Dear All,


Bhramar have organized a Trek to Rajgad on 08th - 09th NOV '14.(Starting 07th Night)

Renowned Historian Shri Appa Parab will be with us to explore history of Rajgad.

Brief introduction about Shri Appa Parab is given at the end of this email.


Some Information about the fort:


Type: Hill Fort

Height: 4182 feet

Grade: Medium

Base Village:Gunjavane


About Rajgad:

Rajgad – The name describes the place itself - The king of all the forts.

It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction.

The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. Thereare the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee,and at the centre is the Ballekilla.

Padmavati Machee (north end): This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, ChorDarwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition),Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).

Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end): This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.

Suvela Machee (south east): This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe).

The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it.

The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.

Bale Killa (centre): This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.



Day 1: Friday Night.07th NOV 2014

Meeting Point: Thane East, Near Anand Talkies,11:30 PM sharp

Our journey starts with the private vehicle from Thane till Gunjavne, the base village of Rajgad.


Day 2: Saturday 08th NOV

> Start our trek by 7:30 am, reach the top till 10.30 AM.

> Explore two Machi and the Ballekilla till the eve.

> Dinner, and go to bed (we will be sleeping in the temple on the Padmavati  machi.)


09th Nov:

> Explore the remaining fort

> Start descending.

> Lunch by 2 at the base village.

> Start our journey back by bus/private vehicle

> Return back to Mumbai by 8 pm tentatively.


The cost for the event will be Rs 2000/- per head, which includes,

Travelling from Thane to Thane,

Food (3 meals, 2 breakfasts),



Things to carry:

Water 2 litre

ID proof

Torch with extra batteries, Candles.

Bedding with extra Papers, Extra Clothes

A plate, mug, and spoon,

Cloths to protect from winter such as Windcheaters, Cap, etc.

Camera, (Optional)

some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.

Medicine those if u require usually.

Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks

A haversack to put in all the things to be that one has ones hands free while trekking. (Please

do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)

Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.



Registration through phone calls only. One needs to handover full payment prior 30th OCT to below mentioned members.

  • Anup Malandkar: 9702010507
  • Kailas Bhangare: 9702292244
  • Rucha Malandkar: 9594074434
  • Bhushan Mohite: 9870343490

No refund will be provided for cancellation post 30th OCT.


Few Lines about Appa:

इतिहासाचा आढावा घेऊन प्रसिद्धीच्या मागे असणारे बरेच इतिहासकार आहेत पण निस्वार्थ मानाने लोकांसमोर खरा इतिहास पोहचवत असतानाही प्रसिद्धी पासून वंचित राहिलेले एक इतिहास संकलक म्हणजेच "श्री अप्पा परब" आहेत...
आज आपण अनेक गड -किल्ले फिरत असतो,जणू काही इतिहासाची पान पलटत असतो.
इतिहासाची मूक साक्षीदार आपल्या आजूबाजूला असतात .याच इतिहासाला बोलके करण्याचे काम इतिहासकार करतात ,पण प्रसिद्धीचा कोणताही हव्यास न धरता काम करणारे म्हणजे ज्येष्ठ इतिहास संकलक ''श्री.आप्पा परब''.

श्री पुरुषोत्तम परब ज्यांना सर्व इतिहास चाहते व दुर्ग प्रेमी श्री आप्पा परब या नावाने ओळखतात, एक ज्येष्ठ इतिहास संकलक व दुर्ग संशोधक आहेत.काही मोजके जाणकार सोडले तर फारसे हे नाव कुणाला परिचत नसेल ,पण ज्यांना एकदा ते कळले कि मग तुमच्या हृदयात त्यांचे अढळ स्थान हे नक्की. अतिशय साधी राहणी ,कोणत्याही प्रसिद्धीचा हव्यास नाही. ते इतिहासाबद्दल बोलताना त्यांची तंद्रीच लागते

बालपणापासूनच ज्यांनी स्वतःचे आयुष्य स्वराज्यासाठी इतिहास संशोधनात झोकून दिले आज वयाच्या ७५ व्या वर्षीही आपले कार्य तसेच चालू ठेवत आहेत ही गोष्ट खरीच प्रेरणादायी आहे

आप्पांबद्दल जितके सांगू तितके कमीच आहे. एखाद्याने जर गड किल्ल्यांबद्दल किंवा शिव-शंभू बद्दल आप्पांना विचारले आणि आप्पांनी त्या व्यक्तीला समाधानकारक माहिती दिली नाही असे कधीच झाले नाही.तासनतास आप्पा माहिती देत बसले तरी कधीच कंटाळा करत नाही हा फक्त समोरील व्यक्तीची त्या गोष्टी जाणून घ्यायची तेवढी क्षमता असावीत
त्यांची अनेक पुस्तके यापूर्वी प्रकाशित झाली आहेतच .मुद्देसूद मांडणी ,विषयावरच भाष्य आणि अतिशय माफक किंमत हे त्यंच्या पुस्तकाचे वैशिष्ट
एक ज्येष्ठ इतिहास संकलक श्री. आप्पा परब हे तसे प्रसिद्धी पराङमुख !!

शिवरायांच्या पदस्पर्शाने पावन झालेल्या जवळ जवळ सर्वच किल्ल्यांना आप्पांनी भेट दिली असल्यामुळे आणि त्याहूनही महत्वाचे म्हणजे त्या किल्ल्या संबंधी बारीक सारीक तपशीलाबद्दल माहिती असल्यामुळे त्यांच्या तोंडून इतिहास जिवंत होऊन बाहेर पडतो.
मराठ्यांचा इतिहास सांगतो म्हणणा-यांना मराठ्यांच्या परंपरा, त्यांचे रीतीरिवाज याबद्दल देखील माहिती नसते....
पण एवढे असूनही....... इतिहास जगत असताना देखील ते वास्तवाचे भान विसरत नाहीत...........


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.

In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or

luggage or any equipment; Bhramar, it’s instructors, organizers, volunteers or any other person involved

wholly or partially, either individually or jointly, shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and

no claims of the participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.



Regards/Team Bhramar

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