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Overnight trek to Harishchandragad via tolarkind on 24 - 25 October 2015 (leaving Friday night 23 October 2015)

Harishchandragad is one of the best high forts near Mumbai, Maharashtra. Strong fortifications of this fort has more than 3 routes, such as Junnar gate route, Sadhle ghat, Nalichi wat and Indore wat.

 
Summary
Height: 4650 ft
Grade: Medium – tuff
Endurance: High
Assembly: Kalyan railway station
Duration: 2 Days and 2 Nights.
Region: Malshej ghat
Contribution: Rs 1500.00 per participant.
Last Date: 22 October 2015 to register.
 
 
 
About
The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747. Main attractions on Fort: Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Kedareshwar Cave, Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff), Taramati peak, Temple of Harishchandreshwar.
 

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Trek to Chinchoti Waterfalls

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About:
 
Trekkers through Kaman village generally visit Chinchoti falls on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Very few people know the jungle path through Tungareshwar. Infact there are two jungle routes meeting at different spots near Chinchoti waterfalls.
 
The track is narrow jungle path and one can easily get lost without the help of escorts. The sound of the rains drops and orchestra of insects gives an eerie but adventurous feeling throughout this trek. You hear sound of watercourses trundling down rock faces chatting at a high frequency before it comes in your view. This is the midpoint of the trek to Chinchoti. From this point you will be crossing the stream on few occasions to reach the main waterfall. The journey is a thrilling experience and the waterfall is a beauty. The memories of the 125 feet magnificent waterfall will be permanently etched on your mind.
 

Overnight trek to Rajmachi and Kondane Caves on 17 - 18 October 2015

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A double delight, two forts one weekend. Rajmachi is the base village with two forts Shrivardhan and Manoranjan. Overnight home-stay with some awesome local Maharashtrian dinner with rice dal, and papad. Join us to explore and experience an adventure.
Summary:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 3600 ft (Approx.)
Grade: Easy- medium
Range: Karjat Lonavala
 
 

About:
Rajmachi is a fort in Karjat region. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a 17 km trekking distance from Lonavala. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivide village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala. In rainy season this place is filled with giant waterfalls and greenery.
 

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 
 
 

Trek to Malhargad, Jejuri & Purandar near Saswad on Saturday -Sunday 17 -18 October 2015

 
 
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Summary: 
Height: 3100 feet / 2355 feet / 4472 feet
Grade: Easy
Base Village: Sonori / Jejuri / Narayanpur
Location: Pune region
Minimum: 7 participants
Maximum: 20 participants
Trek Leader: Mahadev 
Last date for registration: 15 October 2015, 5 pm OR Till the reg. gets full
About:
Malhargad: Malhargad is a hill fort situated around 30 km from Pune. Malhargad is also known as Sonori fort because of the village Sonori situated at its base. It was the last fort built by the Marathas, Sardar Paanse. Hence it is also known as Tarun killa. Tarun in Marathi means young and Killa means fort. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on ‘Dive’ ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760.
Jejuri:
Jejuri is one of the famous temples in Maharashtra. Popularly known as "Khandobachi Jejuri" – a popular Gods in Maharashtra. The deity of Jejuri – Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand – is popular amongst the Dhangars. As the temple is on the hill, one has to climb almost 200 steps. But the climbing is not so tough and the wonderful view of Jejuri town is marvellous.
Purandar:
The fort, being quite a huge one was a good place for defend. It had the capacity to house many soldier-troops, foods grains and ammunition which proved sufficient for long durations during wartime. Nonetheless, the fort hosts strong fortified places from which a watchful eye can be kept over surrounding area. The history of the Purandar fort goes back to the 13th century. The Bahamani Sultans in the 14th century built here some walls and bastions. From 1484 AD, for about a hundred years, the fort remained in the hands of the Nizamshahi rulers. In 1596 AD, the fort was given as Jagir to Maloji Bhosale, grandfather of Shivaji. However, Shivaji had to struggle very hard to establish his control over the fort in 1646 AD. In 1665 AD, Purandar was besieged by the mighty Mughal forces under the command of Jai Singh and Dilir Khan. In the ensuing battle Murar Baji Prabhu, the gallant commander of the fort, was killed. Shivaji, under a treaty, had to surrender to the Mughals his 23 forts, including Purandar and Vajragarh. At the lower fort a statue of Murar Baji Prabhu has been installed in his memory. Purandar was recaptured by Shivaji in 1670 AD Later it became a favourite retreat of the Peshwas. Purandar was captured by the British in 1818 AD. During the Second World War, the British kept here the German war prisoners. Dr. H. Goetz, one of the German prisoners, thoroughly studied Purandar and wrote a monograph on it. Maharaj’s son, Sambhaji, was born on Vaishakh Shudhha 12, Shake’ 1579, i.e. 16th May 1657, Thursday on this fort.

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