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Ratangad


I think this the dream trek for the every trekker. The Harishchandragad fort is quite ancient. Its origin is said to have been in 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), used to meditate here in 14th century. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. Marathas Took over Fort from Mughals in 1747.



ITINERARY



Day 00 : Start Journey from CSMT towards Kasara by local train by 10:50 pm which reaches Kasara by 1:30 am



Day 01 : Meet leaders at Kasara station (1:30 am) and proceed towards Samrad base village in private vehicle. Rest for few hour. Wake up call @ 6:30 am, freshen Up and have break-fast. After Introduction and briefing session, start ascending Ratangad via Trimbak Darvaja. Reach the picturesque of the Ratangad “Nedha” by 10:30 am. Start descend via Hanuman Darwaja, visit Ratangad Caves enroute. Proceed towards Katrabai (an important pass which offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding ranges) and have our packed lunch enroute. Rest for sometime, saddle up to proceed towards Kumshet.



Day 02 : Early morning wake up @ 6:00 am. Freshen up and have breakfast. Start trekking to Harishchandragad via Pethechi wadi (ascending via Paanchnai). Visit Harishchandreshwar Mandir, Saptatirtha Pushkarni and famous Shiv Linga in Kedareshwar Cave.


Have lunch. Start descending via Khireshwar route. Reach Khireshwar base village. Board jeep and return to Kalyan Station.



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