Peth-Kotligad-Trek


Date: Jan 28, 2012 (One Day Trek to Peth Kotligad), One Day Trek.

January 28, 2012 is not TV Day.. So lets go out doors..

Easy trek from Ambivali to Peth Village
Moderate trek from Peth Village to Cave at Kotligad
Adventure trek from Kotligad cave to Kotligad summit going thru a unique vertical tunnel..


Those who are interested in staying back on Jan 28th and camping at Peth, get in touch with us in person.

Trek Fee for One Day Trek: Rs.850/-. (10% discount for members).


Includes (Transport by private bus including Driver DA, Road Permit for transport, Road Tolls).

Limited Veg breakfast (One Snack) + Tea/Coffee, Forest Entry Toll, Evening Tea-Coffee with One Snack.

Snack Options (Medu Wada Sambar, Dosa, Idli Sambar, Batata Wada, Missal Pav, Uttappa, Wada Pav or equivalent). Cost of any other items procured has to be borne by the participant.

Hot Beverages: Tea or Coffee (Cost of any other Beverages / Cold Drinks  has to be borne by customer).

Exclusions:

Lunch is not included, Bottled Water or other beverages other than mentioned above not included, Tips not include.
Anything that is not included is excluded.

Contacts:

SMS Asif - 9821081566 / asif@natureknights.net 
Ruksar - 9820239511 / info@natureknights.net

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Planned Schedule for Overnight Camping:

Jan 28, 2012
6:00 am Pickups Andheri West, S. V. Road, Near Merwans Bakery
6:15 am Santacruz East (Western Express Highway - Vakola Junction)
6:30 am Bandra Western Express Highway (Kalanagar Junction Bus Stop), At End of Sky Walk.
6:40 am Outside Sion Station
7:00 am Chembur Opp. of Akbar Allis Departmental Stores
7:10 am After Daimond Garden Signal
7:30 am Vashi (Junction of Highway and Station Road).
8:00 am Stop for Breakfast at Belapur on Palm Beach Road.
10:00 am Start of trek..
01:30 pm Lunch at Kotligad fort Trek to Kotligad Fort
Expected to be back at Ambivali Village by 6:00 pm

06:30 pm Start for Mumbai
09:30 pm Back in Mumbai






History of Peth.
The history of Kotligad fort can be traced back to till 13th century. The cave and the temple carvings at the entrance of the Kotligad fort date back to the 13th century. Not much is known about the history until the 18th cent. In 1716, this cave was captured by the British. Then later on, on November 2, 1817, it was taken by the Marathas under the leadership of Bapurao who belonged to the second generation of Bajirao. It was recaptured by the British, on December 30, 1817, the very next month, under one Captain Brooks. The British had the fort till 1862; it served as an outpost for keeping vigilance on the surrounding valley and the hills all around it. Basically it's the only big peak in the middle of a big valley surrounded by many hills, which made it strategically important as a watch post.

How to reach Peth?
Taking public transport, board an early morning train for Karjat and board a bus for Kaashele or hire a dug-duggi (Big Rickshaw) that takes you directly to Ambiwali Village. The base village is Ambiwali, which is about 10km from Kaashele towards the east. Ambiwali is not on the main Karjat-Khaandas route, and so there are not many direct buses to Ambiwali from Karjat or Neral. So it is a good idea to take the 7:15am Khaandas bus from Karjat, and alight at Kaashele. From Kaashele, there are many tempos available to go to Ambiwali. It takes about 20min. to reach Ambiwali from Kaashele by tempo. To come back to Kaashele from Ambiwali, there are buses till 4:30pm and tempos till 6:00pm; you may also find occasional dug-duggi.

Private transport, take to Mumbai – Pune Highway enter Express Highway and exit the express highway from the first exit (Shetung Phata) take the chowk route after crossing Karjat junction keep going straight; around 4 to 5 km before Kaashele keep a lookout for mile stone that will direct you towards Ambiwali; take right turn to head towards Ambiwali. Just as you enter Ambiwali you will find T-Junction as road that turns right. Park you vehicle here.



Start of the trek
From Ambiwali village, there is a broad mud path which gently climbs to Peth village at the base of the conical hill (5km, 90 min to 2 hrs depending on speed of participants). The path offers good views of the surrounding valley on both the sides.

The Climb
The Peth village is exactly as the base of the fort and you can see the walls of the fort. You go right across the village and here starts the second part of the trek. From a point there is a bifurcation. The easier route is from the left which goes around the fort with the fort staying to your right. There is a set of steps which will take you to the top. If you take the right side route, its much steeper but will get you faster to the top.

At the base of Kotligad are water tanks, and a huge cave with a temple inside it. There is also a water tank inside the cave with very clean water. In fact, the villagers of Peth draw water from this tank and one can see pipes going down all the way to the village.



To go to the top of Kotligad, one has to enter the cave and climb up a funnel along a staircase carved out in the inside of the pinnacle! This is the most interesting part of this trek, and it is a unique feature amongst the forts in this region. The staircase climbs up steeply, and near the top, it is no longer totally inside the pinnacle. There is a narrow gap in the pinnacle rock face along which it climbs, and here one can enjoy a cool breeze and a great view of the Konkan. The steps soon take one to the top of Kotligad, 20m above the cave. It takes about 45 min. to reach the top from Peth village. The top is circular and quite small. There is a small water tank here, and one can see remains of fort walls here. It is from the top that one gets the fantastic views mentioned above.

From Peth village, another track leads on towards the wall of the ghat, and climbs up pretty steeply. It goes towards the Wandre Khind pass. This track is visible very prominently from the top of Kotligad. The view of the wall of the ghat from Kotligad resembles a giant amphitheatre, since the ghat is about 700m high here, higher than Kotligad.

Nature Knights has an established local contact at Peth Village. To check out pictures of last our last trek on April 5, 2009 check out the link.

Checklist for Camp:


Contact Person:
Ruksar - 9820239511 / info@natureknights.net
or SMS Asif - 9821081566 / asif@natureknights.net 
Checklist (All items are Mandatory)
            Flash Light 
·         Cap and/or Bandana, Sun Glasses, Sun Screen, Cold Cream
·         Mosquito Repellent
·         Water Bottles (3 liters water per head). at Peth (Only village well water would be available).
·         Spare Slippers
         Carry all your belongings in Backpack

  Optional

·         Change Clothes. (Optional, U can leave this back in bus).
o   One spare set of regular clothes (Overnight)
·     Hand Towel, Hand Sanitizer

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