VRangers two days trek to Rajmachi Via Lonalava & descend Via Karjat

Short info

Date: 31st Jan-1st Feb 2015.

Duration: 2 day trek.

Type: Hill Fort

Height: 3600 Feet above MSL (Approx)

Grade: Easy- medium

Range: Karjat.

Registered member Fees: 1000/-

Un Registered member Fees: 1100/-

Cost includes:

Travelling from Lonavala to Fanaswadi, 1 Breakfast, 1 Evening Tea and 3 Meal, Travelling from base Village to Karjat, Night stay charges, Expertise charges.

Cost Does not include:

Travelling from Dadar to Lonavala by Train

Travelling from Karjat to home.

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Rajmachi is a fort in Karjat region. There are two forts which were built by Shivaji Emperor during 17th century. It is a famous spot for trekking. It is a 17 km trekking distance from Lonavla. Rajmachi fort is a strategic fort overlooking Borghat(ghat between Mumbai and Pune) which was a historical trade route. Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures - the Shrivardhan fort and Manoranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route from Kondivide village near Karjat and the other easy but long way route from Lonavala.

Places to Visit

1. Kal Bhairava temple is situated in the col between Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Local inhabitants worship Kal Bhairava even today.

2. There are two Fortresses on Rajmachi – the taller one in the east is Shrivardhan fort and the other in the west is Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi is a unique fort having wide plateau on all sides of the twin fortresses.

3. The Buddhist caves on the western slope of Rajmachi plateau (at present known asKondhane caves) were carved in the period around 200 BC. The existence of these ancient caves indicates that Rajmachi had been identified as an important place right from the Buddhist period.

The tentative itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

31st –Jan - 2015-Day 1

Meeting Point: Lonavala Station (Platform No 1 , Near Ticket Counter)

The journey starts with the Indrayani Express. People interested should catch this train from respective stations with ticket till lonavala station. (Plz get your respected stations at least half an hour earlier, as there might be a long queue for the tickets).

Train Timings: - Indrayani Express

CST - 5.35 am

Dadar – 5.50 am

Thane – 6.10 am

Kalyan – 6.35 am

Lonavla – 8.00 am

Travel by Public Transport till Fanaswadi

Reach Fanaswadi by 10.30am

Introduction Round, Start Trek for Rajmachi (8 KM Trek)

Reach Udhewadi Village by 1.30pm.

Lunch and Rest for some time

Start Trek for Manoranjan Fort , Enjoy Sunset from the Fort

Stay at Villager’s House, (carry Bedding / Sleeping Bag)

Dinner & Rest.

1st Feb 2015 - Day 2:

Wake up at 6am

Visit Shreevardhan Fort

Back to Villager House for Breakfast

Fun in the Lake

Visit Kal Bhairava temple

Post Lunch we will start our return Journey

Start Descend towards Karjat Side by 12:30pm

Enroute visit Kondane caves

Reach Karjat by 5pm.

Payment Details:

To Confirm your registration please deposit Rs. 500/-(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 to Ananda Govekar 98922 19155.

Check List:

Compulsory items:

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, plate, spoon, bowl, bedding like shawl, mat, woolen jacket, towel, some snacks, Should wear good trekking shoes, full sleeve shirt/T-shirt & Full Pant, carry some extra cloths, Mosquito’s repellent etc….

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.)

Before registering please check: Vrangers Rules & Regulation

For Registration & more details, contact our "Rangers"

Riddhi: - 98190 64745

Ananda: - 98922 19155

Registration will be done by phone call only, so if call not received then please sms your name & mail-id.

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