Stargazing & Camping at Lohgad Valley

Short Information:

Height: 3400/3567 Feet above MSL(Approx)
Grade: Easy
District: Pune
Region: Lonavala
Base Village: Lohagadwadi

Date: 23rd -24th December 2017
History: This is one of the most interesting forts to visit as it still has its fortification and doorways in pristine condition. The fort dates back to the Satvahan Era and was mainly used to keep a watch on the trade route passing through the Sahyadris.As one starts ascending the fort, 4 massive doors have to be crossed namely Ganesh Darwaza, Narayan Darwaza, Hanuman Darwaza, &MahaDarwaza. The top of the fort is expansive and has a huge lake built by Nana Phadnis.The most interesting feature of this fort is the ‘VinchuKatta’, which stretches for almost 2 kms and is slightly detached from the fort. The end of this katta has a bastion which was used for keeping a watch on the region.

As the name itself suggest, the ‘VinchuKatta’ when viewed from the top of the fort resembles a Scorpions Sting.

Stargazing details: Observation of the beautiful celestial objects like planets, galaxies, constellations, double stars, Nebulae via very powerful telescopes. If there is meteor shower possible during our event, we will try to cover. Also we are going to observe Sun with a Solar telescope, which is very safe observation with our equipment.

Nearby places one can visit:

·         Bhaje caves

·         Pawana Dam




Day 1: 

06:00 pm: Reach campsite by your own vehicle (Bike/Car). There are steep slopes before reaching base of Lohagad, so choose your vehicle accordingly.
06:15 pm: Welcome tea and snacks
07:00 pm: Settled down in your tents
08:00 pm: Star Gazing with help of expert team. Session may continue late night after dinner.

09:00 pm: Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg) give your preference while booking
10:30 pm: Campfire, enjoy amazing night view of valley, have a nice sleep

Day 2:

07:00 am: Wakeup call
08:00 am: Morning tea & Breakfast
09:00 am: Trek to Lohagad with guide
11:30 am: Bye-bye with loads of memories and pictures

Cost: INR 1500 + 5% GST

For kids –

Below 5 - No charges
Age 5 – 10 yrs = INR 1300


Dinner (Veg/Non-Veg) - Unlimited
Star Gazing flexible session for 2-3 hrs depending clear sky
Maksutov Telescope (Very Powerful) for stargazing
Breakfast & Tea
Camping in dome Tents with bedding 
Expertise, first aid kit
Safe & secure campground with washroom facility
Guide for lohagd trek if group size is 5+


Any other personal expenses other than above & GST



Cancellation and Refund applicable on the tour cost:

If cancellation done prior to 15 days of outing 75% will be refunded.
If done prior to 10 days of outing 50% will be refunded
After that no refund will be provided.


Things To Carry:

Torch with extra batteries.
Photo ID card.
Good trekking or sport shoes.
Some ready to eat food (plum cakes, biscuits)
Jackets (photo accheaate hey)
Electral/Tang powder/Glucose-D/salt
Cap, camera, mobiles phones, socks, extra pairs of cloths. (If required)
Any personal medicine


In mountains & jungles, smoking attracts honeybees and one has to face dangerous "honeybee attack" where survival of the person is difficult, hence smoking is strictly prohibited.
Drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Leader's decision will be final and binding.
Small Steps Adventures reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
Telephonic confirmation for booking is mandatory; if unable to contact us then send a text message and we will call you back.
Please do not carry handbags or Jholas or Sling bags on treks.
Please do not carry or wear any valuables, ornaments, jewelry, etc. If carried, then we do not take any liability for the same.


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