One day MONSOON TREK to Lohagad

One day MONSOON TREK to Lohagad

 

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About The Event

Trek date: 15 Aug 2014
Fort name: Lohgad
Fort height: 3400 ft from sea level
Grade: Easy

Trek Schedule :-
The journey starts with the Indrayani Express. Interested people should catch this train from respective stations with ticket to Malavli (Next station after Lonavla towards Pune) & meet at lonavala station. (Plz reach your respected stations at least half an hour earlier, as there might be a long queue for the tickets)

Train Timings :- 
Indrayani Express
CST - 5:40 am
Dadar - 5.51 am
Thane - 6.14 am
Kalyan - 6.35 am
Karjat - 7:15 am
Lonavla - 8.00 am

From Lonavla we will board Lonavla-Pune local which starts at 8:15AM from Lonavla.

Breakfast and tea time at Lonavala or Malavli station

08:45 AM: Walk to Bhaje village
09:15 AM: Instructions at Bhaje village
09:20 AM: Ascend
11:20 AM: At top of Lohgad

Exploration and rest

1:00 PM: Descend to Lohagad Village for Lunch
1:30 PM Lunch
3:00 PM Descend to Malavli Railway Station
5:00 PM: At Malavli Railway Station
5:30 PM: Train to Lonavla
5:45 PM: Reaching Lonavla

The charges for this trek is Rs 500/- per head, which includes transport from Lonavla to Lonavla, Morning Breakfast-Tea, Lunch, Evening snacks & Hirkani Adventures Charges.


Here is a list of all the things that we need to carry for the trek:
1. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried. So that one has hands free while trekking.
2. Camera (Optional), Avoid wearing Gold and other jewelry (at own risk)
3. Electoral / Enerzyl powder, some snacks & biscuits
4. Personal medicines, if any
5. A good trekking shoes, wind cheater / raincoat.

Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.

For confirmation, call on below number or mail us on hirkaniadvetures@gmail.com
Pankaj Gurav : 07738189043
Shahnaz Shaikh: 07666259728

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History:
Each and every fort built had a purpose mainly confined to war times, but the basic aim behind fort building was to guard the important routes on which trade takes place. Each and every fort is built to protect the 60 ghats in Sahyadri. Those, which belong to ancient times, include Shivneri, Rajgad, Lohgad and many others. Of them, Lohgad and Visapur, two forts are situated near Lonavala, a famous place near Pune. Lohgad is 2000 years old, and this is proved by the existence of Bhaje and Karla caves in its vicinity. The Buddhist followers who traveled all over to spread Buddhism carved these out. These were the places where they could get peace of mind, far from people, on high mountains. Thus the forts played a major role in preserving a great culture.

Fascinating Spots:
The fort houses many old constructions and much of its fortification is very intact. This becomes clear as we move. The entrances and the ramparts are as they were 200 years ago. As we enter the Ganesh Darwaaja, we come across an inscription on a rectangular stone. If it is not stone, one has to check every stone there. The words on it tell that the construction was initiated and done by Dhondopant under Nana Phadnis. Here are the galleries for guards.

Between Narayan & Hanuman Darwaaja there are two go downs. These were used for storage of granary. After entering the Maha Darwaaja we come across an old 'Dargah'. Besides the Dargah we come across the remnants of the court. Going towards right we come across 'Laxmi Kothi'. It is a big cave where 50 people can stay. The Kothi has many rooms. On Lohgad Laxmi Kothi is the only place for us to stay. The treasury of Nana Phadnis was kept here. In front of this place are two cannons. Besides the cave are many other caves. On the northern side of the fort is a newly built Dargah. This is the tomb of Sheikh Umar. The history is interesting. Three Arabs named Sheikh Umar, Sheikh Salla and Sheikh Malang invaded Pune. Salla resided in Pune city and destroyed the temples. Malang went and stayed on what is known as Malanggad, near Kalyan. Umar seized Lohgad. A sage was meditating here. Umar threw him off the cliff and became the ruler here. Today his Dargah has gained importance as pilgrimage.

Going ahead from the old Dargah towards right there is small a temple of Lord Shiva. Going ahead we come across a small lake besides which there are drinking water reservoirs. This is only place on fort where we can get drinking water. After walking 15 to 20 min we come to a bigger lake, which was built by Nana Phadanavis. The lake is polygonal with 16 sides, and was constructed by Nana Phadnis. An inscription here tells us about that.

To the western side of the fort is 'Vinchu Kata', which reminds us of 'Sanjeevni Machi 'of Rajgad. It is 1500m long & 30m wide part of the mountain, separated from the main part. Viewing from the fort this portion looks like scorpion’s sting and hence it is called 'Vinchu Kata'. As named, this portion was to keep a watch on the surrounding region, and any activity of the enemy in its vicinity could be tackled. Ample quantity of water is available in this area. This 'Vinchu Kata' was used for keeping a watch on the nearby area. Here we can see some cannons. The bastion on the end of this machi is like the Armour of the fort.