Trek to Ratangad on Sunday 28th September 2008

Brief Introduction about Ratangad:-

Height: 1297 meters (4255 feet)
Time: ~ 2 hrs from Ratanwadi, Base Village
Location: IgatPuri region

Fascinating Spot:-

Ratan means jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level.It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Top of Ratangad has two caves in which stay can be made. One can go around the fort to have a look at the nearby mountains in the Kalsubai range. Ratangad also has a natural orifice (nedhe). It is also possible to go an sit in this nedhe .
Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accomodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice.
Journey Details:-

This time we r hiring private bus for Ratangad Trek
Meeting point @ Byculla 23:30 hrs on Saturday 27th September 2008
Pick up Points will be @ Dadar,Thane & Kalyan will be notified by telecon to registered members

Sunday 28th September:-

00:00 hrs: Departure from Mumbai 2Ratanwadi,Bed Tea on the way ;-). By 4 am we will be in Ratanwadi
04:00 hrs: Trek to Ratangad. This is a moderate trek of 2½ hr. So by dawn we will atop Ratangad

On getting to the caves, we will dump our sacks and we will head for sightseeing … first the Bastion, then Raani cha Huda. From there will proceed towards the Konkan Darwaja & the Bhuyaar;

08:30 hrs: Breakfast time
Then we move towards the Nedhe & head 2 Trimbak Darwaja.
11:30 hrs: Return 2 caves for our lunch
14:00 hrs: Descend to Ratanwadi
16:00 hrs: Amruteshwar Temple Visit
17:00 hrs: @ Bhandardara Dam
18:00 hrs: Return Journey 2wards Mumbai,Evening snacks/Tea on the way
22:00 hrs: in Mumbai (thts subjective)

Things To Carry:-

New Cells and a Good working Torch (Compulsory)
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) a must
A spoon and a plate (a must)
towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
Raincheater (Optional)
Camera, Cell Phone (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks

A haversack to put all these things

Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited

The initial Estimated expenditure is about Rs. 450/- only
That includes Transportation charges from Mumbai to Mumbai, Morning B/f Tea, Lunch & Evening snacks/Tea
For registration, Rs. 300/- as advance payment for vehicle charges is a must.
the seats will be on first come first basis.
Last date for confirmation with payment is on Thursday 25th September, 2008 till 6 pm
For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Jagdish Patil: 09869369836