Kolhapur Hikers Wild Trek to Vasota

     Kolhapur Hikers arranged Trek to Vasota fort

         on 20 th April 2013 (Leaving on 19th Night)   


Brief Information about Vasota  :-                           
Region: Satara
Fort Height : 3614 ft.
                                                                                                                           
Type : Forest Fort
Grade : Medium
Mode of Transport : Private & Public Transport
          
         Vasota is also known as Vyaghragad (fortress of the Tiger). Vasota fort lies within the Koyna sanctuary (total area 423 sq km), and you need a special permit from the Forest office at Bamnoli to get in. The forest at the base of Vasota can be reached only by hiring a boat from Bamnoli and crossing the Koyna lake (1.5 hours). There is no regular boat service. The boat drops you at Met-Indavli, which is a usually uninhabited forest camp, and returns to Bamnoli immediately. A 2-hour tough uphill hike through dense pristine forest takes you to the ruined fortress.
          
          There is no potable water at the top, you must carry your own or fill from a stream on the way up. This is a very isolated and remote mountaintop — no human habitation and no shelter. Do not attempt in the rainy season. You can admire the ruined remains of a palace, Shiva temple and gate to Peshwa’s prison on top. Fantastic views of Babu Kada, Old Vasota, Nageshwar Lingis, Koyna Lake, Koyna Forest…and yes, the stars above !!!

Journey Details :

Friday April 19 2013
12:00 am : – Gathering at Garden Hotel
12:30 am : – Leave for Satara – Kaas Lake – Bamnoli – Camp site, by private vehicle.

Saturday April 20 2013

  •  Reach Camp site by 06:30 am in the morning.
  •  Fresh’n up and Breakfast in the morning by 08:30 am
  •  09:30 am Start the boat ride to base of Vasota Fort with packed lunch
  •  Around 10:30 am start the trek to Vasota Fort which takes around 2 hrs to reach at top of the Fort.
  •  Around 12:30 pm Have lunch and fort exploration, moove towards Nageshwar Cave.
  •  Around 03:00 pm Head back to the base of fort and reach by 05:30 pm for return boat ride.
  •  Around 06:30 pm reach at Camp site and have evening tea/snacks.
  •  Enjoy evening at the Camp site. Dinner will be served by 09:30 pm
  •  After dinner Camp-fire, Games playing.

Sunday April 21 2013

  •  Breakfast in the morning by 09:00 am
  •  Kayaking and Swimming in the Koyna Backwaters till Lunch.
  •  Lunch will be served at 01:00 pm .
  •  Depart for Kolhapur by 02:30 pm

Program Cost: 2400/

Cost Includes :

  • Accommodation in Tents on multiple sharing basis for 1 night.
  • Pure Vegetarian Food as per the Itinerary (from Saturday Breakfast to Sunday Lunch)
  • Boating and Forest Entry Fees and Guide charges for Vasota Fort
  • All Taxes and Service Charges.
  • Tranportation Charges for Kolhapur to Camp sitet and Back to Kolhapur.

Cost Does not Include :

  •  Soft Drinks/Mineral Water, Tips etc

Things To Carry :

  •  A Water Bottle (Minimum 2 Liters)
  •  Ready to eat food (Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.)
  •  Medicine those you require usually (Optional).
  •  Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, Antibiotics for stomach infection, 
  •  Enerzal/Electrol powder , Glucon D, Lemon etc)
  •  Keep an extra pair of cloths.
  •  Torch with Extra Battery
  •  Sun Cap, Sun Glasses.
  •  A Day Pack (Small Sack) to carry thing on the trek.
  •  A haversack to put all these things.

  •  Limited Seats are available, kindly confirm your seat by paying your contribution/fees as   early as possible. Last date for registration is April 14 2013.
  

  •  For further information and registrations call or SMS below  contact details   

        Sagar Patil  9579997111

               Kindly note :

    • All our treks are Eco-friendly treks; kindly take care of nature around us. Smoking and Drinking   alcohol during trek is strictly prohibited if anyone found doing that will be expelled from trek without  refund.

    •  Kolhapur Hikers is not liable in any way whatsoever for any injury or loss (including any indirect or consequential loss) of any kind to person or property suffered by any participant whether by reason of any act or omission, deliberate or negligent, of Kolhapur Hikers in connection with the Kolhapur Hikers, including injury or loss incurred whilst participating in any activity of the Kolhapur Hikers or in any activity in which participants are invited to participate. 

    •  Please avoid wearing gold ornaments and do not carry any valuable things.

    • Limited Seats are available, kindly confirm your seat by paying your contribution/fees as   early as possible. Last date for registration is April 14 2013.
    • For further information and registrations call or SMS below contact details   Sagar Patil  9579997111
                                     
                                              About Vasota Fort 

     Vasota Fort (also calles Vyaghragad) is located in Satara District in the Indian state of Maharashtra It
     was famouslv defended by Tai Telin a mistress of Pant Pratinidhi a killedar of the fort when he was
     captured.Vasota fort is attributed to the Kolhapur Shilahara Raja Bhoja II (1179-1193) of Panhala .
     Vasota always remained with Marathas, Shirker & Mores in 16th century & then incorporated in Swarajya
     by Shivaji  Maharaj in 1655 during the conquest of Javli. Shivaji Maharaj named the fort “Vyaghragad”
     ( Vyaghra – means tiger), owing to its difficult natural defense.

     After Shivaji Maharaj, the brave Maratha Bajirao Peshwa carried on the swarajya mission of ousting the
     Mughal invaders from our country. In 1818 however, British bombarded the fort with heavy artillerv
     therebv destroying many buildings on Vasota ( Chandika mandir,Daru-kothar,etc.)& looted property
     worth 5 lakhs.
     Today the fort stands in a diplapidated condition in a thick jungle with remnants of Shree Mahadev mandir,
     the plinth of ahuge”sadar” (discussion place), the fallen ramparts & spectacular view of Nageshwar
     peak & Shivsagar lake (Koyna backwaters). It is located about 170 km from Kolhapur, it is a protected
     natural reserve and a national treasure nest .

     The blue-green expanse of Koyna backwater, the evergreen forests of Koyna wildlife sanctuary, hike to
     Vasota fort hidden in thick jungle, the spectacular view from top of the fory along with the beauty and
     serenity of the place leaves one spell bound.
                                                                            

                                       

                                                       On the way to Vasota by boat 


                                                               Jungle Trek To Vasot 

                                                               Nageshwar Cave

                                     Boat will droop us at shown in pic up site 

                water sports on next day in Koyna backwatre Kayaking


                                  Camp Site we r going to stay at this place  

                                            Accommodation in Tents


                                            Wild Vasota Fort 
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