Backpack Outdoors Trek to Lohagad – Visapur Forts & Bhaje Caves 29th June (Sunday) 2014

Date: – 29th June (Sunday)
Contribution: –
Pune – Rs 150/- (Pune -Pune)

Last date of Registration : Friday 27th June 5.00 pm

Cost includes: –

Pune: – Transportation by local Train, Breakfast, Evening Tea, Bhaje caves entrance fees (For Indian Nationals) and expertise.

Cost Excludes
Lunch and anything that is not specifically included in fees include.

About Lohagad:
Lohagad was one of the most important forts of Satwaahan period, which takes us 2000 to 2500 years back. This fort was build to keep a watch on Nane Maval, Korbaarse Maval & Andhra Maval regions. The fort hoses many old constructions and much of its fortification is still intact.
Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time: Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizamshahis, Mughals and Marathas. Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648 CE, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 CE by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort in 1670 CE and used it for keeping his treasury. This fort was used to keep the loot from Surat. Later in Peshwa time Nana Phadanwis used this fort for living for some time. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and are definitely a must see. Historical records show that in the later Peshwa period, Nana Phadnavis (1742-1800 AD) built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well (bawali).
Bhaja Caves are a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to 200 BC located at Bhaje village near Lonavala, Maharashtra. The location of the Bhaja Caves is not far from the Karla Caves, which are stylistically similar. These are carved in the same mountain on which fort Visapur is built. The Bhaje Caves are on a major trade route of the past that ran from the Arabian Sea eastward into the Deccan region, the division between North India and South India.
About Visapur:
Visapur Fort is larger and at a higher elevation than its twin fort- Lohagad. Within the fort are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and old houses. These two roofless buildings surrounded by outer or veranda walls said to have once been Government offices. The ruins of a large stone-built house are known as the Peshwa’s palace. In addition to a huge carving of Hanuman, there are also several temple dedicated to him scattered all over the place. Hanuman (or Maruti) was likely the patron deity of Visapur fort.

Grade: – Easy

Endurance: – High

6.00 am – Assembly @ Pune railway station main gate below the Watch clock
6.30 am – Departure by 6.30 am Local Train. (Sharp)
7.30 am – Reach Malavali and Walk towards to Bhaje Village.
8.00 am – Tea & Breakfast
8.30 am – Start walking towards Bhaje village and explore Bhaje Caves.
9.30 am – Start trek to Visapur. Reach the top & explore Fort
11.30 am – Start descending Visapur.
12.30 pm – Start Lohagad Climb
2.00 pm – Reach Lohagad Top & Explore fort
4.00 pm – Start to Descend to Bhaje village & have evening Tea.
6.15 pm – Reach Malavali to board train to Pune.

Things To Carry:
Sports/trekking shoes mandatory
Water at least 3 lit mandatory
Lunch on Sunday
Rain cover (Just in case)
Clothes to change
Emergency food like biscuits, plum cakes etc.

** Double pack your valuables in plastic bags to avoid getting wet.

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