Dhodap Ravlya-Javlya Kanhergad Markandya and Saptashrungi range trek on Dec 23-25, 2017
Grade : Medium
Endurance : Medium (45-50 kilometres in 3 days)
Range : Dhodap/Ravlya/Javlya/Kanhergad/Markandya/Saptashrungi
Cost: 3000/- PP
Markandeya : 1327 m/4356ft
The mountain range starting from Saptashrungi hosts many forts viz; Saptashrungigad, Markandeya, Ravlya-Javlya, Dhodap etc. Markandeya stands opposite to Saptashrungi hill. The mountain and the fort derives its names after Sage Markandeya who had stayed here.
Aurangzeb had ordered Alivardi Khan to gain control over the forts of Nashik province. In 1639, Alivardi Khan won all the forts mentioned above and the inscription mentioning same can be seen on Indrai fort which is in Persian text. Shivaji Maharaj won the forts of Nashik in the battle of Wani-Dindori which included Markandeya. The Mughals regained control over these forts after the death of Shivaji Maharaj. The pass/valley between Markandeya and Ravlya-Javlya forts is known as Mulanbari. The ascend to Markandeya starts from here where we come to the open part of the fort first and further rock cut steps lead to the citadel. Towards the left side on this route, beneath, there are two caves known as “Dhyaan Guha” (literally means caves for meditation). Moving upwards one can see the remains of bastions and fortification wall. Where these steps end, we can see Saptashrungi gad and from here towards left, rock cut path takes us to the citadel. Here we first come across a rock cut water tank named “Kamandalu tirth” which has water throughout the year and further there are three water tanks in a row and a dried tank alongside. There is a
temple of Lord Markandeshwar on the summit which has an idol of Sage Markandeya and a Shivling. Saptashrungi gad, Dhodap, Ravlya-Javlya can be seen from the top.
Ravlya : 1251m/3987ft – Javlya : 1272m/4181ft
Ravlya Javlya are two peaks in the Chandor Range to the east of Markandeya which jut out, Ravlya on the west and Javlya on the east of a hill about 15 miles north east of Dindori, Nashik. On the way to Javlya is a gate defended by the 2 towers and in front of the gate is an image of Ganpati. The gate and towers are in ruins. The hill was used as a fort during Moghal times. In 1818, Captain Briggs, who visited the fort, described Ravlya and Javlya a two small forts standing on a large hill.There were 2 roads, one leading from Khandesh and the other leading from Markendaya Fort.According to local history, Ravlya and Javlya were two brothers. One day they were working in the field, saw a woman approaching them. Each said she was his wife and the dispute waxed hot. When the woman came near, they found out the woman as their sister. Ashamed of their fight, they made a fire in the field and jumping into it were both burnt to death. To complete the sacrifies, Sister also jumped into the fire. In honor of their self-devotionthe two peaks and a tree sprung up.
Thus named Ravlya nd Javlya.
Dhodap : 1472m/4829ft
One can see experience the vast ruggedness of Sahyadri. We can see Dolbari range,Selbari
range,and adjoining forts of Ahivant, Mohandari, Kanhera, Ekhara peak, Kanchana, Koldher,Rajdher,Indrai.Dhodap comes in proximity of BAGLAN range and is known for large number of forts which are very less explored. This forts of Sahyadri could show chilling nights even in summer. Dhodap is 2th highest fort in Maharastra after Salher fort.
The top of the fort was built using a combination of dressed stone and brickwork. There is a tank with an idol of Lord Hanuman and a tunnel 5m wide. The fort has a pointed cliff named Shembi. One can find caves at the base. One end of the fort shows a domical structure. The eastern face shows a fearsome cliff named Ikhara which is ideal for rock climbers.One temple situated in one of the caves is in good condition. A few other caves are also seen around and are quite big in size. Also the trunk of Dhodap fort is in good condition. One of the most interesting things is that there is a “cow of stone” moving inside this hill. It’s heard by the peoples in the nearby villages that on every Vasubaras, this cow moves inside by the distance of four grains. The fort played an important role during the Peshwa period. It was here that Raghobadada Peshwa hatched a plot against Madhavrao Peshwa. During return travel from the second invasion from Surat, Shree Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had visited here, presumably for keeping the treasure. A few days later, the battle of Dindori took place.
Saptashrungi : 1438m/4717ft
The goddess Saptashrungi Nivasini dwells within the seven mountain peaks (Sapta means seven and shrung means peaks). The temple is also known popularly as one of the “three and half Shakti Peethas” of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati’s (first wife of Lord Shiva) limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen.
Kanhergad : 3582 ft
We can see a rock cut bastion on the fort, and a hole in the rock ahead of that (It is called “Nedha” by local people). The way in front of this leads to the mountain top, which is extensive. It takes around one hour to see the fort. There are 6-7 water cisterns, a ShivLing, a rock cut cave facing Dhodap fort and remnants of old mansions. We can see the forts of Saptashrungi, Markandya, Rawlya-Jawlya, Dhodap, Kanchna, and Handya from the east side.
Day 0 : Dec 22, 2017. Friday
Mumbai people please Catch 10.50pm Kasara Local from CST and meet us at Kasara
Pune people please catch 06.35pm Indrayani / 06.50pm – Maysuru-Ajmer Express from Pune station and alight at Kalyan and catch below mentioned local from kalyan.
10.50 pm :CST
10:57 pm: Byculla
11:05 pm: Dadar
11:13 pm: Kurla
11:18 pm: Ghatkopar
11:34 pm: Thane
11:57 pm: Dombivali
Day 1: Dec 23, 2017. Saturday
00:07 am: Kalyan
01:18 am: Kasara
04:30 am: Reach Dhodap Base village Hatti and rest for 1 hour.
05:00 am: Wake-Up Call. Breakfast and Tea.
06.30 am: Start trek to Dhodap.
09.30 am: Reach Dhodap top and explore the fort.
12.00 pm: Lunch time ( Carried by Participent )
01.30 pm: Descend to Mulane
05.30 pm: Reach Mulance
08.30 pm: Dinner and retire for the day.
Day 2: Dec 24, 2017. Sunday
05:00 am: Start Early after having breakfast at mulane village
07:30 am: Reach Javlya fort and explore
11:00 am: Reach Ravlya fort and explore and descend
01:00 pm: Lunch at Mulane.
03:00 pm: Start trek to Kanhergad.
04.00 pm: Kanhergad Top and explore.
06.30 pm: Reach Mulane.
08.30 pm: Dinner and retire for the day.
Day 3: Dec 25, 2017. Monday
05:00 am: Start Early after having breakfast at mulane village
07:30 am: Trek to Markandya.
09.30 am: Reach Markandya peak, explore.
10:30 am: Start trek to Saptashrungi
12.30 pm: Reach Saptashrungi (vani) and have lunch
02.00 pm: Explore Saptashrungi
03.30 pm: Start return Journey to Kasara.
06.00 pm: Reach Kasara and catch local for Mumbai.
Cost – 3200/- PP
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Things to Carry :
– 3 liters of water and Day1 Lunch (Must)
– Torch with extra batteries (Must)
– Full sleeve T-shirts and full pant. For girls full neck t-shirt.(Must)
– Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (Must)
– Warm cloths / shawl
– Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (Must)
– Carry 3-4 extra carry-bags
– Bedding / Shawl / bed-sheets / Sleeping Bag (Must)
– Camera, Cap etc. (Optional)
– Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional)
– Carry eatable like fruits, dry fruits to munch on during trek and to avoid dehydration.
– A haversack to put in all the things.
– Good to have stick for support.
– No smoking.
– No plastic littering.
– Wear full sleeves, full track suite to avoid mosquito’s.
– No jeans/skin tight cloths.
– Proper footwear/shoes are essential for trek.
– Conserve and preserve our heritage.
– No deo / perfume. After trek it’s OK.
– We reserves all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice.
– No Extra adventure/out of itinerary behavior during trek.
– Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
– Photographs taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose.
– Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety, Jewellery, Cash and baggage.
– It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
– While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done.
– If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.
– Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physicians advice before coming.
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