VRangers one day Trek to Prabalgad on 18th January 2015

Little info about the fort
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2320 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Easy- medium
Range: Panvel
Base Village: Thakurwadi.
Registered member Fees: Rs. 600.
Un Registered member Fees: Rs. 650.
It Includes Travelling from Panvel to Thakurwadi by Local vehicle, Breakfast and Veg /NonVeg Lunch
Expertise charges etc……

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Prabalgad Fort is located between Matheran and Panvel at an elevation of 2,300 feet. It was built at the pinnacle of the rocky plateau very close to Matheran. Previously, the fort was known as Muranajan and renamed by the Maratha forces under the rule of chatrapati Shivaji.
There is a dense forest on the way till the top of fort Prabal. This fort can be approached via steep climb of a waterfall route (water flows only during monsoon).

History: There is not much mention of this fort in history. However in 1658, Shivaji conquered Prabalgad from the Mughals, after establishing his powers in the Kalyan-Bhiwandi area. When Shivaji attacked the fort, the Mughal Sardar and fort chief Kesar Singh forced himself and the ladies in the fort to commit suicide so as to save themselves from falling into the hands of the Marathas. His mother along with her grandchild hid inside the fort by the fear of Shivaji, but such was the greatness of Shivaji that on finding them he sent them to their village with genuine respect and dignity.

Trek : Many times we visit various places which are far away from us but forgot our near rest beautiful places. It’s not that we don’t want to go there but normally we chose places those takes us away from our schedule life and which are helpful to us to forget our daily stressful routines.

What to see !
- East, Ulahas River

- West, Gadhi River, Chanderi and Peb forts

- South, Patalganga River, and Manikgad

- North, Karnala fort

- Kelve Teen (also known as Kalavantin or Kalavantinicha Sulka) is a 500m high pinnacle on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau. It is located near the Machi and Vajepur villages (Will go if Time permits).

The tentative itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

Meeting Point for Mumbai and Pune People: Panvel Station at 7.30 am
(Please check recommended train timing as given below)
Breakfast at Panvel
After Breakfast we move ahead to Base Village by Pvt Vehicle in next an hour so..
Introduction, instructions and start the trek
Reach the top in 3-4 hrs.
Explore the fort and start descending Prabalgad by 2pm.
Lunch Break at Machi
Reach the base till 5 pm.
Start our return journey and Reach Panvel by 6pm.

Recommended Local Train Timings:

For Harbour Line

Panvel Slow Local

Mumbai CST : 06:00 am

Wadala Road: 06:18 am

Kurla : 06:28 am

Vashi: 06:47 am

Nerul: 06:56 am

Panvel: 07:17 am

For Western Line

Western Line people can connect the above train from

Wadala Road @ 06:18 am

Recommended Local is Andheri Harbour line 05:44 am

Andheri : 05:44 am

Bandra : 05:58 am

Wadala Rd: 06:09 am

Payment Details:

To Confirm your registration please deposit Rs.350/-(non-Refundable) in the following. (Please specify your name or those who transfer on behalf of you & trek/Activity/Tour name-mandatory in SMS).

Acc Name: Ananda Shivaji Govekar

Acc No   : 00000032353269021

IFS Code: SBIN0000562

MICR Code: 400002007

Bank     : SBI Bank

Branch   : Bhandup (W)

After transaction plz do sms......

Check List:

Compulsory items:

A proper two sided haversack to put all the things, So that one has hands free while trekking, id proof, Good Trekking shoes, Extra pair of floaters, Id proof, approx 3 ltr water, Torch with extra batteries, some snacks like plum cake, if you have any medical issue please carry your own medicine as we carry only First aid….

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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For Registration & more details, contact our "Rangers"

Riddhi: - 98190 64745

Ananda: - 98922 19155

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