NB Trek to Fort Ramsej & Pandav leni on 3rd Aug 08.

Hey there friends,

We at Nisarga Bhraman have decided a trek to Fort Ramsej and Pandav Leni in Nashik region on 3rd August 2008.

Here is some info about the fort:

Height: 3273 Feet above MSL.
Grade: Easy
District: Nashik
Base Village: Ashewadi

Fort Ramsej: Ramsej or Ram's Bedstead, in Dindori, about seven miles south of Dindori, and about seven miles north of Nasik, is about 3273 feet above sea level. It was built to keep watch on the Sawal Pass.
There are two gateways, one within the other. Ram Temple, several rock cut water cisterns with ample of water, remains of houses, Chor Darwaja, fortification wall, a temple, 2 ammunition chambers build of stones etc. are the things to see on the top.
From the top of the fort, one can see Bhorgad at the north-west side, Tryambak range at south and Satmala range at north.
Though small in size, Ramsej has an amazing history. In 1682, Mughals tried a lot to capture the fort but failed. Marathas fought very bravely for 6 years and finally the Mughals captured the fort on 1687. Marathas captured it again in 1707. During the Maratha war of 1818, Ramsej was one of the seventeen strongholds which surrendered to the English on the fall of Trimbak.

Pandav Leni: These historical caves created B.C.100 to 110 are located on a tableland on the Trivashmi Hill. Together, there are 29 caves & may be training center for Buddha worshippers. Icons of Bhagwan Gautam Buddha & Bodhisatva are wonderful crafted .During Jain regime B.C. 1000 to 1100 these were home to Jain saints. Inside the caves one can see idols of Buddha, Bodhisatva, Jain Tirthankar Vrishabhdeo, Veer Kapibhadra and Ambikadevi. The cave complex contains large caves which were the meeting places of the disciples, where sermons were preached. The caves were well designed with several water tanks chiseled into the rock.

Plan:

Rendezvous:

Saturday 2nd August 2008.

CST Railway Station, near main indicator, at 11:30 pm sharp
Dadar Station (Central Railway), Platform No. 1 at 12.00 pm Sharp

We would be heading to Kasara by local train (Last local to Kasara) and then to the base village of fort by Private jeep and should be back in Mumbai on Sunday evening.

The itinerary for the Event is as given below:

Sunday


>Local Train from CST to Kasara(~3.0hrs)
>Rules and Regulations (~0.25hrs)
>Travel by private Jeep to base village (~2hrs)
>Trek to Fort Ramsej (~1.5hrs)
>Sightseeing atop Fort Ramsej (~1.5hrs)
>Descend down to Ashewadi (~1.0hrs)
>Lunch at Nasik (1.0hrs)
>Trek to Pandav Leni (~0.5hrs)
>Sightseeing (~1.0hrs)
>Refreshments (~0.25hrs)
>Back to Kasara by Jeep (~2hrs)
>Travel back to Mumbai by Train (~3hrs)

We will be back at Dadar at 9.00 in the evening (Subjective)

For those interested in having a look at the aerial view of the fort:

http://wikimapia.org/#lat=20.1115733&lon=73.7691808&z=16&l=0&m=a&v=2

The cost of this event would be Rs.400/- only (Rs.350 for Regular Members) and would include:

> Travel from Kasara to Kasara
> Breakfast
> Lunch
> Evening Tea
> Trek + Sightseeing

Every participant has to bring their own ticket of train from CST/Dadar to Kasara and return.

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


Shitalkumar Jadhav: 9819218338
Sameer Patel: 9820972043

Trek Leader: Hemant Naik
Deputy Leader: Parag Vartak

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

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 (2.0 Ltrs).
3. Rain cheaters, 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.

Few rules that we would like people 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,

Nisarga Bhraman
http://nisargabhraman.org/team/