???? ??? – Trek to Ranveda Ratangad on 26 September 2010

Dear All,

The monsoon is coming to end and yellow flowers are blossoming on mountains, ???? ??? has planned yet another one outing to ‘Ranveda Ratangad’ on coming Sunday 26th September 2010 always like last weekend of September …

Hoping 2 cu on trek with me to NJoy again 😉

Brief Introduction about Ratangad:

Height: 1297 meters (4255 feet)
Grade: Medium
Time: ~ 2.5 hrs from Ratanwadi, Base Village
Location: IgatPuri region
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Fascinating Spot:
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Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level.It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time.
About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Top of Ratangad has two caves in which stay can be made. One can go around the fort to have a look at the nearby mountains in the Kalsubai range. Ratangad also has a natural orifice (nedhe). It is also possible to go an sit in this nedhe .
Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accomodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle. One can make circuitous way back to the cave from the route on the edge of the northern cliff.
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Journey Details:
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Meeting point @ Dadar 23:00 hrs on Saturday 25th September, 2010
23:30 hrs: Departure from Mumbai to Bhandardara …
Pick up Points enroute will be notified by telecon to registered members
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Sunday 27th September: –
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03:00 Hrs: Bed Tea on the way @ Star of High way, Kasara 😉 …
06:00 hrs: @ Ratanwadi
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Amruteshwar Temple visit
& Breakfast Time
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07:00 hrs: Trek to Ratangad via Ganesh darwaja side — Ladder route
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This is a moderate trek of 2½ hr.
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09:30 hrs: Atop @ Ganesh Darwaja
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Sight seeing for 2 hrs
Then we move towards the Nedhe
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11:30 hrs: @ Nedhe for our lunch
13:00 hrs: Descend to Ratanwadi via Trimbak darwaja
16:00 hrs: @ Ratanwadi
17:00 hrs: @ Bhandardara Dam exploration
18:00 hrs: Return Journey 2wards Mumbai -Post- Evening snacks/Tea …
22:00 hrs: in Mumbai (thts subjective)
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The Estimated expenditure is about Rs. 550/- only
That includes Transportation charges from Mumbai to Mumbai, Morning B/f & Tea, & Evening snacks /Tea
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For registration, Rs. 450/- as advance payment for vehicle charges is a must …
the seats will be on first come first basis …
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Name: JAGADISH GOVIND PATIL
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
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Last date for confirmation with advance payment is on Wednesday 22nd September, 2010 till 5 pm
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Some memories from previous trek in form of snaps
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Bhgyesh’s link: http://picasaweb.google.com/vision2030/Ratangad?feat=email#
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Sanklap’s link : http://picasaweb.google.co.in/sankalps.hi/RatangadTheJewel?authkey=Gv1sRgCKiB1Jfj38PAvAE#
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Things To Carry: –
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PLs do carry Lunch for the day (a must)
New Cells and a Good working Torch (Compulsory)
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) a must
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
Raincheater (Optional)
Camera, Cell Phone (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks

A haversack to put all these things
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Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
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For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
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Jagdish Patil: 09869369836
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With Warm Wishes

Jagadish

http://jagdishlove.googlepages.com/

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