Trek to KudaCave and Ghosalgad Sunday 8 Feb 2009

Brief Introduction about Talgad/Ghosalgad:

Height:~ 1000 feet/1200 feet
Time:~ Max.30 min frm Tala/Max.45 min frm Ghosal
Location is : Roha, Raigad region

A fortified monument on the southern bank of Malti creek, the Tala fort lies east west at a height of 1000 feet above the sea level in Tala town in Maharashtra. The fort is separated from the rest of the hill by a wide gap. This protected monument of 4th century was built during the reign of Bhoja Raja and was used as a watch on the beautiful Rajpuri stream. Tala fort is a very good example for the artistic talents of the then generation. The bottom of the hill in which the fort situates is surrounded by thick woody forest. Once a center of prime importance, this marvelous construction stands as the relic of its past glory
Kuda Caves
Kuda caves, famous for Buddhist caves. These rock cut caves are classic example of Buddhist cave art and amazing for their architectural excellence. These caves have two levels and the individual blocks are smaller and are on the upper levels. The inscriptions on the caves are the preaching of Buddha and his disciples. The interiors of the caves are carved with stupas and a rock carved image of an elephant as the janitor is inscribed on the front gate of the caves.
In Kuda caves, there are evidences to testify that monks used them as dwelling places. The inscriptions, letters & paintings in the Kuda hills shows that these caves are built in during first to sixth centuary B.C.
Approx 9 km south of Roha is a mountain which arises majestically to the sky. The fort was used as look out post for those ruling over Murud. Hike to the fort from the base is not much and there is an easy path to the top. A water pond named Wajta Haud, remnants of watch tower, fortified wall, temple of Bhavani and Ganapati, water cisterns etc. can be seen atop. A beautiful view of base village Ghosala, Murud creek and Talagad can be seen frm the top.

The itinerary for the Event is as given below:-

06:00 am Start from Byculla/Dadar
06:45 am Vashi
07:00 am Panvel
08:15 am Breakfast @ Hotel Ruchi, Nagothane
10:00 am Tala
11:00 am Fort Atop Talgad
11:00-12:00pm: Explore fort, Rest and enjoy the view of the surrounding region
12:00 pm Descend
12:30 pm @ Base
13:00 pm @ Kuda Leni
Have lunch & depart for Ghosal
14:30 pm base
15:15 pm On top of Ghosalgad
1 hour for exploration
16:00 pm Descend
16:30 pm @ Base
17:00 pm @ Murud Beach
18:30 pm Depart for Mumbai

Evening Snacks / Tea on the way

We will be in mumbai around 22:30 hrs (thats - subjective)

Things To Carry:-

A Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs a must)
A cap
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
Extra Pair of clothes,
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)

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 by Private Vehicle, Morning B/f –Tea, Lunch & Evening snacks/Tea

For registration, Rs. 350/- as advance payment for vehicle charges is a must ...
the seats will be on first come first basis ...
Last minute entry will be given in case empty seat is available ...

Last date for confirmation with payment is on Friday 6th February, 2009 till 2 pm

For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on

Jagdish Patil: 09869369836