Bhaskargad Harihar Bramhagiri and DurgBhandar trimbak range trek
Grade - Medium Endurance level - Medium
Harihar Fort is a modern easy name based on original name Harshgad. This hill-fort is well famous cliff for chimney style climbing and name given as Scottish fall by adventure lovers. The highest point of this hill fort is measured as 1120 meters above sea level. The Fort is in the range called Upper Vaitarana range began from Fort Bhaskar or Basgad to Fort Anjaneri. Fort Basgad is seen exactly in the Westside hiding Utawad peak's hill. In the Eastside most of view covered by Brahma hill which is little higher to this fort. Beyond Brahma, we see Kapdya's small slender hill and beyond it giant Trimabakgad hill fort. Beyond Trimbakgad we can find South edge of Anjaneri Hill Fort and Ranjangiri hill fort. With clear climate Awandh-Patta and Kalasubai range in South East and Saatmala and Shelbari ranges seen in North direction.
Bhaskargad or Basgad:
Basgad Fort is a fort located 48 km from Igatpuri, Nashik district, of Maharashtra. This fort is one of the forts in Trimbak hill range. This fort is near to the Harihar fort. There is one main gate on the main entrance path of the fort. The main entrance gate and the rock-cut steps are carved in the same rock. There is a rock-cut water cistern on the fort. There is a rough idol of Veer Maruti on the fort. It takes about half an hour to visit all the places on the fort.
Brahmagiri (1298 meters)is to the west of trambakeshwar and this fort offers a commanding view of the Jawhar Mokhada region of Thane district. Trimbakeshwar itself is a place of worship because it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. From Trimbakeshwar, through regular steps, Ganga dwar is reached and the Gorakshanath cave which is the end of Trimbakeshwar. Now again while climbing down, there is a road going towards Brahmagiri towards the right. Following this route, one reaches the carved steps in the rocks. The steps are very good even in recent times. They were blown off by Britishers in 1818 but later on, they were rebuilt somewhere before India gained independence. From the base village, Brahmagiri is around 450 to 500 meters elevated. From the base village, it takes 45 minutes to see Ganga dwar, the Gorakshanath caves and 108 Swayambhu Mahadev caves and in the halfway, while descending, the road towards Brahmagiri takes you till the top in around 45 minutes and almost 2 hours to see the fort completely. There are 2 temples on this fort the place which is believed to be the origin point of Godavari river. From here, the river flows till Ganga dwar and then towards Kushavart teerth in Trimbakeshwar village. One can reach this place by an ascent of about 750 steps made on concrete. There is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The river appears here as coming out from the mouth of Nandi. Kolambika Devi temple and a group of 108 shivalings are seen nearby.
Durg Bhandar :
Durg bhandar is Situated north side part of bramhgiri Connected by a small ridge. It's one of the most beautiful forts in terms of carving the route through rock. Amazing Carved Route for getting top of Durg bhandar is the highlight of this trek.
Overview / Itinerary:
Day 0: Friday
Meeting Point: Kasara Railway station ticket window at 12.20 am on Friday midnight
Mumbai People please Catch *09.32 pm Kasara Slow Local from CST* and meet us at Kasara Pune people please catch 06.35 pm Indrayani / 06.50 pm Maysuru-Ajmer Express from Pune station and alight at Kalyan and catch below mentioned local from Kalyan.
12.20 am Start Journey to base village. 02.00 am : Reach base village and rest till 5.00 am 06.00 am Start Harihar trek after Breakfast and Tea. 09.00 am : Reach Harihar fort top and explore 10.30 am : Start the descend 12.30 pm: Have lunch 01.30 pm: Move to Bhaskargad i.e. Basgad 02.00 pm: Start trek to Bhaskargad 03.30 pm: Reach the top and explore 05.00 pm: Start the descend and move to Bhramhgiri base village 08.30 pm: Dinner and retire for the day.
Day 2 : Sunday
04.30 am : Wake up Call 06.00 am : Start Bramhgiri trek after Breakfast and Tea 09.00 am : Reach the top and explore 10.30 am : Move to Durg Bhandar 11.30 am : Reach the top and explore 12.30 pm: Start the descend 02.30 pm: Lunch and move to Kasara 06.00 pm: Reach Kasara Station and move towards Mumbai/Pune
Cost - 2000/- PP
Cost Includes: Transport from kasara and Kasara All Meals Expertise and Guide Charges.
Cost Excludes: Mineral water, Any kind of insurance, Soft-drinks, etc. Anything other than above-mentioned inclusions.
Things to Carry : 3-liter water (Must) Torch with extra batteries (Must) Full sleeve T-shirts and full pant. (Must) Good trekking shoes, extra pair of socks (Must) Sunscreen, Mosquito repellent, Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes (Must) Proper Bedding like Sleeping Bag and Mat / 2 Shawls / 2 bed-sheets (Must) Camera, Cap, etc. (Optional) Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional) Carry eatable like fruits, dry fruits to munch on during trek and to avoid dehydration. A haversack to put in all the things. Good to have stick for support. Identity Card
RULES: No smoking. No plastic littering. Wear full sleeves, full track suite for protection. Proper footwear/shoes are essential for trek. Conserve and preserve our heritage. No deodorant / perfume. After the trek it's OK. We reserve all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice. No Extra adventure/out of itinerary behavior during trek. Trek leaders decision will be final and binding. Photographs will be taken during the activity which can be used for publicity purpose. Each member will be responsible for his/her safety, Jewellery, Cash and baggage.
MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking. While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check-up done. If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, severe headache, cough, dehydration, and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes, etc should seek their physician's advice before coming.
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