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Height : 4750 ft (above MSL)
Grade: Medium and few boulders
Our plan of action :
Will start the trek from Base village Hatti which is 3Km from Dhodap. There are few steep steps and boulders which will be a challenge. We will be accompanied by local guide from Nasik. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach the fort and 2 hours to get down. There are huge natural caves around the fort for camping :)
History of Dhodap :
Dhodap is one of the hill forts of Maharashtra state in India. Situated in the Nashik district, the fort is approximately 4750 ft (1452 mt) above sea level.
The base village is called as Dhodambe from where you can start to climb the fort. The fort is 42 km to the Nashik, about 3 km from Hatti Village, in the Satmala range, Nasik region of Sahyadris
View from Base Village: Hatti,Wadala 3km from Dhodap, It is a small village and with basic food
The top of the fort was built using a combination of dressed stone and brickwork. There is a tank with an idol of Lord Hanuman and a tunnel 5m wide. The fort has a pointed cliff named Shembi. You can find caves at the base. One end of the fort shows a domical structure. The eastern face shows a fearsome cliff named Ikhara which is ideal for rock climbers. One Temple situated in one of the caves is in good condition. Few other caves are also seen around and are quite big in size. Also Trunk of Dhodap fort is in good condition.
This is old age hill fort famous for fate of Raghobadada, the traitor to the Peshawa family and Swarajya led by Shivaji Maharaj in 18th century. This hill fort have one easy 100 feet climbing pinnacle to climb with help of safety rope and some hardware. Huge water tanks, lots of caves and hilly surrounding landscape gives lots of thrill for visitors.
One of the most Interesting thing we came across is that there is "Cow of stone" moving inside the this hill. It's hear by the peoples in the nearby villages that on every "Vasubaras", this Cow moves inside by the distance of 4 grains.
picture courtesy - TrekShitz.com
Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga / Brahmagiri ( depends on time )
Brahmagiri is situated in Trimbakeshwar village, about 25 kilometres from Nashik. This place gains importance from the belief that it is considered to be the mountain form of Lord Shiva and the fact that River Godavari originates here. Every Monday during the month of Shravan, lakhs of devotees take a circumambulation of Brahmagiri. People often climb the mountain to view the origin of River Godavari and the Ganga Dwar temple. "We visit Brahmagiri to experience the sheer beauty of nature. Besides, it is very peaceful here. One can go to Brahmagiri with a group of 25-30 people. It is a very simple and safe trek and hence we don't need to take any special precautions apart from the regular ones," says Manas Pagare, a student. Another advantage of Brahmagiri trek is that the possibility of getting lost is less due to the simplicity of the route. "My only advice would be to wear proper sports shoes because they will not only offer a good grip but also protection from snakes found in the area," Manas cautions.
River Ganges ( Godavari) and Trimbak Tirtha are on Brahmagiri mountain adjacent to Trimbakeshwar temple. Brahmagiri is considered as a huge form of Lord Shiva and hence the mountain climbing was considered as a sin. However in 1908 Seth Lalchand Jashodanand Bhambhani of Karachi and Seth Ganeshdas built 500 steps. This has facilitated easy access to Brahmagiri Mountain. Godavari is flowing in three directions on the mountain. The one flowing towards east is called Godavari, one flowing towards the south is called Vaitarna and the one flowing towards the west is called the west-flowing Ganga and meets Godavari near Chakra Tirth. River Ahilya meets Godavari in front of the Trimbakeshwar temple. Childless families worship at the Ahilya sangam and it is believed that they do get a child. That Puja is Called as Narayan Nagbali Vidhi.
Trek Genre : Easy to medium
Day 1 - 25/10/2013 - 18:00 Private Bus - 22 setter with Push back and DVD coach :)
Day 2 - 26/10/2013
08:00 to 09:00 - Reach Nasik / Manmad
09:00 to 11:00 - Reach Base camp
12:00 to 13:00 - Lunch and prepare at base camp for hiking
13:00 to 18:00 - Reach Top - Ideally it takes 3 to 4 hours camping in tents and dinner - if possible campfire
Day 3 - 27/10/2013
06:00 to 08:00 - Wakeup call and start to nasik
08:00 to 17:00 - Trimbakeshwar temple and Brahmagiri (Godavari originating point)
17:00 to 18:00 - Buffer Time and shopping
19:00 - Start from Nasik
Day 4 - 28/10/[masked]:00 - reach Hyderabad and Bbyee
Cost break up
Private bus charges Appx = 1200 to 1300 ( Based on no. of Km/- )
Organizers Charges = 300
GHAC Donation and Tax = 250
Buffer = 50
Total - Rs : 1800 ( if anything more or less will be shared or divided after the trek )
Food is not included in the cost
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Things to bring: [ All things are compulsory ]
1) Sleeping bag
2) Torch and spare batteries
3) Plastic packets for wet clothes
4) Trekking wear, Shoes and tracks, cap/hat
5) Extra pairs of clothes and socks and a Poncho (It may rain)
7) Some snacks to munch on the way.
Need to share tents / tarps weight [Extra weight ]
A few things might happen that are not planned and we hope you can take this in your stride. This is India and do not expect american standards in everything,
GHAC refund rules apply
1) No smoking and No alcohol
2) No littering, no pollution of water
3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable
4) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers
5) if you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately.
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