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Jivdhan

Posted by itrekz on July 2, 2008

Region: Malshej ghat
District:
Pune
Height: 3759 feet
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Two days

Approach

  • Vaishakhare-Naneghat-Ghatghar-Jivdhan
  • Vaishakhare-Naneghat-Khadaparsi-Jivdhan
  • Junnar-Ghatghar-Jivdhan
  • Bhorande Nal-Ghatghar-Jivdhan

Sights to see: Naneghat cave and Ranjan, Steep fall into the Konkans from the Ghatghar plateau, small cave at the base of Khadaparsi pinnacle.

On Jivdhan fort: Kalyan Darwaja, Beautiful rock cut steps, Old Granary that still carries the ashes of the grains burnt in 1818, Jivai Devi temple, other remnants

Water availability:
Million dollar water as they utter! Wonderful potable water tanks on the top of Jivdhan fort provide water all round the year. One can fill the water bottles from Naneghat or Ghatghar village. No water in between for about 2 hours unless one reaches the top.

Shelter:
One can stay on Jivdhan in the outer yards of Granary if at all required. However, there is no other roofed shelter on the fort and it is feasible to stay at Ghatghar or in the cave of Naneghat.

Description:
Jivdhan was a very impregnable and majestic fort in those times and it is clearly evident by the sheer cliffs and vertical walls that render invaluable services to it. The Granary is worth a see and water tanks and other ruins on the fort suggest that it was a strategic fort in those days. The rock cut steps along the vertical cliffs is a treat and the magnificent view of the plains and the Khadaparsi pinnacle make is one of our favourites to visit time and again.

On top there is a small temple of Jivai Devi and other ruins besides the granary. The fort walls are still standing at some places and the bastions has given away under the bludgeoning from British canon way back in 1818.

The fort offers magnificent view of Khadaparsi pinnacle, Naneghat, Hadsar, Chavan, Manikdoh waters, Durg, Dhakoba, Gorakhgad-Machhindragad, Siddhagad; ofcourse not in monsoons.

Routes:

Vaishakhare-Naneghat-Ghatghar-Jivdhan
The route is quite simple and well marked upto Naneghat. On reaching Naneghat, one has to walk straight towards Ghatghar village. It is a one hours’ walk from Naneghat cave. From Ghatghar a mud trail takes us to the base of the Jivdhan massif where rock cut steps greets us to scale the cliff.

A flight of around 72 rock cut steps takes us to the base of a small patch where the steps have been blasted during the 1818 raid by the British. However, there are small rock-cut niches along the way to make the climb easy. One must however be very careful during the monsoons as it can be slippery. After negotiating this patch a further flight of good steps takes us to the top of the fort in 15 minutes.

Time:
Naneghat to Ghatghar village is 45 minutes walk. It further takes 1 hour and 30 minutes from Ghatghar village.
Grade:
Medium

Junnar-Ghatghar-Jivdhan
One can also reach Ghatghar from Junnar. Direct buses ply regularly and also there are regular jeep services available. The route from Ghatghar remains the same as described above.

Bhoranda Nal-Ghatghar-Jivdhan
Bhoranda Nal is a very interesting and enjoyable route scaling up the plateau from Bhorande/Fagane village. One can alight at Bhorande village (68 km from Kalyan 0r 6 km before Moroshi on Kalyan-Ale Phata road).

From Bhorande village a mud trail proceeds obscurely and takes one to an upper plateau within an hour. The route comes and ends near the mouth of a stream. One has to follow this stream and ascend along it. The Nal is boulder ridden and can be quite slippery to negotiate in monsoons on certain patches. It is very enjoyable nevertheless.

The total ascend take around 3 hours. From the top plateau one can see Jivdhan in front. A 15 mins walk will take one to Ghatghar village. The route ahead remains the same as described above.

Time: 3 hours
Grade:
Medium

Vaishakhare-Naneghat-Khadaparsi-Jivdhan
From Naneghat cave reach the plateau and turn left. Walk straight towards the Khadaparsi pinnacle. In a short while, say around 20-30 minutes walk we come across a Bungalow built on the plateau. From here a path goes straight to the base of Jivdhan rock wall, albeit through thick forest. One has to do a bit of searching to keep on the right track.

In another 30 minutes we come across rock cut steps leading to the upper ledge. From here a 5 minutes walk to our right takes us to the base of the Khadaparsi pinnacle. A nice cave is carved at the base of Khadaparsi pinnacle. Magnificent view of the surrounding region.

From Khadaparsi straight walk of 10 minutes along the trail takes one through a stair of rock cut steps to a narrow gully. A simple climb through this gully takes on to the top of Jivdhan fort via Kalyan Darwaja.

Time: 2 hours from Naneghat caves
Grade: Easy

Note: One must be very careful while visiting Jivdhan in monsoons. Primarily because the steps can get slippery, especially via the Ghatghar route the patch can be a bit tricky. Also the blinding fog can easily disorient the trekkers!

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Naneghat-Jivdhan-Bhoranda Nal Trek

Posted by itrekz on June 29, 2008

We were five of us for this (Naneghat – Jivdhan – Bhoranda Nal trek) and let me tell you it was just more than a fascinating one!

Naneghat as usual offers a good and leisurely hike.. whereas the Khadaparsi, Kalyan Darwaja and Ghatghar route in monsoons just doubled up the bonanza for us.

Bhoranda Nal is a very lesser know Nal descending from the plateau towards Bhorande village and it offers just a obscure path and a long steep Nal descending..just a much needed change from the well beaten track of Naneghat!

All in all.. it was just a wonderful trek…

Photos would be uploaded soon…!

A brief travelogue…

Naneghat-Jivdhan-Bhoranda Nal trek

The prelude…
I pledged my self before taking on to write this piece: It mustn’t be too long a piece..oh keep peace, it won’t be I guess
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It has been to long since I had been to Naneghat-Jivdhan: precisely some years plus a decade back. Well, visiting Jivdhan was like rekindling an old love affair, and in what way did it happen! Five wonderful friends, lush green and few moments that can challenge even the funniest of bones. Oh and that unique Chameleon just made for a perfect finish line. The fresh green perfectly camouflaged the reptile, the slow stylish gait, the grip quite un-peculiar to any reptile, it seemed so very different!

Jivdhan is always a pleasure in any season, leave aside monsoon. Infac it can get a bit tricky if taken a bit casually and the thickets combined with the blinding thick fog can just leave even the localites from Ghatghar guessing their way (they say it, not meJ). Yeah, the fog can leave anyone completely disoriented, Couple that with the sheer vertical cliffs mocking at you, and you often wonder: Hell! Where is the way from? It is there, just in front mates! Go and find it.

Delayed start…
The start wasn’t the most punctual one: well past 8 AM and still reeling at the Kalyan ST depot. Oh we had a day ahead, a long day awaiting our trudge. And the wait eventually ended when our ‘Lal Dabba’ embarked on its journey. A couple of nifty moments passed before we reached the milestone indicating the way towards Naneghat. Alighting from the bus, rucksacks loaded on the backs and five souls wandered along the trail, glancing up every now and then towards the peaking thumb shaped pinnacle of Naneghat: hiding behind the clouds as we glanced up.

Quick wrap of Naneghat…
As one is well aware, Naneghat is now a highway with arrow marks indicating the way every few metres, oh so… a well marked highway, just unmetalled albeit. It was just a couple of hours and we saw ourselves in the fabulous cave keeping a keen eye near the top. A look around the cave barely lasted few minutes (as all of us having already seen the cave number of times earlier). Every time the Brahmi script doesn’t cease to admire me. Moving further through the narrow gorge we moved ahead to embrace the expansive plateau overlloked by the majestic Jivdhan fort. Yeah, Jivdhan and Khadaparsi solicited our visions as the cloud carpet cleared for a brief while. Afternoon lunch and Jivdhan called us, once again, perhaps more eagerly this time!

Towards Jivdhan…
As planned we marched towards Khadaparsi (Vanarlingi) pinnacle. Fog engulfed us and still the footsteps did not hesitate to move on, blinded of course. Perhaps the fog got a bit lenient on us as it uncovered its carpet and we soon realized that we are exactly right angles away from our route. We made the cut and not long before we entered the forest we started our guesswork of the probable path. Numerous cattle trails can be a bit misleading here.

However, a bit of search here and there and just about 30 minutes before we reached the flight of rock cut steps. Moving up and then a comfortable trail leads to the Darwaja in another 30 minutes. Oh the fort is beautiful..old affair rekindled!It was around 3.15 PM now.

Khadaparsi awe…
Before reaching the Darwaja, we also made a brief visit to the base of the Khadaparsi pinnacle (Vanarlingi) and it was just the most amazing view. The base, tall pinnacle humbling our raised head and vertical visions, the breeze and the wonderful narrow cave at the base. Oh check the pics to be uploaded sooner!

Wonderful Jivdhan…
Moving further up, our sights were blessed with some old ruins singling the glory of bygone era, Jivai Devi temple, a shivling… and of course million dollar water tanks quenching our thirsts!

Some brief moments of wandering and look around before we started descending towards the Ghatghar side. On the way we further came across the beautifully constructed Granay still holding the ashes of the 1818 ravage by the British. The granary is exemplary in its architecture. Some more water tanks, Buruj, fort walls and ruins before we traced out steps for the descent. The fog went thicker and rains heavier. We spent a toal of around 2 and half hours looking around and allowing ourselves to be mesmerized by the beauty.

The view from top includes Durg-Dhakoba, Naneghat, Siddhagad, Gorakhgad, Macchindragad, Malshej ghat..of course at the weather’s mercy!

Ghatghar descent…
Carefully we negotiated the tricky blasted steps and a small easy patch demanding proper care. A bit of descent over the mud trail and a total one hour’s descent saw us in the cozy ambience of the Ghatghar village. A hot cuppa of tea, biscuits, spiced up with masti chats and comforting shelter under one of the many rooms that Ghatghar houses; followed by dinner before everyone retired for the night.

Bhoranda Nal beauty…
Next day (Sunday) saw an early rise of 6.00 AM, before everyone quickly woke up and marched for the descent via Bhoranda Nal. Turning our backs towards the Jivdhan fort, we moved straight ahead keeping the Navri and Varhada cliffs to our right. The Nal descends straight towards Fagane/Bhorande village near Moroshi.

The rains made the Nal quite a bit slippery and few obscure trails made our task a bit like trial and error. We guessed, reoriented and kept moving along the Nala: negotiating intervening treacherous patches and boulders. We finished the Nala and then a well marked trail leads straight towards the Kalyan-Ahmednagar highway in another 45 minutes. It is one this trail that we came across the wonderful Chameleon described above (see top).

Adieu friends…
A 10 minutes walk to Bhoirwadi/Fagane bus stop and we boarded a Kalyan bus. A couple of hours ride say us in Kalyan at around 3.00 PM. A good and heavy lunch followed by the thing that I hate the most.. the adieu time.. I hate to bid tata-bye bye to my friends as the trek concludes! Well, it gives me a reason to smile too… as every adios is surely to be followed by a warm welcome, probably a week or fortnight later invariably!

Hail to the Sahyadris (mountains in general) and a bow to all my wonderful friends (Raj, Amod, Vinita, Kinjal) who once again etched some wonderful memories in my grey mater!

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Naneghat-Jivdhan-Bhoranda Nal trek on 28th-29th June 2008

Posted by itrekz on June 17, 2008

Raireshwar-Kenjalgad trek was an experience unparalleled!

Well, after the recently concluded trek in Bhor region, iTrekz would be venturing out for Naneghat-Jivdhan-Bhoranda Nal trek on 28th-29th June 2008

Naneghat is an ancient pass near Vaishakhare around 60 Kms from Kalyan. Its around 2 hours trek from the base. Jivdhan is an strong and imposing fort overlooking Naneghat. Its around two and half hours trek from Naneghat. Bhoranda Nal is another ghat descending down from Naneghat to Bhoranda village near Moroshi.

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Naneghat, Nanacha Angtha

Posted by itrekz on May 24, 2008

Also known as Nanacha Anghta

Region: Malshej ghat
District: Thane
Height: 2750 feet
Difficulty: Simple
Duration: One day, can be combined with Jivdhan fort in Two days

Approach

* Vaishakhare-Nanetal-Naneghat
* Vaishakhare-Naneghat
* Ghatghar-Naneghat

Sights to see:
Rock cut cave with Bramhinical inscriptions on the walls, ceiling and floor, old toll collection rock pot (Ranjan) at the top of the ghat, series of rock cut water cisterns near the caves, view from the top of the Naneghat pinnacle, Jivdhan fort .

The view offered from the top of the pinnacle is just one of the best in the Sahyadris. One can sight fort of Jivdhan and Vanarlingi pinnacle in the front. To the right lies the tallest peak in this range, fort Dhakoba. The strong winds blowing atop will be one of the strongest you have ever experienced and the view from the top is just fabulous.

Water availability:
The pass is charming and offers good shelter through out the year, however, the water cisterns near the caves does not hold potable water after the month of January/February. Although there is a perennial water tank about 10-15 minutes below the cave near Shingru pathar, the distance and steep gradient doesn’t warrant it to much of a use. So it is best to carry adequate stock of water when visiting in summer seasons.


Accommodation:

The cave atop Naneghat is one of the best rock-cut caves one can see and offers a good shelter through out the year.

Description:
Naneghat or Nanacha Angtha is a name, which just pops up in ones mind when one is looking for a nice weekend outing. As one drives down the Kalyan-Ahmednagar highway, one just cannot miss a prominent thumb shaped pinnacle offering an imposing façade just at the beginning of Malshej ghat, a very popular picnic spot for Mumbaikars in monsoons. This pinnacle is called as Nanacha Anghta due to it peculiar shape resembling a thumb. And the trail, which winds it way up once served as a busy trade route linking up country with the seaports of north Konkan.

A treasure house of history, Naneghat pass lies in ruins. It served as a busy trade route connecting Kalyan, Nalasopara with the upcountry. Its not just an ancient pass, with its pristine beauty preserved, it’s also an incredible monument steeped in ancient Indian history.

Cut through a narrow gorge in the Sahyadri range, in the Western Ghats, during the reign of Satvahanas (236 BC to 230 AD), the Naneghat pass once served as a busy trade route linking up country with the seaports of north Konkan.

Located about 30 km west of the historic town of Junnar in Pune district, Naneghat now lies in ruins. The caves, ravaged by nature and unmindful visitors alike, contain inscriptions and house a unique statue gallery of Satvahanas and other stone pieces of archaeological importance.

The name Naneghat also has an interesting history. In ancient days, when this pass was a busy trade route, the toll was collected in the form of coins (known as nane in Marathi). The commuter would drop in a coin or nane in a large stone container (called as Ranjan in Marathi) which is place at the mouth of the ghat; hence the name.

Routes

Ghatghar-Naneghat approach is the easiest and most convenient approach. Access to Naneghat is very accessible and one just has to walk 5 km on foot, crossing rivulets and paddy fields, from Ghatghar, the last road head 25 km from Junnar.

Approach via Vaishakhare-Nanetal-Naneghat is the most commonly trodden route for trekkers from Mumbai. From Konkan side, to climb up a forest path from Nanetal hamlet near Vaishakhare on Mumbai-Ahmednagar highway in Thane district before reaching the pass.

As we intend to climb up the pass, we approach it from Vaishakhare village. However, late night buses won’t halt at Vaishakhare, but for generous requests made to the conductor of the bus. Or else one has to alight at Tokavade village and walk about 6-7 km up to a milestone indicating the way towards Naneghat.

One has to ascend gradually following a cattle trail which leads right up to the base of the massive pinnacle. It takes about 2 and half to 3 hours to reach the cave, which is carved out in the belly of the huge pinnacle, i.e. Nanacha Anghta.

A sharp serpentine ascent from the base village, known as Nanetal, brings one to a rock cut water tank after a couple of hours trek. This place is locally known as Shingru pathar. The tank holds potable water all round the year. A steep ascent from here for about 30-45mins brings us to the top of the pass.

Naneghat cave description:
The large cave is full of inscriptions and a gallery with sculptures of Satvahanas. On two walls of the cave is an inscription on Naganika engraved in old Brahmi characters, in the then prevalent Prakrit language. But the record is very much mutilated and has been interpreted by epigraphist with conjectures and speculative combinations, giving rise to different views.

Near the caves is a series of rock cut water tanks, which holds potable water only up to the month of December, hence it is prudent to fill our bottles at the earlier tank. A brief walk takes us to narrow gorge, just two to five meters wide and about 80 meters in length with steps cut into rocks and clustered with caves on both sides.

Further ahead as we pass through the gorge, just at the entrance to Naneghat is a tiny Ganesh cave to the left and opposite it a huge stone pot, believed to be treasury box for collecting toll from incoming goods. The landscape further opens up in a large plateau, Ghatghar plateau.

One can carry packed food like theplas and sandwiches. Also one can order Zunka-Bhakar, which is available at very nominal rates at the village Ghatghar. But however the village is about an hours walk away from the cave. Some enthusiasts don’t mind to cook their own food in the cave. But it leaves behind a carbonized film of soot on the walls of the cave.

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