OffBeat Sahyadri : Sonki Special Trek to The Jewel Fort “Ratangad” on 28th of September 2014

Sonki special Trek to The Jewel Fort “Ratangad” on 28th of September 2014

At the time when the Sonki is at its optimum bloom, turning the contour of Sahyadri into shades of yellow, its the perfect time to visit the mightiest forts which have the longest planes of Sonki and other flora of the Sahyadri
Dear Offbeaters,
We invite you for a trek to Jewel Fort “Ratangad”, on 28th of September, starting on 28nd  Night.
Location: Bhandardara
Grade : Medium
Height: 4255ft.
Base Village
: Ratanwadi
Start the Journey from Mumbai on Saturday Night 10.00pm by Private Vehicle
05:00 am : Ratanwadi
07:00 am : Start the trek after breakfast
10:00 pm : Reach the top, exploration
01:30 pm : Lunch
02:00 pm : Start Descending
05:00 pm : Ratanwadi, evening refreshments
06:00 pm : Return Journey
Reaching Mumbai by 09:30-10:30pm tentatively.
800/- per head
The Cost includes,
Travelling from Mumbai to Mumbai.
Food (2 refreshments), packed snacks

Payment Details:
For registration deposit Rs 800/– to the following account.
Union Bank Account No 369102010801696
Branch : Juhu Tara Mumbai
In the Name of Ms Priti P Patel
A/c type : SavingsIFSC Code : UBIN0536911


Account No 60001946765
Branch: Camp, Pune
In the Name of  Zeenat Sikilkar
IFSC Code: MAHB0000076

Note: Registrations through phone calls only (Before transaction please confirm availability of seats.)

After transaction please email us transaction id along with participants details (name, email and mobile number & pickup point) at

Please go through Rules and Regulation before registration
Check list :
Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet.
Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.
ID proof
Lunch (must)
Water 2 liters (must)
Change of clothes
Torch (must)
Ready to eat snacks
Personal medicines
A pair of Extra Cloths
Good shoes
Other accessories
Registration or queries:

Priti : 9987990300
Zeenat : 9860636757
Sagar : 9930100536
Yadnesh : 9773086825
Rules and regulations:
1.    Do understand that we do not arrange picnics. It follows that if one seeks luxury and absolute comfort then we can hardly help them. 😉
2.    Offbeat Sahyadri believe in being one with nature and that is possible only when we shed all city slicker attitudes. Of course by that we do not suggest that one should be ready for any kind of nonsense.
3.    Utmost care is taken to ensure safety of the group and care is taken that no one is inconvenienced because of factors within our control.
4.    We do expect our offbeater friends to understand group dynamics and leave at home their individuality. They should be prepared to share and care. That makes and all the physical and mental exhaustion forgettable and the trek itself becomes unforgettable! Trust us on this.
Now some basic codes:
Respect nature:
1.    Absofreakinglutely no littering! Carry your own trash. If you are found littering then we will request you to pick it up. Friends, it is really not nice to throw garbage around and it only reflects upon us. Will we do this to our own houses?
2.    Do not disturb the flora and fauna. No making pretty bouquets of grabbed flowers and blooms. No feeding and intimidating birds and other animals. Think how you would feel if someone barges into your house and threatens you. The jungle is THEIR home. So, Capital NO= NO!
3.    Remember, the mountain has a mind of his own. Beware and do not make the mistake of taking him for granted. It sounds weird but it’s true.
With fellow trekkers:
1.    It is fun to interact and get to know people from different walks of life. Feel free to take the opportunity to expand your social circles.
2.    Share water and food. Nothing else is a better ice breaker than being offered water or a bite of your sandwich!
3.    Care for your fellow trekkers. It is not nice to be self centered and unamicable.
For your own safety:
1.    The organizers and you yourself are equally responsible for your safety. We cannot take the blame for injuries or inconveniences arising out of actions outside the organizers instructions and acts of nature.
2.    Simply put, stay with the group. Do not rush far too ahead or lag too behind. We understand that everyone has a different stamina and we try to keep the group bound together.
3.    Do not wander off from the main trail. Whenever there is no established trail, strictly stay with the group. Be within the sight of the person ahead of you and the one behind you. It helps.
4.    One must understand that the group leader is responsible for the entire group and may have to take some tough decisions at times. If one expects a memorable experience with us then we expect full cooperation and discipline. To sum up, the leader’s decision will be final and binding on all offbeaters.
5.    Finally, the non arguable part. Smoking and other forms of tobacco use and alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited.

Team OffBeat Sahyadri