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Sunday, May 29, 2011

VRangers Trek To Gorakhgad on 12 June 2011

The region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover. Fort Gorakhgad is quite small in size. It was had strategic importance during the reign of Shahaji Raje. However, no major battle is recorded to have taken place here. It was used in Shivaji's era to patrol the nearby region and was used as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough availability water and a lot of space for accommodation. The fort gets its name from Saint Gorakhnath, who performed his "Sadhana" in this place.
Two cisterns can be seen just after emerging through the entrance and the path climbs up further ahead. Further, a small step-way descends down to the large caves that are carved out in the main rock of the pinnacle. Nature's grandeur can be appreciated here with the magnificent view of two large frangipani trees leaning over the valley and the excellent sight of Machchindragad. There are in total fourteen cisterns on the fort, however, only the three tanks near to the cave have potable water.There is a small Mahadeo temple with Nandi.

Trek: Gorakhgad On 12 June 2011.
FortHeight : 2137 ft.
Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Karjat
Grade : Medium
Cost :- Rs 270 /-
The charges of the trek includes breakfast, traveling from kalyan to kalyan and refreshment.

Trek Schedule:

People interested should get into this local (2nd last compartment) and gather at kalyan station on platform no.1 near indicator with u r return ticket .
From Kalyan we will catch S.T. to Murbad and from here will hire jeep for Dehari (base village of Gorakhgad).
We will be back at kalyan by 8.30 PM.

Train Timings:
Badlapur slow Local
CST 5.05 am
Byculla 5.12 am
Dadar 5.22am
Sion 5.29 am
Kurla 5.33 am
Ghatkopar 5.39 am
Bhandup 5.49 am
Thane 5.59 am
Diva 6.13 am
Dombivali 6.22 am
Kalyan 6.32 am

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:

1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has
hands free while trekking.

2. A bottle of water (3 Ltrs).

3. Lunch for the Day.

4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)

5. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits, Plate, spoon, glass (compulsory).

6. Torch with extra batteries, Old Newspapers(compulsory).

7. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, Mosquito’s cream.

8. A good trekking shoes, wind cheater.

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