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Dear All,
We at Bhramar have organized Trek to Harishchandragad on 18th -19th
January '14.(Starting 17th Night)
Some Information about the fort:
Harishchandragad:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 4500 Feet above MSL (Approx) 1412 Mtrs
Grade: Easy
Time:2 hours from base village
Location:Nagar region
Base Village: Pachnai
History:
The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered
here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana,
Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about
Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in 6th century, during the
rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various
caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are
idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they
are not related to Ayodhya. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic
Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in 14th century. The caves are from the
same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the
surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The
carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the
Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the
fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or
Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas
captured it in 1747.
Taramati:
This is the topmost point on the fort. It is the second highest peak in
Maharashtra after kalsubai. Leopards are seen in the forests beyond this
peak. From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and
the forts near Murbad. Leopards are seen in the forests beyond this peak.
From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and the
forts near Murbad. From this Taramati point, we can have a glimpse of forts
till Siddhagad near Bhimashankar in the south and Napta twin peaks,
Ghodishep (865 meters), Ajoba (1375 meters), Kulang fort (1471 meters)in
the north near the Kasara region.
Konkan Kada:
The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always
fascinated many people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks
down upon the Konkan with a breathtaking view of the surrounding region
and sunset. This cliff is not just vertical; it is an overhang, almost like a
cobra’s hood.Sometimes a circular rainbow can be seen from this point. It
can be seen only when there is a bit of mist in the valley, and the sun is right
behind the person facing the valley. One amazing phenomenon that can be
observed at this place is the vertical cloud burst, in which the clouds nearing
the cliff get sucked into the pit fall area below are thrown vertically into the
sky reaching more than 50 feet (15 m). It creates a magical wall that is
rising straight from the edge of the cliff without entering the landmass area.
The fog show and hovering clouds below the cliff complement the season if
one visits.
kedareshwar:
Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, we come across a huge
cave. This is the cave of Kedareshwar (see picture), in which there is a big
Shivlinga, which is totally surrounded by water. The total height from its
base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. It is quite difficult to reach the
Shivlinga because the water is ice-cold. There are sculptures carved out
here. In monsoon it is not possible to reach this cave, as a huge stream
flows across the way.
There is a huge rock above the Shiva Linga. There were 4 pillars built around
the Shiva Linga. No one really knows the history about these pillars, but it is
said that the pillars were built to depict the four 'Yugas' of Life - 'Satya
Yuga', 'Tretha Yuga', 'Dwapara Yuga' and 'Kali Yuga'. When a Yuga comes to
the end of its time, one of the pillars apparently breaks down. Three of the
pillars have already broken down. The general belief is that the current
phase is the 'Kali Yuga' and the day the fourth pillar breaks down - it will be
looked to as the last day of the current era.
Another interesting thing about this place is that water is said to seep into
this temple from the four walls on an everyday basis. And owing to the water
being very chilly, it's difficult to reach inside too. The water continues to seep
in during all the seasons in the year, except during rainy season and
surprisingly, it is also said that there is absolutely no water there during
rainy seasons alone.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Friday Night.17th March
We will be travelling to kasara by Last train.
Time details as below.Missing the train means missing the trek.
CST = 00:14 AM
Dadar = 00:32 AM
Kurla = 00:43 AM
Thane = 01:09 AM
Kasara = 02:55 AM
Overnight journey by Private vehicle (we will start by 04:00 AM)
Reach Base village by 7:00 AM and breakfast.
Day 2: Saturday 18th March
Start by 8:30 AM for trek.Reach top in 2 hours.
Visit Taramati and come back to stay area (tents)
Lunch and rest for 30 minutes.
We will visit CAVES and temple after lunch.Evening at kokankada,then back
to stay area and dinner. Campfire if possible.
Day3: Sunday 19th March
Morning breakfast and descend by 09:00 am.
We will reach Kasara 14:00 hrs.Lunch at kasara then travel to mumbai by
Train.
We will be back by 19:00 hrs approx in Mumbai.
Things to carry:
Water 2 litre
ID proof
Torch with extra batteries, Candles.
Bedding with extra Papers, Extra Clothes
A plate, mug, and spoon,
Windcheaters
Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicines that u require usually.
Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....so that one has ones
hands free while trekking.(Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Total cost per head is INR 1200/- Which includes Morning tea and Breakfast,
Lunch, and Evening Refreshment(Tea),dinner on saturday.
Sunday tea,breakfast and lunch.
Registration:
Registration through phonecalls only.One needs to handover full payment
prior 10th January to below given members.No refund will be provided for
cancellation post 10th January.
Anup Malandkar : 9702010507
Kailas Bhangare : 9702292244
Rucha Malandkar : 9594074434
Rohit Chetri : 9833774986
Bhushan Mohite : 9870343490
Do Not Litter:
Participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it
off in dustbins.
All our treks are Eco-friendly, kindly take care of nature around us. Smoking
and Drinking alcohol during trek is strictly prohibited if anyone found doing
that will be expelled from trek without refund. Respect the Heritage and
culture.
Be a group: It is of utmost importance that all participants stick together in
the group.
Everyone is responsible for his/her own safety.The leader’s decision will be
final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves”
-Sir Edmund Hillary
Regards/Team Bhramar

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