AIM Trek from Panhala to Vishalgad 25th to 27th September 2010

Dear All,

AIM have planned Panhala-Pavankhind-Vishalgad Padbhraman trek on
September 25th 07:00 am – September 27 at 9:00pm.This trek commemorates Shivaji’s escape from the besieged Panhala to the safety of Vishalgad

Panhala to Vishalgad 25th to 27th September 2010

Panhalgad [Dist: Kolhapur, Height: 948 meters / 3127 ft]
Panhala, situated at an altitude of 3100 ft, a small hill station and taluka headquarter is known for its historical importance. Its Geographical situation is typical as, unlike other places in Kolhapur district, the town is situated on Jambha laterite type of stone; naturally the red earth and stone buildings against the background of green hill attract the visitor’s attention.
Perhaps, Panhalgad is the only historical place where most of the monuments are in good condition. The nearest railway station is Kolhapur,18 kms. There are regular buses from Kolhapur,as well as private vehicles specially meant for site seeing trips.
Panhala is one of the biggest forts in Maharashtra. At the entrance there is a statue of Bajiprabhu. During the siege of Shahistekhan’s army, Chhatrapati ShivajiRaje was in trouble. Bajiprabhu Deshpande one of the daring and trustworthy generals of Shivaji Raje, escorted him to Vishal Gad through a pass and thus enabled the king to reach safely and out of the reach of the Mughal general. Baji Prabhu sacrificed his life for the safe passage of Shivaji Raje and so this pass, which is located between Panhalgad and Vishalgad, came to be known as ‘Pawan Khind’ meaning Holy Pass.

• 1052: Bhojraja II constructed the fort
• 1659: Shivaji Maharaj captures the fort on Nov 28th.
• 1660: Shivaji Maharaj comes to the fort in March, Siddijohar lays seige to the fort.
• 1660: Shivaji Maharaj along with Baji Prabhu and 600 Mawalas breaks the seige and goes to Vishalgad on 12-13th July.
• 1660: The fort was given to Adil Shah in September
• 1673: Kondaji Farzat captures Panhala with only a handful of Mawalas.
• 1818: Control of fort passes to British.
Vishalgad [Dist: Kolhapur, Height: 1130 meters / 3630 ft]
The fort is situated in Maharashtra, India. It is 76 kilometers North-West of Kolhapur. It is situated on the hills that divide the region into two parts viz Amba ghat and Ana Kura ghat. Since it is placed on the border of the hilly portion of Sahyadri ranges and the Konkan region, it got great political significance in the historical times. It was regarded as a ‘Watch tower’ for both the regions.
Just to give an idea the route from Panhala to Vishalgad is a distance of about 65 odd kms. The significance of the route is such that when Siddi’s troops laid a siege on Panhala in the 17th Century Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had escaped from this route to Vishalgad not before losing his able aide Baji Prabhu Deshpande who fought bravely at Pavankhind (a pass in the mountains) so that Maharaj would get safely to Vishalgad. This tale of bravery and the beauty of the route spur on many enthusiasts to do the route and thus pay obeisance to the warriors of the yesteryears.
PAVANKHIND 16°53’22″N 73°48’40″E
PAVANKHIND – Old name RAJKHINDA… about 14KM (4 KOS) from Vishalgad fort is where great worrier BAJIPRABHU DESHPANDE stopped the army of Siddhi Jouhar (senapati of Adilshah of VIJAPUR) with help of about 300 MAVALE (Marathas) against 4000 of Siddhi’s for about 6 hours (2 prahar) i.e. till King Shivaji Maharaj reaches VISHALGAD safely from PANHALAGAD. Total distance 22 KOS (about 80km) and time taken about 21 hrs (including fight at panhalgad fort base). ALL DISTANCE TRAVELLED ON FOOT AND MOSTLY IN RAINY NIGHT.

Dates: 25- to -27 Sept-2010 Trek Duration: 3 Days District: Kolhapur
Nearest City: Kolhapur (Route: Panhalgad – Masai Pathar – Kumbharwadi wadi-Pandharpani –Pavankhind – Vishalgad.)
Difficulty: Normal
Meeting Point: Kolhapur Railway Station near reservation center. Saturday 25th Sept-2010 at 7.00am.
07.00am: Refresh & have morning breakfast
08:00 am: Kolhapur Bus Depot Catch bus for Panhala
09:00 Hrs: Panhala
09:00am to 10.00am: Panhala Fort Exploration
12:00 noon: After lunch descend from Pusati Buruj, Mhasai Pathar-Mhasai Temple — reach Kumbharwadi and night stay.

Sunday 26th September 2010
07:30 am: Start route from Mandlawadi, Patewadi and Pandherpani — ~44 km Complete Night Stay @ Pandherpani

Monday 27th September 2010
07:00 Hrs: Start 2wards Pavankhind
08:15 Hrs: @ Pavankhind — ~51 km Complete
09:00 Hrs: 2wards Vishalgad
11:00 Hrs: @ Tembhurnewadi — ~55 km Complete
13:00 Hrs: @ Vishalgad — ~64 km Complete Explore, Lunch & Rest
Back 2 Kolhapur by ST bus from Vishalgad A 3 hrs journey Have Dinner
21:00 Hrs: Journey 2 Mumbai/Pune by Bus/Train
The Estimated initial expenditure is about Rs. 1500 / –
This includes Kolhapur to Kolhapur Bus fare … all Meals and all break fast.
Booking:
Prior Confirmation with booking is required by 20th Sept-2010, till 7.30 pm., since we are arranging private vehicle for this.
Limited seats, on first come first served basis
Name: Hemant Jadhav
Your Bank A/c No.: – State Bank of India, Branch- Masjid, Saving Account No.30840053134

Note: Since the endurance level is extremely high there will be a limit for joining the Trek. A Journey of ~ 65 kms in abt 20 Hours

Things To Carry:-
A Water Bottle (~2.5 Litres) (a must)
A Torch with spare set of Battery (a must)
Sleeping mat, bedding (a must)
Rain cheater (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, carry extra pair
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
A haversack to put all these things
For confirmation Pls reply here or do contact on

Hemant Jadhav: Prajakta Ghode
Founder AIM Group. AIM Group Member
Phone No: – 09322826059 Phone No:-0960000131
Email:-aimhemant@Gmail.com Email:-Prajakta ghode@Gmail.com

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