Pugmarks One day Trek to Lohagad and Bhaje Caves February 28, 2010

One Day Trek to Lohagad Fort & Bhaje Caves (minimum 30 people required) Trek level – Easy
With a 2000 year old history and at 3400 ft high, Lohagad is one of the most majestic forts in the Maharashtra. The climb to the fort takes you to panoramic vantage points, huge balconies, doors and reminds you how important this place was which was used to defend freedom. Surrounded by lakes on all side the views from the fort are breathtaking especially from vinchu kata (Scorpion’s tail).
Lohagad Fort is 10km from Lonavala (100 Kms from Mumbai and 60 Kms from Pune). It belongs to the period of Chattrapati Shivaji’s reign and was used for keeping prisoners in the year 1564. In 1670, Shivaji Maharaj won this fort and in the year 1751, Gaikwad and Dabhade family were incarcerated in this fort. The entrance to this fort is impressive and is aptly called ‘Delhi Gate’. There are three gates one after the other. The road to Lohagad is from Bhaje caves. Bhaja has 18 caves belonging to the 2nd Century BC. Cave No. 12 is the largest and has a fine stilted vault. The last cave to the south has excellent sculptures including that of the famous `Dancing Couple`.

What to Carry:
Water Bottle (minimum 2 liters compulsory); Extra pair of Clothes, Extra pair of Socks, Sports shoes, A backpack to carry your belongings ( DO NOT use sling bags/ flimsy jholas), Snacks for munching (optional), Paper bags to dump your garbage. You will be carrying your own luggage so please take only what you need.

Charges: Rs.900/- per participant.

Pugmarks – The Nature Club
C/o: 8, ShankarChhaya, M.G.Road, Ghatkopar East, Mumbai – 77.
Contact: Dr. Sameer: +91-93244-94247 / Chintan: +91-93222-17949
Email: pugmarksthenatureclub.tripod.com
Website: http://pugmarksthenatureclub.tripod.com

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