Treks and Trails India recommends Trek to Lohagad Fort 

This is a multi access fort. You can drive till the base village or walk. One can also do a night trek to Lohagad, as in the name of development roads are now built from Lonavala railway station till the base village. One day trek to Lohagad fort is now become a common hunting ground. Every monsoon thousands flock to Lohagad for a one day picnic. As Trek to Lohagad fort near Lonavala is easily accessible from Pune and Mumbai. Under heavy monsoon rain the plateau on the fort becomes misty and its cold. Lush green carpet and small wild flowers along the route welcome you. It’s a simple and easy trek for all age groups. Beware of monkeys too.

Lohagad fort – means "Iron fort" in Marathi and is situated in Lonavala region It divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna and is situated on a side range of the Sahyadris. The Visapur fort is located on its eastern side. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition. Historians tell in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well (bawali). On the west side, there is a long and narrow wall-like fortified spur called Vinchu kata (scorpion's tail) due to its shape. If one has to explore the fort along with the trek till Vinchukata and view the Mumbai Pune Expressway then 2 hours is a good time.

Lohagad

It is said that Shivaji Raje did have Lohagad his capital for a short time before Raigad and Rajmachi.

Lohagad fort history over a long period of time confirms that several dynasties have been here such as Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and Marathas. Shivaji Raje captured it in 1648 CE, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 CE by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji Raje recaptured the fort in 1670 CE. This vast fort has been a superb creation of its time. I still feel it displays an architectural wonder.

 The above is the entrance to the fort and most of its still is intact. Which is marvellous and astonishing. Later in Peshwa time Nana Phadanwis has also lived here for some time. The fort has been declared as a protected monument by Archaeology Survey of India.

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Camping and Night Photography - Bhandardara

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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.
Velas Turtle Festival 2015

Velas Turtle Festival 2015 Event Schedule 

 

Batch I: Saturday 28 Feb 2015 Saturday and 01st March 2015 Sunday

Batch II: Saturday 07 March 2015 Saturday and 08 March 2015 Sunday.

Batch III: Saturday 14 March 2015 Saturday and 15 March 2015 Sunday.

Batch IV: Saturday 21st March 2015 and 22nd March 2015 Sunday

 

About Velas:
Velas is a small fishing village on the western coast of Maharashtra. About 220km away from Mumbai, a little over a hundred houses on the coast of the Arabian sea. It is that time of the year again- when a tiny grey head pokes out of the golden sand and takes a breath of the fresh salty air of the Arabian Sea. It is a culmination of a lengthy process, which started when, under the cover of darkness, it’s mother emerged out from the rolling waves to lay her heap of 100-120 eggs on the sandy beach. Oblivious to the world that awaits it outside it’s sandy cocoon, the tiny hatchling is soon followed by a hundred others, all crawling their way towards the brightest lights of the horizon- in this case, the sea. TreksandTrails, invites you to this journey from the nest to the sea which draws oohs and aahs from tourists- each of whom is gathered on the shore to witness this miracle of Nature. The location is Velas, a remote village in Mandangad taluka in Ratnagiri district.
 
Conservation at Velas:

TreksandTrails, appreciates the great efforts been undertaken by local NGO-Sahyadri Nisarg Mitra, as they have borne fruit since 2002, each year all the nests on the western coast at Velas, Murud, Harnai, Dapoli and other sites are carefully protected and conserved to ensure both natural and human threats are reduced. All the eggs laid on the beach are collected and placed in a common hatchery which is barricaded from all sides and is guarded throughout the day. Each morning at 0700 and evening at 1730-1800 the baskets covering the lid are open to check if any turtles have hatched, if they have they are counted and carefully laid in another basket and taken closer to the sea. They are then gently placed on the sand and they slowly make their way to the water. Their first baby steps are not only endearing to watch but also important if it is a female, as she records in her memory the site of her birth only to return here after 15 years to lay her eggs.
 
Remember
• It is a conservation site visit and not a picnic.
• No plastic, don't litter or shout when the turtles are released.
• Wear sensible clothes, although it is a beach the locals are conservative and might take offence at beach attire suitable elsewhere.
• The route to the beach passes through a dirt track built over the mangroves, in the evenings it gets pitch dark and there are no street lights. Do carry a torch with you for such emergencies.
• Photography should be WITHOUT FLASH only.
• Turtle Hatchling is a Natural phenomenon and not guaranteed. Though efforts are made to increase our chances through this programme.
 
Velas Turtle Festival - Event Itineary
 

Summary:
Outing Duration: 2 Night and 2 Days.
Departure from Borivali (E) on Friday at 21:30 hours.
Trip contribution: Rs. 2100.00 per person.
 
Itinerary - Saturday
04:00 Early morning arrival at Velas.
06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting
08:00 Breakfast
10:30 Visit to Bankot fort
13:00 Lunch & Rest
17:00 Visit to beach for turtle sightings
20:00 Dinner and Rest
 
Itinerary - Sunday
06:00 Visit to Velas beach for turtle sighting.
08:00 Breakfast
10:30 Depart for Harihareshwar temple.
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Depart for Mumbai

Inclusions:

• Accommodation in a typical Konkani house/dormitory.
• All Veg meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Sightseeing as per the schedule if any.
• Expertise & Guide Charges
• Ferryboat charges.
• All entry tickets and permissions
• Provision of primary first aid only.
• TreksandTrails administration charges if any.
 
 
Exclusion:
Non Veg Food
Mineral water and any other items not nor mentioned in the  Inclusions list
 
List of things required:
1. Haversack to keep hands free. Please carry a personal photo ID proof.
2. Water Bottle 3 lts. Please carry a personal sweater, extra bed sheets.
3. A good torch and extra batteries.
4. Camera (Optional), Personal medicines.
5. Please avoid wearing Gold and other costly jewellery (at own risk).
6. Electoral or Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder and some ready to eat snacks & biscuits.
7. Good trekking shoes, beach wear footwear, floaters, extra pair of clothes.
 

 

Important Note:
Hatchling sighting is not guaranteed. However care is taken maximize our chances.
Maximum batch size is 25 travellers on first come first basis.
Travel by private non A/C vehicle. Pick up from centralized locations only.
 
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Sarasgad Trek with Treks and Trails India

Sarasgad fort is located in a village near Pali. Pali which is more popularly known for the one of the eight Ashtavinayak Ganpati, Shri Ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak. Pali is about 10 km east of Nagothane on the Nagothane – Khopoli road. Sarasgad fort can be easily identified by its four pinnacles and was used as a watch place to keep an eye on the surrounding region and hence of great importance. Sarasgad isalso called Pagadicha killa because its shape resembles Puneri Pagadi. The fort was bought by Shivaji Maharaj under hindavi swarajya and he later reconstructed it. Sarasgad was never conquered or destroyed by British armyand up until independence it was under Bhor Sansthan. There are two ways which leads to the top of the fort, one from the north and other from the south. The north way up being a little easy and with gradual inclination. Towards the end whoever one must watch out for the huge rock steps, not so difficult because of their height, but because of its steep inclination. There is a Shiv temple on top of the fort .Sarasgad in one of the twin fort of Sudhagad. From the top, Sudhagad and TailBaila can easily be spotted.

 

Sarasgad Trek Photos

SARASGAD FORT TREK

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'.

 

 

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