Midas Adventure : SSMMH : Salher, Salota, Mulher, Mora and Hargad trek on Jan 21-22, 2017
Grade – Medium.
Endurance – Medium.
Salher and Salota:
It is the site of the highest fort in the Sahyadri mountains and the second highest peak at 1,567 metres (5,141 ft) after Kalsubai in Maharashtra and 27th highest peak in Western Ghats.This was one of the celebrated forts of Maratha Empire. The money acquired after raiding Surat was brought to this fort first on its way to the Maratha capital forts. According to a legend, Lord Parshuram did his Tapascharya at Salher Fort. After winning the earth and giving it as donation, he made land for himself to live in, by pushing the sea back with his arrows, right from this place. An ancient and historically significant place like this is also famous for its battles during the reign of Shivaji. Salher Fort was under Shivaji maharaj in 1671. The Mughals attacked the fort in 1672. Almost one lakh soldiers fought in this war. Many soldiers died in this battle but finally Shivaji Maharaj won the battle of Salher. Of all the face to face battles between the Mughals and Shivaji Maharaj’s troops, the battle of Salher takes first place. Such a big battle was not won before. The bravery and strategy used by the Maratha troops in the battle spread far and wide and increased Shivaji Maharaj’s fame further. After winning Salher, the Marathas also captured Mulher and established their reign over the Baglan region. In the 18th century the Peshwas occupied this fort and later by the British.
Battle of Salher-The fort of Salher was captured by Shivaji in 1671, during his campaign of the Baglan region. This news reached the Mogul emperor in Delhi. He got incensed with this news and said “I have sent lakhs of cavalry but they have come back shamefully, now whom do I send?” The emperor then decided “As long as Shivaji is alive, we are not leaving Delhi”. He then called Ikhlaas Khan and Bahlol Khan and sent them with a cavalry of 20,000 horses to attack Salher. Ikhlaas Khan then laid siege of Salher Fort. When this news reached the Maharaj, he sent message to his Commander in Chief Prataprao through his secret agents “Go to Salher with your troops and drive off Bahlol Khan”. He also sent a parallel letter to Moropant Peshwa to go from Varghati Konkan along with his troops and meet Prataprao near Salher. As planned, both Prataprao and Moropant rode to Salher from both sides and a fierce battle ensued. Shivaji’s troops captured 6,000 horses, 6,000 camels, 150 elephants, heavy gold ornaments, gold coins and expensive cloth from the enemy troops. The Maratha soldiers showed extreme courage during this battle. Moropant Peshwa and Prataprao Sarnaubat exchanged pleasantries. Suryarao Kakde became a martyr during this battle. He fell after being hit by a cannonball. He was no mere soldier. A soldier who was as brave as “Karna of the Mahabharata” lay dead on the battlefield.
Salota and Salher both are separated by a col.
The Rathod dynasty of Bagul ancestry reigned Baglan between 1310 and 1638. Mulher fort was their capital. The Mughals then gained control of Baglan. For the Surat forays of January 1664 & October 1670, Shivaji Maharaj had followed the route passing through Baglan to reach Surat. On the first occasion, the entire region from Pune to Surat was under the command of the Mughals while on the second occasion, Baglan was mainly under their control. The Mughals chased Shivaji Raje on his return journey but they were defeated in the Kanchana Pass. Soon after this, Shivaji began a campaign in this region. In January 1671 the first assault brought the Salher fort under the Maratha rule. They then attacked Mulher fort but the Mughal Killedar repulsed the attack. However, the Marathas
captured the Chaulher fort. In October 1671, the Mughals laid siege to Salher fort. But Shivaji despatched Moropant and Prataprao to break down the siege. They not only lifted the siege of Salher, but also attacked Mulher and captured it in February 1672. This feat resulted in the assimilation of the entire Baglan region into Swarajya
There are few rock cut cisterns and caves on the fort, There are two rock cut gates. There is no significant construction on the fort.The pathway to the fort is made of rock cut steps. From the fort Mangi-Tungi, Salher, Salota, Hargad, Mulher, Nhavigad forts are easily seen
Geographically seen, Moragad is just a part of fort Mulher. It is actually the second bastion of Mulher. The height of this fort from its base is about 4450ft.
Nothing much is written in the history about this fort, as no major battle was fought here. This fort can be seen from the village of Mulher – Fort Mulher in the front, Moragad on the left and Hargad to the right. This fort is at a higher elevation than the fort of Mulher.
Meeting point : Kasara Railway station by 11.05pm on Jan 20, 2017
11.05 pm : Start to base village by Private Transport
Day 0 : Friday Jan 20, 2017
Mumbai people please Catch 08.52pm Kasara Fast Local from CST and meet us at Kasara
Pune people can travel by 06.35pm : Indrayani Exress from Pune station to kalyan and catch connected Local to Kasara.
08.52pm – CST
08.58pm – Byculla
09.05pm – Dadar
09.12pm – Kurla
09.16pm – Ghatkopar, Mulund
09.32pm – Thane
09.44pm – Dombivali
09.53pm – Kaylan
11.05pm – Kasara
Day 1 : Saturday Jan 21, 2017
04.00 am : Reach Base village and Rest for 1-1.5 hr.
06.30 am : Start trek to Salher after breakfast and Tea
10.00 am : Salher top, Lunch
11.00 am : Move to Salota
02.30 pm : Salota top
04.00 pm : Start descending
06.30 pm : Base village
08.30 pm : Dinner and retire for the day.
Day 2 : Sunday Jan 22, 2017
05.00 am : Wake up and get ready
06.30 am : Start trek to Mulher after breakfast
08.00 am : Mulher top
10.00 am : Mora Top
11.00 am : lunch and Move for hargad
01.30 pm : Hargad top
02.30 pm : Start descending
04.00 pm : Start return journey to Kasara.
09.30 pm : Reach Kasara and travel to Mumbai.
Cost : 2500/- PP
Transport Kasara to Kasara.
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Things to Carry :
– 3 liters of water (Must)
– Torch with extra batteries (Must)
– Bedding / Sleeping Bag (Must)
– Full sleeve T-shirts and full pant. For girls full neck t-shirt.(Must)
– Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (Must)
– Warm cloths.
– Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes.
– A plate, mug, and spoon (Optional)
– Camera, Cap etc. (Optional)
– Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional)
– Carry eatable like fruits, dry fruits to munch on during trek and to avoid dehydration.
– A haversack to put in all the things.
– Good to have stick for support.
– Carry 3-4 extra carrybags.
– No smoking.
– No plastic littering.
– No jeans/skin tight cloths.
– Proper used footwear/shoes (No new one) are essential for trek.
– Conserve and preserve our heritage.
– No deo/perfume. After trek it’s ok.
– We reserves all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice.
– No Extra adventure/out of iternary behavior during trek.
– Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
– All the activities & programs carry an amount of risk of injury and you are aware that outdoor activities have an inherent risk of personal injury.
– You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident/ Natural calamity can happen & you agree that organizer shall not be held responsible for the any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances (artificial or natural).
– Photographs taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose.
– Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety, Jewellary, Cash and baggage.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done.
If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper 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 seek their physicians advice before coming.