-Kasara train as per the timings mentioned. 10:50pm: CST10:57pm: Byculla11:05pm: Dadar11:13pm: Kurla11:18pm: Ghatkopar11:34pm: Thane11:57pm: Dombivali12:07am: Kalyan01:18am: Kasara   14th Nov: 01:30am: Depart to Samrad by a Private Vehicle 04:00am: Reach Samrad. Proceed for some rest and breakfast.  07:00am: Move towards the base exploring Sandhan Valley. Rappel down a few patches. Lunch mid way. (The route has 4 small rappelling patches and we have to go through water upto 4-5ft deep for approximately 30 meters on the way. This only adds to the thrill of the whole exploration.) 05:30pm: Reach the base. Settle at the base followed by talks, food and campfire End the day by a natural swimming pool under the open sky.    15th Nov : 06:00am: Wake Up Call08:30am: Chai and Breakfast09:30am: Trek towards Dehne 11:00am: Reach Dehne 12:00pm: Move to Shahapur by public transport. Lunch enroute.04:00pm: Reach Asangaon StationWe'll be reaching Dadar around 7pm.  Cost: Rs. 1600 /- per person   Inclusions:  Transportation from Kasara to Asangaon Meals, Day 1: Breakfast and Dinner. Day 2: Breakfast and Lunch. Technical Assistance Camping and Rappelling Charges Expert Guidance   Exclusions: Meals during travel Lunch in Day 1 Personal expensesInsurance of any kindMedical hospitalization, evacuation and related expensesAny item not covered under "inclusions"   @Thing to be carry : ... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 04:45 AM PST
Dear Trekkers,   We invite you for Trek to Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib on 11th June to 16th June 2016.   Book in advance and stand a chance to get Goodies   Valley of Flowers is a must do trek by every trekker who wants to trek in the Himalayas, nestled high in Himalayan valley in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The snow on the Himalayas adds majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flower patches of vivid colours add to its beauty. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smythe first discovered this place. In 1931, Smyth wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Kamet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties.Valley of flowers was discovered in the year 1931, when frank S, Smythe a British mountaineer along with six other british mountaineers coimbef kamet. A mountain 25,447 feet, situated in garhwal Himalayas. After climn ther descended towards Bhuandar pass. The monsoon had alreaby broken and the day they were crossing the Bhundar pass it was wet, old and miserable.    Discovered in the year 1931, when frank S, Smythe a British mountaineer along with six other british mountaineers coimbef kamet. A mountain 25,447 feet, situated in garhwal Himalayas. After climn ther descended towards Bhuandar pass. The monsoon had alreaby broken and the day they were crossing the Bhundar pass it was wet, cold and miserable.   Below 16000 feet rain was falling and above that height there was sleet or snow. When the group decended the wind and rain become warmer as they lost height. Dense mist surround the mountain side and they paused, uncertain to the route. Suddenly R.L.Holdsworth a botanist as well as a climbing member of the expedition exclaimed "Look" frank S. Smythe followed the direction of his outstretched hand. At first he could see nothing but rocks, ... Read more
Posted: 08 Nov 2015 01:17 AM PST
Dear Trekkers,    We invite you for Trek to Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib in 5th June to 10th June 2016   Book in advance and stand a chance to get Goodies   Valley of Flowers is a must do trek by every trekker who wants to trek in the Himalayas, nestled high in Himalayan valley in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The snow on the Himalayas adds majesty to the mountains and the innumerable flower patches of vivid colours add to its beauty. When the sun shines hot on this field, thousands of flowers bloom here. This valley was unknown till a British mountaineer Frank Smythe first discovered this place. In 1931, Smyth wanted to scale a peak in Garhwal called Kamet. While returning after successfully completing his mission he took the western pass and lost his way and reached this valley after many difficulties.    Valley of flowers was discovered in the year 1931, when frank S, Smythe a British mountaineer along with six other british mountaineers coimbef kamet. A mountain 25,447 feet, situated in garhwal Himalayas. After climn ther descended towards Bhuandar pass. The monsoon had alreaby broken and the day they were crossing the Bhundar pass it was wet, old and miserable.    Discovered in the year 1931, when frank S, Smythe a British mountaineer along with six other british mountaineers coimbef kamet. A mountain 25,447 feet, situated in garhwal Himalayas. After climn ther descended towards Bhuandar pass. The monsoon had alreaby broken and the day they were crossing the Bhundar pass it was wet, cold and miserable.   Below 16000 feet rain was falling and above that height there was sleet or snow. When the group decended the wind and rain become warmer as they lost height. Dense mist surround the mountain side and they paused, uncertain to the route. Suddenly R.L.Holdsworth a botanist as well as a climbing member of the expedition exclaimed "Look" frank S. Smythe followed the direction of his outstretched hand. At first he could see nothing but rocks,... Read more

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