Adventure Geek Trek to Ratangad

Some information about the place:
Type: Hill Fort
Grade: Medium
Endurance Level: Medium
Height: approx. 4255 ft.
Base Village: Ratanwadi.
Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed the jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba, and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time
At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high-class architecture of our ancestors.
Ratangad has still the remains of the fort with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani Mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This site has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accommodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle via tryambak Darwaza.
The itinerary for the trek will be as follows:
Meeting Point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park,
Borivali East at 11.00 PM
Pickup Point: Nitin Company Junction, Thane at 12:00 am
Reach Base Village by 5 am.
Rest in the bus till 6 am
Breakfast at the base village
Introduction Round
Start Trek by 7.30 am
Reach Top by 10.30 am
Explore the Fort and Lunch
Start Descending by 2.30 pm
Reach Base Village by 4.30 pm
Start our Return Journey by 5 pm
Evening Snacks on the way
Reach Mumbai by 9-10 pm (Depend on the Traffic)
The cost for the trek will be INR 1250/- per head,
which includes,
Evening Refreshment
Dadar to Dadar Transportation by Non AC bus
Expertise Charges
For booking you need to DEPOSIT FULL AMOUNT – in the following Account:
Payment Detail:-
Name of the account: Vinay k Gupta
A/c # 319102010805655 (saving)
IFSC code :ubin0531910
Bank name: Union Bank of India
Bank Address: Princess street Branch, Mumbai.
Call to Register
Things To Be carried:
Torch With Extra Batteries (Must)
Lunch For Sunday (V-IMP )
Extra pair of socks V-imp ( we will wear it overshoes if it's slippery) this gives better grip
Identity proof
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
A bottle of water (at least 2 Ltrs) Compulsory
Medicine those if you require usually
Good trekking shoes, an extra pair of floaters.
A haversack to put in all the things to be that one has one's hands free while trekking.
Please do not carry Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Jewelry
Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.
No Smoking, tobacco, and alcohol
Be a group - it's not a race
NO littering please...we are educated smile emoticon
The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
Note- Please understand this ain’t a picnic, all Trekking and Adventure activities demand fitness. We request you to get a medical fitness check done before you participate in any such events. If suffering from any allergy carry proper medications and inform your trek leaders about it. Also make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip, building in an allowance for any travel delay. Those with Active Chest and Heart diseases that limit physical activity should not go to high altitudes.
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