Range trek from Rajgad to Torna 31 October - 01 November 2015.(Starting on Friday night)

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Rajgad – The name describes the place itself. The king of all the forts. 
It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famou
s for its construction. The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These 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). 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.
 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 sudden attack. 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.
 
Summary
Type: Hill Fort
Heigh Rajgad Fort: 4182 feet
Height Torna Fort: 4200 feet
Grade: Medium
Endurance: Medium
Base Village: Gunjavne - Velhe
Min Participants: 7
Max Participants: 24
Trek Leader: Mahadevo
 
About Torna fort:
Torna: the fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.
 
Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.
Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.
 
Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.
 
Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.
 
Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.
 
Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.
 
Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is still there but needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.
 
Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side and is beautiful.
 
 
Meeting point for Mumbai People: 30 October 2015
Pritam Dhaba Hotel, Dadar East 23:00
Pickup Point: Chembur Diamond Garden 23:30
Pikcup Point: Vashi Below Main Bridge 00:00
 
Our journey starts with the private vehicle from Dadar till Gunjavne, the base village of Rajgad.
 
Day 1: Post Breakfast Start our trek by 6 am, reach the top till 10 am.
Explore the fort till 16:00 in the evening. (Please carry your own pack lunch)
Start Descending towards Torna
Dinner in the village in between.
Start the night trek by 21:00.
Night trek till Torna fort (around 2.00 am)
 
Day 2: Sleep in open till 6:00 (everyone needs to carry his bedding/ sleeping bag.) 
Explore the fort
Lunch by 12 noon.
Start Descend and Reach Base by 14:00
Lunch @ Base Village
Start our journey back by bus/vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 10 pm tentatively.
 
The charges of the trek are RS 2100.00 per person, which includes
Travel expenditure from Dadar to Dadar by Pvt Vehicle
1 lunch (Sunday),
1 dinner (Saturday),
1 Tea, 2 veg breakfast, refreshments and TreksandTrails, India charges if any.
 
Exclusion: Emergency Medical evacuations if any required, Insurance and any item/event not mentioned in the inclusion list. 
 
Things to be carried:
Identity proof (must), A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs), Lunch for Saturday.
Plates, Spoon, Glass. (Must), some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, dry ration.
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes, Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
Sleeping Bag, bed sheets, personal medicine those if u require usually
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks, a haversack to put in all the things to be carried.
 
TreksandTrails rules:
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding. ***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. Please avoid wearing Gold and other jewellery (at your own risk)
7. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags. Payment made is non-refundable and non-transferable.
 
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).
 
Event Risk Profile:
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.
 
 
 
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.
 
 

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