Roadtrip to Burhanpur - awesome amazing - full dhamal

Text Author - Muhammed Yahya Virani
 
 
"Welcome to Maharashtra - Man is a social animal"
 
29 October 2015 - Day 4
Our drive started at 05:45 am from Burhanpur towards Mumbai for six member team from TreksandTrails, India. One such trip that we shall cherish throughout our lives. Vaibhav had our journey well planned the night before. With 24GB of songs from Hip-hop to Trance, Marathi rap. The journey continues. Armed with IPhone 5S GPS, which read 09 hours 23 minutes - Mumbai 523 km via NH3 and MSH8. As the early morning rays of the sun lighted up our way, the music picked up speed. As we entered Maharashtra a little before Jalgoan still on the state highway the quality of the roads (no comments), we see many locals on morning walks. A special mention of one such element was seen on the road is a must. For a moment I thought my first aid training would come handy. Alas !!! As we got closer he amazed us by getting up, still seated on the edge of the highway road. Hmmmm, actually he was practising Suryanamaskar. Truly man is a social animal.
By now I guess even Vaibhav’s tummy started to roar. Our first pit stops for the day. As we waited at one of the local dhaba to feel refreshed with a cutting chai (without sugar for me). We saw a majestic pair of white bullocks with sky blue coloured horns, tall and muscular animals. The lone driver had a smile of a thousand words. Must be proud owner I thought. Gestured a silent greeting, and he responded. Soon after breakfast we came upon the monthly animal fair. As if it was in wonderland, picture right out of a storybook. Leena purchased a tinkle bell for each of us.
 
Rs 120.00 for 6 tinkle bells ting ting ting.
 
Mangesh spotted a unique temple along the highway on our way back. We reversed our vehicle for a closer examinations. It was the Shree Mudayeeedevi mandir in Jalgoan district. It was a 17th century temple, now protected under the Archeology Survey of India (ASI). As we entered Maharashtra we also picked up 8 sacks of onions from a highway vendor.
 

Chinchoti Waterfalls

Grade: Easy
Height: N.A
Region: Tungareshwar Forest

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About:

Chinchoti waterfalls are located inVasai, in the sub-urban areas ofMumbai. Located amidst lush green forests, Chinchoti waterfalls are comprised of a bunch of small and big waterfalls. The big waterfall plunges from a height of 100 ft. The place is a popular picnic spot amongst Mumbaikars and remains crowded during Saturdays and Sundays. It is a good place to do some basic trekking, as the place is scenic, and has a few small treks around and to the the waterfalls. One can also check out some of the nearby attractions like Tungareshwar, which is the highest plateau of this area and Kamandurg Peak. Tungareshwar also has a temple that one can pay obeisance at.

How to reach there?

Reach VASAI railway station

Catch a bus to KAMAN Phata nearby is the village CHINCHOTI.

Walk along the nala (4 Kms) and towards a gully and reach the waterfall.

Alternately

Reach – Car – W.E. Highway to Dahisar Check Naka, NH8 to Kaman junction. Approx.45 Min. from North Mumbai.

Rail & Bus– Niagoan Station (Western Railway) – from Naigoan East outside the railway station share Autos are available, per head they charge around Rs.10/- It only takes 20min. to reach Kaman Junction.

Vasai Station – S.T. Buses are available to reach Kaman Junction.

Trek Cum Picnic starts right from the Kaman Junction. Route towards the waterfall passes through dense forest, streams and small waterfalls at both the sides. It takes minimum 1 hour to reach the main waterfall. One can divide this spots in two parts (a) Main waterfall has good height. Few groups also arranges Valley crossing and Rappelling (B) there is one spot on the way to main waterfall where most of the visitor enjoys. Swimmers jumps from the top in the water, as it is very deep.

Places of interest nearby:-

Kamandurg 

Dome shaped peak near Tungareshwar, Kamandurg is rarely visited or known to Mumbaikars for that matter even the trekkers. The trail passes through very dense forest and seems like a marvel that the place is so close to Mumbai. The place is an ecstasy in the monsoon which is the best time to visit the Western Ghats.The fort does not have any fortification although the signs are existent in the surroundings. Small water tank dug out in the rock are present on the western side of the summit. The summit provides beautiful views of Vasai creek and the surrounding areas. Islands covered with mangroves and salt pans near the creek can also be seen from the summit. Tungareshwar hills also add to the beautiful scenery around the fort. The summit as it is seen from ground is not one single peak but two peaks separated by one small col. The round shape of the summit gives one an impression of volcano.

Tungareshwar

Tungareshwar is at an altitude of about 2177 feet, one of the highest mountain plateaus in Vasai. For most trekkers the starting point is the highway junction, which is about a kilometer from the base. At the base there is a forest check post. From this point onward starts the actual trek of Tungareshwar. After about a 3 km hike and walking through two streams, you reach the Lord Shiva temple. his place is frequented by pilgrims and at times can be crowded so it is preferable to avoid weekends. For many picnickers this is the destination for enjoyment. A visit to the temple and a swim in the overflowing water pond is all they want out of this outing.

Best time to Visit

The best time to go to Chinchoti is of course during the monsoon months, when the falls are in full flow.From June to November is good in general. Be careful during heavy rainfalls however, as the current in the river gets extremely fast then.

Photos of Chinchoti Waterfalls

Sarasgad Fort 

Summary:

Difficulty Level: Medium difficult

Height of Fort - 1608 ft

Base Village - Thakurwadi

District - Pali Village, Raigad

Distance from Pune - 130 km Approximately

Route from Pune: Pune- Lonavala – Khopoli – Pali - Thakurwadi

About:

The village contains Sagargad fort; the twin of Sudhagad fort. It can be identified by its four pinnacles and thus was mainly used as a watch place to check the surrounding region. The construction of the fort is not in good condition but the huge rock steps are something to watch for. There are two routes which lead to the top of this fort from Pali. On the top is the Shiva temple providing an excellent panoramic view of all the mountain ranges surrounding this area? Sudhagad and Tailbeila can be easily viewed from the top of Sarasgad. This fort height from sea level is 490 meters. There are many caves which were used for soldiers and other purposes because the fort has very little area available on its top. There are around ten tanks carved in rocks. They provide cool water supply throughout the year, which is very important for any fort. Shivaji Maharaj gave 2000 hones (golden coin used as currency during Shivaji Maharaj's time) for repairing the fortifications of this fort. On the way from the south there are 111 steps carved in stone. The door from this side is known as 'Dindi darvaja'. *** source Wikipedia

Read about night trek to Sarasgad

How to reach there:

By Air: Mumbai is a nearest airport.

By Rail: Diva railway station at 6 am from Diva we catch Diva Passenger (Konkan Railway) at 6.20 am. It almost takes 2.5 hours to reach Nagothane.

By Road: From Nagothane take 6 seater auto to Pali which takes Rs 20. per person.

Places to see nearby:

Ballaleshwar Pali, Sudhagad fort, Ghangad Fort, Hot water springs in Pali, one of the Astavinayak Ganpati temple.

What to see:

Views of Tin Kavdi

View tail baila

Kedareshwar temple

Small lake behind Kedareshwar temple

View Pali village and river Amba

Once you reach first stage after the steps, you can see water cisters and Shiv linga in the cave

Fascinating spots:

Near the main entrance we see a triple curtain wall. Going rightwards and ascending 15 steps we see the ramparts. To the left there is a big water tank. Next to it was a gallery. Further there is another way to the fort. Near this is a water tank named; Moti Haud; if we go at right, we have to ascend 15 steps and then we reach the base of citadel.

Base of citadel:

Here we see a very big water reservoir. To its left is the tomb of Shahapeer. Near to it few small lakes are seen. In a cavern nearby we see; Shivlinga; Here a few can stay. At the right side of the tank we see silos, armory, jail and residences. Here also 10 to 12 people can be accommodated. Next to it is the way towards citadel.

Top of citadel:

On the fort we see Kedareshwar temple and a lake nearby. Two bastions are there to keep watch on surrounding areas. From citadel we can see the mountain of Tin Kavdi, we can locate Dhangad and Sudhagad, Tailbaila Korigad. We also see Paligaon, river Amba, hot water reservoirs of Unheri, Konkan and Jambhulpada. On Vaishakh Poornima (full moon day), the villagers celebrate the festival of Shahapeer. Many people go to Kedareshwar temple on Maha Shivratri Sarasgad is one of the favorite places of the trekkers.

Ballaleshwar Pali 

Ballareshwar temple is one of the Ashtavinayak temple situated near Pail in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Ballareshwar temple is situated between Sarasgad fort and Amba River. The temple was originally of wood which was reconstructed in 1760 to make the way for a new temple designed by Shri Fadnis. The temple was built by mixing lead and cement and it was built in the shape of Shri. Facing to the east side the temple was built so that when the sun raises the rays will fall directly on the Murti during the worship.

Sudhagad Fort 

Sudhagad is one of the hill fort situated in Maharashtra. Sudhagad is around 53 kilometers from Pune, 26 kilometers from Lonavala and 11 kilometers from Pali. The height of the fort is around 2,030 feet above sea level. The fort of Sudhagad is said to be of 2nd Century BC. The fort was also called as Bhorapgad. In the year 1436 the fort was captured by Bahamani Sultan. After that in the year 1657 the Marathas captured the fort and renamed it as "Sudhagad". The fort was too large and Shivaji Maharaj had considered it as the capital of the Kingdom. The 'Pantsachivas' of Bhor became the protector of the fort in the rule of Peshwas.

Ghangad Fort 

Ghangad fort is located in Lonavala region, on the western side of the Mulshi River which is in Pune District.  This region is also called the Korbarase Maval. Actually this fort is very small. The fort is surrounded by other forts like Korigad, Telbaila and Sudhagad and yet it is quite lonely and separate from the others. There are two huge rocks caves at the entrance of the fort. The fort has been renovated and still work is going on. Due to renovation the fort now look good. The known information and history about this fort is very less. There is not much of documentation regarding this fort. Ekole village which is at the base of the fort. The height of this fort is 2500 feet. The history says this fort is actually used as prison by Peshwa. It was originally occupied by Koli Samant and then was later annexed by Adil Shah and then later on with the Marathas.

Place to stay/take food & water

Water – by the time we reached the top of fort we consumed all water (each and every member) so while coming back obviously we were keen to get water source, on the top you do not get clean water but once we stepped down from the fort we could get clean water in one of the cistern.

Best time to visit the fort

Any time you can visit Sarasgad, but care should be taken in rainy season.

Water Availability

Yes, water is available on Sarasgad fort; there are many water cisterns on the fort.

Accommodation Availability

Yes, accommodation is available on Sarasgad fort in soils which can accommodate 7-8 peoples, but very few prefer this.

Korlai fort 

Summary:

Type: Hill Fort

Height: 2828 ft (Approx.)

Grade: Super Easy

District: Raigad

Base Village: Korlai

About:

Korlai fort is also called Morro or Castle Curlew is a Portuguese fortification in the town of Korlai, Maharashtra, India. It was built on an island Morro de Chaul which guards the way to the Revdanda Creek. It was meant as a companion to the fort at Chaul. At this strategic position the Portuguese could use it to defend their province which stretched from Korlai to Bassein. Vestiges of the Portuguese occupation are manifested in the distinct dialect of the Korlai village’s inhabitants which is a Luso-Indian Portuguese Creole called Kristi. This fort was built in 1521 by the Portuguese with the permission of the Ahmednagar sultanate. In 1521, taking advantage of the confusion in the aftermath of the death of the Burhan Nizam the Portuguese tried to take over the fort. However the sultan retaliated and sent some of his best men to reclaim the fort. Subsequently a truce was reached in which the Ahmednagar sultanate occupied the island and no further fortification of the island took place. Only a wooden cross remained on the island as a sign of its former rulers. However in 1594, Abranches, a Portuguese captain with 1,500 soldiers and 1,500 natives took possession of the fort. The besieged soldiers of the Sultanate tried to block their way by putting a dead elephant at the main gate and a dead horse at the inner gate. But in the end they had to surrender. **** Source Wikipedia

Places to see nearby: Alibaug beach, Alibaug fort, Kaneshwar mandir, nagaon beach

Alibaug Beach:

 

This is the main beach. A very flat stretch makes for a long walk. It is reasonably clean and has thin crowds during the week. The sand has a hard texture and is a shade of black. It is not easy to create sand castles. The tide rolls in from all sides: You may have to wade through water on the way back. Alibaug was developed in the 17th century by Sarkhel Kanhoji Aangre the naval chief of King Shivaji's Kingdom. Alibaug is a coastal town and municipal council in Raigad district in Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. It is the headquarters of the Raigad district. Raigad's first name was "Kulaba". Today's Ramnath was the main village. A Bene Israelite named Ali used to live there at that time. He was a rich man and owned many plantations of mangoes and coconuts in his gardens. Hence the locals used to call the place "Alichi Bagh" (Marathi for "Gardens of Ali"), or simply "Alibaug", and the name stuck. Rewdanda, Chaul, Nagaon, Akshi, Varsoli, Thal, Kihim and Aawas villages were known as "Ashtagare".

Alibaug Forts: 

Alibag is the seat of District Administration of Raigad (formerly Kolaba) district since 1852. The name Kolaba is attributed to a sea fort built by Shivaji the great in 1680 to fight the mighty naval prowess of the Siddis (Abyssenians) of Janjira and the British of Mumbai. Kolaba fort is famous for many battles, between Siddis and Kanhoji Angre, the British and the Portuguese.

Janjira Fort 

Janjira Fort is a sea fort that is situated at a distance of 55.2 km from Alibaug. The fort is 40 ft high and was built in 15th century AD under the rule of Emperor Malik Amber, who was the ruler of Ahmednagar. It is believed that the fort for over 350 years was not conquered by any enemy. A fisherman of Murud built this fort in order to protect the place from the pirates of the sea. The fort had wooden structure initially, which was destroyed at the orders of Buran Khan, who was the minister of Nizamshah. The fort consists of several towers and turrets, which were used for keeping guns. At the main entrance of the fort, a beautiful stone carving, depicting a tiger trapped by six elephants, is present. Another attraction of this place is the sweet water lake, which is present inside the fort since the time of its origin and construction. It used to be a beautiful architectural design, which now has been corroded due to the constant battering by the ocean.

Kolaba Fort 

Kolaba Fort is located at the distance of around 1 km from the Alibaug Beach in the coastal town of Alibaug. This sea fort was constructed by Maratha warrior, Shivaji Maharaj, which has 25 ft high, 350 ft wide and 900 ft long walls. The fort dates back to around 300 years and was built in 1680. It gained prominence due to the various battles between the Marathas and the Siddis, the British and the Portuguese. The entrance arch of the fort has numerous carvings of elephants, peacocks and tigers. Near the entrance gate, many shrines of god and goddesses are present including Padmavathi, Sri Ganesh, Mahishasura, the fort-deity and Kanifnath. In 1759, Shri Ganesh Temple was built by Raghoji Angre in front of the sweet water tank.

Khanderi fort 

Khanderi Fort is situated around 4 km from Alibaug, which was constructed on a small island by the Maratha ruler in 1678. There are two popular attractions in the fort, which are a temple devoted to Lord Vitthal and a Tomb of Daud Pir. Towards the north of the fort at about fifty yards, there is a wooden roofed temple with small tile in which Lord Vitthal is worshipped. Both the temple and the tomb are worshipped by the fisherman passing near the island. These deities are believed to rule over the waves, which are steep in northerly gales and in the Khanderi neighborhood. The fort remained under the rule of Marathas until 1750, which later became a part of the Peshwa territory. Moreover, the fort was under the British rule, where they built a lighthouse, which is in ruins at present. This lighthouse was called as an octagonal masonry tower, which was built in 1867 with a height of 75 ft. On a flat roofed house, it was constructed with a lantern in the centre, which is 161 ft above the sea level. At the time of danger, a red ray was shown, which covered the seaward of Alibaug and Ceul. To the north-east of the tower, there was a 200 ft high flag staff stand. At present, the fort is under the control and management of Bombay Port Trust Administration. By using local boats, visitors can reach the site after the permission of Bombay Port Trust.

Revdanda Fort 

Revdanda Fort is located around 17 km from Alibaug and is also known as Revdanda Aagarkot. The fort was built by a Portuguese Captain, Soj in 1558. From the fort, tourists can have a view of the Revdanda Port. The Salav Bridge at the port connects Murud and Alibaug, and offers a complete view of the port, beach and Revdanda Fort.Tourists can explore the fort that has seven-storey tower covered with betel nut plantations. During high tide, the site offers a beautiful view of the palm-fringed ramparts that are touched by waves.

Sagargad Fort 

Sagargad is a deserted hill fort, around 7 km from Alibaug, which dates back to the time of Maratha ruler, Shivaji. It is located at a height of 1,357 ft above the sea level. The fort can be reached by taking a dirt-track road, which begins from Khandala on Alibaug road. On the way, tourists might come across an Ashram and Siddheshwar Temple. A waterfall can be seen at this spot, which emerges during the monsoon.The main entrance of the fort and the two bastions are completely damaged. The fort also has a temple and a tank inside its building. There is also another tank inside the fort which is famous by the name of Pandav Kund. At this place, nine tombs of Satis can be found by the travelers and is called Sati Plateau. To the side of this plateau, Wanartok is present, which is an erected land mass in a thumb like shape.

Undheri Fort 

Undheri Fort is one of the popular tourist attractions that are situated at a distance of around 300 m from Khanderi. This island fort was built by Siddi Qasam in 1680 and was under the rule of several rulers like Peshwas, Siddis and Angres and the British. Tourists can reach this fort by hiring local fishing boats after seeking permission from the Bombay Port Trust.

Kankeshwar Temple 

Located about 3 kms from Kihim Kankeshwar temple is located atop a hill near Mapgaon. "Brahma Kund" a rectangular tank with steps on all four sides with a semblence to 'Pushkarni' in Hampi is the main attraction of the temple.

Nagaon Beach 

Nagaon is one of the most romantic destinations in Alibaug with the vast expanse of the beach lined with 'suru' trees extending endlessly onto Akshi to its north. Nagaon is the hub of water sports in Alibaug with the highest number of water sports operators functioning at the beach who also offer parasailing in the sea.

A perfect family get away. Alibaug is now a popular weekend getaway Ex-Mumbai / Ex-Pune / Ex-Nasik and is visited all through the year. It is located at Nagaon 5 Kms from Alibaug, on Alibaug-Revdanda Road, spread over one acre of land and is situated on the Nagaon beach.

Accommodation:

There are plenty of lodges and hotels in Alibaug catering to every budget. However, a much better option is to check out one of the many homestays, where the main attraction is lip-smacking home cooked food – both veg and non-veg.

How to reach there:

By Air: Mumbai is nearest airport.

By Rail: Pen is nearest railway station.

By Road: Alibaug is about 100 Km from Mumbai by road. Plenty of buses are available. However, the more interesting way to visit Alibaug is by ferry from the Gateway of India.

Best time to visit:

Best time to visit Korlai Fort is there are six months from September month to February.