Forts: Shivneri and Chawand
Expense: INR 1,400
About Shivneri Fort:
Chhatrapati Shivaji was born at the fort on 19 February 1630, and spent his childhood there. He got his name Shivba here. Inside the fort is a small temple dedicated to the goddess Shivai Devi, after whom Shivaji was named.
There are statues of Jijabai and young Shivaji. At the centre of the fort is a water pond which is called 'Badami Talav'. To the South of 'Badami Talav' are the statues Jijabai and a young Shivaji. In the fort there are two water springs, called Ganges and Yamuna, which have water throughout the year. Two kilometers away from this fort there are the Lenyadri caves which is one of Ashtavinayak temple in Maharastra. It has been declared as a protected monument.
About Chawand fort:
Chavand is a hill fortress situated 30 km from the modern-day town of Naryangoan in Junnar Taluka of Pune district in Maharashtra, India. The fort, which rises 1,036 meters (3,399 feet) above sea level, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. The fort was looted and destroyed by the British upon siege. This is one of the forts known as the 'Famous 5'. Chavaand, Hadsar, Shivneri, Jivdhan and Naneghat form the Famous 5 trek. The fort has remnants of construction that are more than 800 years old. Village of Chavandwadi lies at the base of the fort. Under the rule of Shivaji Maharaj this was known as Prasannagad.
About Lenyadri ganapati temple:
Lenyadri represents a series of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist caves, located near Junnar in Pune district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Cave 7 is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to the god Ganesha. It is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines, a set of the eight prominent Ganesha shrines in Maharashtra.
How to book:
Umesh Lotlikar (99690 17797)
Archana Thakur (98191 55623)
To register for the trek, kindly contact the leaders or the coordinator. As advised by them, deposit the booking amount in the bank account and confirm the payment. On confirming the same by the leaders, your booking stands confirmed for the trek.
Kindly register yourself before or by 22nd January, 2015 in order to get a confirmed place in the group.
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