Swachhand Shrawan Special Trek to Bhimashankar 30th July, 2011 to 01st Aug, 2011

Hi Friends,

Swachhand have organized the much awaited Shrawan Special Trek to “ Bhimashankar ”Dt. 30.07.2011 to 01.08.2011

Duration: 30th July, 2011 to 01st Aug, 2011 (Trek Starting on Saturday Night 30th July, 2011)

Meeting point: 30th July, 2011 At Bhandup Station 11.30 p.m. (platform No. 1 below indicator).

Mode of Transport: Local Transport

(All are requested to pls take your KARJAT RETURN TRAIN TICKET, which will be reimbursed to u immediately)

About the Trek:

Type: One of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India Height: 3250 feet above sea level- approx

Grade: Hard but Easy Base Village: Khandas, Nanadgaon

Places to See :-

Lord Shiva Temple: Bhimashankar Temple is located in the village of Bhorgiri 50 km North West of Khed, near Pune. There is a beautiful temple of Lord Shiva which is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It is a modest yet graceful temple and it dates back to mid 18th century. The shikhara of the temple was built by Nana Phadnavis. This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon Tripurasura associated with the invincible flying citadels Tripuras. Shiva is said to have taken abode in the Bhima form, upon the request of the Gods, on the crest of the Sahyadri hills, and the sweat that poured forth from his body after the battle is said to have formed the Bhimarathi River. Bhimashankar is also the source of the Bhima River, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. A big size bell in Hemadpanthi structure: – Built by Nana Phadanavis is also a feature of Bhimashankar. Other equally important places: – Hanuman Lake, Gupt Bhimashankar, Sakshi Vinayak, Origin of River Bhima, Nag Phani from where one can see the view of the Peth fort and Padhar , Bombay Point, and lot more. Bhimashankar is conserved forest area and wildlife sanctuary where a variety of birds, animals, flowers, plants can be seen. A rare animal “Shekru” can be found in deep woods. Bhimashankar is worth visited for jungle lovers and trekkers as well as for pilgrims.

There are two routes to Bhimashankar from the base village of Khandas, which are most popular among trekkers. 1. Ganesh Ghat – There is a bridge around 2 km from Khandas, and the track going to the right from the bridge is the Ganesh Ghat route. This is the easiest and the longest route to Bhimashankar. Within an hour of trekking along this route you will reach a Ganesh temple. The route ahead will take around 3 hours until you reach the plateau of Bhimashankar, there is a small pond dug out in the ground called ‘Hanuman Tal’. This trek is five hours to six hours long.2. Shidi (ladder) Route – This one is a shorter route, but difficult especially in the monsoons. The route gets its name from the ladders placed on the steepest parts. The route going to the left of the bridge (mentioned in Ganesh Ghat) goes to the village. On moving ahead you will reach a well, take a left from there to Shidi ghat. Within the first two hours of climbing you will pass three ladders. You will reach a junction where both the routes – Ganesh ghat and Shidi – merge. There are many huts providing food and tea in middle of trek route. A further 1 ½ hour trek takes us besides a pond. The road, which goes to the left from this pond, takes us to the temple.

The itinerary for the trek is as given below:

Day 1 . 30th July,2011(Saturday)

11.30 pm Meeting point at Bhandup Station

11.45 pm Board the Karjat Train from Bhandup Station

Day 2 . 31st July,2011(Sunday)

02.30 am Reach to Karjat Stn. & take rest for few hours

06.00 am move towards Khandas via local transport

07.30 am Morning Breakfast hault at Khandas

08.30 am Move towards Bhimashankar via Shidi ghat

11.30 am finishing Shidi ghat

13.30 pm at the top of Bhimashankar

Sightseeing up to 06.30 pm, later relax in your rooms, dinner and overnight stay

(EXPLORATION AND LUNCH WILL BE AT THE TIME OF TREK)

Day 3 . 01st Aug,2011(Monday)

06.00 am -12.00 pm Morning Brekfast, Darshan of Lord shiva and gupt bhimahsnakar

01.00 pm Start return journey via Ganesh ghat

06.00 pm Reach khandas and move towards karjat station by vehicle

(BREAKFAST AND LUNCH WILL TAKE AROUND THE TREK )

We shall reach Mumbai by 10.00-10.30 pm on Monday dt.01st Aug, 2011

Things To be Carried:

? Identity Card ? A haver sacks to put in all the things to be carried… so that one has one hands free while walking ? Water bottle 2 ltr ? Some ready to eat food ? Lunch for Sunday (Compulsory) ? Polythene bag for garbage ? Towel, Napkins, Extra 2 pairs of cloths & Sleeping Mats (Must) ? Torch With Extra batteries Compulsory ? Medicine those if u require usually ? Comfortable shoes, sandals ? 2-3 bunch of papers ? windcheaters, Raincoats, Umbrellas ? camera (Optional)

Imp : Heavy rains are expected so pls double pack your bags/valuables to save them to getting wet

Cost for Trek: RS. 750.00 Per person

Cost Inclusions: * Mumbai to Mumbai Transportation via Public Transport,

* 02 Meals, Tea, Breakfast, Snacks, etc. during the trek

Last Date of Registration: 23rd July, 2011

Advance for Registration: Rs. 300/-

v All are requested to confirm your participation on or before 23rd July, 2011 through mail only, No further participation will be accepted after the given date.

For all your further queries and inquiries, kindly co-ordinate with Team Swachhand

Rushikesh Sakhare 9967686828, Pravin Ghude 9920404522,

Ganesh Bhoplagade 9619669104.

(For Dombivali and Kalyan onwards People, please contact to Mr. Sachin Shirawale – 9321507040)

Email: – swachandbhatkanti@gmail.com, pravinmpg@gmail.com

General Rules for the participants and members:-

v Kindly carry Identity proof for the trek.

v We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking expedition, please Do Not misinterpret it as a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR,

v The leader’s decision will be final and all the members should abide by it.

v Do not destroy or dirty the archeological, historical monuments.

v Any kind of addiction is strictly prohibited, ex. drinking etc.

v Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewellery etc. If carried, then we Do Not take any liability for the same.

v Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner.

v Imp Request: We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or outside

v Common info for every trek in the monsoon season: Due to the Monsoon season and various rock patches in this route, we recommend you to please take care at every place while walking/climbing / trekking.

v Important: Print and leave a copy of this mail at home with a friend or relative in case of Emergency

Thanks and Regards,

Team Swachhand

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