Hey there Friends,
We, at ???? ???, have decided to head to the relatively unheard of and small but beautiful twin forts of Ankai – Tankai near Manmad in the coming weekend i.e. 5th September 2010.
Here is some Info about the forts:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 961mtr or 3152 Feet above MSL(Approx)
Region: Manmad / Chandvad Range
Base Village: Ankai
Ankai : Ankai-Tankai is a twin fort located in Nasik-Manmad region in Chandwad range and just 8km away from Manmad.
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.
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 : 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. 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.
The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:
Sat 4th September 2010
Rendezvous: @ 23.30 Hrs Sharp @ CST station with ur tkt till Manmad Junction
Note: The train that we will take is 1093-Mahanagari Express halting at Dadar, Thane, & Kalyan. Please keep in mind that missing this train would mean missing out on the trek!
There are still 27 seats vacant for sleeper class … For comfortable journey please book yourself in advance …
Sunday 5 September 2010
00:10 Hrs: Departure from CST
00:20 Hrs: @ Dadar
00:45 Hrs: @ Thane
01:10 Hrs: @ Kalyan
05:10 Hrs: @ Manmad
06:30 Hrs: @ Ankai village by rickshaw
07:00 Hrs: Ascend
07:30 Hrs: @ Buddhist Caves
Sightseeing/Photography break at the caves for 30 mins
08:15 Hrs: Caves to First Entrance
09:00 Hrs: ATop Ankai Fort
Sightseeing/Photography atop fort Ankai (~ 1 Hr)
10:00 Hrs: Trek from Ankai to Tankai start
11:00 Hrs: @ Tankai fort
Explore the vast tableland of Tankai(~1.0hrs)
13:00 Hrs: @ Ankai fort
14:00 Hrs: @ Ankai Village
Bus/Jeep/Rickshaw to Manmad
Reach Manmad by 16.00 Hrs
Board train departing from Manmad at 17:00 Hrs ( Tapovan Express) preferably …
Unforeseen circumstances , we will catch next mails … else another option to travel till Nashik & frm there plenty buses 2 mumbai
Here is a link for some pics for ankai -tankai forts
The cost of this trek would be Rs.300/- only and would include:
>Travel from Manmad to Manmad
> Breakfast, Lunch and evening refreshments
Things To Carry:-
A Water Bottle (~3 Ltrs) (a must)
1 torch (a must) with spare battereies
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food.
Plum cakes, biscuits etc.
Extra 2-3 Pair of clothes,
Good trekking shoes, do carry a extra pair as well
Personal basic medical kit
A haversack to put all these things
If interested contact us on the nos given below by Friday evening latest.
Jagadish Patil: 09869369836
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With Warm Wishes