VRangers independence special one day Gorakhgad trek on 15th Aug 2013.

The region of Gorakhgad and Machchindragad has a dense forest cover. Fort Gorakhgad is quite small in size. It was had strategic importance during the region of Shahaji Raje. However, no major battle is recorded to have taken place here. It was used in Shivaji's era to patrol the nearby region and was used as a stopover station during the journey to Junnar via Naneghat. Though small in size, there is enough availability water and a lot of space for accommodation. The fort gets its name from Saint Gorakhnath, who performed his "Sadhana" in this place.

Two cisterns can be seen just after emerging through the entrance and the path climbs up further ahead. Further, a small step-way descends down to the large caves that are carved out in the main rock of the pinnacle. Nature's grandeur can be appreciated here with the magnificent view of two large frangipani trees leaning over the valley and the excellent sight of Machchindragad. There are in total fourteen cisterns on the fort, however, only the three tanks near to the cave have portable water.There is a small Mahadeo temple with Nandi at the top.

Trek Date: 15th Aug 2013.

Trek Name: Gorakhgad.

Fort Height: 2137 ft.

Type: Hill forts

Fort Range: Karjat-Murbad

Grade: Medium

Cost: - Rs 350 /-{the charges of the trek include breakfast, traveling from kalyan to kalyan via public transport and refreshment.}

Trek Schedule:

People interested should get into this local (2nd last compartment) and gather at kalyan ST depo.

Train Timings: Asangaon Slow Local (AN)

CST: 5.14 am    Byculla: 5.22 am    Dadar: 5.32 am

Sion: 5.38     Ghatkopar: 5.49    Bhandup: 6.00

Mulund: 6.06     Thane: 6.10     Mumbra: 6.20

Dombivali: 6.32    Kalyan: 6.41 am.

Itinerary:

6.50am: Catct ST for Murbad.

8.00am: Will have tea-b/f and will move towards Dehri

9.20 am: With an intro round will move to gorakh gad cave.

10.40 am: Reach to door of Gorakhgad

11.30 am: reach to cave and will rest here.

12.15 pm: With the thrill of steps of gorakhgad reach on top and explore surrounding.

01.15 pm: Back to cave and have Lunch& rest.

02.15 pm: Move towards dehri.

04.15 pm: At dehri.

06.40 pm: Back to kalyan.

Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:

Compulsory items: Lunch for the day.

A proper two sided haversack to put all the things, So that one has hands free while trekking, id proof, approx 3 ltr water, Torch with extra batteries, some snacks, Should ware good trekking shoes, full sleeve shirt/T-shirt & Full Pant, if you have any medical issue please carry your own medicine as we carry only First aid, carry some extra cloths.

Non-compulsory items but helpful:

Cap, Sunglasses, Woolen Jacket, Camera , Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry  mosquito’s repellent, Electoral / Energy powder, 2 Lemon, & 2 plastic bags for weight distribution. (It’s totally self responsibility to take care of things.)

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