Rajmachi fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty !

 Rajmachi Fort- Extraordinary Peace & Beauty!

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So people, on the eve of 28th Dec, 2015, we (a group of 9 people) decided to scale down The Rajmachi fort. The Rajmachi Fort is actually a complex of two forts, the Srivardhan Fort and the Maanranjan Fort.

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The Srivardhan Fort is commonly referred to as Rajmachi Fort. We started from Pune by 6:30 PM and reached the village, the starting point of the hiking tungarli dam and it took more than 5 hours to reach Rajmachi village. From this place, fort was 11 Km away. I had a notion what is there to scale; just 11 Km and we started by 9:30 PM.

Historically, Rajmachi fort was a strategic fort to control Borghat (ghat between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune route) which was a historical trade route.

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Rajmachi peak has two fortified structures – the Shrivardhan fort and Manaranjan fort. Rajmachi can be reached by 2 ways, the tough route is from Kondivade village near Karjat and it involves climb-up of about 2000 feet.

The other route is from Lonavala, which is almost a plain walk of about 15 km. In rainy season, this region becomes all the more beautiful with silvery water falls, streams and lush green forests and meadows.

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This is the place you enjoy the peaceful environment and love the mix of hot and cold breeze giving you push to move.If you are planning to go to the top, you need at-least 4 to 5 liters of water and if you have lemonade, the better.  It’s   a 5 hour trek at least and you realize your body is no more in your control.

What’s more, we were lucky to do star gazing at night! The view from the fort made it all worthwhile! One can see many other hilltop forts from this location.The journey is long and arduous but not difficult, and is appropriate for beginners without any hiking experience as well.

 

While walking, the place was so quite you can’t hear anything other than  your murmurs.  The spooky tales  about ghosts here and there, let’s go back its too far and more. Scaring each other and motivating all just to move forward continued. Temperature at night was about 15•C, but, we warmed up with campfire and Maggi. Best time to scale this fort is night only!

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Due to the distance, many people stay at the fort overnight. There are caves and temples at the fort where you can stay overnight.  We reached the temple and stayed there for some time and enjoyed the peace and the aura around this place.

With breath-taking views and scenic vistas around each corner, this place is a must on every nature lover’s list. Go, give it a shot!

The clear sky make you feel you are out of the world with no tension of any kind and after the trek; your body wants to relax.

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You don’t need cozy bed or any kind of special treatment, the moment you close your eyes, you feel out of the world! According to what I experienced, you should please visit once to have firsthand experience. Cheers!!!




 

 

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Kangra Fort-Oldest Fort in Himalayan Region



The Kangra Fort was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata epic. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India.

The entrance to the fort is through a small courtyard enclosed between two gates which were built during the Sikh period, as appears from an inscription over the entrance. From here a long and narrow passage leads up to the top of the fort, through the Ahani and Amiri Darwaza (gate), both attributed to Nawab Saif Ali Khan, the first Mughal Governor of Kangra. About 500 feet from the outer gate the passage turns round at a very sharp angle and passes through the Jehangiri Darwaza.

The Darsani Darwaza, which is now flanked by defaced statues of River Goddesses Ganga and Yamuna gave access to a courtyard, along the south side of which stood the shrines Lakshmi-Narayana Sitala and Ambika Devi. In between these shrines is a passage that leads up to the palace. It is one of the most beautiful forts in India.

“It is said that Kangra belongs to one who owns the fort.”

There you find audio guide i must say that is very helpful and give you the details of the fort. They charge 100 per device so must see fort through the audio guide and you loved this place.




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Night out in Tamhini Ghat

Night out in Tamhini Ghat 

 Abhishek,Amar,Tanveer ,Vicky,Rahul

Hi all today I love to tell you a new tale in my life. Those days were the best days of my life. We use to roam take chances and enjoy the life to the fullest. So this tamhni ghat story started with an idea of boys night out. So everyone started suggesting some or other idea of place finally abhishek came up with an idea of camping open area and we can setup our camp wherever we get the chance to set it up.

On the way to tamhni

So now place is decided and what to do next like funds for camp. So we decided we go by bike and save some money. But wait wait wait this is not the story abhishek and me don’t have anything to put in the funds so again the legend mind started working and again abhishek with a unique idea of selling BCA books for the trip and finally we get rid of the boring books which are no use for us those days. So finally we manage to get 1500/- and with excitement for the trip started our next plan.

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 So with the 1500 cash reserve and few litres of petrol  in our bikes with two bags full of chicken, mutton, rice ,masala, salt and coal. We started our journey.so guys let me describe the Tamhni now.

Ye dosti hum nhi todenge

 Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage located between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra, India for road. Situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain ranges, Tamhini Ghat is noted for its surroundings comprising scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods and cliffs all around.

Fire In the hole 🙂 but no one listen to me a click moment

So we took 20 litres of water and some other drinks hope everyone knows what m saying now. Abhishek and me on one bike, amar and Rahul on other  tanveer with Vicky started to hunt for a suitable place to camp now. So finally we got the place near tata plant and it was so beautiful I can’t describe the beauty of the area the place we saw was between the woods and the cliff and we can see the road from that place and the lights of the cars from a distance of 2 km it was on the height.

Hope Abhi You remember this place

After with a good place and nice ambience of the area we started setting up our camp after digging

the ground for the fire place Tanveer and me started preparing for the bon fire and others like Vicky

Amar , Rahul and Abhishek started making the tent in the area. Then we started having fun games

like antakshari and long talks with our experiences and journey till date.

I can’t forget the night when I saw more the 30 shooting stars and whole night without a min sleep. And whistle of our pressure cooker all around the area and the grilled chicken with ghee awwwwesom. Few people enjoying the chicken and few mud hope you all know about whom I am talking about. This was the most adventures event we did when we was together in Pune. Miss you guys and hope our most awaited leh ladakh trip come in picture soon.

Back to pune

Guys this was the best place I visited because it was the first night out of my life in the woods with

no preparations of the gear and other stuff. Please visit once if you get the chance to visit pune.

Cheers.Have fun !!!!



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Nainital

 

Nainital : It is believed that the Naini Lake is one of the 64 Shakti Peeths, or religious sites where parts of the charred body of Sati (Parvati) fell on earth while being carried by Lord Shiva.The spot where Sati’s eyes (or Nain) fell, came to be called Nain-tal or lake of the eye. The goddess Shakti is worshiped at the Naina Devi Temple on the north shore of the present day lake.

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Nainital Lake– Also known as Naini Lake, it is situated in the heart of the city and it is owing to this lake that Nainital earned its name. The eye-shaped lake is a tourist hotspot and acts as a magnet for all those visiting the hill resort. Here, a person can either take a leisurely stroll or indulge in boating and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The northern end of the lake is called Mallital, while the southern one is called Tallital. The Lake Bridge that connects the two banks has quite a few shops as well as a post office, the only one in the world to be located on a bridge.

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Naina Devi Temple– The temple is located on the northern shore of Naini lake. The presiding deity of the temple is Maa Naina Devi represented by twoNetras or eyes. Flanking Naina Devi are the deities of Mata Kali and Lord Ganesha. Nainital is believed to be one of the 64 Shaktipeeths, where one of the body parts of Goddess Sati fell, when Lord Shiva carried her body. In Nainital, the eyes (naina) of the Goddess are asumed to have fallen. The shrine of Naina Devi is a must visit for devout Hindus. and was reconstructed after being destroyed in the 1880 landslide. One can also get an amazing view of the hill station, overlooking the lake, from the temple.

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St. John in the Wilderness, a church established in 1844 and is located on the north end of town (Mallital), about half a mile north-west of the Naina Devi temple. The church was so named by Daniel Wilson, the Bishop of Calcutta, who, after falling ill during a visit to Nainital in 1844 to lay the foundation of the church, was obliged to sleep in an unfinished house on the edge of the forest. (See excerpt from Josiah Bateman on the Literary references to Nainital page.) A brass plaque on the altar is inscribed with names of the victims of the Landslip of 1880.

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Governor’s House also known Raj Bhavan and formerly, Government House was built in 1899 and designed in the Victorian Gothic domestic style(also called “domestic Gothic”) by the architect F.W. Stevens. Originally built as the summer residence of the governor of the North West Province, it later became the summer residence for the Lieutenant Governor of the United Provinces. Currently, Raj Bhavan is the official guest house for the governor of Uttarakhand and for visiting state guests. The complex consists of a two-storied mansion with 113 rooms, a large garden, a swimming pool, and golf links. Obtaining prior permission is a “must” for visiting.

Snow View is situated at an altitude of 2,270 m (7,450 ft) and located atop the Sher-ka-danda Ridge (north by north-east of the town centre), is easily reachable by cable car.Charges for cable car is Rs. 150 per person, Rs. 75 for child. Charges are for stay for one hour at the point. Timings are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm On a clear day, it offers spectacular views of the snowbound high Himalaya, including Nanda Devi, Trisul, and Nanda Kot. The best time of the year for viewing the mountains is late October and November.

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Naini Peak also known as China or Cheena Peak or Naina Peak is the highest peak in the town, with an altitude of 2,615 m (8,579 ft). and at a walking distance of 6 km (3.7 mi) from the north end of the town (Mallital). From atop the peak, one can not only see a broad swath of the snow clad high Himalaya, but also obtain a panoramic view of Nainital town itself. The summit is an invigorating hike from Nainital town; in addition, for the less energetic visitors, ponies can be hired in Mallital or on Snow View.

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Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy’s Seat This terraced hill top (2,292 m (7,520 ft)) on Ayarpatta hill is a 4 km (2.5 mi) hike from the town centre and commands a nice view of the neighbouring country side. Dorothy’s Seat is a stonework picnic perch on Tiffin Top built as a memorial to a British Army Officer’s wife, Dorothy Kellet, by her husband Col J.P. Kellett DSO MC, City of London Regiment, and admirers after her death from septicaemia aboard a ship bound for England to be with her 4 children, Elizabeth, Joan, Barbara and Richard. She was buried at sea in The Red Sea in 1936.

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Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo: Opened in 1994, it is one of the two High altitude Zoo in India, Second is in Darjeeling, West Bengal. It houses various Phesants e.g. Kaleej Phesant etc.; high altitude endangered Mammals like Siberian Tiger, Snow Leopard, Goat Antelope-Ghooral and Serao etc. The animals are according to their habitat altitude, e.g. Snow Leopard is kept on the highest point.

Gurney House, the former residence, of Jim Corbett, is located on Ayarpatta Hill. Before leaving for Kenya, Jim and his sister Maggie sold the house to a zamindari family in Bihar. It is a private residence but is open to visitors as a museum of Corbett memorabilia.

Eco Cave Gardens is a natural garden which is situated just next to Kumaon University Campus. It is just 1 km away from Sukhatal and 2 km from Mallital. It has six caves along with a musical fountain.

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