TreksandTrails special monsoon trek at flowering Ratangad on 20 Sepember 2014 Saturday (starting 19th Friday night)

Type:Hill Fort
Height:4255 ft.
Cost:Rs 1200.00
Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time. This fort offers offers fabulous views of majestic Sahyadri ranges. Right from Katrabai till Sandhan Valley. One of the most beautiful forts in Flowering September, Ratangad seems to shadowed by yellow Sonki Flowers. Ratangad has still the remains of fort with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. Climbing down the Nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle via Triambak Darwaja.
TreksandTrails itenary for Trek to Ratangad: Meeting Point : Pritam Hotel Dadar East at 22:30 pm (on Friday 19 Sep)
04:30Reach Base Village Rest in the bus till 6 am
06:15Breakfast, introduction, orientation.
07:15Start trek
10:30Sumit Ratangad - Explore the Fort and Lunch
14:00Start Decend
16:30Reach base village
Reach Mumbai by 22:00 (subjective)
TreksandTrails Advisory Note:
Kindly carry 1 Identity proof at least for the trek. It’s not a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR.We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking exploration.The leader’s decision will be final and all the members should abide by it. Do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments. Any kind of addiction is strictly prohibited, e.g. drinking, smoking.
Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery, etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or even local people. Due to the Monsoon season we recommend you to please take care at every place while walking /climbing / trekking. Rains are expected so please double pack your valuables in plastic bags to save them from getting wet. ***No plastic littering on the way or in hills/mountains. ***
Inclusions:Travelling from Dadar to Dadar by Private NON AC vehicle, 1 breakfast , and evening tea. TreksandTrails charges if any.
Exclusions: Insurance is not covered. Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption. Food/Tea purchase while travelling to site and back. Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required.
Participation confirmation only via confirmed bank transfer.
***** Telephonic confirmation is required to confirm your participation.****
Participation contribution is non refundable and NOT transferable. We shall travel together as a group.
This is a group activity. **** Please carry one time meal/ lunch for this trek ***
TreksandTrails Rules:
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
3. TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
4. Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact. Send a text message.
5. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirt/skirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
6. Please avoid wearing Gold and other jewellery (at own risk)
7. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or sling bags on treks.

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