Bhramar have arranged a trek to Raigad on 15-16Mar14 (Starting 14th Night).
Renowned Historian “Shri Appa Parab” will be with us to explore history of Raigad.
Brief introduction about Shri Appa Parab is given at the end of this page.
Some Information about the fort:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2900 feet
Base Village: Pachad
Raigad is a hill fortress situated in the near Mahad, Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Maratha king Shivaji made the fort his capital in 1674 when he was crowned King of a Maratha Kingdom which later developed into the Maratha Empire eventually covering majority of modern day India.
The fort, which rises 820 metres (2,700 ft) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. There are approximately 1737 steps leading to the fort, though today an aerial tram exists to reach the top of the fort. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege.
Shivaji maharaj had seized the fort in 1656, then the fortress of Rairi, from the royal house of the Chandrarrao Mores, a junior or Cadet dynasty to descended from the ancient Maurya imperial dynasty. The last More king (or raja) was a feudatory of the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji renovated and expanded the fortress of Rairi and renamed it Raigad (the King's Fort). It became the capital of Shivaji's kingdom.
In 1765 the Raigad Fort, along with Malwan in present Sindhudurg District, the southernmost district of Maharashtra, was the target of an armed expedition by the British East India Company, which considered it a piratical stronghold. In 1818 the fort was bombarded and destroyed by , using cannons.
The fort was built by Chandrarao Mores in 1030. Its ruins today consist of the queen's quarters: six chambers, with each chamber having its own private restroom. The main palace was constructed using wood, of which only the bases of pillars remain. Ruins of three watch towers can be seen directly in front of the palace grounds overlooking an artificial lake called Ganga Sagar Lake created next to the fort. It also has a view of the execution point called Takmak Tok, a cliff from which the sentenced prisoners were thrown to their death. This areas is now fenced off. The fort also has ruins of the market, and it has such structure that one can shop even while riding on a horse. The fort has a famous wall called "Hirakani Buruj" constructed over a huge cliff. Its story is that a woman by the name of Hirakani from a nearby village at the foothills of Raigad had come to sell milk to the people living in the fort. She was inside the fort when the gates were locked by sunset. The love for her infant son back at her village gave her the courage to climb down the cliff in the dark. She repeated the feat in front of King Shivaji, and was rewarded for it. In appreciation of her courage, Shivaji arranged for a wall built at this location. Even today we can see it standing.
The king's public Durbar has a replica of the original throne that faces the main doorway called the Nagarkhana Darwaja. This enclosure had been acoustically designed to aid hearing from the doorway to the throne. A secondary entrance, called the Mena Darwaja, was supposedly the private entrance of the royal ladies of the fort; it leads to the queen's quarters. The erstwhile main entrance to the fort is the imposing Maha Darwaja. The convoy of the king and the king himself used the Palkhi Darwaja. To the right of Palkhi Darwaja, is a row of three dark and deep chambers. Historians believe that these were the granaries for the fort. A statue of Shivaji maharaj is erected in front of the ruins of the main market avenue that eventually leads to the Jagdishwar Mandir and his own Samadhi (tomb).
You can get more information related to the fort at:
Day 1: 14March i.e. Friday
> Meeting Point: Thane east, Near Anand Talkies @ 11:30 PM sharp
> Journey starts with the private vehicle from Thane till Pachad, a base village of Raigad.
Day 2: 15March i.e. Saturday
> Breakfast & Start our trek by 7:30 am, reach the top till 11.00 AM.
> Explore the fort till afternoon & have lunch by 1:30 PM & again explore fort
> Dinner, and go to bed
Day 3: 16March i.e. Sunday
> 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),
Trek Expertise charges.
Things to carry:
Minimum 2 litres of water
Valid 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 like 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 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.
Registration through phone calls only. One needs to handover full payment prior 10th March to below given members. No refund will be provided for cancellation post 12th March.
Anup Malandkar : 9702010507
Kailas Bhangare : 9702292244
Rucha Ralkar : 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. 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.
Feel free to call us for any queries.
Few Lines about Appa:
इततशावाचा आढाला घेऊन प्रसवद्धीच्मा भागे अवणाये फयेच इततशावकाय आशेत ऩण तनस्लाथथ भानाने रोकाांवभोय खया इततशाव ऩोशचलत
अवतानाशी प्रसवद्धी ऩावून लांचचत याहशरेरे एक इततशाव वांकरक म्शणजेच "श्री अप्ऩा ऩयफ" आशेत...
आज आऩण अनेक गड -ककल्रे कपयत अवतो,जणू काशी इततशावाची ऩान ऩरटत अवतो.
इततशावाची भूक वाषीदाय आऩल्मा आजूफाजूरा अवतात .माच इततशावारा फोरके कयण्माचे काभ इततशावकाय कयतात ,ऩण प्रसवद्धीचा
कोणताशी शव्माव न धयता काभ कयणाये म्शणजे ज्मेष्ठ इततशाव वांकरक ''श्री.आप्ऩा ऩयफ''.
श्री ऩुरुऴोत्तभ ऩयफ ज्माांना वलथ इततशाव चाशते ल दुगथ प्रेभी श्री आप्ऩा ऩयफ मा नालाने ओऱखतात, एक ज्मेष्ठ इततशाव वांकरक ल दुगथ वांळोधक
आशेत.काशी भोजके जाणकाय वोडरे तय पायवे शे नाल कुणारा ऩरयचत नवेर ,ऩण ज्माांना एकदा ते कऱरे कक भग तुभच्मा हृदमात तमाांचे
अढऱ स्थान शे नक्की. अततळम वाधी याशणी ,कोणतमाशी प्रसवद्धीचा शव्माव नाशी. ते इततशावाफद्दर फोरताना तमाांची तांद्रीच रागते
फारऩणाऩावूनच ज्माांनी स्लतःचे आमुष्म स्लयाज्मावाठी इततशाव वांळोधनात झोकून हदरे आज लमाच्मा ७५ व्मा लऴीशी आऩरे कामथ तवेच
चारू ठेलत आशेत शी गोष्ट खयीच प्रेयणादामी आशे
आप्ऩाांफद्दर जजतके वाांगू तततके कभीच आशे. एखाद्माने जय गड ककल्ल्माांफद्दर ककां ला सळल-ळांबू फद्दर आप्ऩाांना वलचायरे आणण आप्ऩाांनी
तमा व्मक्तीरा वभाधानकायक भाहशती हदरी नाशी अवे कधीच झारे नाशी.तावनताव आप्ऩा भाहशती देत फवरे तयी कधीच कां टाऱा कयत नाशी
शा पक्त वभोयीर व्मक्तीची तमा गोष्टी जाणून घ्मामची तेलढी षभता अवालीत
तमाांची अनेक ऩुस्तके माऩूली प्रकासळत झारी आशेतच .भुद्देवूद भाांडणी ,वलऴमालयच बाष्म आणण अततळम भापक ककां भत शे तमांच्मा ऩुस्तकाचे
एक ज्मेष्ठ इततशाव वांकरक श्री. आप्ऩा ऩयफ शे तवे प्रसवद्धी ऩयाङभुख !!
सळलयामाांच्मा ऩदस्ऩळाथने ऩालन झारेल्मा जलऱ जलऱ वलथच ककल्ल्माांना आप्ऩाांनी बेट हदरी अवल्माभुऱे आणण तमाशूनशी भशतलाचे म्शणजे
तमा ककल्ल्मा वांफांधी फायीक वायीक तऩळीराफद्दर भाहशती अवल्माभुऱे तमाांच्मा तोंडून इततशाव जजलांत शोऊन फाशेय ऩडतो.
भयाठमाांचा इततशाव वाांगतो म्शणणा-माांना भयाठमाांच्मा ऩयांऩया, तमाांचे यीतीरयलाज माफद्दर देखीर भाहशती नवते....
ऩण एलढे अवूनशी....... इततशाव जगत अवताना देखीर ते लास्तलाचे बान वलवयत नाशीत...........