VRangers trek to Ankai-Tankai on 12th Ngt – 13th Nov 2011.

Ankai-Tankai is a twin fort located in Nasik-Manmad region in Chandwad range and just 8km away from Manmad. As per grade this trek is easy but for photography this is the best trek. After a first common entrance, the route forks into two directions. One goes to Fort Ankai and the other to Fort Tankai. Steps lead to the damaged entrance of Fort Tankai.

Type: Hill Fort.
Height: 3152 ft.
Region: Manmad / Chandvad Range.
Base Village: Ankai.
Cost: 300/- Rs.
Max Participation: 25 Rangers.
Last date to Reg:- 11th Nov 2011.

Ankai: – A flight of steps lead to ancient Buddhist caves situated at the base of the Tankai fort. Beautiful sculptures on the wall, carving on pillars and roof, a duplex cave with gallery, a temple in the cave is worth looking and a boon for photography enthusiasts. Regular steps leads to a number of fortified entrances, caves with some sculptures and finally to the top where a domed building is located.
On the top one can see 5 caves, 7 water tanks, an arched enclosure at the end of the fort with a huge pond, Dargah etc. A huge cave below the summit is now an Ashram or a temple of Agatsya, the sage who is credited with the first crossing of Vindhya Mountains. The Fortification walls and entrance are still in a good condition.
Ankai-Tankai VRangers
From the top,one can have a beautiful view of surroundings, a pinnacle called Hadbi chi shendi, Gorakshnath, Tankai Fort and Chandvad range if weather is clear.

Tankai : Fort Tankai is a huge plateau with a lake and Mahadev Mandir, ruins of the construction and a bastion. Visible from the top are, Ankai Fort, Hadbi chi Shendi etc.These were said to be the strongest hill forts captured by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1635. They command a wide view of Khandesh and Godavari valleys.

Trek Schedule: – The journey starts on 12th ngt with the Mahanagri express. People interested should catch this train from respective stations with ticket till Manmad station. (Plz get your respected stations at least half an hour earlier, as there might be a long queue for the tickets and ask for Mahanagri express ticket till Manmad).From Manmad station will hire jeep/ rickshaw and will reach to ankai village by 7.30 am.With breakfast will start for ankai fort, with sightseeing will descend ankai then by 10 am will start for Tankai fort. Will have lunch here and then back to ankai till 3 pm. from here will reach to manmad by 4 pm .

The charges for this trek is Rs 300/- , which includes Breakfast, transportation from Manmad to Manmad by Jeep/Auto & expertise charges.

Train Timings: Varanasi-Mahanagri Express
CST: – 00.05 am DDR: – 00.15 am Thane: – 00.40 am
Kalyan: – 01.01 am Manmad: – 5.10 am.

Payment Details:
For Confirmation of your registration please deposit Rs. 200/-(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 Sunday (Compulsory).
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,Bedding, Woolen Jacket, Some news papers.

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.
Sarita 98928 57368.
Ananda 98922 19155.
plz do sms if call not received.
Cheerrrsss!!!

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