Fireflies Night Special Trek to Rajmachi and Kondane Caves on 30 - 31 May 2015

 
Summary:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 3600 Feet above sea level (Approx)
Grade: Easy- medium
Range: Karjat Lonavala
Cost: Rs 1000.00
Who are these beautiful Fireflies: Fireflies or lightning bugs make light within their bodies. This process is called bioluminescence and is shared by many other organisms, mostly sea-living or marine organisms. Fireflies light up to attract a mate. To do this, the fireflies contain specialized cells in their abdomen that helps to create light.

Rajmachi Fort 

Rajmachi Fort has two stronghold forts, Shreewardhan and Manaranjan. Visible from Mumbai Pune Expressway on right hand side of Borghat. It is a famous spot for trekking. Rajmachi Fort is 16 km trekking distance from Lonavala there are many routes to reach Rajmachi Fort. We will be camping at Udhewadi Village located below the two Balekilla. Surronded by huge waterfalls during monsoon you can view the beautiful kataldhar waterfall from Shreewardhan Fort. Rajmachi Fort has many caves used by trekkers for night halt. Pre monsoon the forest around the forts is glowing with Fireflies at night. You can also trek towards Kondane Caves during monsoon and enjoy the beautiful caves and waterfall. Rajmachi Fort is located strategically overlooking Borghat an historical trade route. 

Places to visit at Rajmachi Fort 

  • Udaysagar Lake constructed in 1712
  • Temple of Mahadev by the side of Udaysagar Lake
  • Temple of Bahiroba on the plateau near Shreewardhan and Manaranjan
  • Fireflies pre monsoon only 
  • Kataldhar waterfall during monsoon only 
We meet at 17:15 Hrs (sharp) at Lonavala Railway station on Saturday 30th May 2015. We all can come by the 11009/Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express, timings are:
14:30 CST
14:40 Dadar
15:08 Thane
15:28 Kalyan
16:08 Karjat
17:08 Lonavala.
Saturday
17:30 Auto rickshaw ride from Lonavala ST bus depot till Tungarli dam base.
18:00 Tungarli Dam
18:30 Walk/Hike from Tungarli Dam to Rajmachi - 4hrs/17 kms max.
22:00 Reach base village.
22:30 Dinner
Sunday
06:30 Wake Up
07:00 Break fast
08:00 Manoranjan fort and Shrivardhan Fort exploration.
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Descend from Rajmachi to Kondhane (3 hrs)
16:00 Kondhane caves
17:00 Kondhane village
18:30 Karjat railway station
We would be getting back to Dadar at 21:00 (Subjective).
This includes travel cost from Lonavala to Tungarli dam base,
1 Veg Dinner, Breakfast, 1 Veg lunch, TrekandTrails India charges if any.
if any and travel cost from Kondhane Village to Karjat station.
Things to carry
Haversack to keep hands free, water bottle 3lts. Extra Pair of Clothes. Ready to eat food, like plum cakes, chocolate bar, some snacks & biscuits etc. Electoral or Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder. Sleeping bag, carry matt. Personal medicines. Sweaters if required. Please do not carry handbags or jolas for this trek. Wear good trekking shoes. Torch with extra batteries, head lamp. Bed sheets; please carry your personal tea mugs, spoon and a small Swiss-knife, plate, spoon, tea mug, and candles.
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 us a text message.
5. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
6. Please avoid wearing Gold and other jewellery (at your own risk)
7. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags. Payment made is non refundable and non transferable.
For Registration transfer Rs. 1000.00 per person
Disclosures on medical conditions
It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees.

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