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Rajgad, the "King of all fort" holds true to its name. Famous for its construction, secret routes and doorways and vantage points, this forth was the home of Shivaji for 25 years. The fort can be divided into 4 different parts based on the geographical terrain and fortification. These are the three sub-plateaux (Machee) namely Padmavati Machee, Suvela Machee and Sanjevani Machee, and at the center is the Ballekilla. Torna on the other hand 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 a couple of kilometers. Rajgad to Torna is a difficult and a thrilling trek. The two forts are connected by a narrow ridge that stretches for 9 kms. If you are somebody who is looking for a challenging trek that involves climbing rock patches, traversing narrow ridges and camping in the pouring rain, then sign up for our Rajgad to Torna Trek this July. Trek Difficulty: Moderate+ Team Size: 15 only SUMMARY: Day 1, Thursday 25th July 08:50 pm: Team assembles at Begumpet station and takes the Mumbai Express to Pune. Day 2, Friday 26th July 09:05 am: Reach Pune and have breakfast. After breakfast we take a private transport to Gunjavane, the base for Rajgad Trek 12:00 pm: Reach Gunjavane. Introduction, warm up and start the trek. 03:00 pm: Reach Rajgad fort. Lunch en route. Drop bags at the camping spot and head off to explore Suvela Machi 05:00 pm: Climb Bale Killa. If lucky, we might get an amazing view of the surrounding valley. 07:00 pm: Head back to the camping spot. Time for some exciting games followed by dinner. 10:00 pm: Hit the bed Day 3, Saturday 27th July 06:00 am: Wake up call. Freshen up and have breakfast 08:00 am: Start our trek towards Torna via Sanjeevani Machi. 04:00 pm: Reach Torna. Lunch en route. After reaching Torna, spend the evening exploring Torna 06:00 pm: Head off to campsite. 07:00 pm: Dinner 10:00 pm: Hit the bed Day 4, Sunday 28th July 06:00 am: Wake up call. Freshen up and have breakfast 08:00 am: Start descent toward Velhe 11:00 am: Reach Velhe. Catch a local transport to Pune 04:00 pm: Reach Pune. Lunch en route 07:00 pm: Board the Konark Express back to Hyderabad Cost: Rs 3500/- only Pay Rs 1000/- only to book your slot BOOK NOW! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES - Non AC train from Hyderabad to Pune and back - Local transport from Pune to Gujavne - Local transport from Velhe to Pune - 3 Breakfast, 3 Lunch and 2 Dinner - Expert guide charges COST EXCLUDES - All meals not mentioned above including meals in train - Personal expenses and tips **Note: For last minute bookings Tatkal charges will be added to the event cost. Please get in touch with the organizer to know the Tatkal charges. CONTACT US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] CANCELLATION POLICY 10 days before the event start date: No Refund 10-29 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 29 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing DETAILED ITINERARY: Day 1 Rajgad Trek Our journey starts the minute we leave Pune Railway station. The first leg of the jouney is reaching Gunjavane, the base village of Rajgad trek. There are two routes to Rajgad fort from Gunjavane. One follows the secret entrance to Padmavati Machi via Chor Darwaza and the other trail is via the Gunjavane Darwaza. We take the Chor Darwaza trail and reach Rajgad Fort by early evening. 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. Day 2 Rajgad to Torna Trek The trail from Rajgad to Torna stretches for 9 kms along a narrow ride. In the morning we head off to Sanjeevani Machi and exit via the Alu Darwaza. It takes appx 5 to 6 hours to reach Torna, crossing more than 20 hills. En route we will come across a small hut where we can buy some refreshments. The toughest part of the Rajgad Torna trek are the 3 rocks patches. The first is about 60 % steep with loose sand. The second about 80 % steep. The final rock patch is the toughest one, with steep edges and the valley below. On scaling these rock patches, we finally reach the plateau. Follow the trail to the Torna temple. 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 still there but needs of repairs. In front of the temple is a Deepmala. Zunjar Machi: It is situated on the western side and is beautiful. Day 3 Torna to Velhe. Velhe is a small Town which has quite a few hotels where you can have Maharashtrian delicacies viz Poha, Misal, Wadapau etc. Exit Torna via the Bini Darwaza. The route is pretty direct and the tricky patches are supported by railings. It takes appx 3 hours to descent Torna via this route.
A popular and a non technical summit, Stok Kangri is a dream summit of many. At a height of 6120 m, Stok Kangri, in Ladakh, is the highest trekkable summit of the Stok ranges. Easily accessible from Leh, the Stok Kangri peak can be attempted by those who want a taste of high altitude trekking. Trekking through the barren lands of Ladakh till the base camp and the final summit push of 1200 m through glaciers and steep slopes imposes a challenge to even the skilled trekkers. A summit attempt to Stok should not be taken lightly and one has to acclimatize really well before heading off for the final climb. The Great Escape is taking a group of 10 trekkers for an attempt to summit Stok Kangri. Though Stok Kangri is non- technical, the difficulty of the summit should not be underestimated. Hence, the final team shall be selected by us depending on: a) prior experience in high altitude trekking b) fitness level If you are interested, add you name and contact no. and our organizers shall get in touch with you. SUMMARY: Day 1, 9th August: Reach Leh. Acclimatization Day 1 Day 2, 10th August: Acclimatization Day 2 Day 3, 11th August: Acclimatization Day 3 Day 4, 12th August: Drive to Stok Village. Trek to Manokarma- 15 kms Drive - 1 hrs, Trek 9 kms - 7 hrs Day 5, 13th August: Trek to Stok Base Camp - 4 kms - 4 hrs Day 6, 14th August: Acclimatization Day Day 7, 15th August: Base Camp to Stok Kangri summit to Base Camp - 14 kms - 12 hrs+ Day 8, 16th August: Trek to Stok Village. Drive to Leh - 13 kms Trek - 6 hrs, 15kms drive - 1 hr Day 9, 17th August: Buffer Day Day 10, 18th August: Leave Leh Cost: Rs 21,800/- Only Book you spot by paying an initial amount of Rs 5000/- only NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici UPI ID: jamilakapasi@icici COST INCLUDES - 4 nights accommodation in Leh on sharing basis. - Transportation from Leh to Stok Village and back - Vegetarian meals during the trek. - Sleeping bags and mats - Accommodation in tents on sharing basis during the trek - Service of an experienced trek leader and an expedition guide - Equipment for the summit if needed and required (crampons and ice axe) COST EXCLUDES -To and fro flights - Food/Meals in Leh - Sightseeing in Leh - Personal expenses and tips - Individual mule + Porter charges. - Snow boots NOTE: - All trekkers are required to carry their own backpack along with their personal belongings. Porter facility can be availed at an additional price. - You can reserve a private room in Leh at an additional price - You can reserve a private tent during the trek at an additional price CANCELLATION POLICY 20 days before the event start date: No Refund 20- 45 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 45 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing CONTACT US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] Email: [masked] DETAILED ITINERARY: Friday, 9th August Reach Leh (11400ft) Our journey to Stok begins the moment we reach Leh. Leh is easily accessible in the month of July. We can choose to fly down to Leh directly from Delhi or take the picturesque and challenging Manali - Leh Highway to reach Leh. Though flying down to Leh is an easier option and saves a lot of time, reaching Leh by road gives our body ample time and opportunity to acclimatize. The Great Escape team would advice the participants to reach Leh by road. As we pass 3 high altitude passes and stay overnight at Keylong, our body gets used to the high altitude and makes the acclimatization process for the Stok Kangri summit easier. The Route: Manali – Rohtang (13051ft) – Gramphu – Kokhsar – Keylong – Jispa – Darcha – Zingzingbar – Baralacha La (16043ft) – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Gata Loops – Nakee La – Lachulung La – Pang – Tanglang La (17582ft) – Gya – Upshi – Karu – Leh IF YOU PLAN TO COME TO LEH BY ROAD, START FROM MANALI ON THE 9th OF AUGUST. Reach out to us for further details Saturday, 10th August and Sunday 11th August Acclimatization in Leh (11400 ft) Spend this day exploring the vibrant capital of Ladakh, Leh. Leh is a powehouse of beauty and culture. The market and the streets hustle and bustle with both tourists and locals alike. The local cuisine is lip smacking and there are dozens of monasteries and ancient temples that can be visited. Take the day slow, especially if you have arrived to Leh by flight. Breathe in the fresh air and let your body get used to the altitude, for an experience that will change your life forever will begin tomorrow Monday, 12th August Leh (11400) to Stok Village (11800ft) to Changma (13087ft) to Manokarma (14200 ft) Our journey begins. Take the scenic road to Stok Village. The drive is an adventurous one and is full of natural beauty. The Stok village lies immediately to the south of Leh and it is well known for a royal palace. The recently crowned king of Ladakh lives here. There is also a small museum inside the palace which has beautiful and religious artifacts. It takes 3 hours to reach Chang Ma, our midway point of our Day 1 trek. The trail passing through the barren lands of Ladakh looks magical and divine. Trek along the beautiful Stok River towards Chang Ma where we halt for a much needed break and lunch. At 13000 ft, we will start noticing the effects of the altitude. It's another 3 hours treks through rock strewn path to our campsite Manokarma. Manokarma camp, at a height of 14,200 feet, is similar to Chang Ma, poised in a valley, but wider. Stok river flows close to our tents and dominates all the other nature sounds. Spend the evening at the campsite, relaxing and getting used to the high altitude. Tuesday, 13th August Manokarma (14200ft) to Base Camp (16300ft) A few hours trek takes you back to the base camp. This day will show us the real beauty of ladhak and gives us the answer why ladhak is known as cold desert. At a height of 16,300 feet, it is important to acclimatize well. Walking around leisurely with ears open would help a great deal in acclimatization. We will plan an acclimatization walk for the team. " Walk high, sleep low" From the base camp we can even view some beautiful peaks like like Gulap Kangri and Parcha Kangri. Wednesday, 14th August Acclimatization Day Wake up early morning. After breakfast, the team would head off for a planned acclimatization walk. An appx altitude gain of 500 m will be attempted. Come back to the campsite during lunch time. Post lunch, spend the evening resting. Our Summit attempt to Stok Kangri may start anytime between 10:00 pm - 1:00 am depending on the snow and weather conditions. Ensure your body is well rested for it will be a push to the summit. Thursday, 15th August Base Camp (16200 ft) to Summit (20100ft) to Base Camp (16200ft) The day has finally arrived. We will wake you up early in the morning to start the climb. Gear up well. Right attire is extremely important for a successful summit From the base camp climb up to the pass. From there cross the glacier. We may come across crevasses. Once we cross the glacier, the challenge begings. What stands in front of is is the steep slope leading to the summit ridge. Climbing up a 60 degree inclination at 18000 ft is a no easy task. But do not stop, for a reward is waiting for us. We push ourselves up the steep slope to the summit ridge. The ridge is a tricky part. We may be roped up for safety reasons. The summit is clearly visible from the ridge and at a reachable distance. Traverse across the ridge to the final climb of the summit. Push through the last few meters to reach the top. YOU HAVE MADE IT:) The view from the top is breath taking.There are no words to describe the feeling of pure joy that you feel when you stand on the top. Feel proud for you have pushed yourself against all odds to reach the top of the highest trekkable peak in Leh. The summit offers you great views of the area. The wide and open surroundings give you a royal feeling. Towards the north, you would get a view of the Karakoram range. The Saser Kangri dominates the sky in the north along with the Karakoram, and the Zansker ranges in the south. Take some moment on the top and then head back to the base camp. Friday, 16th August Base Camp (16200 ft) to Stok Village (11800ft) It is time to head back. This is the final day of our trek and after the summit it might feel tiring. Retrace your step back all the way to Stok village and drive back to Leh from there. Saturday, 17th August Buffer Day A spare day to make a second attempt to the summit if required. Else this day can be spend sight seeing around Leh Sunday 18th August Depart from Leh Here you can choose to fly out of Leh as well. Leave Leh with some fond memories and of course a new achievement in your bag
Bhimashankar is famous for being one of the twelve sacred “Jyotirlings”. Though connected by a motorable road, the temple can even be reached through 2 trekking trails. One, the trecherous and the challenging Sidhi Ghat and the other longer yet easier, Ganesh Ghat. This August, join us as we trek to Bhimashankar via the Sidhi Ghat route ( named so for the ladders or "sidhi" one has to climb throughout this trail), vist the origin of the Bhima river at Gupt Bhimashankar and enjoy panoramic views from Nagphani, the highest point. Trek Difficulty: Moderate Team Size: 15 only SUMMARY: Day 1, Friday 9th August 08:50 pm: Team assembles at Begumpet station and takes the Mumbai Express to Karjat Day 2, Saturday 10th August 11:00 am: Reach Karjat. Have lunch and take a private vehicle to Khandas, the base of Bhimashankar 01:30 pm: Trek to Bhimashankar via Sidhi Ghat 06:00 pm: Reach Bhimashankar top. 06:30 pm: Check in our homestay. Explore the top. 08:00 pm: Dinner Day 3, Sunday 11th August 05:00 am: Wake up call. Visit Gupt Bhimashankar and Nagphani Point 09:00 am: Breakfast 10:00 am: Start descent via Ganesh Ghat 02:00 pm: Reach Khandas. 03:00 pm: Reach Karjat. Have lunch 04:50 pm: Board Konark Express back to Hyderabad Cost: Rs 3200/- only Pay Rs 1000/- only to book your slot BOOK NOW! NAME: TGE TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE LLP ACCOUNT NO:[masked] BANK: ICICI IFSC CODE:ICIC[masked] BRANCH-DIAMOND POINT CURRENT ACCOUNT UPI ID: tge@icici COST INCLUDES - Non AC train from Hyderabad toKarjat and back - Local transport from Karjat to Khandas and back - Stay at homestay at Bhimashankar - 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch and 1 Dinner - Expert guide charges COST EXCLUDES - All meals not mentioned above including meals in train - Personal expenses and tips **Note: For last minute bookings Tatkal charges will be added to the event cost. Please get in touch with the organizer to know the Tatkal charges. CONTACT US: Jamila Kapasi [masked] Reetu Yadav [masked] CANCELLATION POLICY 10 days before the event start date: No Refund 10-29 days before the event start date: 50% Refund Before 29 days of the event start date: 75% Refund Do go through our detailed T&C https://drive.google.com/file/d/12ZJansareLbkc5fVGMOFBnU-6X_Gx0eS/view?usp=sharing DETAILED ITINERARY Day 1 Team assembles at Begumpet railway station at 8:50 pm to board the Mumbai Express to Karjat Day 2 Khandas to Bhimashankar via Sidhi Ghat: 7.5 kms. On reaching Karjat, we will pack up lunch and take a local vehicle to Khandas, the base of Bhimashankar. We take the left from the T junction. The initial 20 minutes after the T-junction is an easy walk. We reach a stream in about 20 minutes. Once we cross the stream, the trail ascnds for about 40 minutes, till we reach the first ladder. Once we climb the first ladder, we quickly reach the next one. There is a cave after the second ladder where we can relax for a while. This spot offers excellent views of the valley below. Soon after we cross ladder 3, there is a patch with huge rocks. We need to be extremely careful while traversing this section. We cross a protruding rock to reach the final rock patch, which leads to the top of the waterfall. We proceed along a trail going north which later turns east, cutting through paddy fields to ultimately merge with the Ganesh Ghat trail at the Chahacha Aamba. This is the halfway point. We take a much needed rest here and head east from the Chahacha Aamba by the broad trail that zigzags over steep terrain to enter the dense forest of Bhimashankar. A 45 minute traverse brings us to the enclosure of Hanuman pond. We turn left and walk along the fence to cross a parking lot and enter Bhimashankar temple premises across the tar road. Day 3 Trek to Gupt Bhimashankar It is a 2 km down hill trek from the temple in thick forest. It said to be the origin of the River Bhima. A small waterfall gushes over a 'lingam' carved out of stone to mark the exact spot. A tiny brass 'Nandi' guards the spot. Nagphani Tok (point) / Serpent's hood This is the highest and the best point in the Bhimashankar area. From the car parking area walk on the cart track to Hanuman temple (1 km. - 20mins). At the entrance of the temple there is a board indicating the direction to Nagphani. There are a few houses around the temple. From the temple it is another 20mins uphill trek. This place has derived its name from the fact that it looks like the hood of a Cobra. Hence the name Nagphani. (Nag = Snake i.e. Cobra; Phani = Hood). From the point one gets a panoramic view of Padar Killa down below, and the hills and forts of the Matheran range in the background. Walk uphill to the right of the point and one gets a fascinating view of the Bhimashankar temple area and Siddhagad fort (982m - 3223ft) in the background. Descent via Ganesh Ghat: 10.5 kms Retrace your steps all the way to the mid way point. From the tea shop take the route going towards Ganesh Ghat. The dense forest will lead to a waterfall in half an hour’s time from the merging point. Proceed west from the waterfall to reach the Ganesh temple. Continue descending by the rocky trail to reach the tar road. We take our vehicle back to Karjat from here.
Get off the couch this weekend and ride with us 80+ kms to the beautiful Anantagiri Hills. Located in Vikarabad, this lush green forest is the source of the Musi River. Discussions: https://chat.whatsapp.com/Iwnse4nnmOE10XLMZ1Q8UQ ITINERARY: Saturday, 10th August 5:30 am: Meet at Gacchibowli Circle 6:00 am: Start Ride 8:00 am: Breakfast en route 12:00 pm: Reach Vikarabad. Have lunch at Vikarabad 2:00 pm: Reach Anantagiri Forest. Overnight stay at Haritha Resorts or camp near Kotepally Reservoir Sunday, 11th August 5:30 am: Wake up. Freshen up 6:00 am: Ride to Kotepally Reservoir. Enjoy packed breakfast at the reservoir. 8:00 am: Ride back to Hyderabad. 1:00 pm: Lunch en route 4:00 pm: Reach Gacchibowli circle and disperse. Appx distance covered: 80+ per day Average Pace: 18 to 20 kmph Difficulty Level: Medium+ to Hard Cost: This is a self supported event. All cost in actual will be divided by the final no. of participants. We will book either the stay at Haritha Resort or the campsite at Kotepally in advance. The cost of which to be shared by all THINGS TO BRING: 1- Bicycle 2- Helmet 3- Gloves 4- Water bottle 5- Snacks 6- Punture repair kit and a spare tube CONTACT: Kiran: [masked] Jamila [masked] BENEFITS OF BICYCLING: 1- Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are put off doing certain sports because of the high level of skill that seems to be required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to a team sport due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learned you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half an hour here or there when it suits, and a bit of confidence. 2- Cycling builds strength and muscle tone Contrary to normal perceptions, cycling is not a fitness activity that solely involves the legs. Cycling builds strength in a holistic manner since every single part of the body is involved in cycling. 3- Cycling increases muscle tone Cycling improves general muscle function gradually, with little risk of over exercise or strain. Regular cycling strengthens leg muscles and is great for the mobility of hip and knee joints. You will gradually begin to see an improvement in the muscle tone of your legs, thighs, rear end and hips. 4- Cycling builds stamina Cycling is a good way to build stamina. It is very effective in doing so, because people enjoy cycling and they wouldn’t really notice that they have gone farther the last time they went cycling. 5- Cycling improves cardio-vascular fitness Cycling makes the heart pound in a steady manner and helps improve cardio-vascular fitness. Studies have shown that cycling to work will increase cardiovascular fitness by 3-7%. Cycling uses the largest muscle groups the legs, raising heart rate to benefit stamina and fitness. 6- Cycling eats up calories Cycling is a good way to lose those unwanted pounds. Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour. If you cycle for 30 minutes every day you would burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. Since it helps build muscle, cycling will also boost your metabolic rate long after you’ve finished your ride. 7- Cycling improves heart health According to the British Medical Association, cycling just 20 miles a week can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%. A major study of 10,000 civil servants suggested that those who cycled 20 miles over the period of a week were half as likely to suffer heart disease as their non-cycling colleagues. 8- Cycling improves coordination Cycling is an activity that involves the whole body. Therefore, arm-to-leg, feet-to-hands and body-to-eye coordination are improved. 9- Cycling reduces stress Any regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and improve well being and self esteem. Cycling outdoors is also a good way to be one with nature and to feel the breath of the earth. It takes one’s mind out of everyday-life stress and rejuvenates his soul. So what is stopping you? Join Us!