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Dear Friends,

A fascinating trek to the ancient rock-cut chambers with a path that goes through dense forest, along waterfalls and mountain scenery.
Come and join O.A.M. in this "Trek to Thanale Caves" on 7th Aug 2016 in Raigad District.

About Thanale Caves:
Just like many other early Buddhist rock-cut temples, Thanale Caves are located next to trade route, leading inland from the ancient port Chaul. These 28 ancient rock-cut structures are located in beautiful, impressive location and represent an impressive achievement of engineering and art.

Caves are located near Thanale village and are at the foot of overhanging enormous cliff. All caves are cut in a row. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll - facades of caves have been lost due to natural circumstances - fall of rocks. Southernmost 8 - 10 caves are blocked by collapse of cave roof.

In total there were made 28 caves. Several caves have exquisite adornment - stone carvings on portals of the doors and ceilings including an impressive relief above the cell-door showing serpent deity – naga, with Cave 3 (counting from the northern side) contains 13 stupas.

History of Thanale Caves:
These caves are some of the most ancient rock-cut temples not only in Maharashtra but in whole India and were located at complex site of the trade route, where the path goes through complicated mountain pass. Here have been found punch-marked silver coins from the times of Emperor Ashoka (268 - 227 BC). Thus it is possible that they were created in 3rd century BC, although it is possible also that they were built somewhat later

At the end of 5th century AD the port of Chaul declined and trade routes changed. Around this time caves were abandoned. Once lively and beautiful complex of temples was forgotten.

In January 1890 caves were rediscovered to the science by missionary J.A.Abnot, although earlier these caves served as a hideout to revolutionary Vasudev Balwant Phadke.

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Dear Friends,
It’s a one day trek but just to enjoy more and to be able to spend good time on top and rest we’ll start traveling in night of 6th Aug so we can start trekking early in the morning.

Travel route
Borivali- 9.45 pm (Chamunda Circle)Goregaon - 10.20 pm (Virwani bus stop, ahead of Oberoi mall)
Andheri- 10.30 pm (Hanuman mandir bus stop)
Bandra - 10.45 pm (Kalanagar bus stop)
Sion- 11:00 pm (Lunch home)
Vashi – 11.20 pm 

We'll start trekking at 7:00 am on 7th Aug & we’ll start our journey back to Mumbai by 3:00 pm and reach Mumbai at around 8.30 pm. 

The following are the details of the trek.

Date------------ Sunday, 7th Aug 2016
Location------- Thanale Caves
Fort Height --- 571mts - 1900ft
Type ------------ Jungle Trek & Ancient Caves
District --------- Raigad
Grade ---------- Easy
Time taken to ascend --- Approx. 1 and half hr.
Expenses---- Rs.900 per head.
Cost include (travel charges by private bus, morning breakfast, evening tea, equipment & expertise charges)

Online payment details:
Pooja Sagvekar 
Ac no. 20260100004288 (Savings) 
IFSC code: BARB0MULEAS (in the bracket is zero) 
Mulund East branch
Bank of Baroda

Things to Carry:

1. Lunch & 3 ltrs Water (Mandatory).
2. Good footwear= SHOES (Mandatory)
3. Extra pair of clothes, Towels & Napkins (Mandatory).
4. Windcheater (Mandatory)
5. Slippers or floaters (just to relax your feet before & after the trek) (optional)
6. Personal small medical kit. (If u require usually/Optional)
7. Electral/Tang powder.
8. Cap / Gog. (Optional)
8. Other things as per your choice.(Camera, Binocs, etc.)
9. Haversack to put all these things.

In case you guys are carrying Digi-cam or Cell phone carry small poly thin bags, to protect it from rain & moisture.
But no plastic littering on the way or in mountains.

P.S.: Please don’t wear floaters or slippers during hiking & STRICTLY wear good shoes or footwear; it’s for your own safety. Carry and wear two pairs of socks to avoid blisters. Wear full sleeves t-shirt & full length track pants to avoid mosquito bites, avoid jeans.

For More Details Contact :

Sachin Mayekar (0-9769565455)
Rashmi Satam (0-9967353229) 
Saad Azad (0-9920645635)
Mayuresh Belose (0- 9987232405)
Kunal Bele (0- 9892096723)
Pooja Sagvekar (0-9819705719) 
Rahul Malandkar (0-9004023220)

(~ limited seats make the confirmation soon, latest by Friday~)

Regards
Team OAM

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