VRangers Trek to Rajgad on 22nd -23rd Oct 2011

Trek to Rajgad on 22nd -23rd Oct ‘11 (Starting on 21st night).
Region: Pune .
Height: 4620 ft. appx.
Grade: Medium
Cost: Rs. 750/-
Max. Participation: 20 ppl.
Rajgad , literally meaning King of forts, Situated in the Pune district. Rajgad fort is 42 km to the south west of Pune city. Formerly known as Murumdev, it was capital of the Maratha Kingdom (Hindavi Swarajya) ruled by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved to Raigad fort and made that his capital.
The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjeevani Machee, and the central volcanic plug called Balekilla (meaning “small fort” or “citadel”).
Padmavati Machee (north end)
This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place)..It is also a site of Samadhi (Tomb) of King Shivaji’s first wife, Saibai.
Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end)
The machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.
Suvela Machee (south east)
This is another machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit on this hole (nedhe).
The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee is has a double curtain wall.
To the south side of this machee there is a triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.
Bale Killa (centre)
This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has an entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
Trek Schedule:
The journey starts with the Mumbai Chennai Mail. People interested should catch this train from respective stations with ticket till pune & meet at pune station ticket counter. (Plz get your respected stations at least half an hour earlier, as there might be a long queue for the tickets).
The charges for this trek is Rs 750/- each, Which includes travelling from pune station to pune station via private Vehicle, Breakfast, Saturday’s dinner and Sunday’s lunch & expertise charges.
Will Be Back on Sunday by 7 pm to Thane.
Train Timings:
Mumbai –Chennai Mail (1027)
CST 23.45
Dadar 23.55
Kalyan .40
Karjat 1.25
Lonavla 2.15
Pune 3.25 am
Payment Details:-
For CONFIRMATION of your registration please deposit Rs. 350/-(non Refundable) in the following account number.
Name: SARITA DIPENDRA MHATRE
BANK: ICICI Bank
AC/NO.: 002001558334.
BRANCH: Hiranandani, Powai, Mumbai.
MICR Code – 400229004
IFSC Code: ICIC0000020
After transaction plz do sms to Sarita Mhatre on 98928 57368.
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).
3. Lunch for Saturday (compulsory).
4. Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks. (Optional)
5. Torch with extra batteries, Dish/Plate, Glass/Tea cup, Bowl, and Spoon, bedding, while crossing Kitos / Comfortable Slippers / extra Sandals (Compulsory).
6. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, mosquito’s repellant
7. a good Trekking shoe, Cap, Wind cheater, a Sweater, Jacket (as per comfort).
8. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewellry. (at own risk)
VRangers Rules & Regulation:
http://vrangerstreks.blogspot.com/2010/09/rules-and-regulation-of-vrangers.html
For Reg. & more details, contact Our “Rangers
Shekhar: 98192 43836.
Ananda: 98922 19155.
Sarita: 98928 57368.
plz do sms if call not received.

Note:- If we cross more than 20 Rangers participation then we will do private vehicle with increase in cost.

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