SPR Giriratna Hikers India 'Magha Purnima special Rajgad To Torna Fort on 27-28 Feb 2016 2016 (Starting from 26th Feb 2016)


Little info about the fort.
Type: Hill Fort
Rajgad Fort: 4182 feet
Torna Fort: 4200 feet
Grade: Medium
Endurance: Medium
Base Village: Gunjavne - Velhe

This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has an entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.
This fort is built on the hill called "Murumba Devicha Dongar" Rajgad boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.
This fort has witnessed lots of historic events, including the birth of Rajaram Chhatrapati, the death of Shivaji's Queen Saibai, the return of Shivaji from Agra, theantyayatra of Tanaji Malusare to his Konkan village, the burial of Afzal Khan's head in the Mahadarwaja walls of Ballekilla, the strict words of Sonopant Dabir toShivaji, and the Khandoji Khopade episode.
What to see on the fort:
Torna: the fort is also known as prachandagad (huge fort), due to its massive size. In 1646, when Shivaji was 16, he launched his first military attack by capturing Torna fort, paving the way for the great empire. Many battles have been fought on this fort.
The fort is truly grand and stretches for couple of kilometers.

Fascinating points on Torna fort:
Goddess Toranjai: it is a simple temple where goddesses Somjai and Toranjai are worshiped. Ahead we can see the lakes toran and mhasoba.

Maal and Safeli Bastions: On the west of Kothji Darwaja are the bastion maal, and the latter one is to the south of the former. Near Safeli is the construction called lakadkhaana, where wood was stored. Here is the way to Kokan Darwaja and Budhla Machi.

Budhla Machi: In Marathi ‘budhla’ means vessel, and budhla machi looks like a vessel kept upside down. This cliff is a breathtaking spot on the fort.

Bini Darwaja: This is the main entrance to the fort from velhe and is situated to the northwest of the fort. The bastion on the left side has collapsed. The path ahead leads to the Kothi Darwaja.

Kothi Darwaja: Ascending the steps carved in the rock, we enter the Kothi Darwaja facing east. Here we come across some guard rooms. Way along the wall towards east takes us to the temple of goddess Toranjai.

Hanuman Bastion: This bastion is situated to the east of Kothi Darwaja. Here we can see the idol of hanuman facing south and a flag post. The way ahead leads to the bastion Bhel. Further eastwards we come to Zunjar Machi.

Temple of goddess Mengai: this is the only place on the fort where one can stay. It has two doors and the roof is stillin the needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala.

Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side & a wonderful spot to see.

Meeting point for Mumbai People: 19th Feb, Friday Night
Thane west Cidco Bus stop @ 10:30 pm
Pickup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @ 11:00pm

Our journey starts with the private vehicle from Thane till Gunjavne, the base village of Rajgad.

Day 1 : Post Breakfast Start our trek by 6 am, reach the top till 10 am.
Explore the fort till 4 in the eve. (Lunch enroute – self carried)
Start Descending towards Torna
Dinner in the village in between.
Start the night trek by 9 pm.
Night trek till Torna Fort.(till 2.00 am)

Day 2:Sleep in open till 6 am.(everyone needs to carry his bedding.) 
Explore the fort
Lunch by 12 noon.
Start Descend and Reach Base by 2pm
Lunch @ Base Village
Start our journey back by bus/vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 10 pm tentatively.

The charges of the trek are RS 2200/ per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Thane/Pune to Thane/Pune by Pvt Vehicle
1 Lunch (Sunday),
1 Dinner (Saturday),
Tea, Breakfast, refreshments, etc.
Expertise and Guide Charges.
Note : Registrations through phone calls only (Do send sms if calls are not attended).
Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
Lunch for Saturday.
Plates , Spoon , Glass. (Must)
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional)
Sleeping Bag or Proper Bedding
Medicine those if u require usually
A good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried....
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Payment details:
One needs to pay full amount as advance at the time of booking.
The amount is to be deposited in the following account.
Name: Rajendra Jadhav
Bank: HDFC Ltd.
Account No: 50100091005091
IFSC code: HDFC0000814
Branch : Thane Ghodbander Road
Mail id: Registrations are done only on phone calls and will be confirmed only after the receipt of advance
For more details and Registration, Please contact on the nos. given below:
Shilpa 9920360336
Rajendra : 9769641488