Rajmachi Night Trek


Night Trek to Rajmachi Trek and Over 100 feet Rappelling

Date: May 28 and 29, 2011
Starting Time: May 28 (2pm), From Andheri East, Opp to Regancy Restaurent, Road connecting to Western Express Highway, Diagonally Opposite to Bilsery.
Return Time: May 29 (7:30pm)

Trek Duration: Three and Half Hour One Way.. (Moderate)

Representative Picture of Rappelling not of Rajmachi
Activities:

Night Trek, Day Trek, Fort Exploring, Dip in Pond, Village Food, Stay in Tents, Over 100 feet Rappelling from Fort, One night in Nature .. 

Place to Start and End Trek: Lonavala (from Tungarli Lake)

Ideal number of Days: 2 Days and 1 Night

Camp Fee:

Rs.2950/- per head.. Rs.200/- Discount for Members.

Registration by 100% advance payment..

Includes: 

Transport (Non-AC Mini-Bus) Andheri-Bandra-Sion-Vashi-Belapur-Panvel-Lonavala-Tungarli-and Return.
Food: May 28, Evening Hi-Tea with One Snack, May 29 - Breakfast, Lunch, and Hi-Tea
(kindly carry packed dinner for May 28, this is not included in budget)
Rappelling: Safety Gear, Technical Support by experts
Stay: Accommodation in Tents (Multi-Sharing), Separate accommodation for male and females.

Schedule:

2:00 pm (Start from Andheri, Mumbai)
2:15 pm (Pickup at Bandra, Kalanagar Juncation, below the Sky Walk Exit)
2:20 pm (Sion Station, outside station or near Sion Lunch Home)
2:45 pm (Chembur - Opp. Akbar Allis Departmental Stores)
2:55 pm (Vashi - Junction of Station Road and Highway)
3:05 pm (Belapur)
3:15 pm (Panvel, at Entrance of Express Highway and near McDonald's) 
4:15 pm (Lonavala expected arrival)

From Forts of Maharashtra

Hi-Tea at Lonavala at Rama Krishna Restaurant
4:50 pm (Depart for Tungarli Dam)
5:15 pm (Start trek at Tungarli Dam for Rajmachi)..
Evening Trek, Enjoy Sunset on the way
Dinner below the starry night on the way
Arrival at camp site by 10pm
Chit Chat
Hit the sack

May 29, 2011
7:00 am Wakeup call (Optional Dip in Pond)
8:00 am to 8:45 am (breakfast)
09:30 am to 12:15pm (Rappelling and Fort Exploration)
Lunch at base village
Start trek to Lonavala at 1:50pm
Expected Arrival at Tungarli Dam (5:30 pm)
Hi-Tea at Express Mall or Lonavala

What to carry?

Flash Light with Spare Cells
Change Clothes (Preferred attire: Track Pants, Tights, Three Forth, Full Sleeves T-Shirt; Hand Towel, Big Towel)
Sun Glasses, Sun Screen, Cap and Plenty of water (3 liters per head)
Mosquito Repellent
Personal (Velbet Anti-inflammatory cream, Anti-Fungal Cream / Powder, Moisturizer, Soap)
Bed Sheets 2 Nos (Or) One Bedsheet and One Mat (Or) Sleeping Bag light material


More about Rajmachi

Rajmachi is the name given to the twin hill forts located around 18 kilometers from Lonavala, the twin forts are called 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manaranjan'.

Rajmachi can be accessed either from Lonavala or Karjat (Base Village Kondivita). The approach from Lonavala is longer but easier; from Karjat side it a little steep. Best way to do a Rajmachi trek is start from Lonavala (Near Tungarli Dam) very early in the morning. An easy trek would take you till base village around Lunch time, stay over at the base village near the twin peaks 'Shrivardhan' and 'Manranjan', few simple village dormatory/ lodges available for stay would be happy to provide you with simple village food for a fee.

Evening take a Dip in a Pond located at walkable distance from Village, the trail to pond leads to a cool patch of greenery.

You can cover to twin forts near base village next day early morning. Afterlearly Lunch you can start your trek towards Karjat. You can get Rickshaws/ ST Bus from some distance at Kondivita Village.

More about Rajmachi

Shrivardhan and Manaranjan can also be considered as two separate forts. There is one small platue in between them. A temple of 'Bhairoba' is very beautiful. Shrivardhan is 'Bale killa' of Rajmachi. It is almost 3000 feet high. But it was mainly built to keep watch on Konkan area. The other - Manaranjan is 2700 feet high. Manaranjan consists of strong walls, 3 doors and many water tanks. One can see Ulhas river, Dukes Nose (Nagphani), Karnala ,Matheran, Mahuli and Bhimashankar etc. The old caves of 'Kondhavi' on Rajmachi fort are worth to see. The way to fort is long but truly with a good view. One can enjoy a nice forest, Tungarli lake and many waterfalls as well.

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