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Youngsterz Trek to Rajgad on 14th-16th Nov 2008

Hey friends,
We Youngsterzs, are visiting Rajgad on 14th-16th Nov 2008, Come Join Us….
(Starting on Friday night (14thNov) and returning on Sunday (16th Nov).

'Rajgad' - the name describes the place itself. The king of all the forts.
Rajgad is south-west 40 Kms from Pune.
Rajgad boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort.
He spent almost 25/30 yrs here.
Rajgad is famous for its construction. Fort is of 1350 Mtrs. high,

The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre Ballekilla (meaning "small fort").

Padmavati Machee (north end) :This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).

Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.

Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit on this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee is has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can find a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare in this machee.

Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting Point : Thane station at 11.00 pm sharp
Our journey starts with the fast passenger or shirdi express at 11.30 pm. We will be reaching Pune stn by 4.10 am.
From here we will move towards Gunjavne village, which is the base village for Rajgad at around 6-6.30 in the morning,
We will start our trek and reach the top till 10-11 am.

We have ample of time for visiting Suwela machi, Padmavati machi, Sanjeevani machi and Balekilla of Rajgad. We would return back to Mumbai on Sunday by 10.30 pm on 16th Nov 2008 .

Trek cost
The charges of the trek are RS 650/per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Mumbai to Mumbai.
2 lunch (Saturday n Sunday),
1 dinner (Saturday n Sunday),
Tea, refreshment, etc.

Trek cost for the people joining us from Pune Rs 350/-

Things To Be carried:

A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
A spoon and a plate (a must)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
2-3 bunch of papers
Cap, etc.
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

If interested, please contact on the nos. below for registration by Friday evening latest:
Nilesh Patil : 9967436211. (7pm to 12pm)
Devarshee : 9867418466