YATRI SAHYADRI – TREK TO TORNA TO RAJGAD ON 25th & 26 December 2010

Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Torna to Rajgad on 25th – 26th December, 2010 (Starting 24th Night).Some basic information about the trek is as follows:

Some Information about the fort:

Torna:Type: Hill Fort
Height: 4200 feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Medium.
Region: Pune.
Village: Velhe.

Torna –

Torna Fort or Prachandagad is a large fort located in Pune district (at 1405 metres above sea-level, the tallest in the district) in the state of Maharashtra, India. It is historically significant as one of the first forts to be captured by Shivaji in 1643, forming the nucleus of the Maratha empire. The name derives from Prachanda (Marathi for huge or massive) and gad (Marathi for fort).This fort is believed to have been constructed by the Shaiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. A Menghai Devi temple, also referred to as the Tornaji temple, is situated near the entrance of the fort.

In 1643, Shivaji captured this fort at the age of sixteen, thus making it one of the first forts in what would become the Maratha empire. Shivaji renamed the fort Prachandagad, and constructed several monuments and towers within it.

In the 18th century, the Mughal empire gained control of this fort after assassination of Shivaji’s son Sambhaji. Aurangzeb, then Mughal emperor, renamed this fort Futulgaib (Language unknown: Divine victory), in recognition of the difficult defense the Mughals had to overcome to capture this fort. It was restored to the Maratha confederacy by the Treaty of Purandar.

Rajgad:Type: Hill FortHeight: 4250 feet above MSL (Approx)Grade: Medium.Region: Pune.Village: Gunjavane.

Rajgad:

Rajgad (Marathi: ?????), literally meaning King of forts, one of the forts of Maharashtra state in India. Situated in the Pune district, the fort is approximately 4250 feet above sea level.

Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Maratha Kingdom (Hindavi Swarajya) ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved to Raigad fort and made that his capital.

Treasure found on adjacent Torna Fort was used to fortify this hill.

This fort is built on the hill called “Murumb Devacha Dongar” Rajgad boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.

This fort has witnessed lots of historic events, including the birth of Rajaram Chhatrapati, the death of Shivaji’s Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, the antyayatra of Tanaji Malusare to his Konkan village, the burial of Afzal Khan’s head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Ballekilla, the strict words of Sonopant Dabir to Shivaji, and the Khandoji Khopade episode. The diameter of the fort at the base is 40 km making it difficult for anybody to lay siege to it.

Program:
Day One – 24/12/2010
10.00 pm: Reporting at Mumbai CST below Big watch.
10.55 pm: Proceed to Pune by pandharpur passenger. Travel time approx 3.5 hours. (Please carry your general ticket till pune. Those who want to come to pune directly, they can come to pune st stand at 25th morning 5.00am sharp)

Day Two – 25/12/2010
05.45 am: Proceed to Velhe (base village) by local transport.
07.30 am: Break fast.
08.00 am to 08.15 am: Introduction and other formalities.
08.30 am: Start trek From Velhe towards Fort Torna. Trek time approx 4hrs.
12.30pm: Reach at Torna.
1.30pm to 2.30pm: Lunch.
2.30pm to 4.00pm: Rest.
4.30pm to 6.30pm: Explore the Torna & photography.
07.00 pm to 8.30 pm: Camp fire.
08.30pm: Dinner.
9.30pm: Retire for the day.

Day Three – 26/12/2010
05.30 am: Wake up call.
06.00 am: Break fast.
06.45 am: Proceed to Rajgad via Budhala Machi. Travel time approx 5 hours. Lunch en route will be carried by us.
12.30 pm: Reach Rajgad. (Wont get much time to explore Rajgad. so depending upon the time availability. will stay till 1:00PM on Rajgad)
01.15 pm: Start descending Rajgad.
03.30 pm: Reach Gunjavane (base village of Rajgad).
03.30 pm to 4.00 pm: Evening snacks.
4.15 pm: proceed to Pune by local transport.
5.30 pm: Proceed to Mumbai.
Charges: Rs. 850/- per person.
Maximum participants – 30 only. Includes:2 Morning breakfast/tea,
2 Lunch,
1 Dinner.
Expert Guidance for the trek. : Velhe – Torna – Rajgad – Gunjavane.

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1. Your dinner for Friday night.
2. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking,
3. Water minimum 3Ltrs,
4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
5. Please carry a set of used newspapers, Maggi, matchbox, torch, batteries and chocolates (No lozenges) for energy, Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 4-5 lemons, some snacks & biscuits, plate, spoon glass. (All reusable & compulsory),
6. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand),
7. Sunscreen lotion/cream,
8. A Good pair of running/trekking shoes, shawl, bedding and extra clothes (compulsory),
9. Clothing as per your requirements of the stay and season in which trek is going to be done.(Avoid wearing jeans as it will rub against your skin leading to rashes)
10. Sleeping Matt or sleeping bag.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Please note that “attending” RSVP on Facebook will not be considered as a valid registration. Optionally you may leave your email ID and phone numbers so that we can contact you. Call us on following numbers. Please confirm your seat before 21/12/2010.
Registration will be on ‘FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS’ for the first 30 registrations only.

Payment details: For CONFIRMATION of your registration please deposit Rs. 500/- in the following account number:NITYANAND KESHAV NAIK.BANK: AXIS BANK.AC/ NO.: 020010100487344.BRANCH: LOKHANDWALA, ANDHERI WEST.After transaction please do SMS or call to Nityanand on 9819818132.Carry the Pay-In-Slip as proof of registration.

Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.
For Registration & more details, contact Our “Yatri’s”.Yatri Sahyadri.Nityanand Naik: 9819818132.
Suhas Sagvekar: 9820257757.
Gavin Dsilva: 9819661460
Tanvi Walawalkar: 8097357164.
Rahul Dighe: 9076067126.

Send mail us on: yatrisahyadri@gmail.com

A copy of the Disclaimer is attached along with this mail. Kindly carry a duly filled copy of the disclaimer for the trek. This would be mandatory for all participants and volunteers.

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