Trek Mates India invites you  Range trek to Dhodap, Rawala-Javala, Markandya (Chandor Range) On 10th-12th Dec'16.


Little info about the Range trek to Chandor Range
Date:10th-12th Dec 16

Type : Hill forts

DIFFICULTY:Medium to Tough depending on the terrain.


DISTANCE : 45 kilometres in 3 days

MAX. ELEVATION : Dhodap fort – 1472 metres / 4829 feet

Ravala fort – 1251 metres / 3987 feet

Jawala fort – 1272 metres / 4181 feet

Markandya fort – 1327 metres / 4356 feet

Saptashrungi – 1438 metres / 4717 feet


we will starting our trek at saptashrungi gad, it is one of the shakti peeths and will end at hattigaon base village of dhodap fort

WEATHER : Satmala range (Nashik) has very tree cover and it can get very windy.




The mountain range starting from Saptashrungi hosts many forts viz; Saptashrungigad, Markandeya, Ravlya-Javlya, Dhodap etc. Markandeya stands opposite to Saptashrungi hill. The mountain and the fort derives its names after Sage Markandeya who had stayed here.

Aurangzeb had ordered Alivardi Khan to gain control over the forts of Nashik province. In 1639, Alivardi Khan won all the forts mentioned above and the inscription mentioning same can be seen on Indrai fort which is in Persian text. Shivaji Maharaj won the forts of Nashik in the battle of Wani-Dindori which included Markandeya. The Mughals regained control over these forts after the death of Shivaji Maharaj.

The pass/valley between Markandeya and Ravlya-Javlya forts is known as Mulanbari. The ascend to Markandeya starts from here where we come to the open part of the fort first and further rock cut steps lead to the citadel. Towards the left side on this route, beneath, there are two caves known as “Dhyaan Guha” (literally means caves for meditation). Moving upwards one can see the remains of bastions and fortification wall. Where these steps end, we can see Saptashrungi gad and from here towards left, rock cut path takes us to the citadel. Here we first come across a rock cut water tank named “Kamandalu tirth” which has water throughout the year and further there are three water tanks in a row and a dried tank alongside. There is a temple of Lord Markandeshwar on the summit which has an idol of Sage Markandeya and a Shivling. Saptashrungi gad, Dhodap, Ravlya-Javlya can be seen from the top.


Ravlya Javlya

Ravlya Javlya are two peaks in the Chandor Range to the east of Markandeya which jut out, Ravlya on the west and Javlya on the east of a hill about 15 miles north east of Dindori, Nashik. On the way to Javlya is a gate defended by the 2 towers and in front of the gate is an image of Ganpati. The gate and towers are in ruins. The hill was used as a fort during Moghal times.

In 1818, Captain Briggs, who visited the fort, described Ravlya and Javlya a two small forts standing on a large hill.There were 2 roads, one leading from Khandesh and the other leading from Markendaya Fort.

According to local history, Ravlya and Javlya were two brothers. One day they were working in the field, saw a woman approaching them. Each said she was his wife and the dispute waxed hot. When the woman came near, they found out the woman as their sister. Ashamed of their fight, they made a fire in the field and jumping into it were both burnt to death. To complete the sacrifies, Sister also jumped into the fire. In honor of their self-devotionthe two peaks and a tree sprung up. Thus named Ravlya nd Javlya.



One can see experience the vast ruggedness of Sahyadri. We can see Dolbari range,Selbari

range,and adjoining forts of  Ahivant, Mohandari, Kanhera, Ekhara peak, Kanchana, Koldher,

Dhodap comes in proximity of  BAGLAN range and is known for large number of forts which are

very less explored. This forts of Sahyadri could show chilling nights even in summer. Dhodap is 2th highest fort in Maharastra after Salher fort


The top of the fort was built using a combination of dressed stone and brickwork. There is a tank with an idol of Lord Hanuman and a tunnel 5m wide. The fort has a pointed cliff named Shembi. One can find caves at the base. One end of the fort shows a domical structure. The eastern face shows a fearsome cliff named Ikhara which is ideal for rock climbers.

One temple situated in one of the caves is in good condition. A few other caves are also seen around and are quite big in size. Also the trunk of Dhodap fort is in good condition.

One of the most interesting things is that there is a “cow of stone” moving inside this hill. It’s heard by the peoples in the nearby villages that on every Vasubaras, this cow moves inside by the distance of four grains.


The fort played an important role during the Peshwa period. It was here that Raghobadada Peshwa hatched a plot against Madhavrao Peshwa.

During return travel from the second invasion from Surat, Shree Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had visited here, presumably for keeping the treasure. A few days later, the battle of Dindori took place.

Few things in between are not planned and these things are must in an adventure trek.

Be prepared for unexpected scenarios.



Itinerary of the event:

Day 1: Saturday, 10th Dec 16

Kasara-Saptashrungi- Markandya-Mulane (Base village of ravala-javala fort)

01.18 am: Meeting point Kasara stn (Take 10.50pm kasara local from CST on friday)

05.30 am : Reach Saptashrungi gad by private transport from kasara

06.30am : Take darshan @ Saptashrungi (vani)

08:30 am : Introduction and briefing and start trek

12.00 pm: Reach Markandya peak, explore around, Relax, Have lunch

01.30 pm: Start the descending

06.30 pm: Reach the Mulane Base Village of Rawlya/Jawlya forts ; Evening Refreshments

08.30 pm: Have dinner and stay overnight.


Day 2: Sunday, 11th Dec 16

Rawlya fort-Jawlya fort-Wadala bhoir village-dhodap fort

05:00 am: Start Early after having breakfast at mulane village

07:00 am : Reach jawlya fort, explore around, Relax

11:00 am: Reach rawlya fort, explore and descend

01:00 pm: Reach wadala bhoir village,have lunch and start towards dhodap

07:00 pm Reach Dhodap top,have dinner and rest for day.



Day 3: Monday, 12th Dec 16

Dhodap fort-Hattigaon village-Nashik- Kasara

07:00 am: have breakfast.explore fort and start descend

12:30 pm: Reach hattigaon village and start toward kasara and have lunch on the way




The Cost of the Trek is INR 3300/-







Things to Carry:

Identity proof (must)

Lunch for Day 1

A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),

Torch with extra batteries (compulsory)

Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.



Sleeping Bag or Proper Bedding


Personal Care and Medicine those if u require usually

A good trekking shoes,

Extra pair of clothes and extra pair of socks

Cap, Skarf, Camera, Electral, Odomas etc

A haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has ones hands free while trekking.

Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.

Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.




Transport from Kasara station and back
Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea and Dinner on day 2,3 and Breakfast, Evening Tea & dinner on day 1
TMI Expertise Charges.




Lunch for Day 1
Mineral water, Softdrinks etc.
Anything other than above mentioned inclusions




Train Time:

Take CST- Kasara (Mulund fast)

10.50 pm – CST

11.05 pm – Dadar

11.34 pm – Thane

11.57 pm – Dombivli

12.07 am – Kalyan

01.18 am – Kasara



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