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Dear Trekkers, Photographers & Nature Lovers,

As you all know the monsoon get started in the ranges of sahyadri. The clouds have broken into thousand shining pearls of water on sahyadri, giving new tinge of green to the parched land. The sahyadri is bathed in the freshness of the new showers and welcomes you with renewed enthusiasm.

So friends,

We at Sahyavihar Trekkers are glad to invite you to come together and witness the magic of nature this Monsoon on Trek to Vikatgad on 29th June 2014.

Little information about trek:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2100 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade : Medium
District : Raigad
Region : Karjat


Vikatgad is situated on northeast side of Panvel, on Mumbai-Pune road, To avoid crowd at hill stations like Matheran, nature lovers must visit the nearby Vikatgad. This is the most beautiful one-day trek.
It’s also known as Peb Fort .The fort derives its name from the Goddess 'Pebi'; the trek to the top involves surmounting a small rock patch and a ladder. The fort is famous for its caves which are maintained by disciples of Swami Samartha and the meditation chambers carved out from the rock inside the mountain. To get inside the meditation chamber, one has to crawl through a narrow passage in the rock and then climb down into the meditation chamber. The chamber is very well maintained with tiles on the floor for ppl to sit and meditate.

The fort also has a temple dedicated to Swami Samartha on the top and has the footwear or 'Padukas' worn by the great saint kept on the top. The view of the entire Neral and Karjat region from the top is worth the climb. Another attraction of the trek is the only standing Bastion or Buruj facing the Panorama point of Matheran, the view from here is just too beautiful to capture.

The itinerary for the Trek is as given below:

We will be starting with the karjat local (time table given below)
People may board the same Karjat train from the station of their convenience and meet us in the train directly. (Get into second boggy from CST side)

Take return ticket of Karjat. 
Alight at Neral. 

Train Timing

CST: 6:45 am
Byculla: 6:53 am
Dadar: 7:03 am
Kurla: 7:12 am
Ghatkopar: 7:16 am
Thane: 7:30 am
Dombivali: 7:42 am
Kalyan: 7:50 am
Neral: 8:27 am

Trip Itinerary will be as follows: 

9:30 am: Start the trek after introduction, Tea round &yummy breakfast.

12:30 pm: Reach the caves and lunch.

01.30 pm: Explore Vikatgad


03.00 pm: Proceed towards Matheran

4:00 pm: Matheran.

 

5:00 pm: Start descend to base.

6:30 pm: Start return journey to kalyan.

07.00 pm: Reach kalyan. (Tentative)

 

The cost for the trek is Rs 250/- per head which includes

Travelling from Neral to Neral,
Breakfast and Tea.


Train fare has to be taken care of by the members themselves.

Things To Be carried:
1.Identity proof (must)
2.Lunch For Sunday, (Mandatory).
3. Good footwear (Mandatory).
4. Extra Pair of clothes, towel, napkin.
5. Water (2 ltr minimum).
6. Cap / Gog / Camera (optional).
7. Insect repellent cream, sun protecton cream (optional).
8. Slippers or floaters (just to relax your feet befor & after the trek) (optional)
9. Personal small medical kit. (optional)
10. Wind-Cheater.
11. Other things as per your choice.
12 .Haversack to put all these things.

Friends, you all are requested to carry packed lunch for the trek as there are no villagers and proper hutments for arranging food, water etc. Also there's nothing available on top except a mind blowing scenery, beautiful construction of rock-cut steps, thrill of climb & Loads of water. So do carry decent amount of eatables, and personal medicines as required.Please avoid wearing gold and other valuable ornaments.

Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet. Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS –
1. The Leader's decision will be final & binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
2. It is important for all participants to stay together in the group, 
in the event of any deviation by the participant without the consent of the leader, he/she/they will be considered as 'Independent/s' & will no longer be considered as a part of the group. No refund of fees will be given in case the person is expelled from trek for above 3 reasons. {Deviation: E.g.: Participant decides to go sightseeing on his own, decides to stay away from the group, decides to trek on route other than instructed by Leader, etc}
3. In the event of any Mishap, Leaders will not be responsible.
4. Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety & baggage.
5. Avoid wearing Gold or other ornaments.
6. Do not tease, argue, ask stupid questions, play prank on any villager, specially women, at the place of trek. If you do so and get beaten-up by the villagers we will not interfere nor take responsibility for it. If anyone deviates and gets lost we will not be responsible. Please remember trekking is not a picnic, it’s an adventure, hence do not take instructions casually, defying them may prove harmful.

Registrations are only through phone calls (Scraps, reply to this thread won’t be considered as confirmation)

If call not attended, then please send us a message or whatsapp "Vikatgad Trek Enquiry”. We will call you back once we are free.
Please call for more details & booking regarding the event.

Abhijit Tawde:-  +919664088871

Nilesh Salvi:-  +919029732976

 

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