Date: October 27, 2013

Trek and get a lesson in ancient history..  Hill Climb, Exploring Fort, Exploring Ancient Caves (On the way back if we have time) and Great Company.. Nature Knights

Trek Grade: Moderate (3 hours climb and 2.5 hours descend).

Altitude: Over 3500 feet above sea level.


Registration Fee / Inclusions and Exclusions

Discounted Camp contribution: Registration Fee - Rs.950/- per head. for those confirming registration before October 15th, 2013.

Registration fee would be Rs.1150/- for any registration after 15th, 2013.

For registration will be confirmed once you have deposited 100% 

Cost includes (private bus from Mumbai to base village and back (Point to Point)road tolls, driver DA and management charges), standard breakfast, evening tea and Biscuit.

Lunch is not included, Carry packed lunch along with you.
Bottle Water, beverages.
Bhaja Caves Entrance Fee
any non-standard menu not included in the package.
Anything that is not included is excluded.
Un-Utilized resources will not be refunded.

Tentative Schedule
6:00am Start from Andheri West, S. V. Road, Near Merwans Bakery, Outside Bus Depot
6:15am Santruz (East), Western Express Highway
6:20 am Bandra Kalanagar Junction (At end of Sky Walk).
6:25 am Sion Station
6:35 am Chembur (Opp. Akbar Allis Departmental Store)
6:50 am Vashi (Station Road and Highway Junction)
8:00 am Breakfast along the way, 10:00 am Trek Starts
01:00 pm Reach the summit
Exploring the fort, lunch at summit
3:00 pm Start return journey
 5:30 pm Back at base village.
6:00 pm Start from Mumbai
9:00 pm Expected Arrival back at Mumbai.

What to carry?

Flash Light with Spare Cells (Mandatory)
Preferred attire: Track Pants, Tights, Full Sleeves T-Shirt;  lite Towel). You may carry one set of change clothes that you may leave back in the bus.
Sun Glasses, Sun Screen, Cap and Plenty of water (2 liters per head at start of the trek, leave 1 liter extra bottle back at the bus its useful when you get back)
Mosquito Repellent
Personal (Velbet Anti-inflammatory cream, Anti-Fungal Cream / Powder, Moisturizer, Soap)
Hand Sanitizer, Soap, Comb, Pocket Mirror and Pocket Knife.
Optional: Rain Wear (Small Raincoat or equivalent).

Do and Don'ts 

Stick the with the group, kindly inform your friends in case you wise to go exploring.
Do not explore on your own far away from the group for to0 long.
Carry all mandatory require items from check list in a bag pack.
No litter, No destruction of Nature world or Heritage structures (follow Eco-tourism code with self discipline). 
Do not carry items that are not required.
Alcohol strictly prohibited for this event.
During treks keep yourself hydrated by sipping water every 20 minutes.
Do not carry any music players.
Be responsible for yourself and others around you.
Stick to planned schedule.

A Little Bit of  Visapur Fort History..
Our first major destination for the day Visapur stands tall at a height of 3567 feet; this fort is located next to another fascinating fort Lohagad. These two forts are separated by a small khind called Gaimukh. These forts were built during the period of Satavahana reign. After being under the control of Nizamshah and Adilshah, the forts were then conquered by Shivaji, Later in a treaty signed by Shivaji with Mirza Raje Jaisingh, he handed over twenty three forts to Aurangzeb. Subsequently he recaptured these forts; after his death the forts came under the rule of Mughals before Kanoji Angre won it back. During the time of the Peshwas these forts were used quite a lot. The last rulers of the fort were British.

Visapur Fort Trek Routes

 Visapur can be approached by two routes; one route is to climb the trail leading to Khind between Lohgad and Visapur; follow the trail to your left leading towards Bhedse hill; along this route you will find a path which steeply climbs through a arĂȘte ending up into the fort, this is not regular entrance; we will use another route which starts from the stairs leading to Bhaja Caves; after climbing few steps you then take diversion to your left where a small trail climbs above the Bhaja Caves hill to takes you to a  small plateau. From this plateau you can see the fort very clearly. You maintain your progress keep to the left hand side of the hill as you climb up along the walls till you come across a small waterfall (will be dry when we trek from here in November) and then from here a small trail leads you the start of stairs leading to the entrance of fort which has a Maruti Temple just few steps short of the entrance.

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