In these rains, a walk through cloud with a fascinating valley view, crossing rivers, viewing milky white waterfalls and a chance to experience village life, sounds interesting ? So here we have a perfect place to spend your weekend, BACKPACK WEEKEND’S :- visit to Rajmachi ( a trek).
Situated at a distance of 18kms from Lonavala station Rajmachi stands tall as a guardian of the trade routes which existed years ago. Today it is a popular trekking spot; away from the cities it has its own beauty and a village at the base of the forts. There are 2 hills which were converted into forts namely Shriwardhan & Manoranjan centuries ago. Even today the remains of the fort are so expressive; we fell as if we have gone back centuries. The architecture, the strategic location and the view from these forts is a must see for all.
On the way we cross many rivers, and a long stretch of a jungle, which makes this long walk to Rajmachi fun and adventurous. Udhewadi the base village of the forts it powered by solar energy supplied by Tata power. Stay in a typical village house with locally available food is worth an experience.
Our journey will begin from Lonavala to Tungarli dam and then a dirt road will lead us to udhewadi the base village at Rajmachi. We will stay there for the night. Visit to the two forts and descend to Karjat is our plan. On the descend we will visit Kondana caves and spend some time in the waterfall. We will proceed to karjat railway station to board our trains back home.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Saturday, 7th Aug:
Meeting Lonavala at 8am
Trek starts 8.15
Reach Udhewadi (lunch on the way to be brought by participants)
Visit to Shriwardhan in the evening.
Dinner and camp fun
Sunday 8th Aug:
Early morning tea
Visit to Manoranjan
Start Descend to Karjat.
Visit to Kondana caves
Reach Karjat by 4pm
Board respective Trains heading home.
back in mumbai by 7pm
For Mumbai Participants:
We board the Indrayani express to Lonavala.
Ticket cost is approx Rs 35-40
Reach lonavala by 8 am
Or directly meet us at Lonaval Station at 8 am as per your convenience.
Meeting point is – dadar station 5.30am near ticket counter
Every individual buys his own ticket
Fees Rs 500/- per head
Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday
Dinner on Saturday,
Lunch on Sunday,
Stay at Udhewadi,
Transportation by Express and local
**Please Note Mumbai participants will have to bear the train fare to Lonavala by themselves.
**For all participants Transportation cost from the base of Kondana caves to Karjat station is not included in the trek fees.
Things To Be carried:
A Backpack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas
Lunch for Saturday,
Water (atleast 3 Ltrs),
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
2-3 bunch of papers
Good Waterproof Bedding, (Carry mat, sleeping bag / bed sheets & Plastic sheet) (must)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
TORCH with extra batteries (compulsory).
Good trekking shoes, with extra pair of socks
Rain is pretty heavy in those parts these days, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet.
For more details and registration contact
Milind Thakur :- 09820803368 (Mumbai co-ordinator)
Mayur Khivasara :- 09823996112 (Pune)
Aniket Bapat :- 09730446443 (Mumbai & Pune)
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