Revdanda Fort

Type - sea fort.

Difficulty level - easy    

Base village - Revdanda

District - Raigad

Taluka - Murud, Maharashtra, India.

About:

Revdanda is a village near Alibaug, India. It is 17 km away from Alibag and 125 km away from Mumbai.Till a few years ago the coastal road that goes south from Alibag used to terminate at Revdanda where it encountered the Kundalika creek. A bridge now spans the creek and the whole stretch southward of Revdanda up to Murud-Janjira has now become accessible. Part of the town is situated within the premises of Revdanda fort; an Old Portuguese fort.If you drive through the town, the road enters through an old archway and then exits from another before getting to the bridge. If between these two archways you turn right and make a detour to the western portion of the fort, which reaches out into the sea, you have found a great vantage point. During high tide the waves crash onto the palm-fringed ramparts of the fort and you get a magnificent view of the creek to the south and the beach to the north. There is an entrance from the beach to the Revdanda fort.

Place to visit:

Datta Mandir

Bet El Jewish Synagogue

Shitala Devi Mandir

Revdanda Beach

Datta Mandir

Datta Mandir is located in the chaul part of Revdanda. It is the Mandir of Lord "Datta" which mainly the maharashtrian people worship. The mandir is on top of the peak, the road leading to the mandir is of almost 1500 steep stairs. From this temple we can see entire region around revdanda. And it is believed that it was built in Raje Shivaji's reign to keep an eye on enemy. There is huge celebration for five days in a year, it starts on birthday of lord Datta and continues for 5 days. During this period students are given holiday.

Bet El Jewish Synagogue

Bet El Synagogue is located in the Chaul region, one village of Maharashtra India called Revdanda. From the early 1900s, it was built in the locale where the largest Jewish population lived. This synagogue is in the Konkani style which makes it different from many other synagogues around the world. It is surrounded by a grove of coconut trees. It has a special women's gallery on the top with a unique structure.Earlier the Jews in Alibag-Murud area were called "Shanivar Teli" for their coconut oil extraction business, which used to be closed on Saturday.

Shitala Devi Mandir

Shitala Devi mandir is another holy place in this village of temple. This is most famous place after lord "Datta" mandir. This temple was renovated a few years ago. People of the village believe that Goddess "Shitala" protects the village from all evils. Maharashtrians refer to goddess as "AAI" which means mother in Marathi. This temple was formerly looked after by Modgi Family in Recent years of ancient Shitaladevi Mandir and Late.Vedmurti Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was former Poojari of this temple in between the years of 1889-1917 and it was their family land which was then given to temple as said by Kulvrutt and Kulachar of Modgi family. After then Modgi Family was shifted from Revdanda by giving the temple for daily operations to one of the Brahmin family from revdanda with the land across the temple. The son of Late.Vedmurti Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was Shri.Shridharpant Keshavbhatt Modgi(Modak) was MA English from Deccan College, Pune. reside at Roha and he died in the year of 1967 and his next generations are living at Goregaon, Bhivandi, Thane, Indapur, and Pune and their current generation member name is Shri.Ajinkya Avinash Modgi(Modak)

Revdanda Beach

Revdanda Beach is a very isolated beach in this region. The sand is black in colour, which gives it a unique look. The beach is integral part of people in Revdanda, it’s one of the places where people come to relax after days heavy work. As Revdanda lies in coastal region fish curry and rice forms an important part of diet of the people of this region.

How to reach there:

By Air:

Mumbai is a nearest airport.

By Rail:

Pen, Kolad, Nagothane is nearest railway station.

By Road:

State transport buses are available from Mumbai and Pune to reach Revdanda.

Accommodation:

Accommodation is available in Revdanda village.

Best time to visit:

These are the best months or time to visit Revdanda Fort

Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec

Sandhan Valley Trek Guidelines

Summary 
Trek: Sandhan Valley 
Region: Igatpuri 
Grade: Medium - Tuff 
Level: Endurance - High


About:
Sandhan valley is one of the greatest canyons in the Sahyadri mountain ranges. It is a very good combination of a canyon and a valley. Located in the Nagar district, near the famous fort Ratangad, Sandhan valley is undoubtedly, The Valley of Suspense. The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 2 kms long approx. Walking through the narrow streak of valley with 200 ft rock walls on both the sides is a awesome lifetime experience. Descending full Sandhan valley is always a memorable outing and the overnight stay under the sparkling sky, along the reservoir side, is a tart on the cake!!. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village. The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai (5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges. 
 
Sandhan – the gorge
At some places its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to even reach the ground. Which gives it’s the name valley of shadows!!! To go at end of gorge you have cross 2 water pools, water level changes according to season. In winter water is up to waist and in summer it is up to knee high level. At the end of valley you get magnificent view of high cliffs and deep valleys. You have to rappel down 1 patch (max height 45 ft) and the famous Sandhan Valley rock patches.
For the two small rock patches we should use ropes to climb down. After climbing down the second rock patch you shall see some flat ground where we can stay overnight. There is a small stream that gives you fresh water (drinking). This stream flows into a huge pond. (This pond water is not suitable for drinking purpose) The rare chance to see dance of stars, shooting stars at night from aperture created by 15 feet wide and 200 ft long walls makes trek to Sandhan Valley special and memorable. For those who have attempted want to go once again - however very few people have taken up this phase as it is considered to be very tough. Sandhan Valley is that part of the beautiful Sahyadri mountain ranges which offers a challenging trek - a trekker’s delight. Sandhan Valley trek is a unique experience combining adventure activity such as Rappelling and staying amidst nature. Samrad village and Sandhan Valley is surrounded by Alang, Madan and Kulang forts (also known as AMK). Further descend from the pond leads to Dehne village which is the base village for Ajoba hill trek. From Dehne village, state transport buses are available for Asangaon railway station. As an alternative it is also possible to return to Samrad village from the pond, it takes another 4 – 5 hrs. to reach Samrad.

Read More: AMK - Alang Madan Kulang Blog

Ross Island near Port Blair - Andaman Island

Ross Island to Port Blair Island is approx 2/3 km. Regular ferry is available from Port Blair. Travel time via ferry is 15minutes. Visit Ross Island for sightseeing then by the same ferry go to North Bay Island. History of Ross Island is passed from generation to generation. Ross Island was named after the surveyor Sir Daniel Ross. Form a distance it seems to be an Island with thick forest and no human activity. The Government that does not allow any new constructions work to be undertaken. Ross Island was the headquarters of the Indian Penal Settlement during the British raj in India. The Island had everything and even today we can see a bazaar, bakery, stores, water treatment plant, church, tennis court, printing press, secretariat, hospital, and cemetery. But, the Ross Island settlement was abandoned in 1796 as the mortality rate was very high. A number of water borne diseases has surfaced then. Six decades later, the 1857 Revolt forced the British to turn to Andaman again and this time, their stay lasted for 90 years. During the Second World War, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were captured by the Japanese in 1942. The Japanese rule lasted till 1945. The Japanese army did not quite care about those who lived at Ross Island after the British army was left. The degree of pain and suffering only increased for the residents of Ross Island. The freedom fighters that were sent here during the uprising against the British built the structures that we can see today. Most of these are in a decrepit condition. The structure included the bungalow for the chief of the penal settlement. If you go get an opportunity to come to Ross Island the governor bungalow is located on the hill top. Even today we can see the Italian flooring that remain and visualise the entry, the living room etc. The old structure would have fallen long time ago. But have stayed in place due to the Ficus roots that hold them. As we walk and explore Ross Island you shall come across spotted deerxs, rabbits. These deers have become so immune to people around them that there are known as Fearless Deers of Ross island-Andaman. Due to water erosion one end of this Island has started to appear submerged in water. Some local say that the Island is sinking. Other stories that we heard was that Ross Island is haunted too. Rest we shall leave is to you to explore.
 

One day trek to Asherigad with TreksandTrails, India

My Journey:

So finally the day had arrived to Trek to Asherigad. As it was a trek on the western side it was decided to use the public transportation i.e. local trains and tum-tums.

Waking up early we all boarded the Dahanu local from our respective railway stations and our trek leader Prasant came from the central line and all 17 of us met up at the Palghar station. We all had breakfast and tea and we all were up excited and enthusiastic to reach the base village and start the trek. We boarded the taxis and in about 30 min reached the base village Khodkone.

Here is how it begins

As we started our trek from the bus stop on the national highway 8A. TreksandTrail our organizer gave us a briefing about the place. We crossed the river bridge and met up our guide Lakshman in the village. Then the most interesting part of the trek the introduction happened in which we got to know our fellow trekkers engineers, pilot, Uganda and various other enthusiastic trekkers. Then we were all boosted up to reach the top.