Overnight trek to Ratangad 31 October - 01 November 2015 (starting 30 October night).
“Ratan” means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. Geographically Ratangad is on the banks of Bhandardara lake in Ahmednagar district at a height of 4255 feet above sea level. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadri looks very much lost in time.
Height: 4255 ft
Cost: Rs 1500.00
Assembly: Kasara railway station
Duration: 2 days 2 nights
Minimum: 10 Participants
Maximum: 25 Participants
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
About Ratangad Fort
A 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors, is at the base of this fort. Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Caves on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water cistems 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. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Decend to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta Pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaja.
Itinerary For Ratangad Trek - Board 22:50 Kasara slow local from Mumbai CST timing as below
01:30 Assemble at Kasara Rail Station
01:45 Travel Kasara to Shendi by ST / jeep
04:00 Reach base village - and rest
08:00 Freshen up, Tea & breakfast at Shendi.
08:30 Travel Shendi to Ratanwadi
10:00 Reach Ratanwadi, Start trek towards Ratangad
13:30 Reach On Top Of Ratangad,
14:30 Lunch & Rest, Fort explores.
16:30 Tea & Snacks
19:00 Have dinner & night stay in the cave.
07:00 Wake up
07:30 Freshen up & Tea Breakfast
08:30 Start descending fort.
11:30 Reach Ratanwadi
13:00 Lunch in village
14:00 Travel Ratangad to Shendi,
17:00 Reach Shendi & travel Back towards Kasara
19:00 Disperse at Kasara Rail Station.
Transportation from Kasara – Ratangad - Kasara by local Transport
Food Day 1 - Breakfast, Evening Tea, and Dinner,
Food Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch.
Equipment, Expertise, guides charges and TreksandTrails charges if any.
Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption. Food/Tea purchase while travelling to site and back. Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required. Travel cost from Mumbai to Kasara and back.
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. ***
Missing train would mean missing the trip. We would be returning to Mumbai by 21:30 hrs. approx. depending on rains. Participation contribution is NON refundable nd NOT transferable.
We shall travel together as a group. This is a group activity.
TreksandTrails suggested List of Items to carry
1. Snugly fitting canvas shoes / Sports shoes, Sewing kit, spare shoes laces
2. Rucksack / Shoulder bag which can hold following items
3. Pack your stuff with an extra polythene lining to protect the contents from rain.
4. Water Bottle (3lts minimum) compulsory, Sun Cap, Spare Cotton Track pant & T- shirt.
5. Personal medical kit (personal medicines if any, prescribed by family doctor).
6. Personal bedding, sleeping Bag / 2 bed sheets & carry mat, safety pins, rain coat, water proof jacket.
7. Torch with spare set of batteries, Light weight towel. plate, tumbler, tea mug/ cup, spoon.
**** Carry one time meal ******
*** Participation confirmation only via confirmed bank transfer. ***
***** Telephonic confirmation is required to confirm your participation.***
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.