Nisarga Bhraman trek to Lohgad-Visapur-Bhaje caves -21st June08

NB trek to Lohgad-Visapur-Bhaje caves -21st June08
Hey there Friends,

With the early advent of rains, we at Nisarga Bhraman have decided to trek to Twin forts of Lohagad-Visapur & Bhajje caves near Lonavala on the 21st June 08.
The sole intention of this trek is to get wet in the rains, enjoy the numerous waterfalls that dot the route, and of course savour the experience of walking amongst the mists & clouds.

Here is some Info about Lohagad-Visapur-Bhajje Caves:

Height: 3400/3567/2800 Feet above MSL(Approx)
Grade: Easy
District: Pune
Region: Lonavala
Base Village: Lohagadwadi

Lohagad: This is one of the most interesting forts to visit as it still has its fortification and doorways in pristine condition. The fort dates back to the Satvahan Era and was mainly used to keep a watch on the trade route passing through the Sahyadris.
As one starts ascending the fort, 4 massive doors have to be crossed namely Ganesh Darwaza, Narayan Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, & Maha Darwaza. The top of the fort is expansive and has a huge lake built by Nana Phadnis.
The most interesting feature of this fort is the ‘Vinchu Katta’, which stretches for almost 2 kms and is slightly detached from the fort. The end of this katta has a bastion which was used for keeping a watch on the region.
As the name itself suggest, the ‘Vinchu Katta’ when viewed from the top of the fort resembles a Scorpions Sting.

Visapur: The companion fort to Lohagad, Visapur also served as a lookout point for the trade route passing through Lonavala.
The fort of Visapur is much more expansive and has a still standing fortification on the top.
The door and steps leading to the top of the fort are worth a look.

Bhajje Caves: These beautiful Buddhist caves are carved out of the Visapur Mountain.
The stupas inside are still intact and the caves also hold a temple dedicated to the ‘Sun God’.
The caves are under the Archeological Survey of India(ASI) and are worth a deekho.

Plan:

Rendezvous: Visawa Hotel, Outside Dadar Station(W), Western Railway, at 11.30PM Sharp on 21st June 08.
We would be heading to Lonavala by Private bus and should be back in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

The itinerary for the Event is as given below:


Sunday

Bus from Dadar to Malavali(~3.0hrs)

Rules and Regulations(~0.25hrs)

Trek to Lohagadwadi(~1.5hrs)

Halt at Lohagadwadi(~0.5hrs)

Trek up to Lohagad(~0.5hrs)

Sightseeing atop Lohagad(~2.0hrs)

Descend down to Lohagadwadi(~0.5hrs)

Breakfast at Lohagadwadi(0.5hrs)

Hike from Lohagadwadi to Base of Visapur(~0.5hrs)

Ascend Visapur(~1.0hrs)

Sightseeing atop Visapur(~2.0hrs)

Descend down near Bhajje Caves(~1.0hrs)

Halt for Lunch(~1.5hrs)

Visit Bhajje Caves(~3.0hrs)

Back to the bus.

We will be back at Dadar at 8.00 in the evening (Subjective)

For those interested in having a look at the aerial view of the fort:
http://wikimapia.org/#lat=18.7157642&lon=73.4842873&z=14&l=0&m=a&v=2


The cost of this event for Members would be Rs.400/- only{+Rs.50 Guest Fee for Non Members} and would include:

> Travel from Dadar to Dadar

> Breakfast

> Lunch

> Evening Tea

> Entry fee for Bhajje Caves

> Trek + Sightseeing



If interested, please contact on the nos. below for registration by Friday evening:

Sameer: 9820972043

Rohit: 9820454738

Hemant: 9819786136


P.S: Seats are limited and subject to availability of seats in the Bus!

Here is a list of all the things that need to be carried for the trek:

1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.

2. A bottle of water (1.0 Ltrs)

3. Raincheaters, Extra pair of clothes, Napkin, Plastic bags, Newspaper.

4. Torch with spare set of batteries.

5. Camera and something to munch on (Optional)

6. Avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.


A Few rules that we would like ppl follow:

1. Alcohol will strictly not be permitted on the event. Anyone found in possession of the same or consuming it will be expelled from the trek. No REFUND will be provided.

2. Smoking will only be permitted while we stop at a clearing, after consultation with the ‘Leader’ and the person will have to move away from the group to smoke.

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

4. 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.
In the event of any Mishap/Eventuality, Nisarga Bhraman And/Or its Leaders will not be held responsible.
{Deviation: For E.g.: Participant decides to go sightseeing on his own, decides to stray away from the group, etc}

5. Nisarga Bhraman reserves the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice. No arguments or refunds will be entertained.

6. Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.

7. Please do not wear any jewelry or gold chains/rings.

Regards,

Sameer Patel.
(Nisarga Bhraman)