Range Trek from Rajgad to Torna with Trek Mates India on 8th -9th Feb ‘14




Trek Mates Indiainvite you all for a Range Trek from Rajgad to Torna on 8th -9th Feb '14 (Starting on Friday night 7th Feb by 11 pm)

Little info about the fort.
Type: Hill Fort
Height:
Rajgad Fort
: 4182 feet

Torna Fort: 4200 feet
Grade: Medium
Endurance: Medium
Base Village: Gunjavne - Velhe




(Pics Credit : Mathew Padinjath)

Rajgad – The name describes the place itself. The king of all the forts. 
It is to the south-west 40 Kms from Pune. It boasts the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji on any fort. He spent almost 25/30 yrs here. Rajgad is famous for its construction.
The fort can be divided into four different parts based on geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the centre is the Ballekilla. 

Padmavati Machee (north end) : This machee is the site of Padmavati Temple, Padmavati Lake, Chor Darwaja, Pali Darwaja, Gunjavane Darwaja, Daru Kothar (storage of arms and ammunition), Diwankhana, Rajwada (ruins), Ghod Tale (Horse Lake), Sadar (office) and Dhalkathi (flag hoisting place).

Suvela Machee (south east) : This is another grand machee facing east with lots of secret routes and doorways. This one is a double-stepped fortified machee with the steps separated by a beautiful bastioned doorway. At the end of first step a hole cuts across the rock; one can sit in this hole (nedhe). The final (lowest) step like Sanjeevani Machee has a double curtain wall. To the south side of this machee one can see a beautiful triangular bastion called Kaleswari buruz having an escape door near it. The home of the renowned military leader Tanaji Malusare was in this machee.

Sanjeevani Machee (southwest/west end) : This huge, beautiful and royally constructed machee faces west and has a three-stepped (layered) fortified structure. Each of the lower levels is separated from the higher one by a fortified bastion with a gate that could be defended independently. The lowest level is beautifully fortified by double curtain walls (chilkhathi) separated by a deep trench, on average 12 feet across. One can walk between these walls. The outer wall has openings to let soldiers out for sudden attack.

Bale Killa (centre) : This is the highest part of the fort which has remains of palaces, water cisterns and caves. It has a beautiful entrance door called Mahadarwaja. One can view the whole fort and the vast surrounding expanse.

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.

Pics from our Last Event


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Meeting point for Mumbai  People: On 7th Feb , Friday Night
Pritam Hotel , Dadar East @ 11.00 pm
Pickup Point : Chembur Diamond Garden @ 11:30 pm
Pikcup Point : Vashi Below Main Bridge @ 12:15 am

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

8th Feb: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 walk by 9 pm.
Night trek till the base of the Budhla machi.(till 1.30 am)

9th Feb:Sleep in open till 6 am.(everyone needs to carry his bedding.)
Start ascending torna.
Explore the fort
Lunch by 12 noon.
Explore again till 2 pm.
Descend
Start our journey back by bus/private vehicle
Return back to Mumbai by 10 pm tentatively.

The charges of the trek are RS 1800/per head, which includes
Travel expenditure from Dadar to Dadar by Pvt Vehicle
1 lunch (Sunday),
1 dinner (Saturday),
Tea, breakfast, refreshments, etc.
TMI Expertise and Guide Charges.

Payment Details:
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account ID: 123801501755
Account Type: Savings Bank Account
Account name: Manoj Kalwar
Branch: MUMBAI-ANDHERI W E HIGHWAY
IFSC code: ICIC0001238



(Once payment is done , please send an email to manoj1920@gmail.com / trekmates@gmail.com with Transaction ID , Participant Name , Email ID , Cell Number and Pickup Point Details) 

Do call / sms to Manoj Kalwar - 9819021806 / 9870775633 once the payment is transferred

Things To Be carried:
Identity proof (must)
A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs),
Lunch for Saturday.
Plates , Spoon , Glass.
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....so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.

Interested people may contact us on the nos. given below:
Manoj Kalwar: 9819021806 / 9870775633
Vishal Khond: 8291139993 / 9322069953
Nilesh Patil: 8655588508







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David Paul on September 15, 2014 at 8:34 AM said...

This blog post is very helpful for travelers as well as for me because nowadays I am planning to go for a one week India tour after completing my tours of the grand canyon. I would like to explore the Zunjar Machi, Kothi Darwaja and Temple of goddess Mengai. Let me know how much time period will be enough to travel around these places. Guide me about stay too.

 
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