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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

VRangers Trek to Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat on 8 - 9 Dec 2012 (7th night travel)

We at VRangers arranged Trek to Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat on 8 - 9 Dec 2012 (7th night travel)

Brief Information about Harishchandragad:
Region: Malshej
Fort Height: 4510 ft.
Type: Hill Fort
Grade: Difficult (Trek Experience Required)
Mode of Transport: Public Transport.
Last date to reg:- 5th Dec 2012
Trek Fees INR 1050.00 per Person.
This includes travelling from Kalyan to Kasara by public transport, 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner and Refreshments & Administration charges.
Harishchandra Gad

Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar region of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat, and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region.The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya.
Great sage changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), is used to meditate in 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.


Journey Details:
Friday, 7 Dec 2012
21.45 Hrs: - Gathering at Kalyan ST Depot.
22.00 Hrs: - Move to Base Village by Public Transport.
From Kalyan we’ll catch S.T. Bus for Tokavade and from here we’ll go by private vehicle till Belpada. We will take rest at the base village for the night and will start trekking in early morning.

Saturday, 8 Dec 2012
06.00 Hrs: - Wake up and Refreshments
07.00 Hrs: - Start Ascending towards Harishchandragad
12.30 Hrs: - Lunch on the way
16:00 Hrs: - Reach Konkankada & Enjoy Beautiful Sunset
18.30 Hrs: - Move Towards Caves
19.00 Hrs: - Reach Caves & Refreshments enjoy the evening... Rest
20.30 Hrs: - Dinner

Sunday, 9 Dec 2012
05.00 Hrs: Wake up and Refreshments
06.00 Hrs: Move Towards Taramati & Enjoy Beautiful Sunrise
07.30 Hrs: Fort Exploration
08.30 Hrs: Breakfast
09.00 Hrs: Start descend via Pachnai
10:15 Hrs: Reach Pachnai
11:00 Hrs: Take a Bus from Pachnai to Rajur
11:30 Hrs: Reach Rajur
12:00 Hrs: Lunch
01:30 Hrs: Take a Bus from Rajur to Kasara
02:30 Hrs: Reach Kasara
02:40 Hrs: Pick the local train from Kasara

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
Compulsory items:
A proper two sided haversack to put all the things, So that one has hands free while trekking, id proof, Lunch for Saturday, approx 4 ltr water, Torch with extra batteries, some snacks, Plate, Spoon, Bowl, Bedding like mat-Shawl, Should ware good trekking shoes, full sleeve shirt/T-shirt & Full Pant, if you have any medical issue please carry your own medicine as we carry only First aid, carry some extra cloths.

Non-compulsory items:
Cap, Sunglasses, Woolen Jacket, Camera , Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry, mosquito’s repellent, Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution.
(It’s totally self responsibility to take care of things.)

Registration and Payment Details:
Acc Name: Ananda Shivaji Govekar
Acc No   : 00000032353269021
IFS Code: SBIN0000562
MICR Code: 400002007
Bank     : SBI Bank
Branch   : Bhandup (W)

For confirmation of your registration please deposit Rs. 500/-(non Refundable) in the following.
After transaction plz do sms to Ananda Govekar 98922 19155.

VRangers Rules & Regulation:

For Reg. & more details, contact Our "Rangers"
Ananda 9892219155
Rohan 9892701354

plz do sms if call not received.

VRangers off road bike ride to Lonavla-Rajmachi on 2nd Dec 2012.

There are plenty of big stones, soil, deadly turns and slopes and sometime steep narrow path to ride on….in short there are no Roads.

Rajmachi is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri in India. There are two forts which were built by Emperor Shivaji during 17th century.

Route: Mumbai - Lonavala - Khopali - Old Mumbai Pune Highway.
Region: Lonavla
Fort Height: 2710 ft.
Type: Hill Fort
Cost: Rs 300/- per head

Cost Includes - breakfast, lunch, evening refreshments and administration charges.

Petrol & Maintenance cost should be settled by the bike owner & the person accompanying him or In case of Single Rider, petrol & maintenance cost should be settled alone.

Sights to visit:
Views of Shrivardhan & Manoranjan , Ancient Lord Shiva temple, Caves, Lake.

Rajmachi consists of two citadels:
Shrivardahn: Shrivardhan lies to the east of the Rajmachi fort. Its height is about 3000 ft. The architectural style of construction is typical of Maratha period and is characterized by strong walls, Semi-circular entrance and cisterns. Bhairavnath temple and water tanks are main attraction on Shrivardhan.
Manoranjan: Manoranjan fort probably belongs to the Yada period and is one of the two forts adjacent to the rajmachi fort. Uniquely, this place is characterized by the presence of a square shaped lake divided by a straight rock. One may see the broken structures of fort on the way to the top .

Mumbai Meeting Point: Datta Snacks - Panvel at 6.00am
Start our ride to Lonavala via old Mumbai Pune Highway.
Pune Meeting Point: Near Kumar Resort by 8.00am.
Breakfast at lonavala and then start our trek by 8.45 am.
Reach Rajmachi village by 10.45 am (App. 20 km)
Sightseeing till 1.00 pm
Have our lunch and rest for some time.
Reach Lonavala stn by 5 pm.
Have Evening Refreshment.
And back to Mumbai by 9 pm.

Things to be carried:
Personal Identification (Compulsory), 
Bike’s Legal papers, Helmet,
A bottle of water,Camera (Optional),Cap etc.

VRangers Rules & Regulation:

Since Biking is adventurous and risky activity you participation is solely on your own wish.
VRangers will be not be responsible for any mishap occurring during the journey.

For Reg. & more details, contact our "Rangers”.
Ananda 98922 19155

Sudhir 97028 78447

plz do sms if call not received with u r name & mail id.


Friday, November 16, 2012

VRangers Night Trek To Gorakhgad on 24th Ngt Sat Nov 2012.

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 region 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 portable water.There is a small Mahadeo temple with Nandi at the top.

Trek Date : 24th Ngt – 25th  November 2012
Cave Of Gorakhgad
Trek Name: Night Trek to Gorakhgad
Fort Height : 2137 ft.
Type : Hill forts
Fort Range : Karjat-Murbad
Grade : Medium
Cost :- Rs 350 /-
Max Prticipation:- 20 ppl.

The charges of the trek include breakfast,Lunch, 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 Murbad will hire jeep for Dehari (base village of Gorakhgad) or By ST.

Train Timings: Ambernath Slow Local (A)
Steps Of Gorakhgad
CST                 20:17                 
Masjid             20:20                         
Byculla            20:25
Dadar              20:35
Kurla               20:46
Ghatkopar      20:52
Bhandup         21:03  
Thane              21:15
Dombivali       21:38
Thakurli          21:41
Kalyan             21:47 

From Here will catch ST to Murbad and then from Murbad to Dehri via ST/Local Jeeps.
Dehri  to 1st hault    1:00 AM - 2:00 AM          
1st hault to Steps of gorakhgad 2.30 AM - 3:30 AM             
From Door to Cave 3:35 AM - 4:00 AM        
Halt in Cave and here will have rest 4.00 - 6.30 AM         
From cave to Temple 06:30 AM - 8:00 AM         
Return from temple to cave and will have breakfast till 9.00 AM
Descend 9.30AM - 12:00 PM
Will Have Lunch till 1.30 PM
And Back to Kalyan till 3.00 PM

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,plz carry your id proof.
2. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
3. Torch with extra batteries,Shawl & proper bedding,Plate, spoon, glass, A bottle of water -3 ltrs ( Compulsory).
4. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits, Old Newspapers,Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, Mosquito’s cream.
5. A good trekking shoes, wind cheater,cap, sunglasses.

Some Snaps:

VRangers Rules & Regulation:

For Reg. & more details, contact our "Rangers”.
Machhindra : 9967995993
Sudhir : 9702878447

plz do sms if call not received with u r name.

"No on the spot entries will entertain, so get reg. yourself to avoid disappointment".