Trek to purandar with Youngsterz on 27th July 2008

Hi friends,

we at YOUNGSTERZ have planned a trek to Purandar for 27th July 2008..(starting on the 26th night)

The plan :
We will start from kalwa (as that’s where the buswala stays 🙂 ) by a private bus at 12.30 am.
Thus we can reach the base village narayangaon,
which is around 50 kms away from Pune by 6 in the morning.

After having breakfast we can start our trek as early as possible from here, so that we can have ample of time for site-seeing on the fort.
This is a very easy trek and takes only an hour to reach the top from the base.
Therefore nice for newbies and first-time trekkers.
There are many fascinating spots to look at on the fort.
After having our lunch and site-seeing, we can start our journey back to mumbai and will be reaching kalwa by 8 or 9 pm.

The things one needs to carry are:
1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried….so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pls do not carry sling bags or Jholas.

2. Lunch for the day., water bottles

3. Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry.

4. wincheater and an extra pair of clothes (and socks).

5. Camera (optional, but worth carrying one… only one should protect it from the rains)

7. Snacks.

the charges for the trek would be Rs 500/- per head, which includes breakfast, traveling from kalwa till kalwa, refreshment in the eve, etc.

interested people can contact us on:

nilesh patil: 9967436211

ananda govekar: 9892219155

sudheer: 9920369917

Things to see and do at purandar

Purandareshwar Temple
This is Lord Mahadev’s temple built in Hemadic, style of architecture. The temple houses approx. 1.25 to 1.5 feet high statue of Lord`Indra,. Senior Bajirao was instrumental in leading its reconstruction.

Delhi Darwaja
This door, facing north, is still in a good condition. As the road turns near the Darwaja, we can see a temple of Goddess Laxmi. A leftward route from the bifurcation ahead leads us to the other end of the Citadel. The same road leads us to some water cisterns. The rightward road from the bifurcation leads to yet another door (Darwaja). Two statues of lions guard either sides of this Darwaja.

Khandakada
As we enter and proceed along this Delhi-Darwaja, we see a huge rock extending eastwards. This is nothing but`Khandakada,. At its end lies a bastion. After visiting this place, it is advisable to return to the Darwaja for our further journey towards the right end uphill. We get to see here the remnants of few structures like food-grain storage rooms as also of a castle. A few water reservoirs are also located here. As we go ahead, we come across Kedar Darwaja. Although, it may not be in a good condition today, however, its historical value and importance can be overlooked.

Kedareshwar
As we walk for 15 minutes along the main road and climb the steps, we come across`Kedareshwar, temple. A reconstructed temple, it is of Lord Kedareshwar. During Mahashivratri thousands of pilgrims visit this temple.Deepastambha, a stone pillar for enlightening the lamps, can be seen in front of the temple. This temple is a topmost part of the fort. One can see the forts like Rajgad, Torna, Sinhagad, Raireshwar, Rohida, Malhargad as well as Karhe-Plateau from here. At the rear end of this temple there is a fortified place called as Koknya – Capturing everything

Bini Darwaja
The only door to Purandar Machi,en route from Narayanpur as we approach Purandar fort. Unlike many other forts, the door is in good condition even today. As one enters through the door, there are provisions for the guards to hide and attack enemy. These are called as the Gatehouses. (Paharekaryandiya Devdya) As one proceeds further, the khandakada immediately catches our attention.
Once you enter through the door, the road branches, one straight ahead whereas the other towards the rear end of fort. As we move on, we come across the vintage military camps and a few bungalows. The same road leads to the foothills of the citadel, where we can see the temple of Purandareshwar. Also, the statue of Murarbaji in his fighting stance gives us the feel of his courageous nature and dose not fail taking us back to those glorious days.

Rameshwar temple
This temple is located towards the rear end of Purandareshwar temple. Constructed during the start of Peshwa dynasty, built by Balaji Vishwanath, it was a temple that was privately owned by the Peshvas. Moving further ahead we come across the remains of an ancient two storied bungalow called as Wada,
It was in the same Wada that Sawai Madhavrao was born. Behind it is a well, which is in a good condition even today. Moving further ahead, the road bifurcates, one that leads to the foothills of citadel whereas the other towards`Bhairav Khind,. As we move towards the road leading the citadel, after a walk of 15 minutes, we come across Dilli Darwaja

Bhairav Khind
Enroute to Purandar Machi, is the Bhairavkhinda. A statue of the Great Maratha, Shivaji Maharaj can be seen here. On the right hand side we see the Rajale lake which also the source of water supply for Purandar Machi.

Padmavati Lake
It can be seen if we walk just a little ahead of the great Murarbaji Deshpande statue.

Shendrya Bastion
There is bastion called SHENDRYA build in alignment with the fortification which is North-west to citadel & behind the Padmavati Lake.

Nilesh patil

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