VRangers trek to Saras Gad on 13th March 2011.

Sarasgad [It was one of the forts captured by Malik Ahmad in his Konkan Campaigns- Ahmadnagarehi Nizamshahi, Kunte p. 10.](Sudhagad Peta). To the east of Pali overlooking the town is the fort of Sarasgad. The fort has a north-south expanse of the same length as that of the town.
Fort Height: 1600 ft.
Fort Range: Pali.
District: Raigad.
Grade: Medium.
Last date to confirm: 11 March 2011.
Cost:300 Rs/-

{This includes traveling from Nagothane to Nagothane stations, breakfast & refreshment,Return Train fair(From Karjat) till respective stations.}

Shree Ganesh is the deity of knowledge. Pali is a famous place. Lord Ganesh is worshipped everywhere. The eight places, which are important pilgrimages of Ganesh, are called “Ashtavinayak”. Lord Ganesh of Pali is named Ballaleshwar. Sarasgad is situated on the borders of Pali. A very huge wall of Sarasgad is at the north south border of Pali.
This fort was mainly used to keep a check on the surrounding regions. From fort, ‘Pali’ and all surrounding areas can be seen. Shivaji Maharaj brought this fort under Swarajya and spent 2000 Hon (the prevailing currency) for its reconstruction. Till independence this fort was under Bhor Sansthan.
Near the main entrance we see a triple curtain wall. Going rightwards and ascending 15 steps we see the ramparts. To the left there is a big water tank. Next to it was a gallery. Further there is another way to the fort. Near this is a water tank named ‘Moti Haud’. If we go at right, we have to ascend 15 steps and then we reach the base of citadel.
Base of Citadel:Here we see a very big water reservoir. To its left is the tomb of Shahapeer. Near to it few small lakes are seen. In a cavern nearby we see ‘Shivlinga’. Here a few can stay. At the right side of the tank we see silos, armory, jail and residences. Here also 10 to 12 people can be accommodated. Next to it is the way towards citadel.
Top of Citadel :On the fort we see Kedareshwar temple and a lake nearby. Two bastions are there to keep watch on surrounding areas. From citadel we can see the mountain of ‘Tin Kavdi’. We can locate Sudhagad, Tailbaila, Dhangad and Korigad. We also see Paligaon, River Amba, hot water reservoirs of ‘Unheri’, Konkan and Jambhulpada. On Vaishakh Poornima (full moon day), the villagers celebrate the festival of Shahapeer. Many people go to Kedareshwar temple on ‘Maha Shivratri’.
Traveling & Meeting point: Meeting point is at Diva Station.Please be there by 6.00 a.m. Every one will get their own ticket till Nagothane. You may see long queues for tickets. So get to the station considering these timings. Also don’t even plan to purchase tickets from Diva Station. It takes minimum 45 mins in the queue at Diva. Please get u r tickets from u r respective stations.
We will start our journey with 6.15 am by Diva-Sawantwadi from Diva. Those who are coming from Central, Harbour check given time table. We will reach Nagothane by 8.35 am. We will hire a jeep/tempo-pickup or travel by bus till base village of Saras gad .In the evening by 9.30 pm will reach to Thane.
Train Time table: – Diva-Sawant Wadi.
06:20 : – Diva
07:05 : – Panvel
08:32 : – Nagothane

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek :-
1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
2. A bottle of water (3 Ltrs), Hat.
3. Lunch for sunday {Compulsory}.
4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
5. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits (optional).
6. Torch with extra batteries.
7. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, mosquito’s cream.
8. A good trekking shoes.
VRangers Rules & Regulation:
http://vrangerstreks.blogspot.com/2010/09/rules-and-regulation-of-vrangers.html .

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