Yatri Sahyadri – A Trek To Mahuli Fort & Clean Up Drive on 23rd January 2011.


Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Mahuli on 23rd January, 2011 (Starting on 22nd Night).

Some basic information about the trek is as follows:

Some Information about the fort:

Mahuligad:
Type: Hill Fort.
Height: 860 (meters), 2815 Feet above MSL (Approx).
Grade: Easy.
Region: Thane Dist.
Village: Mahuli Gav.

Description:

It is the highest point in the Thane district.

The forest surrounding Mahuli has been declared as a sanctuary. Once Shahaji
Raje, father of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, had this fortress under his belt.

FORT HISTORY:
The creator of this fort is unknown. In 1485 this place came under rule
Nijamshahi dynasty. When Shahaji Raje became the secretary of Nijamshahi,
Mughals of Delhi tried to end Nijamshahi. In 1635-36, Shahaji Raje transferred
himself with Jijabai and Shivaji to Mahuli. When Khan Jaman attacked the fort,
Shahaji asked Portuguese for help, who refused and Shahaji surrendered.
Shivaji took this fort from Mughals on 8 Jan 1658. In 1661 it was given back and
was won again by Shivaji. In treaty of Purandar, in 1665, Marathas lost these forts
again. In Feb 1670, Shivaji Maharaj tried to conquer Mahuli, but failed, Manohardas
Gaud, was the in charge of the fort. A thousand Marathas were killed.Most of
them were from nearby villages.Shivaji Maharaj said to his dead kadam sardar he
is our gold. So maharaj gave sonare surname to this family. Manohardas Gaud,
soon gave up his position and Alveerdi Beg took over. On 16 June 1670, after
two months, Moropant Pingle conquered the forts and Mahuli, Bhandargad and
Palasgad became part of Swarajya. Till 1817, Shivaji’s dynasty owned the fort but
later on it was controlled by the British Raj.

TREK & FORT CLEAN-UP DRIVE: FORT MAHULI:
The fort is in total mess, made by picnic goers, with around 400-500 thermocol plates, scores of
biscuit-chips wrappers, plastic bottles, non-veg remains like bones, feathers etc, there are 3 small
caves totally in thrash, so taking up a cleanup drive, along with a trek, would be a great idea. Would take approx. 2 hrs to clean up the garbage.

Program:
12:00 am(Saturday Midnight) : Reporting at Dadar Station. (pls carry your own return ticket to Aasangaon Station)
12:30 am: Proceed to Aasangaon by 12.30am Kasara local. Travel time approx 2 hours.
02:30 am: Proceed to mahuli base village by local transport.
3.00 am to 04.30 am: Rest at mahuli base village.
4.30 am – 5.30 am: Break fast at Mahuli village.
05.30 am to 05.45 am: Introduction and other formalities.
06.00 am: Start trek From Mahuli village towards Mahuli Fort. Trek time approx 3hrs.
10.00am: Reach at Mahuli fort fort.
10.00am to 01.00pm: Explore the fort & clean up drive.
01.00 pm : Start descending the fort.
02.30 pm: Reach at Mahuli village village.
2.30 pm to 03.30 pm : Lunch.
04.00 pm: Proceed to Aasangaon station by local transport.
04.30 pm : Catch return local to Dadar.

Charges: Rs. 300/- per person.
Traveling from Aasangaon to Mahuli & Back.
Includes :
Morning breakfast/tea,
Lunch.
Expert Guidance for the trek. : Aasangaon – Mahuli Gad – Aasangaon.

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1.Your own return ticket to Aasangaon station.
2. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
3. A bottle of water (minimum 2Ltrs compulsory).
4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
5. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, 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. A good trekking shoes, shawl, bedding and extra clothes (compulsory).

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 21/01/2011.

Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.
For Registration & more details, contact Our “Yatri’s”.

Yatri Sahyadri.
Nityanand Naik: 9819818132.
Srikant Pillai: 7666905040/9920305779.
Tanvi Walawalkar : 9076712137.
Suhas Sagvekar: 9820257757/9702228396.

Send mail us on: yatrisahyadri@gmail.com.

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