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Dear Friends we invite you all for Batch 2 : Turtle Festival Tour” to Velas on 14th Mar – 15th Mar (Starting 13th,Friday night)

Turtle Festival at Velas Beach :
The turtle festival is being celebrated since 2006.The Turtle Festival at Velas is annually organized by Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra (SNM) and the Kasav Mitra Mandal ,in March. This festival is meant for nature lovers, marine turtle enthusiasts, tourists and people who just want to witness this moment, at least once in a lifetime!

Harihareshwar
Surrounded by four holy hills Harihar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri Harihareshwar is a region in Konkan which is amazingly beautiful with hills playing the perfect foil for long stretch of pristine beach. The Harihareshwar temple built in the 16th century with the deities of Vishnu Brahma and Shiva is the primary attraction in Harihareshwar along with beautiful stretch of beach.

Velas is a village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is noted as a birthplace of Nana Phadnis.He was sachiva- a secretary in Peshawai in Pune.  Accommodation consists of a simple, homely dormitory style (no separate rooms).

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Bankot Fort
Region: Mandangad
District: Ratnagiri
Height: Sea fort (Slightly above sea level)
Difficulty: Simple

Bankot is a square shaped fort. On the sides of Bankot fort, there is a dry moat (Revni) dug out in the Jambhya stone. Jambhya stone is peculiar type of stone adorning a purple shade and peculiarly it is incapable of storing water as the water invariable percolates through it owing to its much porous nature. The main entrance (Mahadarwaja) of the fort is north-facing with a well sculpted arch and carvings. Watch guards dug out (Devdya) align on both sides of the Mahadarwaja with some pits being dug out in the right Devdi. On the left, there are steps leading towards Nagarkhana while there is an underground storey and a tunnel on the right. A Maruti idol in the centre stands deserted now. On the west, there is a small entrance (Darwaja) leading to a Bastion on the exterior of the fortifications. A deep well (now dry and filled) occupied the centre of this bastion earlier and the adjacent water tanks too are dry and obsolete now. One can leave the Buruj via a small exit that leads to the surrounding moat and a beautiful “Revni” lying nearby.

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Some information about the area:
The places that will be visiting are: 
1. Harihareshwar
2. Bankot Fort
3. Velas Beach

The itinerary for the tour will be as follows:  13th Mar, Friday Night :
Meeting Point :Pritam Hotel Dadar East @11.15 pm
Pikcup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @12.00 pm
Pickup Point will be given later (For all Pune People)

Saturday
Reach Velas by 05.00am
Get fresh, Visit Velas Beach at 6am for Turtle Festival
Breakfast
Bankot Fort (15 Minutes Trek)
Explore Bankot fort
Return to Velas by 1.30pm
Lunch at Velas (Veg Konkani Food)
Rest till evening
Visit Velas beach for Turtle Festival in the evening at 5pm ,
Fun time at Velas beach
Back to House
Dinner
Post Dinner,
Night walk and sharing experience of the day
Retire for the day

Sunday
Wake up at 5.30am
Visit Velas Beach for Turtle Festival in Morning at 6am.
Have breakfast and Start for Harihareshwar Temple and Beach by Ferry
Lunch at Harihareshwar
Post Lunch , Start our return journey by 3pm
Evening refreshment on the way
Reach Dadar by 9:30.

Expenses for the Tour is 1950/- per person
This includes Mumbai to Mumbai transportation fare in private (Non-A/c) bus, All Meals (Breakfast Tea, lunch ,eve snacks tea & dinner , Turtle festival charges, ferry charges,, accommodation charges And Expertise charges.  It doesn’t include Mineral Water And Cold Drinks.

For Registration call us:
Nishant Sheth : 8879418581
Amit Bhadouria :9819299164
Registration accepted only through phone call..

Things To Be carried:
Bottle of water (Atleast 2 Ltrs),
TORCH with extra batteries, (compulsory).
Camera(Optional) Jackets as it will be cold,
Cap, etc.,
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits, etc.
Medicine those if u require usually (Optional)
Good trekking shoes,
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Smoking, Alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics and any kind of intoxication, firearms and gambling strictly prohibited.
Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “When you go to the mountain leave only your footprints and bring back only memories”
The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care.
The club will not be responsible for injury / accident / death to the participant while on tour.

Medical Disclaimer: Its Important to be fit before going for Treks. It is Important to have a medical fitness check up done. If suffering from any allergy or ailment, please bring 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 Take permission from their physicians before treks.

Emergence of Hatchlings of turtles is a natural process. So cannot give guarantee of emerging possibility of turtles on the mentioned dates.

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