Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One Day Trek to Matheran via Garbet Plateau on 10th July 2016

Nisarga Bhraman has arranged a one day trek to the Matheran via Garbet Plateau on Sunday, 10th July 2016.

Photo Clicked by - Mario Mascarenhas
About the place: 

Matheran is a most famous Hill Station situated in Karjat Tahsil, Raigad District of Maharashtra and the smalled in India. It is located on the range of Western Ghats at height of 800 m (2625 Feet) above sea level. The name Matheran means either ‘Forest on Top’ or ‘Woodland overhead’. Matheran as a Hill Station was discovered by a British, Mr. Huge Mallet, the then Collector of Thane, in 1850.

Fireflies Special Event to Kalavantin Durg on 11th June 2016

Monsoon … The most awaited season for the trek lovers.

The small window in time just before the rains come to its full glory gives us the opportunity to witness a beautiful spectacle of dazzling fireflies. It’s the mating season for these fireflies & as a result thousands of them light up around trees and shrubs making it a rare and beautiful sight.

We, at Nisarga Bhraman, would be heading for a Trek through the forest of Kalavantin/ Prabalgad machi to try and capture this scene in our eyes and camera if possible.

About the Fort:

Type: Hill Fort
Height: 2300 Feet above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Medium
Endurance : Medium
Base Village: Thakarwadi Panvel

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Trek to Harishchandragad for spectacular view of Circular Rainbow and camping at Konkan kada 28th – 29th May 2016

Nisarga Bhraman invites you for a spectacular view of Circular Rainbow and camping at Konkan Kada Haishchandragad on 28th – 29th May 2016   

Well known as trekkers paradise, the fort is situated in Junnar region near Malshej Ghat, and is famous for its height, its toughness and the famous 'Konkan Kada'. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. 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 the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.

Indravajra / Circular Rainbow / Brocken spectre phenomenon:
During the beginning of monsoon sometimes a circular rainbow (the Brocken spectre phenomenon) can be seen from Konkan Kada. It can be seen only when there is a bit of mist in the valley, and the sun is right behind the person facing the valley.
The other phenomenon that can be observed at this place is the vertical cloud burst, in which the clouds nearing the cliff get sucked into the pit fall area below and are thrown vertically into the sky reaching more than 50 feet (15 m), creating the impression of a wall that is rising straight from the edge of the cliff without entering the landmass area.

We will be climbing from an easy route from Pachnai village and descending via ancient route of Rajmarg. We will be camping at famous Konkan Kada

Itinerary-Friday, 27th May

Catch the last local train (slow) to Kasara.
Mumbai CST- 00:14am
Dadar- 00:32am
Kurla- 00:42am
Thane- 1:08am
Kalyan- 1:41am
Kasara- 2:55am

Saturday, 28th May -
Reach Kasara by 3:00am
Travel by private Jeep to base village, Pachnai
Freshen up and Breakfast
Trek to Harishchandragad
Explore Fort
Lunch and Rest
Enjoy Sunset at Kokankada

Sunday, 29th May -
Wake up early and freshen up
Observe Indravajra / Circular Rainbow (Depends upon weather condition)
Post breakfast, visit Taramati Peak
Descend via Rajmarg
Reach Khireshwar by 2pm
Travel towards Kalyan
Reach Kalyan by 6:00 pm approx.

Cost of the trek would be Rs. 1550/-.

The cost includes -
• Travel from Kasara to Pachnai and back to Kalyan in private jeep
• Food (Saturday- Breakfast, Lunch, tea-snacks, Dinner/ Sunday- Breakfast, Lunch)
• NB admin charges

Cost does not includes-
• Train ticket
• Food while in Train
• Soft drink/ Mineral water charges
• Anything not mentioned in cost inclusion list

Payment details:
To register for the event one need to handover or transfer Rs. 1000/- (non refundable) to below mentioned account:

Account Holder: Parag Vartak
Bank & Branch: HDFC Bank, Ashok Nagar, Kandivali (East) Branch
A/c Number: 06671000011117 (Saving)
RTGS/IFSC code: HDFC0000667

Once done with the transfer please SMS/ Whatsup/ e-mail to nisargabhraman@gmail.com with Transaction ID, Participant Name, Email ID, Gender , Cell Number, Boarding Point)

for more details and Registration, contact -

9167966042, 9869509488
(Pls Msg if calls not answered.)
Registrations are only through phone calls (scraps, reply to this thread won’t be considered as confirmation)

Limited seats, entry on first come first served basis.
Here is a list of the things to be carried by every individual -

• Identity Proof --MUST
• A haversack to put in everything to be carried for the trek
• At least 2 Liters of water
• Slipping Bag/ Bedding
• Camera, Something to munch on (Optional)
• A good trekking shoes
• Personal medicines required if any

Rules that we would like people to follow –
• Consumption of alcohol, Drugs, Narcotics is strictly banned on the event & would lead to expulsion from the trek.
• The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No arguments will be entertained.
• Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
• Please do not wear any jewelry or gold chains/rings.
• Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “Wherever you go, leave only your footprints and take back only memories.”

Disclaimer: Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care. The organization will not be responsible for any injury / accident / death to the participant while on trek.

Medical Disclaimer:
It is Important to be physically fit while on treks. If suffering from any allergy or ailment, please bring prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia. Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should take permission from their physicians before treks

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wild Amboli Weekend trip

Nisarga Bhraman has arranged a 'Wild Amboli Expedition' to study and photograph Herpetofauna and Biodiversity of Amboli.

Batch 1: 18th June 2016

About the place -

Amboli is a small hill-station nestled in the western ghats at the height of 710 meters above the sea level. This hill station in Sindhudurga district is knoknown as 'Cheerapunji of Maharashtra'. Its one of the cleanest and greenest hill stations for the wildlife. A dream destination for Naturalists, Amboli literally blossoms in the monsoon. A walk on green misty trails, beautiful scenery, waterfalls, a loads of biodiversity and delicious konkani food makes it a perfect location for a short trip.