Shikhar Vedh trek to Panhala-Vishalgad Mohim on 8-9 Aug 2009

Dear All,

शिखर वेध have planned Panhala-Pavankhind-Vishalgad Padbhraman Mohim on 8-9 th August 2009. This Mohim commomerates Shivaji's escape from the besieged Panhala to the safety of Vishalgad

Panhala-Pavankhind-Vishalgad Padbhraman Mohim
Shivaji was under siege of Siddi Johar on Panhala fort from 2nd March 1660. The siege lasted long and all food stocks had finished and made things difficult for Shivaji. It was impossible to defeat the 30000 soldiered troop of Siddi. Shivaji with some 600 mavalas decided to escape to Vishalgad, 65 kms away. It was Ashadi Pournima, with heavy rains falling. Shivaji informed Siddi that he would surrender hence Siddi troops were little careless. Taking advantage Shivaji escaped frm Panhala. He wasn’t safe till he reached Vishalgad. Some how Siddi's troops spotted Shivaji escape, he immediately sent horsed troops behind him and they got hold of Shivaji, who was later brought to Siddi's camp. But it was Shivaji's game plan; person whom they had caught was not Shivaji, but Siva Kashid Navi who was immediately killed. Siddi somehow came to know that Shivaji was on his way to Vishalgad, and so sent troops behind him. Shivaji knew that Siddi's troops were following him. Baji Prabhu, Shivaji's loyal sardar decided to stay in Ghod Khind with 300 mavalas, a col were mountain ridges near Vishalgad unite and was the only way to Vishalgad then. Baji with his 300 mavalas had guerilla warfare at Ghodkhind and held the Siddis troops there. They fought bravely till their death. It was only after Baji heard the canon fire indicating safe reach of Shivaji at Vishalgad, he gave his life. It was 21 hour continuous journey from Panhala to Vishalgad. Story didn't end here; Shivaji had to fight his way to Vishalgad. Vishalgad is a fort difficult to conquer, difficult to lay siege. Also even if siege was laid, one would have enough time to escape to Konkan. Siddi was building siege on Vishalgad, but Shivaji with his diplomatic trick made Adil

PAVANKHIND 16°53'22"N 73°48'40"E
PAVANKHIND - Old name RAJKHINDA... about 14KM (4 KOS) from vishalgad fort is where great worrier BAJIPRABHU DESHPANDE stopped the army of Siddhi Jouhar ( senapati of Adilshah of VIJAPUR) with help of about 300 MAVALE(marathas) against 4000 of Siddhi's for about 6 hours (2 prahar) i.e. till King Shivaji Maharaj reaches VISHALGAD safely from PANHALAGAD. Total distance 22 KOS ( about 80km ) and time taken about 21 hrs ( including fight at panhalgad fort base ). ALL DISTANCE TRAVELLED ON FOOT AND MOSTLY IN RAINY NIGHT.

Other information related with forts & history in details on Mohim

Meeting Point: On telecon
Friday 7th August 2009

22:00 Hrs: Departure from Mumbai by Asiad Bus 2 Kolhapur

Saturday 8th August 2009

06:00 Hrs: @ Kolhapur Depo
Refresh & have morning breakfast & T
07:00 Hrs: Catch bus for Panhala
08:00 Hrs: @ Panhala
Panhala Fort Exploration
10:00 hrs: Descend frm Pusati Buruj
10:30 Hrs: @ Turukwadi ---~2.5 km Complete
10:45 Hrs: @ Mhalunge Village --- ~5 km Complete
12:00 Hrs: @ Mhasai Pathar-Mhasai Temple --- ~11 km Complete
12:15 Hrs: @ Varewadi
12:45 Hrs: @ Kumbharwadi --- ~14 km Complete
14:00 Hrs: @ Chapewadi --- ~18 km Complete
14:30 Hrs: Start
15:45 Hrs: @ Mandlawadi --- ~23 km Complete
19:00 Hrs: @ Patewadi --- ~34 km Complete
21:30 Hrs: @ Pandherpani --- ~44 km Complete

Night Stay @ Pandherpani

Sunday 9th August 2009

07:00 Hrs: Start 2wards PavanKhind
08:15 Hrs: @ Pavankhind --- ~51 km Complete
09:00 Hrs: 2wards Vishalgad
11:00 Hrs: @ Tembhurnewadi --- ~55 km Complete
13:00 Hrs: @ Vishalgad --- ~64 km Complete

Explore, Lunch & Rest

Back 2 Kolhapur by ST bus frm Vishalgad
A 3 hrs journey

Have Dinner
21:00 Hrs: Journey 2 Mumbai by Bus

Monday 10th August 2009
06:00 Hrs: @ Dadar The Estimated initial expenditure is about Rs. 1200 / -

This includes Mumbai 2 Mumbai fare for Transportation ... Morning-Evening Snacks/Tea + 3 Meals for Saturday & Sunday

Deposit Rs. 400/- on following A/c to the reservation

ICICI Bank A/c No.: - 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Lasr date for registration: - Monday 3rd August 2009, 5 pm

Note: Since the endurance level is extremely high there will be a limit for joining the Mohim. A Journey of ~ 65 kms in abt 20 Hours

Things To Carry:-
Pls do carry Lunch for Saturday (a must)
A Water Bottle (~2.5 Ltrs) (a must)
A Torch with spare set of Battery (a must)
Sleeping mat, bedding (a must)
Raincheater (Optional)
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, carry extra pair
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
A haversack to put all these things
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