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My Mom My Coach B


In our whole life we come across two types of coaches. The first one is Coach A, who always listens our reasons for not doing something & we rely on that coach. Second one is Coach B, who always focuses on activities & its results. We feel Coach B is the brutal person whom we have never met in our life but in actual that’s the only person who want to see us successful.

Here I am going to narrate my struggle before entering into the corporate sector. I seriously believe in phrase 
कहते है !!!! पूरी शिद्दत से किसी चीज़ को चाहो, तो पूरी कायनात उसे तुमसे मिलाने में लग जाती है !!!! “

My mother always wanted to visit Nanded district, when I was doing engineering from MGM’s COE Nanded but due to some reason & time issues we couldn’t make it. Finally the day came in my life when I took my mom to the place from where I completed my engineering & that day was the day when my final year results were announced. As I was the University Topper from college, I thought of going to the stage & getting so many appreciations in front of my mom so that she would be proud of me.  But it didn’t happen that way instead reverse of it happened.

First day before leaving to Nanded, I got to know from my friends that we would get the results standing in the Queue , I thought it was fine & decided to take my mom along with me, having the thought of at least i will show her famous places over there like Sachkhand Gurudwara, Kaleshwar Temple, Kaleshwar Dam, etc.
In mid of August 2011 when results were out, we reached Nanded in the morning. My cousin lives in Nanded with his family at Police Colony near Shrinagar, we stayed at his place. After getting fresh we started to my college & got my result, college staff asked my photograph to stick it on the Notice Board as 2011 CSE topper. I gave them a photo & left the college with my friends. My friends were praising and congratulating me. I then showed the results to my mom with expectation of some gifts & appreciations from her, but after seen my mark sheet politely she said that though you pass with highest rank it is of no use being an engineer until & unless you get a good job. That moment I felt ashamed in front of my cousin, his wife and all my friends & all present there even though I was topper from college, I didn’t have job in my hand.   
       

That night we went to Sachkhand Gurudwara, I was totally angry on my mom and thinking all the way why she disappointed me, though I scored top in the college and still she isn’t happy with me. I was feeling irritated while I was having conversation with my mom and was not answering her questions instead I was shouting on her any small reasons. Second day we went to Kaleshwar Temple, there also I behaved with this all foolishness, but she was gentle all the way. While we were coming back from Jalna through train, that was the first time my mom travelled in reservation boogie in her whole life. So she was asking me questions like a kid & I was in my own state of annoyed feeling & yelled on her. But still she behaved well with me, during that whole journey I made one decision after reaching home at Jalna is that I will immediately leave to Pune for Job Search & will not talk to my mom as long as I won’t get job & will become an engineer in her definition. While leaving home I expressed my disheartens and emotions to my mom in anger, that I will not call you or will show you my face to you until I get a job of my profession. She agreed to it.

On 24th June 2011 I already shifted my whole engineering stuff to my cousin brother’s room in Pune at Dhankawdi, Ambegaon Pathar. I came back to his room & told all things happened last few days back at home. He was doing his education at that time & last one month was remaining of it. Then he said search for jobs definitely you will get some. That time I have two three thousands with me which I took from my father & said him also, I will not ask for money here onwards. As my brother Deepak knows how to cook, he prepares his food himself during his study. I have very strong bonding with him like closest friend or more than real brother; I used to help him in cooking & learned few things in cooking.

First month in Pune went faster that I imagined & as time was passing I was getting frustrated & irritated with me. In those days we didn’t have our own vehicle in Pune we used to travel by PMT & Dhankawdi bus stop is almost 4km away from room. Whole day I was travelling through PMT buses in industrial area for any openings, every day I was meeting with my friends calling them & asking about any opening news and all.
I got to know about some management trainee opening at one of the company didn’t remember the name of the company and when I went there for an interview, i cleared all the rounds & they selected me. On the same day evening with big smile on my face I went back to my home and called few of my seniors to tell them the whole day selection process. They removed my fancy glasses & told me the reality of the company and even after hearing that I was not satisfied with their suggestion. The next day I went to that company like all new selected members present over there & few senior folks gave an induction and directly took us to the field. We almost 30 odd people left the company & at shivaji nagar we scattered in 4 person groups. I went with one senior at Pimpri Chichwad area there in one society, he thought me how to do door to door selling, how to talk with people. I acted as though I am learning new things & I did same at few doors. I was talking to myself that my college senior was correct about all this & I was waiting for the day ending.  The time that company guy said me you can leave now. I started running in my own thoughts & reached the PMT bus stop. As I was new to Pimpri Chinchwad area, i got confused which bus will take me back to Dhankawdi. There I asked few localities for bus to reach Dhankawdi, suddenly one guy asked me to board the bus that was coming & I got into that bus after few minutes of starting conductor said me you are in wrong bus, so in fear of heading to any other place I jumped from the running bus and I fell down on road got injured on my knees but in front of my inner injury it seemed nothing to me. I reached Dhankawdi with wounds at around 9:00 PM.
As the time passed I started getting tensed about job. Same time Deepak’s college completed & my pocket was dried up. Now we both are jobless & useless person sitting at home.

During those days my elder sister Aasha was also working in Pune, all three of us decided to live together at Aple Ghar Society, near chandan nagar by-pass. This shifting released little bit pressure of mine & Deepak’s.
Those days my own words which I spoke to my mom, started hammering me every single second. As we were living together our staying & food bill gets shared. We completely stopped outside food due to the shortage of money, few days we also scarified our one time food. One day I told Deepak & Aasha, I will look for a part time job somewhere & in day time I will search for an IT job. So with the help of Yuraj Jadhav, I got part time job in V Customer BPO. There I used to work from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM every day & I would get paid 4000/-Rs salary a month.

My daily schedule those two months of 2011 was in the morning I woke up at 8:00 AM after getting fresh and some breakfast & seen the Paper for any opening Ads. Those days I was fan of Ascent supplement.  After noting down address of job consultancy, IT firm. I used to leave the flat at 9:30 AM, in full formals with resume printouts & academic records file. In those days I visited all consultancies in Kothrud, Swargate, Deccan, Satara Road, Hadapsar, Viman Nagar, Yerwada, Hinjewadi etc. I visited small scale IT companies as well to submit my resume.  In the evening where ever I was I need to reach at Wadgaon sheri for my part time job. After doing work in night I reach home at around 12:15 AM, then I eat the food which my sister cooked for us all & after that by connecting mobile internet on computer I surf online, check emails if there was any calls for interview. As seniors told me keep updating your resume every day so that it will be up on job sites like naukri.com, monster.com, shine.com, etc. After doing all this things I used to sleep at 1:30 AM every day.
Next day same routine, one fine day got the news 3DPLM have walk-in drive for fresher. I still remember that day I woke up in the morning at 6:00 AM & reached the Hinjewadi venue at 8:00 AM, there I saw already more than 2 to 3 thousands fresher’s already present there, till afternoon I was standing in the queue only in heavy sun light. At around 4:00 PM HR came & took our Aptitude Test, after collecting answer sheets he told us that they will get back to us soon after evaluating. Same thing happened at another company near Rakshak Chowk, that day the queue went almost 2Km long outside company campus.
We got to know through Amcat that Syntel Company is recruiting freshers & aptitude test will be held at Dhole Patil Engineering College. I attended that test but didn’t clear. That day I took my friends to the flat & it was Sunday, I told my sister prepare some snacks for my friends, I am coming home. She cooked POHE & BHAJE for my friends. We had our snacks & my friends left my flat.
One day I got to know about vacancy at one small scale company in Wagholi near mapple group campus, I had given interview there but didn’t get selected there as well. On that interview day I got call from unknown number, they invited for IBM interview and asking me to pay 2500 Rs at corporation bank. After thinking so much I tried to call back on that number but it did not connect. After few days I got call from same number & asked be ready with money payment receipt tomorrow we will have interview. I asked him how much package I will get after selection, he said 22000 per month. As I was going through those conditions & suddenly someone was giving me that offer of working in IT Company. I gave a thought about it after getting suggestion from Deepak. I decided to go for it, that day morning I deposited 2.5K on that account & went to Hinjewadi Phase 2 IBM location at Embassy Tech Zone. In those days I was not aware about any company location in Hinjewadi, I went till Phase 1 by PMT bus from there by asking local people & I walked almost 5KM and reached the IBM location with full of sweat, there at reception I told them that i came for an interview they asked me about POC, when I told the name they searched for the name & told me that no person with this name is in IBM. I got shock & requested them to search again, they replied me same answer again. I calmed down and without talking to anyone left the placed & walking on the Hinjewadi streets, when I reached the Hinjewadi Chowk, I saw the Ganesh Temple near the signal I went there and asked god why such things happen with me always. I sat there in the temple for almost an hour & telling myself not to worry for such things and things will change at times. It’s good to have such experience in life, god is teaching you how to deal with such situations in life.    

Those few months I didn’t talk to my mom but on 2011 Dussera, I was missing my mom badly & called home after talking with dad I said him give phone to mom & the time she took the phone asked the same question again Did you get job? I disconnected the call in the same moment & thanked mom within myself for recalling my words. That time I felt guilty of myself & decided not to forget my own words from now onwards. In the same year, I didn’t visit my hometown on Diwali too and also I did not make a single call to my house too. I still remember the day when I was having a discussion with one of my closest friend Sachin Shinde and was asking him though being an University Topper I am unable to get the right Job. I even told him in frustration that I am ready to work for 2 grants too but it ought to be an engineering Job. Also On one fine day after visiting Sai Baba Temple at Chandan Nagar with my brother, we were heading to our flat by walk. That day I cried in front of him telling what wrong did I do because of which I’m unable to get a job. That day he supported me like an elder brother, showed me my strengths & told me this is happening with everyone and not to worry about it. He also insisted me to just pursue with my hard work and one day i will definitely get good result.

On 17th November I got a mail from Cognizant Technology Solutions that on 27th they are conducting Aptitude test at PCCOE Pune. I then decided that this time somehow I need to get selected & with the same enthusiasm i started my preparation like I did in my final year engineering. I had to quit my part time job from that day itself & I studied almost 18 hours a day for that 10 days, Deepak questioned me why was I studying this much and I told him about the mail, he motivated me to go for it and I will get selected this time. For Aptitude test still remember I went PCCOE with Suresh Reve my engineering friend & there we saw almost 10 thousands candidates attended that test. I removed all the fear from mind and gave the test. 
On 30th November evening me & my friend Suresh got the mail for next round of interview which was scheduled on 3rd December, so I started preparing for that in those few days before the interview, I also went through all my engineering books.  I also had discussion with few of my seniors like Kiran Kadam who was working in Cognizant at that time & took the help from him on what to prepare for interview. Then finally on 3rd December we both reached the Phase 1 cognizant venue. Suddenly I was called for Technical Interview at 12:30 PM. The interview started with few formal question answers & then follows by BE project explanation to the interviewer. He also asked me to tell him one thing which was unique in me and I quickly replied that I am honest, hardworking, prompt, and responsible he then said everyone who comes for the interview tells the same thing. He again asked me to tell one quality in me so that he can hire me. I was quite for few seconds & suddenly I told him that I am final year University Topper. He agreed to my answer and asked me to prepare for the Next Round of interview. I thanked god for giving me the presence of mind so that I answered logically. 
Then after an hour my name was announced for HR interview, after answering all the questions, she told me to sing a song and that time Why This Kolavari Di song was famous, I sang it for her. After that she asked me one last question, if I get selected whom will I inform this news first. I said my mom. She asked for any special reason, I told her that there is personal reason and I cannot share it with her & as she said that the previous question was the last question and so I was not bound to answer this one. She agreed and asked me to hurry up so that I can inform my mom. The HR’s name was Darshana, I thanked her & left the table. I called my mom & said I became an engineer; automatically few tears came from my eyes. My mom congratulated me & she said “Thank you”.  

Things I learned from this Incident.   
1.     Mothers loves for their child is unconditional & sometimes she pin points child to speed up on life journey.
2.     Family members always supports you in all conditions.
3.     Never give up & never feel the stress, things will happen definitely.
4.     Even if we didn’t have college campus placements will definitely get job somewhere & that increases our sustain in extremely tough conditions and also increases the patience within us.
5.     We will grow tougher within our self & that helps us in reaching our milestones towards our success.       

Thank you thank you thank you so much Jaffer Sheriff for your help in writing & guidance.

Enjoy!!!
Regards!!!
Rahul Chandure

Start Loving Everything In Life !!!!


Here I am comparing the love and hate.
Love is defined as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. In other words love is to feel a lover’s passion, devotion, or tenderness for yourself. 
Hate is defined as extreme dislike. In another terms hate is to have a strong aversion.
Love is to be affectionate for your lover; trust your lover, and being so happy to each other’s in company. Again, to make someone to be happy and being in love. They would feel to be safe and protected. It is a love.
Hate is negative way to express to someone who you dislike. It is an ugly to express. Hate is a strong word to say it. Hate is an uglier than love. Hate is in bad moral list of mine. It is a such cruel thing to say.
Everyone wants to be happy in this world. People seek happiness in wealth, power, sex, fashion, drugs, drinks etc. But those are temporary pleasures. It is love that makes us more happy. Love should be practiced without any selfish motive. A mother’s love for her children is something very divine. 
Hatred brings unhappiness. It robs one’s peace of mind. Love fills a person with noble feelings. Love between neighbors brings friendship. There have been saints whose love is universal. Lack of love leads to divorces, quarrels, crimes, aggression and war. 
Love can unite the people of the world into a common brotherhood.
Enjoy!!!
Regards!!!
Rahul Chandure

“Hadsar Fort Trek”


Sahyadri range has plethora of forts. Taluka Junnar, belonging to the Pune district is no exception for that. Hadsar is a beautiful fort located in this region. Starting from Naneghat, one can combine Jeevdhan, Shivneri, Lenyadri, Hadsar and Harishchandragad into a six-day trek but I decided to go with the APEX group for Hadsar Fort one day trek on 27th June 2015. We left from Pune on that Saturday at 7:00 AM & reached base village Hadsar at around 9:00 AM, after distributing lunch to every one we started actual trek by taking right turn from the main road.
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A while later we passed through few farms & before reaching first plateau, big rocks on the way we had some clicks there. From there heading in right side we were heading towards the fort entrance. On the way we had so many Eucalyptus (Nilgiri), Java Plum (Jambool), Curry leaves (Kadi Patta) trees. After crossing that mountainous route & taking left turn we reached the staircase of the fort which is dilapidated.  
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Fort Hadsar, also known as Parvatgad, was constructed during the Satvaahanas and was heavily inhabited during that period. It is located on the outskirts of Ahmednagar (known commonly as Nagar) to control the trade route passing through Naneghat. Documentary evidences show that Hadsar was one of the forts exchanged in the 1637 treaty between Shahaji Raje and the Mughals. In 1818 the British forces conquered Junnar and the forts in this region. Like most other cases, main features of this fort were demolished by the british during their attack and later.
The entrance gates of the fort Hadsar are epitomes of the medieval architecture. Twin doors in a tunnel-like entranceway, steps carved out of the rock and the Gomukhi construction of the entrance are worth studying. Passing through the main entrance, the path is divided into two. One leads to the top of a hillock and the other to the second gate. There was Bastion created in the rock cliff near the gates. Immediately after the second gate there we saw water cistern, with potable water.
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It was almost two hours after starting the trek so we decided to rest there & had our lunch. Then walking towards the right; there is a big pond with a Lord Shiva temple and a huge Nandi. The hall of the temple has six corners, three of which have idols of Lord Ganesh, Garuda (Eagle) and Lord Hanuman respectively on them. The pond in front of the temple gets completely filled in the monsoon. A stonewalled well-like construction can be seen at the center of the pond. Adjacent to the temple lays a strong bastion. Descending from the right of the bastion-wall, a cistern now filled up with sand soil can be seen. Proceeding little ahead leads us to a carved-out cave in the rock. This was meant for surveying purposes. In temple we asked to pujari what to explore here, then he said if go little further there is Godess Temple in the cave. So me & Vinay Deshmukh went ahead & seen the remnants of old buildings. Also there was goddess temple in one of the old building & seen one Shiv Shankar Pinda & water kund. There we had splendid view of front side hill.
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Then we came back & walking towards the elevated area in front of the entrance leads us to three huge stores carved in the rock butting the cliff. These are not suitable for a stay, though. The rock also has images of lord Ganesh carved on it. That view was awesome a way created through the rocks & at the end there was rooms created & we were enjoying that place like hk, 1bhk.
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Then we few people decided to go top most point on the fort called as BALE KILLA. There we saw remnants of old buildings & a splendid view of the Manikdoh dam and its surroundings enrich this place. The whole range of Chavand, Naneghat, Shivneri, Bhairavgad and Jeevdhan is visible from here. 
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Finally we started descending the fort & at 4:30 PM we reached the base village & during the back journey to Pune we all swim at Kukadi River.
In this way one of the amazing trek come to end at 9:00 PM when we reached Pune.
Note:
  1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure, Aniket Bidkar & Amol Kotkar.
  2. Such an amazing fort everyone should visit at least once in life.
  3. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.  

Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Hadsar Fort or you have any questions related to trek.
Enjoy!!!!
Thanks & Regards

Rahul Chandure

“Andharban (The Dark Forest) Trek”


When was the last time you engaged in an exciting adventure alone with unknown group? That weekend on 2nd August 2015, head for an exciting trek to Andharban with Wild Trek Adventures  buddies and I engaged in a fun and exciting time!!!!
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 “Andharban”, the word itself means dense dark forest. Andharban is one of the most beautiful trek in Sahyadris. The best time to visit this place is during monsoon or post monsoon. In this trek, you descend for almost 5 hours for regular trekker and you are covered with dense forest and shade.  The intimidating factor of this 13km long trek has to be the hardcore jungle cover over your head. A major portion of this trek route involves walking through its denseness.
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The start point of this trek i.e. Pimpri dam begins in bright daylight which keeps on fluctuating as we keep entering the dense part of the forest and out, this only adds up to the magic that this place has to offer. The trek concludes at yet another dam called the Bhira dam which is also the source of the Kundalika River which is famous for its White Water Rafting. 40% of the trek is all descend and remaining is normal walking. While on the route we can see the beauty of places like Ghangad, Tailbaila, Sarasgad, Plus valley, Tamhini ghat, Kundalika valley. En-route enjoys the waterfalls and awesome view of Kundalika valley. Here, we will be descending from Pune (Ghatmatha) to Konkan. This trek is also famous among nature lovers, shutterbugs for various species of Butterfly and flowers are there.

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On that Sunday we all around 70 people leading by Prasad Wagh, Reshma Raut, Sandip Wadaskar & Yogita Jadhav reached the trek start point at 9:30 AM, there volunteers in the group distributed the packed THEPLE (PARATHA) & After giving information about andharban Prasad said whole trek is easy you will make it difficult by yourself so be aware all the time & take care of others as well. Except Yogita we all entered in the forest, she went for the arrangement of for all of us after completion of trek.

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At the start we had an awesome view of Great Valley, feeling like we were walking through clouds. There we crossed the first water fall with all cautions & entered in to the dense forest were sun rays were not able get down through trees we were feeling like walking in evening time even though it was day start. Then after we came through one more water fall with massive flow, in our group few families were also there for the trek I helped them to cross that water fall. Then again forest & we came to one of the biggest waterfall in the trek after seeing its beauty I wasn’t unable to stop myself to go in it and enjoyed like crazy.

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Then we came to the ground walk for almost half hour, there I came to the place where so many butterflies were there. From there we can see the Tail Baila, Plus Vallley, Ghangad, Sarasgad. Then at around 1:00PM we reached midway village called Khirdi.  We all gathered there & had our Theples & snacks. Again get back to our trek descending towards Bhira Dam.

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During this descending we saw splendid view of Kundlika Valley.  Finally at around 3:00 PM few of us reached the Bhira Dam, feeling at that time I have like being in the heaven, from there so many unbelievable views of kundalika valley I got in my eyes & reached the Bhira village where Yogita was waiting for us all. From there in Tempo Travellers we reached the Hotel where she arranged food for all people in group, there I eat like BAKASUR.

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In this way I made so many new friends in this trek like Aditya Deshmukh, Harshal, Snehal Kulkarni, Vivek Pandey, Rahul Kode, Shreepad. I enjoyed a lot with all WTA volunteers & these new friends. Thank you thank you thank you so much to all for sharing such an amazing memory with me in your life.

Note:
1.      Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure.
2.      Such an amazing trek everyone should visit at least once in life but after having few normal treks before because this trek will test your strength & capacity.
3.      As you are going in dense forest you will come through few animals, reptiles & insects don’t panic, just keep calm & enjoy the beauty of nature.
4.      Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.  
Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Andharban Trek or you have any questions related to trek.
Enjoy!!!!
Thanks & Regards

Rahul Chandure

“Vairatgad Fort Trek & One of the Biggest Banyan Tree trip”


 On 11th July 2015 Saturday as per the plan of APEX Adventures we started the trek to Vairatgad which is situated in the province of Wai, and 8 km away from Wai. We started our journey from Pune at around 7:00 AM from Balgandharva. As usual we had introduction & antakshri rounds during this journey. After reaching base village of fort we parked our bus in front of village temple, there we saw old water well in very good condition and villagers use its water for drinking.


History of Vairatgad Fort
The fort is one of those said to have been built by Bhoj Raja, the Kolhapur Silahara chief Bhoja II. (1178-1193) of Panhala, and its name is locally derived from the Vairats, a wild tribe supposed to have dwelt in this neighborhood, who were subdued by the Pandavas. King Bhoj of the Shilahar dynasty built Vairatgad in the 11th century. The fort is partly commanded by the heights of Bavdhan three miles to the west. The view on all sides is very fine and extends on the west to Malcolm Peth. During Shivaji’s period the fort was used only as a military station. Shivaji Maharaj conquered the Wai region and included Vairatgad and Pandavgad in his kingdom. The British captured it in 1818.
History of Banyan Tree

This village has old history. In 1982 British Governor Li Warner saw big tree of Banyan

which is having area about 2.5 hector. It was recorded in Genius Book. Therefore this village is called Wadache or Mhasave.

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Even though it was spring days that day was little bit sunny, so after distributing every ones lunch & taking sufficient amount of water we started our actual trek at around 9:30 AM. First from the village we took left turn heading towards fort through farms & in farms we found sculpture shown below. After few minutes we reached a banyan tree, there we played & had some snaps.
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Then started the mountainous route to access the fort, be care full while walking on this rocky sand it is too much slippery. We reached the first plateau (pathar) after half hour & took rest there for few minutes & started again from there we headed in upwards right direction.
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We almost took half round to fort & reached the stairway of fort. We saw 5-6 cisterns to the left on that way, on the lower side of the cliff. We also saw bee house there so be care full during the walk you can see arrows are created for direction help.

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Climbing up 20-25 steps further, we reach the top of the fort which is actually very small. There are remnants of old buildings. The bastion at the entrance is dilapidated. At the entrance there is Hanuman temple. Even outside the temple there is an idol of Hanuman.
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On the left side there was one biggest water cistern not drinkable & little ahead to it there is SHIVA TEMPLE well maintained, we all gathered there & had our lunch at around 1:00 PM, then took rest for 15 min & started exploring fort. Plinths can be seen in surrounding area. The rampart is still in a good condition. Almost 5 people can walk simultaneously through this fort walls. We had some site seen of fort surrounding. There we saw some flowers as well.
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One can climb down to the village Mhasava from a gap in the cliff opposite to the main entrance. This is known as CHOR DARWAJA to fort. There is a hillock near it & on a stone there are some indecipherable writings. Further search might reveal some more interesting discoveries. It takes approximately one & half hour to see the fort. Finally at 3:00 PM we started descending the fort with caution & reached base village at around 4:30 PM.
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As per the plan from there we headed to Mhasave (wadache) village for exploring one the biggest Banyan tree in India. We went there and saw the massive Banyan Tree spread across acres. We were not able to find the main tree route, then one old villager told us that it is vanished now & other routes created this immense structure of Banyan tree. There is one temple of goddess. We had some clicks there as well & started our back journey to Pune at 6:30 PM. We had mad dance as usual & had tea on the high way. In this way ended the whole day excitement at 9:00 PM in Pune. 
  
Note:
  1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure, Aniket Bidkar & Amol Kotkar.
  2. Such an amazing fort everyone should visit at least once in life.
  3. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.  
Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Vairatgad & Wadache village or you have any questions related to trek.

Enjoy!!!!
Thanks & Regards
Rahul Chandure

"Independence Point, Ghangad & Tailbaila Base Trek"


  On 22nd August Saturday morning at 7:00 AM we started our journey from Pune to Ekole base village of Ghangad fort. We were heading towards Ghangad fort through Tamhini Ghat route. One of our lead Sai Upalekar knows about the Independence Point near Andharban Trail Start point, so we requested to have look of that point. That was the awesome view of valley which is more than 2000 feet deep. After having some clicks there we started again & at around 8:30 AM, we reached the Ekole base village of Ghangad fort.

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  There is not much documentation explored about history of the Ghangad fort. Earlier it was ruled by Koli Samant, then with Adilshah and later the Marathas.

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  Actually this fort is very small. Ghangad is situated on western side of Mulshi River, which is called as Korbarase Maval. One can reach the fort by a path from left of the fort. As you enter from the devastated structure of big entrance, you can see some remnants of old palaces along with some water cisterns which are now in very bad condition. You can see Sudhagad, Sarasgad and wall of Tailbaila from the fort, also Nandand Ghat, Savvashincha Ghat and Bhorpaychi Nal, which descend to Konkan. At the entrance of fort initially you will go through two pillars, almost at the end of existence.

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   At one point on the trek route there is hanuman temple. After entering in fort through those pillars we saw few caves. After seen those caves we went to explore right side of fort, there we saw tunnel formed by biggest rock fall on the fort ground. There we saw the Goddess Garjai temple in cave which is in very bad condition. From there with the help of rope already present there I only went ahead to see the cave having SHILA LEKH is very hard to access, need to walk along with the rock, by taking help of rope already present there, but very risky because one wrong step or misbalance will cost your life.

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  After that we went to explore left side of entrance, where one ladder is placed to go upside on fort, there we saw few water cisterns full of water & it was rainy season few steps after ladder are very slippery and dangerous, with the help of rope we crossed those steps as well and reached on top of fort. Another biggest pillar on fort was there, we had some clicks there & had site seen of forest around & beautiful waterfalls.

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 After exploring full fort we started descending & reached Ekole village at 1:00 PM, there we had lunch at village temple. Suddenly our leaders Kishor Wagh, Sai Upalekar & me decided to go at Tailbaila Wall base point, which is 8.3Km from Ekole village.

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  We reached Tailbaila village at 3:00 PM & without wasting much time we started our trek to Tailbaila wall base. Initially we crossed few farms then entered into forest & within an hour we reached the base point of wall. During the walk we had some group pictures & clicked wall pictures in different angles. Talking about Tailbaila is a magnanimous monolith, which resembles a cobra head. Located at a distance of about 94km from Pune, it is a bastion that is perfect for climbing enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The summit offers majestic views of the Konkan Valley which make all the effort seem worthwhile. After taking rest at base point temple & few views of surrounding, we started descending & reached base village at 6:00 PM & started back journey to Pune. During back journey we had crazy dance in bus & had tea break at food plaza on high way.

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  In this way we completed one more trek at 9:00 PM on 22nd August 2015 & entered in our regular concrete forest with so many awesome memories & photographs with us.   
  

Approximate Distance from Pune

Approx. 90 Kms  [ Pune- Pirangut – Mulshi – Tamhini – Bhamburde- Ekole(Base village) ]
Distance will increase via Lonavala

 Note:
  1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure, Aniket Bidkar & Prashant Gupta.
  2. Such an amazing fort everyone should visit at least once in life.
  3. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.  
Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Independence Point, Ghangad & Tailbaila fort wall base point or you have any questions related to trek.
Enjoy!!!!
Thanks & Regards
Rahul Chandure