NB Recon Trek to Peb Fort on 1st Nov 08

Hey there Friends,

We, at Nisarga Bhraman, have taken Fort Peb under our wings to try and change the deplorable conditions atop the fort.
The winds of change are sweeping across the fort, we at Nisarga Bhraman, have successfully managed to clean 3 water cisterns full of debris and mud and have managed to get them back into pristine condition.
Our efforts have started paying off, the water cisterns have already started storing water and would provide clean drinking water for any visitor to the fort.
The next in line in our continuous endeavour to bring the fort back to its Glorious Past would be to make the fort much greener!

As a part of our afforestation program, we planted around 100 odd Saplings atop the fort on 29th June 08.
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2100 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Medium (3.0 hrs)
District: Raigad
Region: Karjat
Base Village: Neral

Peb: Located in the same mountain range as Matheran, Peb fort is a enjoyable trek for a days outing.

The fort derives it name from the Goddess ‘Pebi’; Peb is also called ‘Vikatgad’ for its supposed shape of the Elephant Headed God, ‘Ganesh’.

The trek to the top involves surmounting a small rock patch and a ladder.

The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained by disciples of Swammi Samartha and the meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain.

To get inside the meditation chamber, one has to crawl through a narrow passage in the rock and then climb down into the meditation chamber. The chamber is very well maintained with tiles on the floor for ppl to sit and meditate.

The fort also has a temple dedicated to Swammi Samartha on the top and has the footwear or ‘Padukas’ worn by the great saint kept on the top.

The view of the entire Neral and Karjat region from the top is worth the climb.

Another attraction of the trek is the only standing Basti

Plan:
Rendezvous: 06.40hrs (Sharp) on Saturday, 1st Nov 08 at Dadar Station (Central) P.F no.4 twds to Extreme Thane(North) end WITH ur own Return Ticket till Karjat.
The train is a Karjat Fast leaving Dadar at 07.00hrs, Halting at Kurla, Ghatkopar, Thane, Dombivali, Kalyan, and all stations there after.

Note: Please keep in mind that missing this train would mean taking the Mumbai-Pune Deccan Express(P.F 5) at an extra cost as the Local Ticket is not valid on the Express.
Moral of the story: Make sure that u report to Dadar at 6.40AM Sharp!

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

Sat

Meet at 06.40hrs Sharp@Dadar

Train journey to Neral(~1.5hrs)

Round of Introductions and Briefing on Rules and Regulations(~0.25hrs)

Taxi from Neral to Matheran{Dasturi}(~0.5hrs)

Walk from Dasturi to Point 156 (~0.5hrs)

Break(~0.25hrs)

Point 156 to Peb fort (0.5hrs)

On getting to the fort, we will check on the plants. Fill the drums with water from the tanks so that there is ample water for the Guruji staying atop the fort to water the seeds that we have planted in the nursery. Once done, we will be proceeding for sightseeing.

We would be taking the same route back via Matheran to get to Neral

We should be back at Neral at 6.30PM(Subjective)

The cost of this trek would be Rs.120/- only and would include:

>Travel from Neral to Matheran and Back by Taxi

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

Hemant: 9819786136
Parag: 9820973705

Those interested in having a look at the aerial view of the region can click on this link:

http://wikimapia.org/#lat=19.029868&lon=73.278122&z=15&l=0&m=a&v=2

P.S: The NB team would be heading to Vangani post Peb for a sky/star gazing session at the Khagol Mandal observatory which charges Rs.60/-(Approx). Those interested in joining in can do so by informing the organizers at the time of registration.

Rules and Regulations

To be carried:

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. Lunch for the day.

4. Camera(Optional)

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. Littering is strictly looked down up in the NB community, we believe in the adage: “Leave only Footprints, take back only Memories.”

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

5. 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 & 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}

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

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

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

Regards,

Rohit Nayak.
(Nisarga Bhraman)

Planting the saplings will not just make the place greener, but would also aid in checking the massive soil erosion that is occurring on the mountain which was the reason for the tanks getting filled with mud.

The support that we have received from all our enthusiastic members to aid us in this noble job has been very heartening, and we look up to you once again to join us to check on the growth of the saplings.