Wild Rangers Trek To Purandar – Vajragad, Malhargad and Jejuri on 13-14 December 2014

 Hi Rangers,

Wild Rangers, has arranged Trek to Purandar – Vajragad, Malhargad and Jejuri near Saswad, Pune on 13-14 December 2014. 

Brief Introduction about Purandar – Vajrgad, Malhargad, Jejuri:

Height: 4472 feet, 3100 feet, 2355 feet
Grade: Easy
Base Village: Narayanpur, Sonori, Jejuri
Location: Saswad, Pune region

PURANDAR: The fort, being quite a huge one was a good place for defense. It had the capacity to house many soldier-troops, foods grains and ammunition which proved sufficient for long durations during wartime. Nonetheless, the fort hosts strong fortified places from which a watchful eye can be kept over surrounding area. The history of the Purandar fort goes back to the 13th century. The Bahamani Sultans in the 14th century built here some walls and bastions. From 1484 AD, for about a hundred years, the fort remained in the hands of the Nizamshahi rulers. In 1596 AD, the fort was given as Jagir to Maloji Bhosale, grandfather of Shivaji. However, Shivaji had to struggle very hard to establish his control over the fort in 1646 AD. In 1665 AD, Purandar was besieged by the Mughal forces under the command of Jai Singh and Dilir Khan. In the ensuing battle Murar Baji Prabhu, the gallant commander of the fort, was killed. Shivaji, under a treaty, had to surrender to the Mughals his 23 forts, including Purandar and Vajragarh. At the lower fort a statue of Murar Baji Prabhu has been installed in his memory. Purandar was recaptured by Shivaji in 1670 AD Later it became a favourite retreat of the Peshwas. Purandar was captured by the British in 1818 AD. During the Second World War, the British kept here the German war prisoners. Dr. H. Goetz, one of the German prisoners, thoroughly studied Purandar and wrote a monograph on it. Maharaj’s son, Sambhaji, was born on Vaishakh Shudhha 12, Shake’ 1579, ie., 16th May 1657, Thursday on this fort.

Malhargad : Malhargad is a hill fort situated around 30 km from Pune. Malhargad is also known as Sonori fort because of the village Sonori situated at its base. It was the last fort built by the Marathas, Sardar Paanse. Hence it is also known as Tarun Killa. Tarun in Marathi means young and Killa means fort. The fort is believed to be built to keep watch on ‘Dive’ ghat along the Pune-Saswad route. The fort was built during the period of 1757 to 1760.

Jejuri: Jejuri is one of the famous temples in Maharashtra. Popularly known as ‘ Khandobachi Jejuri ‘ – it is one of the major Gods in Maharashtra. The God of Jejuri – Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand – is popular amongst the Dhangars. As the temple is on the hill, one has to climb almost 200 steps. But the climbing is not so tough and the wonderful view of Jejuri town is marvelous.

Journey Details:-

Day 1: 13 December 2014

09:15 Hrs :- Gathering at Swargate
09:30 Hrs :- Departure from Swargate by ST Bus
11:00 Hrs :- Reach Saswad
11:45 Hrs :- Reach Sonori (Base village of Malhargad/ Sonori Fort) by hired Vehicle.
12:00 Hrs :- Start Ascending
12:45 Hrs :- Malhargad Top

Fort exploration till 14:15 Hrs.
15:00 Hrs :- Back to base village Sonori. Start towards Jejuri.
16:30 Hrs :-  Reach Jejuri.

Visit Jejuri Temple, Kade-Pathar till sunset

Dinner & stay at Jejuri

Sunday 14 December 2014

05:00 Hrs :- Wake Up call
07:00 Hrs :- Post Break-fast & Tea, Leave Jejuri
09:00 Hrs :- Reach Purandar base by available transport
11:00 Hrs :- Atop Purandar Fort

Fort Exploration of Purandar & Vajragad till 1330.
14:00 Hrs:- Lunch
15:00 Hrs :- Start Descend
16:30 Hrs :- Reach Base village Move towards Swargate via Saswad.
18:00 Hrs :- Reach Swargate by ST

Trek Fee :- 1100 Rs/Pax

First Aid & medical Kit
Travel from Swargate to Swargate by ST bus / Tumtum.
2 Refreshments + Tea (Saturday evening & Sunday Morning)
1 Dinner + 1 Lunch (Veg only)

Accomodation at Jejuri in locals homestay.
Entry Fees to Forts (If any)
Wild Rangers Expertise

Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.

Things to carry:
A Water Bottle (~2-3 Ltrs),
Torch With Extra Battery (Must)
Camera, Cell Phone, Cap
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those if you require usually (Optional)
Extra Pair of clothes,
extra pair of shoes or floaters if possible
A haversack to put all these things

One needs to deposit Indian Rupees 500/- into the following bank account to confirm registration.

Account Details:
A/C Name :- Mayur Phadale
A/C Number:- 643801505651
IFSC Code :- ICIC0006438
MICR Code: – 400229080
Branch: – ICICI Bank, Andheri (East)

For further information and registrations call: –
Pradeep :- 7030983143 | Mayur 8080304123
Email : info@wildrangers.in

Team Wild Rangers
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