VRangers Ratan Gad Trek on 6th Nov 2011

Trek: Ratan Gad (Starting On 5th Ngt 2011)
Fort Type: Hill
Maximum Height: 4255 ft.
Region: Igatpuri.
Difficulty: Medium
Cost: 550/- Rs.
Last Date for Registration: 3rd Nov 11 till 4 PM.
Max Participation Size: 30 ppl.

Histroy :
The fort is origin for the river Pravara / Amrutvahini . The Bhandardara dam is built on this river. Ratangad has a natural rock peak with a cavity in it at the top which is called ‘Nedhe’ or ‘Eye of the Needle’; formed by natural erosion, it is big enough to accommodate a group Of ten people and the view of the entire region from here is absolutely amazing. Ratangad was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosle and was one of his favorites. The base village Ratanwadi has a beautiful Amruteshwar temple which is famous for its carvings.
Ratan Gad Amruteshwar temple Nedhe

The entry to the fort is through two ladders. The ladders are in poor shape. One of them has the railing of a complete side hanging, while the other has no railings for the last 5 rungs. Besides they are supported by apparently flimsy supports. And another entrance of the fort is called Tryambak darwaza, this is Main Entrance. The steep way down from the Tryambak darwaza are little risky. A chor darwaza (“Secret entrance”) the fort lies below the walls. Ratangad had one of the largest rain water catchment areas.
Trek Schedule:
We will reach kasara by train (Train Time given below).
From here we will have private vehicle from Kasara to Kasara . By 5.00 am will reach Ratanwadi – Base village. Will start the trek by 7.30 am after breakfast and will reach at the top by 11 am followed by a break and lunch. Will start descending by 1.00 and will be back by 3.30 pm to base village Ratanwadi. By 10 pm we will be at thane.

Cost includes traveling from Kasara to Kasara
by private vehicle, Morning Breakfast and expertise charges.

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.

Train Time Table:-
Kasara Slow local (N):
CST: 11.15 pm
Bycalla: 11.25 pm
Dadar: 11.35
Kurla: 11.45
Ghatkopar: 11.50
Bhandup: 12.01 am
Thane: 12.12 am
Dombivali: 12.33 am
Kalyan: 12.40
Titwala: 01.01 am
Asangaon: 1.23 am
Kasara: 02.01 am
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 Sunday.
4. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
5. Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, some snacks & biscuits (optional).
6. Torch with extra batteries.
7. Personal medicines & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution, mosquito’s repellent.
8. a good trekking shoes, wind cheater, Cap.

VRangers Rules & Regulation:-
http://vrangerstreks.blogspot.com/2010/09/rules-and-regulation-of-vrangers.html .
For Reg. & more details, contact Our “Rangers
Ananda 98922 19155.
Sarita 98928 57368.
plz do sms if call not received.
Cheerrrsss!!!

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