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Adventure, fun, love for nature and fuelling the hopeless addiction of exploring the unexplored “together” is what VRangers is all about! We are a group of fun loving people who believe that the best way to unwind is by getting closer to nature driven with a rush of adrenaline through various forms of adventure sports. And hence, we are here, arranging treks, hikes, jungle safaris, valley crossing events, rock climbing sessions, river crossing events, waterfall rappelling and many more adventure activities for anyone and everyone out there who wants to explore the world of adventure. For we believe the more we spread this joy, the more we will grow and learn!
So, whether you are an amateur or an expert, VRangers welcome you all! Be a part of us and you won’t experience a dull moment!
Because,
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

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Awesome experience with Vrangers

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Once again trekking given me an awesome experience with Vrangers group....
Trek to Gorakhghad was a really a good and lovely experience............
We had a great and wonderful time during the treking.......thanks to Vrangers group...
all the movements starting from kalyan to murbad and then murbad to Dheri village through ST good time...
we reach Dheri village by at 1.30 am night and started treking towards Gorakhghad mountain....
and after 2 hours walking towards upward to mountain we have great feelings and enjoying the night treking by supporting each others. we reach near to the caves of gorakghad by 3.30am....
We were lucky to see the stars in the sky was looking beautiful like a big Jhumer hanging in the sky....
we had a great camp fire at night.... thanks to machindra, sandeep and kalpesh who had arranged this.........
We had a great antakshari.......there were 2 singers in our group i.e. Madhuri and vivek Jhadav with other coures friends.....who has done homework for singing......
It was lovely morning too see.... we get black tea and milk tea...... made by sujit, shree iyer and nilesh... it was kadak through which we became fresh and some friends get morning pressure...
and the sandwiches was too good.. a huge thanks to vivek jhadav, sandeep, machindra, Madhuri salvi, kanchan, and the Rakhi........
the guest were given some trouble to us, non other than the monkeys.....
then we started climbing up the real patch of gorakhghad. and it was too good while going up to the top and then getting down with same way i.e near to 90% steep steps of mountains............. a huge courage of our freind rakhi who has cried while going up and then while getting down....but she has completed with a right spirit.......
at last we reach to the base village dheri by 1pm had a good lunch veg and non veg...
veg food was awesome but non veg food was too good that our friends were enjoyed and futher they want a straw to drink the chiken Rasa from the plates......
then we took the transport facility to reach kalyan.........on the way to kalyan we have good singers i.e madhuri and vivek who has sang good memorable and old songs and we all joined by giving corus to them...................
finally we reach kalyan. the busy life were started. we started running to catch the train to reach home......................lifeonce again comes to daily routine track....
Thanks to VRangers who arrange this trekking we had great experience............
I hope you all had enjoyed.........
I thanks to all my friends who given support during the trek i.e Prashant Bhoir, anurag chivilkar, abhijit mane, vivek jhadav, madhuri, raki, kanchan, yasin, nilesh, shasank gore, shree iyer, ankush chavan, aditya, kartik and other friends.........

BY RANGER BHARAT GORU...........

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Monsoon Trek to KULANG -VRangers

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What do we expect in monsoon – Rains! Water everywhere! Algae & mosses forming slimy cover on rocks! Aah! This was the first time I started hating rain so much!

We, VRangers, started for Kulang late night by boarding 12.19 a.m. Kasara Local. As usual everyone boarded from their station in the second last compartment. I boarded from Thane, some from Vashi like Amogh and Shilpa and some from Pune like, Ruchir, Devesh, Amit, Chaitanya and Sujit! Others like Ananda, Sudhir, Allen, Pradeep from Thane. So a herd of like-crazy mentality of 27 members headed for Kulang. Unawares of the forthcoming adventure. I was in my own self, I guess even others didn’t anticipate the imminent nature’s treasure called Kulang.

All alighted from local after almost 2 hrs of Journey at 2.00 a.m. After a brief introduction round, we got in the available-arranged vehicles and we were off to Kurungwadi (Base village of Kulang). Since, it was not crowded, almost everyone rested except ruchir, who kept on rolling out his bollywood encylopedia to us i.e, Shilpa, Sheetal, Ishwari and me, who were seated in the back seat! He kept us entertained thoroughly while I tried to catch few winks! But every now and then I used to catch some of his dialogues and used to blurb out few words and doze back. I guess the guys in the front seat all dozed off! Around 5.30 a.m. we reached Kurungwadi. Although, the place we alighted was not exactly the base! We had to get off and walk 1-2 kms in the early morning chilly rains that had been lashing out whole day and night everywhere and it had flooded the road that lead to the base. Luckily, some of them came well prepared with wind cheaters but unfortunates like me, Jiten and Rohan bore the harsh rains throughout the trek. We shivered from head to toe and carried on till we reached the base in the evening on the same day. Even Ananda and Sudhir didn’t had the wind cheaters on! We were all drenched from head to toe for next continuous 12 hours. We were in the base village by 6.00 a.m. Ananda and Sudhir took us to a hut where they prepared the breakfast. Girls helped them out. Finally, hot poha and tea gave some relief to all of us who were already frozen because of ongoing heavy rains and winds. 

We started from the base towards Kulang, Initially we couldn’t see Kulang because of dense fog. As it was raining heavily and continuously no one dared to take out their camera including me. Slowly as we proceeded, we got the first glimpse of mighty Kulang and the adjacent Madangad.

There were many parallel lines of waterfall running on both the mountains. That was the sight to behold. Some of them managed to capture the beauty before it was again engulfed by fog. We started to ascend after crossing some water streams, trotting carefully! It was a gradual climb, till we reached the waterfall area. Then the battle with slippery rocks began. Many of them realized that their footwear was improper because it couldn’t hold the grip on the rocks properly and trek on Kulang mostly comprised of rocks.

We reached the traverse after an hour. The traverse was to move towards the left side of the ridge. At this point, there was many photoshoots by our eminent models. As we climbed the other side we could see the multiple waterfalls in the form of thin lines flowing from top of Madangad to the base. It was the ultimate sight to capture. Still in those drizzle, Pranav and those who dared to take out camera, managed to snap some shots. I stored that landscape picture in my mind and moved ahead praying that while returning it shouldn’t rain and I will capture it while descending. Walking through almost 5 feet dense vegetation of bamboo grasses, we had to keep our hands widespread to avoid getting hit on face by those grass blades while making a passage through them. One after other such patches kept cropping up in the plateau region. We were almost at the midst of the ascend. Then the actual thrill started with the slippery, dangerous rock steps where one had to keep their feet at proper  place and no monkey business can be tolerated. Because one wrong step and you are down! Gladly, nothing untoward incident happened. I guess the members were too careful with their eyes wide open and feet carefully tucked in those grips. There were around 5 major rocky step patches and 2 minor ones in total. The riskiest one was the twisted one. The twist was such that the other side had deep valley and small rock cut steps. As soon as we finished one rock patch, I would see up to catch the sight as what lay ahead, would be greeted with fog, and I would assume that we reached, but as soon as the fog cleared there was another pinnacle daring us to cover it. This happened atleast 4-5 times, no wonder Kulang has highest climb in Sahyadris. Without letting the pain in the leg go to my mind, we all continued our march, finally we reached! Offcourse, we had too, it was quite windy at the top and since we were all drenched, we were literally freezing to death. We all got in the cave, could feel some warmth. Had the usual boisterous lunch, ate whatever we could lay our hands on, at the end I felt pity on my stomach, as what all went inside, I dont know! I guess all felt same. Then after short break, and group poses, we started exploring Kulang. Since, the winds were literally blowing like storm, we could literally feel our feet off the ground. All scrambled helter skelter to hold onto something. I could feel the chill, deep in my bone marrows. Descending began soon after, the confidence with which I climbed,was all shattered, when I came across those rock patches. The shiver made it even more difficult to hold onto myself. I descended with help of Ananda at some places, rope had to be used at that twisted patch. And then there was Ruchir at some places, he had my camera in his bag, very nice of him to remove it and put it back again and again because the rain was playing hide and seek with us. Once these rock patches were cleared, rest was easy. I , Sandeep and Rohan started descending fast, wade through grasses, butt-trekked most of the patch, and we were at base by 5.00 p.m.

Offcourse we were bit lost and trekked whole village searching for that particular house, and all huts seemed same. Finally, Rohan got the path right and we reached our destination. And yeah, I did manage to click some pictures at that traverse for which I prayed LOL.

Kulang in monsoon- that’s a worth, life-time experience! And yeah, I have developed strange dislike for rains now.

By Sonya A.

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Harishchandragad Monsoon trek -Vrangers

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We started out for this magnanimous hill fort around 12.00 mid-night from Kayan ST Bus Stand. It took us nearly two and half hours to reach Khubi Phata. The distance from Khubi phata to the Base village called Khireshwar is nearly 4 kms.

We started out on the uneven path from Khubi Phata, amidst the heavy fog, and the path was faintly visible to our eyes. Armed with torch and heavy bags we strode on. On both sides, there were dense clouds, even the Dam water lake was not visible.

We reached the base Khireshwar village around 4.30 a.m. and from there we started our climb to Tolar khind. Before reaching Tolarkhind we crossed the dense forest area where the leopards roam around in night, So it is always advisable to be in group rather than moving alone ahead or staying back.

We had our breakfast at Tolarkhind with self made Vegetable Sandwiches, I mean we sliced onions, tomatoes, applied butter and home-made chutney, and finally we all relished it.

Again after 10 minutes break we started off. There was a fantastic rock patch, it was really adrenaline pumping patch, not so dangerous except at some places where it was quite slippery, but the view from the top of rock patch was astounding. Nevermind the danger of falling, anyone would be tempted to fly away to capture the scenic beauty.

After the rock patch we had to cross seven hillocks to reach the destination. The picturesque view of different coloured flowers doesnt even make you aware that you have passed those hillocks so fast. There were carpets of white flowers, yellow flowers, purple and blue inflorescence on different hillocks. As if we have entered valley of flowers. The path is simple not much tedious, we just kept on walking and walking enjoying the fog covered mountains, the cascading waterfalls, the flowing streams, the chirping birds and noisy woods,till we saw the crown of Harishchandreshwar temple. We all got in, and settled ourselves in the caves that were located behind the temple. They were quite clean infact. We earmarked the spaces that we required to sleep, since it was peak time of the season and many groups frequent this place, so it is always better to reside in one as soon as a cave is found empty or else it becomes a problem to locate a place to rest in night. The harishchandreshwar Temple has got beautiful carvings on its walls, being very old and some sculptures can also been read. It is said that Sant Changdev stayed here for some time in 14th century and completed his manuscript - 'Tatwasaar'. The Nandi and Shivling in the temple are really wonderful. The fascinating thing about this temple is that it has been carved out from a single huge rock. There are entrances from all four sides. On the main entrance there are sculptures of faces. These are faces of guards of the temple. On the left side of the entrance is a Devnagri inscription. On left side of temple there is a well- built lake called "Saptatirtha". On its bank there are temple-like constructions in which there were idols of Lord Vishnu. When we visited it was not there, after going through many sites, I found that they were shifted to the caves near Harishchandreshwar temple.

Since we reached around mid-noon, we rested for two hours and started off for konkan kada by three p.m., We had tea which was arranged by Ananda in the cave by some villagers, set off to Konkan Kada, it was raining heavily, and because of that we couldn't get the view from top. Although, we enjoyed by strolling around, getting ourselves clicked, singing and dancing amidst the heavy fog, it was heavenly experience. Due to the concave shape of the cliff, any particle which was thrown from edge would eventually got thrown up by the winds that crash to these cliffs. So, I had fun by throwing some grasses into the edge and swishhhhhhh it would fly high enough to disappear in thick fog. It was the most exciting part of this trip.

We descended to our dwelling by 5.00 p.m. had our simple, tasty filling dinner of Rice, Bhakhri, Pitti and slept by 10.00 p.m. Nilesh made a small bonfire to keep us warm, it was very cold as the night set in. I wrapped myself with Ananda's jacket and Rubens sleeping bag took care of my legs. Its lesson for me, next time I will go prepared with blanket to save myself from shivering to death. LOL. Saturday got over and Sunday was about to start.

We got up around 5.00 a.m. - 6.00 a.m. We aborted the plan to visit Taramati peak because of dense fog that surrounded each and every nook and corner.

After finishing of with breakfast of Kanda pohe, biscuits & tea, we visited some caves, in one of them, there was huge Lord Ganesh's Carving, some of these caves are used by trekkers to reside during night. There was Kedareshwar Cave on the right side of Harishchandreshwar temple. In this cave, there is huge Shivling, which is completely surrounded by water. The total height from its base is about five feet, and the water is almost upto the length of our shoulder and it was icy cold. Locals say, that the water is present throughout all season. Ananda and Jay swam across to pray almost sending shivers to me in that chilly monsoon time. There are four pillars on four corners of the ling. One pillar is full, other two are in 3/4 and 1/4 condition respectively and last one has almost vanished. There are many sculptures carved out on cave walls. Due to fog, it was not clearly visible.

We started packing our bags ready to bid adieu to this wonderful place. Got ourselves clicked, did some photoshooting, and back to return journey. We descended fast. By 2.00 p.m. we were at the base Khireshwar village. We had our lunch there and got a Jeep to load ourselves and reached Khubi phata. From there we came to Kalyan via ST bus. By 7.00 p.m. I was in Mumbai.

This was the Best fun filled and memorable trek till date. It will be cherished for long time.

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VRangers Trekking Dhak Cha Bahiri

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Trekking had always been my passion. My friends in Pune had absolutely no interest in it and so I decided to find some new people with similar interests. I was just browsing through orkut for the trekking communities until I found one named ‘VRangers’. The name in itself was catchy and so I decided to interact with the members of the community.

They had organized a trek to ‘Dhak Bahiri’ caves which I was precisely looking for. I had heard from a few friends and the colleagues at my company that the trek to dhak bahiri was one of the toughest treks in the sahyadris. I got in touch with Ananda (the leader and the organizer of the treks for VRangers). I was a bit worried as I didn’t have any experience of ‘Technical’ treks (with ropes and other equipments). Ananda gave me the confidence and hence I decided to go ahead with the trek. I had trekked about 5-6 forts but this one was one of the best treks I had been to.

Dhak Bahiri caves are situated at about 50 kms from Pune.  One needs to get down at the Kamshet railway station and proceed to a Jambahvli village by bus.

I got down at the Kamshet station at about 7.30 in the morning and there was still about an hour or so before the VRangers group to arrive. I had a small introduction with Ananda at the railway station when they arrived and after that he just ran to the bus station to book a bus for us. I proceeded with the group towards the bus stop. Looking at the group my first reaction was “Man! Look at them. They are totally professional trekkers. How am I gonna do this trek?”

Ananda hired a bus and we started our journey towards the Jambhavli village. The mood in the camp was upbeat. They all started singing and cracking jokes in the bus and I realized that it was going to be fun with these guys. We got down at jambhavli after about half an hour of a journey. The first step was the introduction and instruction round.

During the introduction round I got to know that there were some real ‘adventurous’ trekkers there. Ananda along with Sangeeta and Macchindra were associated with VRangers from 3 years. They didn’t even remember the no. of the treks they had been to. Man! That was impressive. There was this guy ‘Rajas Deshpande’ who had gone to about 200 treks. I was left agape. Ananda gave us the instructions about how to go for the trek and the safety precautions needed. We started our trek with Dinesh cracking jokes. He has got some real sense of humour I must say!

We trekked for about one and a half hour until we reached a small ridge. We decided to take a short ‘rest halt’ at this point. The mood was real upbeat. By this time I had really gelled in to the lot. I, Macchindra, Bhagya and Rajas were the first to reach the ridge. The view from up there was amazing!

The real fun started from here. We carefully started to descend the ridge. Ananda and Sudhir guided us through the patch. When we reached the base of the ridge, we all were mesmerized by the beauty of nature!

We decided to rest a bit as another group was trekking up the bahiri caves. We clicked some real good photos there. Ananda told us that each one of us would require at least about 20 mins to climb the 25 feet wall to reach the caves. We started to move from there carefully towards the base of the wall. The ropes put up in the wall helped us to see through the horizontal patch with no real difficulty.

Then came the real test. When we saw the wall we realized that it had about 70 degree gradient with no real patches where we could land our feet while climbing. Again Ananda and Sudhir came to the rescue! They guided us to the caves. The sun was belting down and the rock was getting hotter, still they continued to stand in that heat in the middle of the rock patch just to help others. It was tough for the guys to go up not to mention how tough it would have been for girls! Sangeeta, Bhagya and Archana did a remarkable job to reach the top.

There were three ropes tied to the top to one of the rocks and a wooden log with the help of which we had to climb. The log swayed precociously. We all reached the bahiri caves and started clicking some photographs. As again the view was astonishing!

All kinds of stuff were happening in the caves. The humorous conversations between Pradeep and Dinesh were the best of all. A group of the local villagers brought a chicken to ‘serve’ it to God. That suddenly became the talking point of one and all.

The group that trekked before was taking ages to descend (No wonder! They didn’t have the likes of Ananda, Sudhir, and Paresh with them!).  Descending was tougher than we thought! One wrong step and you’re gone! Fortunately we had the trio of Ananda, Sudhir and Paresh who guided us. We were scared a bit specially for the girls but they did a fantastic job.

After everyone had climbed down the rock patch, we started trekking down at about four in the evening.  We walked for about an hour and reached the base village Dhak. We took a halt there and had Gulab Jamuns which Ananda and Sangeeta had brought.

It was about 6.15 and the sun was setting down. So we quickly started walking again towards Karjat. The experience after that was one of the best that I have ever had. Walking through the dense jungle with no torch was amazing! I, Macchindra and Rajas tried to scare Bhagya by speaking about ghosts and that kept us upbeat. Wherever we would stop for the rangers that followed us, Bhagya would start showing the constellations and the stars and macchindra would somehow find a way to crack a joke upon that. We had some real fun! Macchindra kept on saying that the base is just 10 mins ahead every time we asked and in its anticipation we would continue our walk. Finally at about 9 we reached the Karjat railway station.

This was one of the best treks that I had been to and got the opportunity to interact as well as make some real good friends!

VRangers rock!!!!

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