Trek to Avachitgad & Talagad with OffBeat Sahyadri on 3rd July 2011

Trek to Avachitgad & Talagad with OffBeat Sahyadri on 3rd July 2011
Come visit the beautiful nearby forts Avachitgad and Talagad in the Roha region.
Dear Offbeaters,
Offbeat Sahyadri invites you for a Trek to Avachitgad and Talagad on 3rd July 2011, starting on 2nd July 2011 night.

Trivia
Avachitgad:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 300 meter / 984 ft above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Easy
Base Village: Medha
Region: Roha
Talagad:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 1000 ft above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Easy
Base Village: Tala
Region: Roha

Avachitgad:
The trek is a simple one, passing through thick forest. One can observe many species of birds here. On the top there is a small plateau protected by strong fortification. There is a ‘Shilalekh’ engraved on south wall of the fortification. One can spot 4-5 cannons lying on the fort. A huge lake now is completely filled with water shrubs. On the west side of ‘bale killa’ are a series of water tanks. A small hike from here takes you to the shiva temple. Some repair work was done in year of 1796. The fort was under influence of ‘Baji Pasalkar’: one of major supporter of Shivaji Maharaj in early days of ‘Swarajya’. This fort is assumed to be established as military station in ‘Shilahar’ period. British took charge of this fort in year1818.

Peripheral sites:
· Kundalika river
· Roha region forts

Talagad :
The only remnants on this fort are the beautiful fortification which is still in very good condition. An easy hike of 30 minutes takes you to the top. It offers a 360 degree view of the entire Roha region. There are few dried water tanks, ruins of apartments and bastions. The fortification wall is double layered.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Meeting point:
11:00 pm : Dadar East, Swaminarayan Temple.
Pune People may join at Panvel.
11:15 am : Move to base by Private Vehicle
03:30 am : Reach the base Village, Rest in the bus till dawn
06:30 am : Does and Don’ts, Introduction, Breakfast
07:15 am : Start the trek
09:30 pm : Reach the Top, site seeing
10:30 pm : Start Descending
12:00 pm : Reach the base, lunch at the temple
12:30 pm : Move to Tala
01:00 pm : Start ascending Tala fort
01:45 pm : Reach the top, explore
02:45 pm : Start descending
03:15 pm : Base, Departure for Mumbai
Evening refreshments on the way back
Reaching Mumbai by 9:30-10:00pm tentatively.
Contribution
is Rs 500/- per head
which includes
Travelling Charges from Dadar to Dadar.
Breakfast and evening refreshments.
For registration kindly transfer Rs 500/- per head in the following A/c
Union Bank Account No 369102010801696
Branch: Juhu Tara Mumbai
In the Name of Ms Priti P Patel
IFSC Code: UBINO536911

Note: Registrations through phone calls only.
After transaction please email us transaction id along with participants details (name, email and mobile number) at offbeatsahyadri@gmail.com
Check list :
Mandatory items
Identity Proof
Water bottle 2litres
Lunch for the day
Napkin
Change of clothes
Torch
Mug For Tea
Haversack

Personal
Cap
Wind-proof jacket
Bandages
Electral / Glucon D
Ready to eat snacks
Personal medicines
Good trekking shoes
Socks

Optional
Camera
Sunglasses
Soap
Plastic Bags
Scarf

Registration or queries:

Mumbai Coordinators
Priti Patel : 9869524260
Rajas Deshpande : 9664782503

Pune Coordinators
Zeenat Sikilkar : 898334613
Sunil Gawade : 9764006282

Emergency Contact No : You may leave this number with your relatives, so that in case you are not reachable they can contact on the number and get an update on the group’s whereabouts.
Aniruddha Kelkar : 9619666895

Rules and regulations:
1. Do understand that we do not arrange picnics. It follows that if one seeks luxury and absolute comfort then we can hardly help them. 😉
2. Offbeat Sahyadri believe in being one with nature and that is possible only when we shed all city slicker attitudes. Of course by that we do not suggest that one should be ready for any kind of nonsense.
3. Utmost care is taken to ensure safety of the group and care is taken that no one is inconvenienced because of factors within our control.
4. We do expect our offbeater friends to understand group dynamics and leave at home their individuality. They should be prepared to share and care. That makes and all the physical and mental exhaustion forgettable and the trek itself becomes unforgettable! Trust us on this.
Now some basic codes:
Respect nature:
1. Absofreakinglutely no littering! Carry your own trash. If you are found littering then we will request you to pick it up. Friends, it is really not nice to throw garbage around and it only reflects upon us. Will we do this to our own houses?
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!
2. Do not disturb the flora and fauna. No making pretty bouquets of grabbed flowers and blooms. No feeding and intimidating birds and other animals. Think how you would feel if someone barges into your house and threatens you. The jungle is THEIR home. So, Capital NO= NO!
3. Remember, the mountain has a mind of his own. Beware and do not make the mistake of taking him for granted. It sounds weird but it’s true.
With fellow trekkers:
1. It is fun to interact and get to know people from different walks of life. Feel free to take the opportunity to expand your social circles.
2. Share water and food. Nothing else is a better ice breaker than being offered water or a bite of your sandwich!
3. Care for your fellow trekkers. It is not nice to be self centred and unamicable.

For your own safety:
1. The organizers and you yourself are equally responsible for your safety. We cannot take the blame for injuries or inconveniences arising out of actions outside the organizers instructions and acts of nature.
2. Simply put, stay with the group. Do not rush far too ahead or lag too behind. We understand that everyone has a different stamina and we try to keep the group bound together.
3. Do not wander off from the main trail. Whenever there is no established trail, strictly stay with the group. Be within the sight of the person ahead of you and the one behind you. It helps.
4. One must understand that the group leader is responsible for the entire group and may have to take some tough decisions at times. If one expects a memorable experience with us then we expect full cooperation and discipline. To sum up, the leader’s decision will be final and binding on all offbeaters.
5. Finally, the non arguable part. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use and alcohol consumption

is strictly prohibited.

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