Aasamant trek to Karnala Fort 18th July 2010

Once the Monsoon begins, Trekkers can not spend their holidays just sitting at Home. A one day Trek to Karnala is an excellent option for the trekkers of any age.

KarnalaFort, is nearly 60 km from Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Goa Highway. Karnala is a densely forested tiny sanctuary sprawling over 4.8 sq km of area. It is a hill fort in Raigad district . Currently it is a protected place lying within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It was a fort of strategic importance as it overlooked the Bor pass which connected the Konkan coast to the interior of Maharashtra and was the main trade route between these areas. Karnala fort actually consists of two forts one at a higher level and other lower. At the centre of the higher level is a 125 feet high basalt pillar. It is also called Pandu’s tower. This structure was used as watchtower when the fort was occupied however now it is in a ruined condition. The fort has two inscriptions one in Marathi and the other in Persian.

* Karnala finds mention during the Yadav period. During 16th century the Nizams ruled here. The fort was captured by the Marathas in 1657.

* In 1670, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj himself laid siege and captured the fort. He then led the Maratha army all the way up to Kalyan.

* In the treaty of Purandar, Karnala was one of the 23 forts that were surrendered.

What to see on Karnala

* Thumb-like pinnacle in the centre of the fort.
* Water-tanks at the base of the pinnacle.
* Darwaja at southern end with carvings of legendary animal ‘Sharabh’.
* 2 stone tablets, one in Marathi and other in Persian.
* Bhavani Mandir.
* Ruins of ‘Grain Store’.
* Ruins of fortifications.
* Panoramic views of Prabalgad, Irshaalgad, Dhak and Rajmachi.

Schedule of Trek

* First Pickup Point :18th July 2010 06:30 a.m at National Park Junction (Borivali (E))
* Second Pickup Point :18th July2010 07:30 a.m at Vishwamahal Hotel (Mulund (W))
* We will reach Karnala by 08:30 a.m.
* Back to Mumbai by Evening 07:00 p.m.

Contribution for this trek is Rs.400/- (Advance Contribution Rs.200/-)

Rules:-

1. Confirmation of names for participation is subject to payment of advance trek contribution.
2. Organizers are not responsible for safety of any of valuable items of participants.
3. This is eco-friendly trek so everyone has to take care of nature around us.
4. Organizers have the authority to make any kind of changes in the program without prior intimation.
5. What you will bring is Water Bottle, Glass, Spoon, Torch, Shoes, Cap, Sack, Extra pair of clothes, personal medicine (if any).

Contact for Details

Amit Nanivadekar : 9619917878

Santosh Bhide : 9930660731

Akshay Mulye : 9819212975

Tushar Nidambur : 9892000782

Vaibhav Bhosle : 9820480382

Email info@aasamant.com

Enroll yourself for this trek at www.aasamant.com

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