Ratangad & Sandhan Valley Trek Details [2D/2N]

Trek : Ratangad
Height : 4255 ft.
Date : 22nd to 24th Feb 2013
Region : Igatpuri
Cost App.: Rs 1500/-
Assembly : Kasara Rail Station
Duration : 2 Day/ 2Night

About Ratangad
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, Madan, Alang, Kalsubai, Katarabai, Ajoba and Ghanchakkar. Geographically Ratangad is At The Bank of Bhandardara Lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time.

Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions And Stone Walls. Caves on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accomodate 25 people at a time. Water Cistems 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 Khutta Pinnacle via Tyimbak Darwaja.

Ancient Amruteshwar Temple
At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amruteshwar) 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.

About Sandhan Valley
Sandhan Valley, also known as Valley of suspense or Valley of Shadow, is one of the greatest canyons in the splendid setting of Sahyadri (Western Ghats). The water carved valley is 200 ft deep and about 1.5 long. Sandhan valley is located on the western side of the beautiful Bhandardara region, near Samrad village.

The valley is surrounded with mighty Alang, Madan and Kulang (Known as AMK- rated as the toughest trek in Sahyadri) Ratangad, Ajoba & Kalsubai (5400 ft. highest peak in Maharashtra) mountain ranges. The brilliant and deep narrow rock floored ravine is located between the two high walls of mountain range. At some plaices its width is less than 3 ft and at some places sun rays unable to reach the ground. Which gives it the name: valley of shadow.

To go at end of gorge you have cross 2 to 3 water pools, water level changes according to season. In winter water is up to waist and in summer it is up to knee high level. At the end of valley you get magnificent view of high cliffs and deep valleys. You have to rappel down 3-4 small patches (max height. 40ft) to reach base of Sandhan Valley. Very few people have taken up this phase as it is considered to be very tough.

List of Items To Be Carry
• Snugly fitting canvas shoes / Sports shoes
• Ruck sack / Shoulder bag which can hold following items
• Water Bottle (3 Liter Minimum) compulsory **
• Cap
• Torch with spare set of batteries
• Note book, Pen, Sewing kit, shoes laces, Safety pins
• Personal medical kit (personal medicines if any, prescribed by family Dr.).
• Light weight towel.
• Spare Cotton Track pant & T- shirts 1no each.
• Sleeping Bag / Bed sheet & Carry mat.
• Plate, Glass, Mug/ cup, spoon.
• Candle, match box
• Carry one time meal for the trek. **

Itinerary For Ratangad & Smarad Valley Trek

Catch 22:50 Kasara slow local from Mumbai CST on 22nd-Feb-2013
Byculla 22:57 Dadar: 23.04 Kurla 23:12 Ghatkopar 23:17 Thane: 23:31 Dombivali: 23:54 Kalyan: 00. 03 Kasara: 01:18

Day 1:

0130Hrs : Assemble at Kasara Rail Station
0200 - 0300Hrs: Reach Igatpuri. & rest at Igatpuri St Stand
0515 -0630Hrs : Travel Igatpuri to Shendi by St
0630 -0830Hrs : Freshen up, Tea & breakfast at Shendi.
0900 -1000Hrs : Travel Shendi to Ratanwadi.
1000Hrs : Reach Ratanwadi, Start trek towards Ratangad
1300Hrs : Reach On Top Of Ratangad,
1300-1430Hrs : Lunch & Rest, Fort explores.
1630Hrs : Tea & Snacks.
1630-1900Hrs : Fort explores.
1900-2100Hrs : Dinner & Night stay in cave.

Day 2.

0530 - 0630Hrs: Wake up, Freshen up & Tea Bf
0630 Hrs : Start descending toward samrad village.
0630 -0830Hrs : Reach samrad Bf in village.
0830 Hrs : Start trek to sandhan valley, lunch in route
1530Hrs : Reach Dena & Back towards asangaon
1800Hrs : Travel Asangaon to Kalyan
1900Hrs : Disperse at kalyan Rail Station.

“Report at Kasara Rail Station at 0120Hrs on 24th Feb 2013 “

Cost Includes:
• Transportation from Kasara – Ratangad - Shahapur – Asangaon by local Transport
• Food
o Day 1 -- Breakfast, Evening Tea, and Dinner,
o Day 2 – Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Tea.
• Equipment, Expertise and Guide charges

For registration kindly transfer Rs.1500 per head in the given a/c
State Bank of India
Account No: 32248535175
In the Name of Mr. Rajesh Mhaddalkar
IFSC Code: SBIN0014771

After transaction please SMS us transaction id along with participants details name, mobile number & email.

For confirmation call before 18th Feb 2012.
Rajesh R. Mhaddalkar: 09869629288 / 9768341848
Prashant Vanahalli: 9870969694 / 9833072241

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