Yatri Sahyadri – A Trek To Asheri Gad on 27th February 2011.


A trek to Asheri Gad.

Yatri Sahyadri has organized a trek to Asheri Gad on 27th February, 2011.

Some basic information about the trek is as follows:
Fort: Asheri Gad.
Height: 2000 feet
Range: Palghar.
District: Thane
Level: Medium

About the place:
History mentions that Bhojraj, a descendant of the Shilahar Dynasty built this fort. Hence it can be assumed that this fort is at least 800 years old. The Portuguese rebuilt this fort after they captured it during their rule. In 1737, Peshwa won this fort during his campaign of the Konkan and in 1818 this fort came under the British rule.

Fascinating Spots :
On the plains and on the right of the path one can see quite many remnants of settlements. One can also see quite many foundations with gutters cut in them. These could be to collect the rainwater during the rainy season or to lead away the overflow. The cave on the top is of medium size and having a large cave opening. But it has been carved into the rocks in such a way that the stray wind or the cold does not enter in. The back portion of the cave is very uneven. However, there are platforms made both outside and inside for the guards to take rest. The two hibiscus bushes outside the cave entrance point to the fact that rituals might have been conducted regularly by the villagers somewhere in the past. On left side of the top portion of the cave, there is a built in square water tank. There is a half buried cannon in this tank. There are two more half completed tanks here. From the top plateau, one can see the fort of Kohoj to the South West. One can also see the natural human form on the fort with the help of binoculars. Going ahead on the path one can see a huge depression the rock face and a bastion.

Program:
12:00 am(Saturday Midnight) : Reporting at Dadar Station. (pls carry your own return ticket to Palghar Station)
12:43 am: Proceed to Virar by 12.43am Virar local. Travel time approx 1.5 hours.
02.15 am: We will reach at Virar station.
02:15 am to 04.30 am: Rest at Virar station.
05.00 am: Proceed to Palghar by 5.04am shuttle.
06.15 am: Proceed to Khodkona (base village) by local transport.
07.00 am – 07.30 am: Break fast at Khodkona.
07.30 am to 07.45 am: Introduction and other formalities.
08.00 am: Start trek From Khodkona towards Asheri Fort. Trek time approx 3hrs.
11.00am: Reach at Asheri fort.
11.30am to 12.30pm: Explore the fort & photography.
12.30 pm To 1.30 pm : Lunch.
2.00 pm: Start descending the fort
04.00 pm: Reach at Khodkona village.
04.15 pm: Proceed to Palghar station by local transport.
05.15 pm: Proceed to Virar by shuttle train.
06.00 pm : Catch return local to Dadar.

Charges: Rs. 200/- per person.
Includes :
Traveling from Palghar & back.
Morning breakfast/tea,
Expert Guidance for the trek. : Khodkona – Asherigad – Khodkona.

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1. Your own return ticket to Palghar station.
2. Your lunch box for Sunday.( compulsory)
3. Waterproof/Water resistant haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
4. A bottle of water (minimum 2Ltrs).
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. 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 24/02/2011.

Do feel free to contact us for any queries / clarifications.
For Registration & more details, contact Our “Yatri’s”.
Yatri Sahyadri.
Suhas Sagvekar: 9820257787/9702228396.
Nityanand Naik : 9819818132.
Tanvi Walawalkar:9076712137.
Srikant Pillai: 7666905040/9920305779.

Send mail us on: yatrisahyadri@gmail.com.

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