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Camping at Koraigad (Lonavala)

On 21st-22nd May 2016

Region: Lonavala
Height: 929m
Grade: Easy
Type: Hill Fort
Tour Cost : Rs. 650/-

When we talk about camping at our ever favorite camping spot in Lonavala, we are talking about good food, panoramic landscapes, starry night, campfires and some great company Right next to Aamby Valley sits Koraigad, a vast plain made for perfect camping nights.

P.E.A.K. TROOPS goes for a Trek and Camping at Korigad on 21-22  May, 2016

 

Highlights of Korigad :
Korlaidevi Temple
Ganesh Temple
 2 Large ponds Beautiful views of the surrounding valleys
 Aamby Valley View from top
 From here Nagphani Point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala and Manikgad ranges can be viewed.

 About Koraigad

South of Lonavala in the Maval region is the Koraigad fort which offers a panoramic view of the Deccan Plateau as well as the Konkan region. To get here you have to take the INS Shivaji road from Lonavala to Ghusalkhamb, Peth-Shahpur and Ambawawne, the village at the foothill. From here is a slightly arduous path through moderately thick forest leads to a flight of steps take you to the main entrance of fort. The distance between Lonavala and Peth Shahpur is just 20 kilometeres. From the village of Peth-Shahpur you can see Koraigad hill rising like a steep wall. Its height is 3000 feet from mean sea level, but the height from peth-shahpur to the top is about 800-1000 feet. The path to the forest goes along a flat plain for quite a while before entering the forest just below the fort. From here to the main doorway is a steep climb, through dense vegetation. Among the various trees which can be found here are fig, mango, bamboo, hirda, kokum, nirgudi, karti, raanwangi, ghasodi. Occasional rare spotting of barking deer, boars, peacocks, doves are among the animals and birds found here. Half-way along the path to the left, you can see a carved Ganpati idol in a rock. Further ahead, just short of the main doorway, is a water tank, containing cool and fresh water. On entering the main door, you find a cannon lying to one side. To the left is the main gateway, the Ganesh Gate. From here far to the left, you can see the Duke’s Nose and the INS Shivaji area, while straight ahead is the Jambhuli mountain range beyond which is Tungi hill. The southern side of the fort has a temple dedicated to Koraidevi. The roof of this temple had been blown away some time ago, but now some enthusiasts have got together and had a new roof fixed. Outside the temple are two stone lamps. Inside is a four feet tall idol of the goddess. Behind the temple, adjacent to the ramparts of the fort, this is by far the largest. To the south is the well-fortified Ambavane gateway. There are two lakes on the hill where often groups of vultures hover. Visible from here are the Mulshi lake, the Bhamburda mountain and the Durga hill. The western part of the fort contains some caves and an idol of Vishnu. From the northern bastion of the fort, there is a panoramic view of the Konkan area.

 

 

History

Shivaji Maharaj incorporated this fort in Swarajya along with Lohgad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. Prother invaded this fort but could not succeed even after prolonged fighting. Finally he succeeded on 14th March, by dropping a cannon ball where the ammunition was stored. Along with this fort the English also conquered Ghangad.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1: 21st May (Saturday)

Note : Meeting at Lonavala railway station on 21st  May 2016 at 5:10 PM.

Recommended Train for Mumbai Participants – SINHAGAD EXP - 11009

Catch the Mumbai CST – Timings:
02:30pm: CST
02:41pm: Dadar
03:03pm: Thane
03:28pm: Kalyan
04:08pm: Karjat
05:03pm: Lonavala

05:30pm: Depart for Korigad (by Pvt Vehicle/ ST Bus)
06:30pm: Reach the Base Village
06:40pm: Start climbing towards on Korigad after Instructions and Introductions session, It’s an hour’s climb and once we are at the top, we are going to be greeted                    by mountain tops and beautiful sights of Aamby Valley from above.  
07:40pm: Will Reach on Top, Take Rest, Enjoy Surrounding, Fun Games activities 
10:30pm: Delicious Simple Veg. Dinner
12:30pm: Good Night after Campfire

 

Day 2: 22nd May
 05:30am: Wake up before the sun and watch the mesmerizing sunrise, Freshen up, Photography, Fort Visit
 08:30am: Start descending
 09:00am: Morning breakfast at base village 
 09:30am: Start Journey towards Lonavala by (Pvt. Vehicle/ ST Bus)
 10:30am: Will reach Lonavala

 Note : Lot of Mode of Transports options available to reach mumbai from Lonavala

 

Tour Cost:  Rs. 650/- per participant 

Registration: 

Registration through phone calls only. Please Call Us for any query or to confirm your seat
by paying
200/- in Advance (Non-refundable). Limited seats only

 Account Details

A/c Name        : Raj Singh

Bank Name     : AXIS BANK

Account ID     : 912010022801101

IFSC code       : UTIB0001703, AXIS BANK, YOGI NAGAR, BRANCH

 Note:

1) While on line transfer, please provide your name in notes section.
2) Once payment is done, please send an email to peaktroops@gmail.com with transaction id, Name.

 

Inclusions:
     1. To and fro travelling from Lonavala by State Transportation Bus / Pvt. Vehicle
     2. Veg. Meals (Tea Refreshment, Dinner, Breakfast)  
     3. All permissions, Toll Taxes Etc.
     4. Expertise Charges

Exclusions:

     1. Travelling expanse till Lonavala
     2.  Anything mentioned than above  
     3. Mineral water or soft drinks
     4.  Emergency transport costs

Things to Carry:

·         Sleeping Bag/Mat & Blanket

·         Extra Clothes and Winter Wear ( As it is chilling atmosphere in the morning)

·         Torch and extra cell / Candles and Matchbox or Lighter

·         Personal Medicines  (General Medical Kit will be available with Group)

·         Cap, goggle, sunscreen etc.

·         Sport shoes / Trekking shoes

·         Electoral powder / Glucon D / Tang

·         Towel and Soap, personal toiletries, Sanitary Kit

·         Water Bottle (2 Liter Must)

·         Rucksack to carry this entire thing. (No handbags or jholas)

·         Dry Food (snacks)

·         Mosquito repellent cream

 

KIND ATTENTION
please notes that this is an environment friendly outing. Do not litter any wrappers (please take it back to your home for disposal) or spoil the place in any way.

PROHIBITED
Alcohol, drugs or narcotics, firearms and gambling on the Trek, smoking, entry to the area set aside for use by the opposite sex, offensive behavior which may lead to expulsion from the Trek

WITHDRAWAL
organizer have reserves the right to withdraw and or make any alterations that they may deem advisable for the convenience and the best interests of tour.

SAFETY
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into planning of this tour for your safety. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, organizers cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

 It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for tour. While planning your 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.

 

Note:  Organizers reserve the right to make changes to their programs at any point of time

 

 

For Registrations & further inquiries feel free to contact


Raj Singh 9029148241 (Available on WhatsApp)
Email: peaktroops@gmail.com

 

 

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