Camping and Night Photography - Bhandardara

Treks and Trails India is organizing a special camping night for all the camping and night photography lovers on 30 April - 01 May 2016. The campsite will be at Samrad Village (Sandhan Valley) which is in the interiors of Maharashtra and one of the darkest spot on a new moon night with least amount of light pollution.

Event Introduction and Summary:

Difficulty Level: Easy Level
Endurance Level: Medium
Food Arrangement: Tent stay with Veg food menu
Transport: Shared public transport
Height of Bhandardara: 2400 ft approx.
Base Village: Bari
Taluka: Akole
District: Ahmednagar
Region: Western ghats
Route from Pune: Pune – Pimpri Chinchwad - Narayangoan - Jambhale - Rajur - Bhandardara
Route from Mumbai: Mumbai - Thane - Bhiwandi - Shahapur - Igatpuri - Shendi - Bhandardara
Distance from Mumbai: 155 km approx.
Distance from Pune: 178 km approx.
Time required for climbing: 20 minutes
Total distance for climbing: 50 meters
Minimum participants required: 6
Maximum participants: 30
Trek Leader: Rajesh Mhaddalkar
Duration: 2 days 1 Nights
Cost: Rs 1600.00
One may see the Milky Way with their naked eyes and spot numerous stars and galaxies that are never visible from the city. For all astrophotography lovers it’s gonna be a treat. Or if you get tired, you may chill in one of the open tents and immerse yourself under the sky filled with gazillion stars.


Day 1
Meeting Point: Dadar Station at 11:00 am
Board the train at: 11:37am
14.00 Arrive at Kasara Station
16.30 Reach the campsite (by jeep)
17.00 Explore the campsite / pitch the tent / settle down.
18:00 Sunset
19:00 Light up a bonfire, relax, have dinner (local village food), star gazing and photography.
Day 2
07:00 Explore Sandhan Valley by trekking {approx 2 hours (3km) – optional}
08:30 Breakfast and tea
09:00 Clean up and prepare to leave. Board the local train from Kasara to Mumbai.
15:00 Reach Mumbai.
Things to carry:
- 3 litres water (mandatory)
- Mug, Plates/Bowl, Sleeping bag/blanket/mattress (mandatory)
- Torch (mandatory), sweat shirt.
- snacks/cupcakes/chocolates
- extra flip flops/slipper
- camera, telescopes, binoculars. (Optional)
- Portable charges.
What's in it for me?
- Adventure
- Photography
- Offbeat event
- To and fro transport from Kasara to Samrad in private jeep.
- Dinner at the village (Rustic local cuisine)
- Breakfast
- Tent accommodation (shared).
Mineral water purchased if any, accidental or personal insurance not included.
Missing any items from the recommended things to carry?
Call us and we shall help you in getting the best cameras, zoom lenses, telephoto lenses on hire (hire charges to be paid by the participants separately).
What to wear for this trek?
Cotton t-shirts, full sleeves recommended. Full-length trousers or track pants. Wear dry fit if possible.
Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact...send a text message. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags on treks.
Cancellation Policy:
50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date
No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.

Disclosures on medical conditions and Event Risk Profile:
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. 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. Wear good trekking shoes. Take care while walking / climbing / trekking. Wearing of any valuables, ornaments, jewellery etc. is prohibited. 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 outside. Do not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition. Note, this trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.

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