SHIKHAR VEDH :: Turtle Festival Tour' to Velas on 29-30 March 2014

Dear All,

We @ शिखर वेध has arranged a Tour to VELAS specially for the Turtle festival on 29 – 30 March 2014
Some information about the area: The places that will be visiting are:
1. Velas Beach – Turtle Festival visit
2. Bankot Fort
3. Harihareshwar Temple

Velas Beach :  Velas is the birth place of Nana Phadnis, one of the great prominent personalities in Maratha history. Due to the sea-shore Velas is an existing place and it is situated near Bankot Bay. There is an old temple of Shri Bhairi- Rameshwar and in this temple all twelve months water is made available taking the benefit of favorable geographical conditions. A statue of Nana Phadnis is present outside his house. In Velas Mahalakshmi temple and Nana Phadnis house are the places to visit. Velas is also one of the popular breeding sites of Olive Ridley, which is an endangered species of turtle.  

Bankot Fort:
Region: Mandangad
District: Ratnagiri
Height: Sea fort (Slightly above sea level)
Difficulty: Simple
Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.
The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:
Friday 28 March 2014
Rendezvous : Swargate Depo, Pune @ 23:00 Hrs sharp
Saturday 29 March 2014
05:30 Hrs: @ Velas
06:45 Hrs: Visit 
Velas Beach for Turtle festivalBreakfast

10:00 Hrs: @ Bankot fort
10:30 Hrs: Atop

Fort Exploration

Lunch at Velas (Veg. Only)
Rest time
Evening Tea & Visit Velas beach in the evening, 
Go for Turtle watching.
Dinner ( Veg. Only)
Stay @ villagers home in Velas (Dormitory Type only) —
Sunday, 30 March 2014
06:45 Hrs: Visit Velas Beach for Turtle watching.
08:00 Hrs: Breakfast – Tea
09:30 Hrs: @ Harihareshwar by crossing Veshvi – Bagmandala creek by ferry
Harihareshwar Temple visitVisit 2 Harihareshwar Beach
13:00 Hrs: Lunch @ Harihareshwar ( Veg/Non-Veg to be borne by participant as per choice)
15:00 Hrs: Departure 2 Mumbai
We will be in Pune around 21:00 hrs ( thats – subjective)
The Estimated expenditure for Tour is about Rs. 2000 / – per head.
This includes  Pune 2 Pune transportation fare for private vehicle (Non-A/c), Turtle festival charges, ferry charges, food expenses except Sunday Lunch, and accommodation charges.
NOTE- Children between 4 – 9 Yrs will b charged as Rs 1500/- per head 
Children between 0-4 yrs NIL (if Seat is not offered)
Seats will be first come 1st basis … Deposit  Rs 1500/- per head (Non-refundable) advance on following A/c …
ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)
Note: – 
1) Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles on the mentioned dates.
Things To Carry:-
A Torch with spare battery ( a must)
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (a must)
Sleeping Bag, Mat (a must)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (a must)
Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
Good trekking shoes,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)
A haversack to put all these things
For confirmation pls reply here or do contact on
Jagdish Patil : 09702121373 / 09869369836
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