Trek to Sudhagad for new year party

A TREK TO SUDHAGAD:- Some basic information about the trek is as follows: Some Information about the peak: …SUDHAGAD:- Type: Hill Fort Height: 620 (meters) ,,2030 Feet above MSL (Approx) Grade: Easy Region: Raigad Dist. Village: Near Pali (ballaleshwar Ashtavinayak), Dhondse (base village) About the fort:- Sudhagad (also called Bhorapgad) is a hill fort situated in Maharashtra, India. It lies about 53 kilometers West of Pune, 26 kilometers South-West of Lonavla and 11 kilometers South-East of Pali in Raigad District. The origin of this fort is said to date back to the 2nd century B.C ,the same age as the Thanale and Khadsamble caves nearby. It was then called Bhrorapgad (after its presiding deity, Bhoraidevi). In 1436, it was captured by the Bahamani Sultan. In 1657, the Marathas took over and renamed it “Sudhagad”(the sweet one). It was a large fort and Sudhagad was considered by Shivaji as the capital of his kingdom. He surveyed it, but instead chose Raigad because of its central location. In the regime of the Peshwas, the ‘Pantsachivas’ of Bhor became the custodians of this fort. After the annexation of princely states in 1950 the fort became patron less. As a result, the fort is in a state of ruins, even though it escaped the wrath of the British. Other features:- The first fort has several ruins of two temples dedicated to Shiva. However, the temple of Bhoraidevi(its patron goddess) is well maintained temple. On the large plateau at the summit[3], there are two lakes, a house, a big granary, some tombs, a shrine (Vrindavan) and numerous other ruins, scattered around the fort area. There are three main gates the largest of which is called the Maha Darwaja. [2]From the top, other forts like Sarasgad, Korigad,Dhangad, Taila-Baila are clearly visible. Program: 31st/12/2010:- 5:30am all meet at Kurla stn.Harbour line platform, 2nd coach towards panvel. Buy tickets till panvel. 5:50am local to panvel 6:45am will reach panvel 7:15am bus to the base from panvel ST,stand. 9:00am will be reaching the base village Dhondse/bahirampada 9:00am to 10:00am, breakfast, tea, intro 10:00am will start the trek. 12:00pm will reach the top. 12:00- 6:00pm lunch, rest, photo opps,explore the fort, ready things for party, campfire, tents, etc 6:00pm to 2:00 am, party with self/group cooked dinner, campfire etc. remember we all have to cook ourselves. Retire for the day.. 1/1/2011 7:00am wake up 8:00-9:30am cook breakfast, eat. 9:30am start descend 11:00am reach the base. 11:00am take local transport to pali ballaleshwar ashtavinayak temple 12:00pm reach temple. And hopefully finish darshan off by 1:00pm 1:00pm, take ST bus from temple back to panvel. 2:30-3:00pm reach panvel. The trek ends…. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM:- After we reach the fort on first day, we will have a cleanup-of-the-fort- drive for about an hour. By cleaning any mess made by trekkers picnic goers to that place, will try to clean up as much possible we can, and spread awareness to public ,not to litter plastic ,etc wastes in forts and such places, and to keep environment clean.. Hence for that purpose, we request fellow trekkers to bring big sized bags. We will dump the thrash in base village public bins. Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek: 1. Your own ticket to Panvel station. 2. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking. 3. Polyethylene bags – to protect the contents of the backpack (spare clothes, cell phones, wallet, snacks, etc.) 4. Lunch for 31st wid Water bottle-3 liters minimum, 5. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk) 6. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits, plate, spoon, glass (all reusable, compulsory). 7. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, insect repellant cream (Odomos or similar brand). 8. Good trekking shoes. avoid slippers, chappals, flat soled shoes and floaters, 9. Extra pair of warm clothes – Synthetic, tops, bottoms, socks, undergarments, towels (an extra pair of slippers to relieve your feet after the trek). 10. Washable dishes/plates and mugs/cups, Cutlery (Knives,spoon,plates,etc.) 11. A sleeping mat / sleeping bag n shawl/rajai. ***Remember its very cold there.*** 12. Toothpaste & Toothbrush (for overnight stay). 13. Candles & Matchbox 14. Torch with extra batteries 15. Sufficient amount of cash. Bring min. rs 600. Cost of the trek will be divided by no of participants. 16. Soap 17. Old newspapers (please bring it.) Liquor is strictly prohibited, and people who have history of walking in sleep (somnambulism), please do not come voluntarily, as we won’t be responsible for any such case. 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 afternoon of 30/12/2010. Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications. For Registration & more details, contact. Prasad Bachal:9773738351 prasadbachal.13071989@gmail.com Shridhar Iyer: 8097700573 pushyami4@yahoo.com Madhav Kusekar: 9833796292 Disclaimer: – it shall be mailed to individuals who shall send confirmation, via email. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161639067212638

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