Monday, April 24, 2017

Rajmachi Fort in Lonavla: Exhilarating Trek

State: Maharashtra
Sources: Google

Location: Closer to Lonavla

Serves as: Trekker's Paradise, Ideal Picnic Spot, Weekend Holiday Spot

Height: 2710 ft approx.

Base Village: Udhewadi

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

About Rajmachi Fort in Lonavla

Located around 6.5 km from Lonavla, Rajmachi Fort is much popular for its trekking opportunities. Due to its proximity to Mumbai and Pune, this place is a popular trekking option for people living around these cities. The other positive point which helps its popularity is the accessibility. Rajmachi Point is located 2710 feet above sea level. The climate is extremely pleasant and offers a breath taking view of the valley from the top.

An ideal trek for beginners, this fort was built by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century. Rajmachi Fort overlooks the Borghat Pass. It offers picturesque view of the Sahyadri Mountains and breathtaking scenic beauty of Lonavla. One can export two forts during its trek .i.e. Shrivardhan and Manaranjan. Shrivardhan Fort is 3250 feet high and is called Bale Killa of Rajmachi. Then there is other fort, the Manaranjan Fort which is around 2700 feet high. This fort has strong wall, door and water tanks. Then there are old temples, cave and monuments that can be visited at Rajmachi.

How To Reach Rajmachi Fort in Lonavla

Rajmachi Fort is 6.5 km from Lonavla, 55 km from Pune and 77 km from Mumbai. You can be here by motorable roads from Mumbai and Pune via Lonavla. You can also get down at Lonavla Railway Station as well as Karjat Station and hop in the tumtums that take you to Rajmachi. Then there are regular S.T buses which run between Rajmachi Fort and Lonavla S.T stand.

Sources: Google images

Trekking in Rajmachi Fort

- The difficulty level of Rajmachi Fort is moderately tough. It is yet a fascinating trek and considered ideal for beginners. The climbing is much enjoyable.

- Rajmachi trek is a 5 to 6 hours trek and ideal time to start would be early morning say about 5 am to 6 am. If you start at 5 am you may reach the top by 11:30am  to 12 noon

- It is advisable to order lunch in the morning before you begin the climb.

- Rajmachi Fort is a moderately tough trek but certain areas are difficult and slippery specially during monsoon.

- The base village for Rajmachi trek is Udhewadi village.

- An easy and interesting start for Rajmachi trek would be to start the trek through Tungarli Lake. Little time-taking but one may find it worth a while.Apt for nature lovers, this trek takes you through forest, lake and small waterfalls.

- During the trek you come across cool reservoir for good and refreshing splash. The water is not drinkable though!

Activities at Rajmachi Fort in Lonavla

- Trekking, Climbing, Cycling, rock climbing

What to Carry on Rajmachi Trek

Carry enough dry snacks, energy bars and drinking water.

Carry trekking shoes, sunglasses, toiletries, first aid kit, mosquito repellent (if planning an overnight trip), camera, sleeping bag and good backpack.

Where to Stay at Rajmachi Fort in Lonavla

Udhewadi Village below offers good food (basic Maharashtrian lunch at moderate price) and accommodation (simple rooms with basic amenities such as bed and blankets).  You can also stay on the top at night. One can find accommodation at Rajmachi Village on top. Good Maharashtrian food is made available by locals at moderate prices.

Other Places of Attraction Nearby

Other than various points of Lonavla, you can visit Kondhane caves nearby.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Kalavantin Durg near Mumbai: Dangerous yet Fascinating Trek

State: Maharashtra

Location: Closer to Panvel

Famous for: Hill Fortress

Serves as: Trekker's paradise

Height: 2000 ft approx.

Base village: Thakurwadi

Best Time to visit: October to May

About Kalavantin Durg

Located closer to Panvel, Kalavantin Durg offers dangerous yet thrilling trekking experience. This fortress was named after a queen named Kalavantin as per legendary folk tales, but thats all one could say about this massive fort as very little is known about its history.

The most impressive feature about Kalavantin Durg is its amazing steps that are been cut out within the huge rock. But mind you the steps aren't bordered with safe railing which makes them quite difficult to climb. 

Technically difficult yet Kalavantin Durg gets its share of visitors from local tourists, as well as enthusiast trekkers. The trek gets slippery during monsoon and hence is unfit for travel during this period.

How to Reach Kalavantin Durg

Kalavantin Durg is closer to Panvel and hence its best to reach this destination by taking Panvel bound train. Once you get down at Panvel, you have an option of taking a state transport bus or even the local tum tums which take you to the base village Thakurwadi. Once you reach Thakurvadi, your trek begins.

What to carry while visiting Kalavantin Durg

Carry enough drinking water as there is no arrangement of water once you start your trek.

Also carry some ready to eat munchies, good trekking shoes and of course a camera to capture the amazing view from the top.

Activities at Kalavantin Durg


Where to stay at Kalavantin Durg

There is no accommodation facility such as guest house or hotel in the base village of Kalavantin Durg. Yet the locals are known to make arrangement to stay and thus is arranged by groups who conduct trekking at this fortress. As for individuals it is advisable to plan a one day trip with no stay. As for those who prefer camping on the fortress itself, shouldn't be complaining much about it. :) 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Vinoteca By Sula in Worli

About Vinoteca By Sula in Worli

Inspired by vivacious locales of Spanish Wine bars, Vinoteca By Sula in Worli boasts of its sumptious food preparations cooked with fresh seasonal produce and organic ingredients that grow within Sula's own estate gardens. Enjoy delicious Tapas and Pintxos! Food is cooked by authentic Spanish Chef..relaxing decor...

Suggested:  Try enjoying their Wine Flights - best way of tasting n comparing wine samples.

Average meal for two: INR 1200

Cuisine: Spanish

Timings: 12 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 12:30 am

Closed on Mondays

Contact Details of Vinoteca By Sula in Worli:

Ground Floor
Sunville Building
Dr. Annie Besant Road

Telephone Number: +91-22-40046234 / 8691033900      

Friday, December 30, 2011

How to Reach Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri

To reach Himalayan Nature Park follow one of the below mentioned routes:

Reaching Himalayan Nature Park by Air

The nearest airport for Himalayan Nature Park is Jubbarbhatti Airport just 19 km from the park. From here you can get many buses both private as well as state transport buses which ply regularly to Himalayan Nature Park. Apart from buses, you can also hire the private taxis from here. Other nearest airport is Bhuntur located in Kullu which is around 50 km from the park.

Reaching Himalayan Nature Park by Rail

The nearest railroad for Himalayan Nature Park is Joginder Nagar  around 100 km from the park. The otehr nearest railroad is Shimla (narrow gauge) and Kalka (broad gauge).

Reaching Himalayan Nature Park by Road

Himalayan Nature Park can also be reached by road, as many state transport buses and private buses ply regularly from Delhi, Shimla, Kufri and Kullu to this park regularly.

Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri

State: Himachal Pradesh

Location: in Kufri about 2600m above sea level / 19 km from Shimla

Total Area: 90 hectares of undisturbed, dense vegetation

Flora: Fir-Spruce, Oak, geraniums, balsam, ground orchid, primulas

Fauna: Tibetan wolf, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, bharal, musk deer, sambhar

Birds: white crested kaleej, monal, cheer pheasant

About Himalayan Nature Park in Kufri

One of the best places to visit in Kufri, the Himalayan Nature Park is one natural habitats of Himalayan Ranges, totally prepared to unravel the beauty of its surroundings. With its rich bio-diversity and undisturbed environs, the Himalayan Nature Park is known to impress its guests during their visit. The best part about this park is the area it provides to each animal enclosure, wider and larger compared to the rest of the cages and small enclosures in other zoos and parks within India. The Himalayan Nature Park is maintained well and promotes the animal conservation and tourism within India.

Best Time to visit Himalayan Nature Park

The best time to visit Hinalayan Nature Park is when it snows, which adds to it's exisiting beauty. The best time to visit Himalayan Nature Park is from early October to April. Visiting the Himalayan Nature Park during monsoon should be avoided.

Adventure in Himalayan Nature Park

One can enjoy an amazing trekking experience in Himalayan Nature Park. The trekking activity is arranged by Sai Ropa Tourist Center that has its office in nearby village Gushaini (5 km from the park). One can also enjoy camping facility within the park with permission from Divisional Forest Officer.

Entry Fees of Himalayan Nature Park

Entry Fee: Rs. 10/- for Indian tourist

Entry Fee: Rs. 200/- for Foreign Tourist

Student Charges: Rs. 5/- (Indian) and Rs. 100/- (Foreign)

Still Camera Fees: Rs. 50/- for Indian Tourist

Still Camera Fees: Rs. 150/- for Foreign tourist

Video Camera: Rs. 2500/- for Indian and Rs. 5000/- for Foreign tourist

Contact Information of Himalayan Nature Park (Forest officer)

Himalayan Nature Park
Divisional Forest Officer (wildlife)
HNP Eco-tourism Society

Telephone number: +91-177-223993

Hot Water Springs of Vajreshwari near Thane

About Hot water springs of Vajreshwari

 Vajreshwari has far been famous as one of the most visited tourist places near Thane, Maharashtra. One of the reason for the same could possibly be the hot water springs which are know for its medicinal properties. In all around 21 hot water springs are present in Vajreshwari, which could be called as visitor's delight! Though there could be many reasons for the existence of this hot water springs geographically, Indian legendary tales calls for more interesting fact for the presence of the same. It is been said to be the blood of of the demons who were destroyed by the Goddess Vajreshwari.

The hot water springs of Vajreshwari nestle within small kundas, whicha re considered to be holy and pilgrims believe to bathe in the same to wash away sins. Moreover each of these kundas are named after one or the other Hindu diety. The temperature of the hot water within these kundas is around 43 degrees to 49 degrees, which makes the water lukewarm.

But apart from the legendary tales, the actual reason why the hot water springs exist here in Vajreshwari is due to the temperature of the rocks which gets heated up and thus the water too gets heated up due to the increading depth. Moreover the presence of various minerals and sulphur contents makes the water therapeutic. And hence people find it medicinal and take a dip.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

KFC Restaurants in Mumbai and Thane

KFC Restaurants in Mumbai are located at following places all over western Mumbai, Central Mumbai, suburbs such as:

KFC Sahar
KFC Restaurant near International Airport Mumbai: 

KFC Restaurant
International Airport Sahar
Departure Terminal - Gate B
Mumbai - 400099

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Mumbai Central:

KFC Restaurant
Orchid City Centre Unit no - 7 and 8
E/265 Belasis Road
Mumbai Central(East)
Mumbai - 400008

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Andheri:

KFC Restaurant
Kohli Villa
Ground Floor
130, S.V Road
Andheri (west)
Mumbai - 400058

Telephone number: +91-22-67415050

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Bandra
KFC Restaurant near Bandra: 

KFC Restaurant
Linking Road
Bandra (west)
Mumbai - 400050

Telephone number: +91-22-67101010

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Chembur:

KFC Restaurant
Unit no - 7/11,12,13,14
Food Court
Near Diamond Garden
Sion - Trombay Road
Mumbai - 400071

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Ghatkopar:

KFC Restaurant
R City Mall
Food Court
LBS Marg
Ghatkopar - 400077

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Goregoan:

KFC Restaurant
Oberoi Mall Food court
3rd floor
International Business Park
Mumbai - 400063

Telephone number: +91-22-42385050

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Malad:

KFC Restaurant
Inorbit Mall
21B, 2nd floor
Mumbai - 400064

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Powai:

KFC Restaurant
Haiko Mall
Hiranandani Gardens
Mumbai - 400072

Telephone number: +91-22-67919999

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Thane:

KFC Restaurant
Korum Mall Food Court
Off Eastern Express Highway
Thane (west)

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

KFC Restaurant near Vashi:

KFC Restaurant
21B, 2nd floor
Inorbit Mall

Telephone number: +91-22-41225050

Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
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