Overnight trek to Rajgad fort on 24 - 25 October 2015
TreksandTrails invites you to come trek to Rajgad fort, as the name suggest "King of forts". It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort. He spent almost 25 - 30 years approx. Rajgad is famous for its construction. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. There are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla. Padmavati Machee (north end): This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 4182 feet
Cost: Rs 2200.00
Base Village: Gunjavne
Trek Leader: Mahadevo
More about Rajgad
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end): This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for a sudden attack.
Suvela Machee (south east): This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.
Bale Killa (centre): This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
What's in it for me?
- Overnight trek
- Night photography
- Offbeat trek
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TreksandTrails, tentative itinerary for trek to Rajgad is as given below:
23 October 2015 - Meeting Point: Near Pritam Dhaba at 23:00
Pick up points: Chembur Naka, Vashi, Kalamboli Mc Donalds.
24 October 2015 - Reach Base village Gunjavne by 5.00 am
Start our trek by 6 am, reach the top till 10:00 am. Explore the Fort till Evening.
Dinner overnight stay. (We will be sleeping in the temple on the padmavati machi.)
25 October 2015. Explore the remaining fort
Start descending. Reach the base Village, have lunch. Start our journey back by bus/private vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 22:00 tentatively.
Things to Carry: Lunch for Saturday (24 October 2015)
3 Litres of water, Torch with Extra batteries, Cap, Rain cheater (Optional) for those who don't want to get wet. Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional), Electoral or Glucon D powder, some ready to eat food like Plum cakes, biscuits etc. Towel, Napkins, Extra Pair of clothes. Polythene bag for your garbage, 2-3 bunch of papers (Optional). Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, etc.). Sleeping bag, carry matt, bed sheets. Kindly carry 1 Identity proof at least for the trek. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried so that our hands-free while trekking.
Inclusions: Travelling from Dadar Rajgad base village and back to Dadar,
Food Expenses (Breakfast, Dinner on Sat; Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday) and TreksandTrails charges if any.
Exclusion: Emergency Medical evacuations if any required, Insurance and any item/event not mentioned in the inclusion list.
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. ***Participation confirmation only via confirmed bank transfer. ***
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. Payment made is non-refundable and non-transferable.
7. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags.
Heavy rains are expected so please double pack your valuables to save them from getting wet. Wear good trekking shoes. Due to the monsoon season and various rock patches in this route, we recommend you to please 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. This trek route does not have any fixed/proper/appropriate washrooms or bathrooms.
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TreksandTrails, Mumbai 8828746865
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 or PHS 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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