TREK TO RATANGAD : TRIMBAK DARVAJA (VIA SAMRAD )
Type: Hill Fort
Endurance Level: Medium
Height: approx. 4255 ft.
Base Village: Ratanwadi/ Samrad
Trek Fees : 1050/-
Date : Sunday 2nd Oct. 2016
Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. It lies in the Ajoba mountain range surrounded by great mountains of Kulang, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is at the banks of Bhandardara lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time
At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amurteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors.
Ratangad has still the remains of fort with bastions and stone walls. Cave on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water cisterns are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left, one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. This orifice is big enough to be seen from base of the fort and can accommodate about 6-7 people at a time. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khuta pinnacle via tryambak Darwaza.
Suggested Local for Kasara
Day 1: Saturday 1st Oct 2016
22:50 Hrs: CST
23:04 Hrs: Dadar
23:12 Hrs: Kurla
23:16 Hrs: Ghatkopar
23:31 Hrs: Thane
23:55 Hrs: Dombivili
Day 2: Sunday 2nd Oct 2016
00:05 Hrs: Kalyan
01:18 Hrs: Kasara
Brief itinerary: (Tentative)
Meeting Point : Kasara Railway Station 2nd Oct. 01:25 AM
Reach Base Village Samrad by 04:00 am
Rest & Fresh up
Breakfast at the base village
Start Trek by 7.30 am
Reach Top by 10.30 am
Explore the Fort and Lunch
Start Descending to Ratanwadi by 02.00 pm
Reach Base Village by 04.30 pm take darshan of famous Amruteshwar Temple
Start our Return Journey by 04.30 pm
Evening Snacks on the way
Reach Kasara by 06.30 pm tentatively.
Trek Fees: INR 1050/- (Per Participants)
For First 10 registration & P.E.A.K Troops Members Trek Fess: INR 950/-
To book one has to transfer/deposit non-refundable amount of Rs. 500/- in below mention bank a/c
A/c Name : Raj Singh
Bank Name : AXIS BANK
Account ID : 912010022801101
IFSC code : UTIB0001703, AXIS BANK, YOGI NAGAR, BRANCH
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Food: Breakfast & Evening Tea / Coffee with snacks
Transportation Charges from Kasara-Base Vilage- Kasara
Expertise and Guide Charges
Toll Charges Etc.
Cold drink, Mineral water Etc.
Private orders of tea, breakfast Etc.
Personal expenditure of any kind
Medical Expanses other than 'First aid'
Travelling Expanses (Mumbai-Kasra-Mumbai)
Any personal expenses such as soft drinks, Water Bottles etc.
Anything other than above mentioned inclusion
Things to Carry:
2 Liters of Water
Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
A Good pair of Hiking shoes ( please get a shoes with proper grip)
Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Snacks & Biscuits
Personal Medicines (General medicines will be available with group leads)
Extra Pair of Clothes
Clean napkin or small towel
Rain coat/ Poncho/ Wind cheater
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Monsoon Safety Measures
Keep clothes, money, camera, phone etc. in polythenes while packing
Wear shoes with good grips
Use repellents to keep bugs away
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.
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
organiser 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.
Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into planning of this tour for your safety. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, organisers cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities.
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.
1) If any natural calamity happens or any accident, death, illness occurred, organizers’ are not responsible for any loss of thing or of human being.
2) Don't bring valuable things like gold or any jewelry or High value mobile phones etc.
3) No shorts allowed while trekking
4) Avoid perfumes and other scents while trekking
5) There is no freshen-up and toilet facilities. You need to go to the open place as it is a nomadic village
6) Organizers reserve the right to make changes or cancelled to their programs at any
point of time without prior notification
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