Escapades Hiking Trip to Lohagad (1'st Aug and 2'nd Aug) (2 batches) (1 day Hike)

LOHAGAD FORT
Type : Hill Fort
Fort Range : Lonavala
District : Pune
Height above sea level : 3400 ft.
Difficulty rating : Simple
Base village : Malawali
Appx. time to reach the top : 3 hrs from the base village
LOCATION
Lohagad fort is 7 kms south of Malavali station on the Pune-Mumbai railway line. Situated on a side range of Sahyadri mountains, if divides the basins of Indrayani and Pavana rivers. Close to Lohagad, on its eastern side, there is another fort, called Visapur. The approach to Lohagad is from the village Lohadwadi, situated in the depression between Lohagad and Visapur. Visapur Fort is larger and also higher than Lohgad fort. Climbing from the north towards the village, one can see on the left side the famous Buddhist caves of Bhaja. The four large gats of Lohagad are very intricately arranged and are still intact. In the later Peshwa period, Nana Fadanis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort including a big tank and a step-well (bawali). There is also a small temple and grave of a muslim pir. On the west side of the fort there is a long and narrow wall like fortified spur called Vinchukata in Marathi (scorpion sting) because of its natural shape.
HISTORY
Lohgad was one of the most important forts of Satwaahan Period, which takes us to 2000 to 2500 years back. Bhaje & Bedse caves where used by Buddhist monks to stay. These caves are situated in the mountain of Visapur. Sage Lomesh had been meditating on Lohgad, and this is why the fort is called so. It had been built with a primary intention to keep a watch on Nane Maval, Korbaarse Maval and Andhra Maval.
After the downfall of Bahmani kingdom, the fort went into the hands of Nizamshahi in 1489. Thereafter it remained with till 1630. When the brother of seventh Nizam named second Burhan ruled here (1590-1594), he was imprisoned on this fort. In 1630, the fort went under the control of Adilshah. Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648, two years after he captured Torna. Netaji Palkar was appointed to look after the fort and the surrounding region.
In 1665, Mirza raja Jaysingh invaded Purandar, and launched a major attack on the forts in Pune region. Villages nearby Lohgad became a victim of that. In March 1665, Kutubuddin attacked and looted the villages here. About 1500 soldiers came down from the fort, but could not sustain, and returned back. According to the treaty of Purandar, the fort went into the hands of Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb broke the treaty, and Shivaji Maharaj got it back in 1670. Aurangzeb recaptured it in 1700. Shahu Maharaj gave the fort to Kanhoji Angre. In 1720 it was under the control of Balaji Vishwanath. Nana Phadnis was an important personality amongst the Peshwas. He developed the fort a lot. He renovated the first, second and the fourth entrance of the fort. Jaavji Bomble and later Dhondopant Nitsure ruled under Nana Phadnis. He shifted his entire treasury on this fort, which was kept in Laxmi Kothi. Nana Phadnis passed away in 1800. His wife came here in 1802. Bajirao-II was an inefficient ruler, who was pro-British. General Wellesley was the person who insisted Dhondopant to be loyal to Bajirao. But it did not last long, and Dhondopant Nitsure’s man attacked Bajirao. Wellesley decided to capture the fort. In 1818 colonel Prother came here and captured Visapur. Lohgad came into his hands without firing a single bullet.
Batch 1 – 1’st August
Batch 2 – 2’nd August
Meeting time
0615 Hrs at Regal Metro Shoes near Dadar TT Circle
Departure Time
0630 Hrs Sharp.
Cost
Rs 850 /- per person (1 person booking)
Rs 800 /- per person (2 pax booking together)
RS 750 /- per person (3-5 pax Booking together)
Rs 700 /- per person (6-8 Pax Booking together)
Rs 650 /- per person (9-10 pax booking Together)
Rs 550 /- per person (11 or more pax booking together)
To Book, Call us on 9820277797 or mail us on info@escapadesindia.com
Pls note that group discounts are valid only if payment is received 4 days prior to the trip.
Cost Inclusive of
Private Non A/C Transport (Mini Bus – Qualis (to seat 8) ) (seatings on first come first serve)
Packed Snacks and Lunch
Guide Fees
Cost Excludes….
Expenses of a personal nature like aerated drinks, mineral water, etc.
Any other expense not mentioned in the cost includes column.
Evening Tea
Cancellation Terms
Once Booked, Cant be cancelled for any reasons. No refunds for Cancellation
No transfer to any other trip allowed
How to Register
Download the enrollment form from our website, fill it up alongwith ur signature and either courier the form to us or scan it and mail it to us.
How to Make Payment –
1) Make a cash payment at our Office
2) Make an Online Transfer to our ICICI A/c 003201512191 in the name of Parag Umesh Gandhi at DADAR POONAWADI branch
3) Deposit Cash in our ICICI A/c 003201512191 in the name of Parag Gandhi (Add Rs 50 Extra per Transaction) DADAR POONAWADI branch
4) We can send someone to collect the payment to ur office/ residence at an extra cost of Rs 100 /- per pick-up
CHECK LIST OF ESSENTIAL PERSONAL ITEMS
Loose fitting clothes with full length cargoes or track pants (anything which dries quickly and doesnt absorb water)
Change of Clothes/ Towel
Rainwear
Good Trekking Shoes with Good Grip (compulsory)
Water Bottle (minimum 2 litres)
Cap/ Sunglasses (optional)
Sunscreen Lotion (optional)
Cord for spectacles and sunglasses (optional)
Camera (optional)
Mosquito Repellant (odomas)
Personal Medication, if any
Tang sachets/ Electral powder
Chocolates/ Dry fruits/ Nuts
IMPORTANT
Please get cotton bags to carry ur own waste.
Pls carry basic medicines like bandaid, dettol, soframycin etc
What not to bring:
Cotton Clothing, Saris, Salwar Kameez, Jeans, Chappals.
Alchohol Strictly Prohobited
A Last word
The prices of our trips provide a high value for money returns. They are priced to keep our standards high and your trip, smooth. Cost usually is a deciding factor for many a trip, but for an adventure trip, the deciding factor should be confidence in your operator.
We can organise these trips for corporates/ Groups on dates of their choice
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