Info: Type: Hill fort Height : 1876 feet Base:Vadgaon village Difficulty level: Easy to Medium Time required : 3-3.5 hours
About: Manikgad is situated on a hill in North Konkan near Chawk and can be seen while travelling on Mumbai - Pune Highway. The fort has couple of water cisterns and remains of settlements and fortification. The fort was used as a watch tower and offers a commanding view from top of that region. Manikgad was built to look upon the trade route from Maval(Pune) to the coastal ports. This fort though looks easy requires high endurance and capacity of the trekker for long walk.This fort is situated near Vashivali (Rasayani MIDC), which is 27 km from Panvel. This fort was built by Sarkhel Kanhoji Angre , to whom it was ceded in 1718 by Peshavas. The fort is in ruins. There is a big rock-cut cistern on the fort called as "Darya take". There is a small shiva linga and few small rock-cut cisterns. The Ganesh gate is the only standing structure on the fort. There is a circular trench cut in the rock meant for lime mixing. If the sky is clear nearby forts i.e. Karnala, Prabalgad, Chanderi, Malang gad, Irshalgad, Sondai, Lohagad, Visapur, Sankshi are seen.
Meeting Point : Panvel Bus Station at 07:30am
Day 1 : Sunday.
07:30 AM : Panvel Bus Station 09:00 AM : Reach Base village after Breakfast and Tea Introduction Round 10.00 AM : Start Trek 01.30 PM : Reach Top Explore the Fort and Lunch (Carried by self) 02.30 PM : Start Descending 05.30 PM : Reach Base Village 06.00 PM : Start our Return Journey 07.00 PM : Reach Panvel Station (Depend on the Traffic)
Local Train time Table Thane - Panvel (S) 06:19 am Thane 06:27 am Airoli 06:36 am Koparkhairne 06:48 am Nerul 06:55 am Belapur CBD 06:59 am Kharghar 07:10 am Panvel
Train Time Table (Thane to Panvel) 06:19 am Thane 06:48 am Nerul 07:10 am Panvel
Andheri Vadala Road Slow Local 05:17 am Andheri 05:31 am Bandra 05:42 am Vadala Road
Cost - Rs. 800/- PP
Inclusion Transport from Panvel to Panvel Breakfast and Tea Expertise if any
Cost Excludes: Mineral water, Any kind of insurance, Soft-drinks etc. Anything other than above mentioned inclusions.
Things To Be carried: Identity proof (must) Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.(optional) A bottle of water (at-least 2 Ltrs) Compulsory Windcheater (Compulsory) TORCH with extra batteries Cap, etc. Medicine those if u require usually (Optional) Camera(Optional) A good trekking shoes, extra pair of floaters, extra clothes. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried so that one has ones hands free while trekking. Pleases do not carry sling bags or Jholas. Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet. Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.
Rules: Participation confirmation only via confirmed bank transfer It is a TREKKING ACTIVITY and not a Leisure Trip so you need to be prepared for that. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited. All our photo, walks are Eco-friendly, kindly take care of nature around us. Respect the heritage and culture. Do not litter, participants are requested to carry the waste back to the city and dispose it off in dustbins. Trek Leaders decision will be final and binding.