Shikhar Vedh Trek 2 Lohgad and Visapur 26 th July 2009

We @ ???? ??? have decided to trek to Twin forts of Lohagad-Visapur & Bhajje caves near Lonavala on the 26th July 09.

Here is some Info about Lohagad-Visapur-Bhajje Caves:
Height: 3400/3567/2800 Feet above MSL(Approx)
Grade: Easy
District: Pune
Region: Lonavala
Base Village: Lohagadwadi

Lohagad: This is one of the most interesting forts to visit as it still has its fortification and doorways in pristine condition. The fort dates back to the Satvahan Era and was mainly used to keep a watch on the trade route passing through the Sahyadris.
As one starts ascending the fort, 4 massive doors have to be crossed namely Ganesh Darwaza, Narayan Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, & Maha Darwaza. The top of the fort is expansive and has a huge lake built by Nana Phadnis.

The most interesting feature of this fort is the ‘Vinchu Katta’, which stretches for almost 2 kms and is slightly detached from the fort. The end of this katta has a bastion which was used for keeping a watch on the region.
As the name itself suggest, the ‘Vinchu Katta’ when viewed from the top of the fort resembles a Scorpions Sting.

Visapur:The companion fort to Lohagad, Visapur also served as a lookout point for the trade route passing through Lonavala.
The fort of Visapur is much more expansive and has a still standing fortification on the top. The door and steps leading to the top of the fort are worth a look.

Bhaje Caves: These beautiful Buddhist caves are carved out of the Visapur Mountain.
The stupas inside are still intact and the caves also hold a temple dedicated to the ‘Sun God’.
The caves are under the Archeological Survey of India(ASI) and are worth a deekho.

The itinerary for the Event is as given below:
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Meeting Point: Lonavala Railway Station
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05:40 am: Indrayani Express (Train no. 1021) frm CST to Lonavala.
Respective timings are as below
05:40 Hrs: CST
05:50 Hrs: Dadar
06:10 Hrs: Thane
06:35 Hrs: Kalyan
08:05 Hrs: Lonavala

Pune people can catch local & meet us @ Lonavala @08:10 Hrs
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Catch 6-seater from Shivaji Chowk till Lohgadwadi
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09:00 Hrs: @Lohagadwadi
09:30 Hrs: Atop Lohgad
Sightseeing atop Lohagad(~2.0hrs)
12:00 Hrs: Descend
Lunch @ Lohagadwadi
14:00 Hrs: Ascend Visapur)
15:00 Hrs: Atop Visapur
16:30 Hrs: Descend
17:30 Hrs: Visit 2 Bhaje Caves
19:00 Hrs: Malavli
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Catch local for Lonavala / Pune frm Malavali
From Lonavala by Express or by bus 2 Mumbai
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We will be back in Mumbai at 22.00 hrs in the evening (Subjective)
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The Estimated initial expenditure is about Rs. 140 / –
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This includes Lonavala 2 Lohgadwdi fare for 6-seater … Lunch + Evening Snacks/Tea + Entry fee for Bhaje Caves
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Things To Carry:-
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Pls do carry Breakfast for da day ( a must)
A Water Bottle (~2.5 Ltrs) (a must)
Raincheater (Optional)
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Extra Pair of clothes,
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
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A haversack to put all these things
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For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Dipak Kumkar : 09920206292
Tejas Dangre : 09833134956
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