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Kamalgad Trek!!!

On 25th evening at 4:30 PM we (#Deepak Chandure, #Hemant Patil, #Vilas Algude, #Thomas & me) reached at Kamalgad Base Village Vasole. In the village we visited temple having lot of stone statues, also from the village we can see the Matariche Daat portion of fort. This name is because this range of hill formed like old women teeth. Kamalgad (lotus fort), also called Bhelanja or Kattalgad (literally death fort) is a square hill fort in Wai Taluka in Maharashtra, India. It has an elevation of 4,511 feet (1,375 m) above sea level. After packing all our bags with cooking vegetables, rice, gas stove, drinking water & sleeping stuff, we started our actual trek with one other group called “Nature Lovers Malad” which is having most of 50+ years aged trekking members & that group is organizing treks since last 29 years. One thing I liked about that group is that they are doing these activities to create awareness about nature with no gain no loss strategy & also enjoying their hobbies by getting out from busy life schedule.

As we already done two treks before this one we were little bit tired & started our trek to kamalgad at 5:00 PM. When we heard that all member of that other group have done three treks before this & they are all the way walking form last two days & still have full energy to reach the top of kamalgad. Their presence gave all of us courage & energy.

The fort area is 3-4 acres in size. It is surrounded by steep rock and can only be reached by perilously scaling this rock. Earlier, the approach was by an artificial tunnel, which started at the base of the rock and emerged on the top. Now this tunnel is blocked by a big rock which fell into it and was never removed. There are no buildings on the top or walls of any kind or even a gateway, which is unusual for a fort in this area. Likely, its height and steep rock around it provided it with enough protection.

The steep way to reach night stay point was checking our will power & endurance. Fort is totally covered with dense forest having wild animals in it. By taking in between rest & water we reached the first plateau of the fort at 6:30 PM. There we took long halt & had snacks. Finally at 7:00 PM we reached the Gorakshnath Temple. While reaching that place we used almost all the water we had with us at start & finally left with four liters of water, which we need to use for dinner cooking & then drinking.

There after getting rest & settled properly Deepak cooked the delicious Pulav for all of us, simultaneously we eat Cucumber & Tomato. During that time one leader from group “Nature Lovers Malad” gave us the information of astrology like Jupiter, Dhruva, Sapta Rushi, Kruttika nakshtra, Mruga Nakshtra, Sinha Nakshtra & etc. sky is full of starts from top of fort. After having introduction & little bit discussion with them, we had our dinner & got ready for sleep. We all slept at 10:00 PM & as we were too much tired got early sleep that night.

On 26th when I woke up in the morning it was 7:00 AM and I had holi color on my forehead, then in surprise when I saw around there all members of other group were playing holi & enjoying a lot. That time we didn’t have single drop of water with us, so that we headed upward in the forest in search of water as we already read & know about the water source is there. After few minutes we reached the Dhangar Wasti on the fort, single family is living there from last four generations they had their own farm & tabela of animals like cow, buffalo, bulls & etc. We asked them for water source in forest & reached the place, water available there was so clean & chilled. There we all got fresh, till that time other group people also reached there & one trekker taught me how to fill bottles in pond so that trash should not come in bottle. From that place we can clearly see the Kenjalgad Fort. We filled all our bottles & went again up side to go on Bale Killa of Fort. While going up we ordered food at dhangar wasti. In 15 minutes after crossing very dense forest we reached the Bale Killa.

Entrance of bale killa is five feet high with the support of side walls there we got up from there. From there we had splendid views of complete Kamalgad Fort covered up with dense forest & rivers Krishna & Valki. From there Mhatariche Daat part of fort was looking awesome. After having all the side views we came to the main attraction there Geruchi Vihir & one by one we entered into that well. The only structure on the top is a hole which is the remains of a well sunk right through the rock. The hole is twenty to twenty five feet deep. The sides of the well which were formed by the natural rock were reported to have contained recesses in which criminals were placed during British government in India, but not sure because during rainy season that well is filled up with water & when we get down at the end in well there was a lot of moisture is present in well. However, none of the recesses can be discerned today. Some reports indicate that this ‘hole’ might have been a quarry for red stone (geru) which is plentiful in this region. That well is the beautiful example of that time construction; we had some awesome clicks there also & started descending bale killa.

At dhangar wasti we had lovely food of ROTI, CABBAGE sabji, TOMATO sabji, Rice & Curd, at that place having such food was unbelievable for us. After having all that food we paid them & gave them all the vegetables, masale & rice with us. After having small discussion with them we got to know that they don’t have electricity there, for school every day they used to get down from the fort & the girl serving us studied till her 10th. Life looking very tough there but the smile on their faces taught me new lesson that in all conditions just see the positivity, enjoy it with full happiness.

Finally at 10:30 AM we started descending fort from Gorakshnath temple. At one point of time we lost the way & I was alone at one place while calling the others I saw wolf like animal of brown color with black spots on body in the forest. After few minutes by following the route direction arrows present in forest I caught my team & continued the back trek. In the forest we had some fruits clicks, which can be used as medicine or eatable food. Because of denseness of forest some tree branches are looking like Python. At 11:30 AM I reached the place where we parked our car & took rest there for half hour till that time others in the group also reached there & we started back to Pune at 12:30 PM via Vasole à Wai à Pune. During the journey we took three halts at Mapro, Snacks, Sugar Cane and reached the Pune at 3:00 PM.


Note :
  1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure & Hemant Patil. 
  2. Seriously worth visiting the fort, very dense forest follow the direction arrows to be on right track. 
  3. This trek we can consider as moderate one for regular trekker. 
  4. We can plan more treks along with it as per the time we have like Rohida Fort, Kenjalgad fort & Raireshwar Fort. 
  5. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.

    Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Kamalgad Fort or you have any questions related to trek.

    Thanks & Regards
    Rahul Chandure


    Kenjalgad Trek!!!

    On 25th morning at 9:30 AM we (#Deepak Chandure, #Hemant Patil, #Vilas Algude, #Thomas & me) reaches at Kenjalgad Base Village Oholi. After brushing the tooth’s, there we had our amazing breakfast of Anda Bhurji cooked by Hemant Patil.
    Kenjalgad or Ghera Khelanja Fort, 4,269 feet above sea level, is situated on the Mahadev range eleven miles north-west of Wai. The fort is situated on the ridge which separates Pune and Satara districts. Both the Krishna and Nira rivers are visible from the fort. Bhor with its surrounding villages and Wai with its surrounding villages are also visible clearly. Therefore during the time of Maratha Empire the fort successfully performed the role of Watch Guard. 
    This was last fort taken by Shivaji Maharaj before coronation ceremony! Just in front of the fort is Raireshwar where Shivaji Maharaj took his oath for swaraj and this is the fort he conquered before sitting on throne, 24.04.1674 from Gangaji Naik Kirdat (Adilshahi Sardar). While standing on this fort one can see Rohida, Kamalgad, Pandavgad, Mandhardevi temple around you.
    Then we packed all our bags with cooking vegetables, rice, gas stove & sufficient amount of drinking water as I already read about the fort that on top of it there is no water source in these days of year.
    Villagers there guided us for starting point of trek & we headed in the left direction. Few minutes later after crossing the jungle we reached the first plateau of fort & from there we got an awesome side view of fort. As we can able to see the wall like structure on the right side of that view, we headed in right side direction.
    There we saw fort walls constructed in the rocky hill, little bit ahead there is a cave, looking like natural structure but had some finishing at the end of it. As too many bats were there, we didn’t go more inside of cave. After proceeding in zig-zac way we reached the unbelievable structure of staircase completely built in single rock, seriously it was awesome spot on the fort. As it was too hot out there, shadow of rock on that stair & chilled wind flowing there made us cool & crazy. We have taken rest there & had photo shoot. We can see the full base village from this place.

    Immediately after that beautiful staircase we entered into the fort through main entrance which is completely vanished now. On the right side of entrance there is Kenjlai Devi Temple & besides it base of SADAR is there. Little bit ahead of entrance water cistern is there totally dried up. The view of first plateau from the east top of fort is awesome.
    Heheadings owards the west side ofoften ort we saw the strong fort walls having outlets little bit down to the ground level, I am not sure it is water outlet or that time toilets. Few water cisterns are there but those are also dried, stairs have been created to get down in that cistern. Little ahead from there we saw Chunyacha Ghana which was used to mix up the CHUNA & GUL to fix the rocks of fort wall. On the extreme west side of the fort one natural Bastion is there, we had some clicks there; from this place we can see the whole Raireshwar Plateau. On fort we saw remnants of too many old buildings, one from all of them is in well condition, but roof is not available on that. One more chunyacha ghana is there on the fort. From the top we had splendid view of Dhoom Dam.
    Few stones are there with god & goddess idols on it. On top of the complete fort we didn’t see a single tree to take rest, so we decided to rest at entrance stairs & cook a lunch there itself. We took rest there for almost two hours & at 1:00 PM Hemant dada started cooking & we had snacks. He cooked mix veg gravy subji & plain rice for all of us. After having our lunch we again took rest for 1 hour & started descending the fort & reached the base village at 4:00 PM. There without wasting time we left the place as we had too much sweaty & reached nearby dam for swimming. After getting bath in dam we all were full relaxed & again ready for next journey of plan.


    1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure, Deepak Chandure & Hemant Patil.
    2. One should visit at least once.
    3. We can plan more treks along with it as per the time we have like Rohida Fort, Kamalgad fort & Raireshwar Fort.
    4. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there. 

    Please leave comments below for others if you have been to Kenjalgad Fort or you have any questions related to trek.

    Thanks & Regards
    Rahul Chandure

    Raireshwar Trek!!!!

    Finally the day came on which one of my wish has been completed by visiting Raireshwar Plateau on 24th March 2016 night. I have grown up by listening the stories of Chatraptai Shivaji Maharaj & in that one story about his OATH which he took at Raireshwar Temple Shiv Linga about building the “Hindvi Swaraja”. So that I was very much eager to visit this place & the day came on the Dhuliwandan night of 2016. Raireshwar fort is a Hill fort. Raireshwar is situated in the Bhor Taluka of Pune District at the base village of Korel. Raireshwar fort is 4589 feet i.e. 1340 meters above sea level.
    We (me, Hemant Patil, Vilas Algude, Deepak Chandure & Thomas) all started our journey at 11:00PM to Raireshwar from ARIZONA Snooker Club at Deccan owned by Hemant dada. Route we decided to reach Raireshwar was Pune à Bhor 56 km. Bhor à Korle 20 km. Korle à Raireshwar 6 km Trek start point, so after traveling for two & half hours of 82 Km, we reached there at 1:30 AM.
    After parking car properly there, we took drinking water, carry mat & sleeping bags with us & started trekking, in the moon light that was an awesome feeling after long time, so by walking on the usual route there we reached temple at 3:00 AM. As temple was constructed in three parts one is Main Gabhara, second is stone pillars & last one was outer area where Nandi is placed. All maintenance of temple is took care by Jangam Community villagers live there. As the inner door of temple was locked we got into the first door & slept there.
    In the morning at 7:00 AM Pujari came there & opened the inner door as well. We all were woke up till then & packed all stuff we have, during that time he cleaned inner parts of temple & also did the PUJA. After getting fresh we all took Shiva Linga darshan & had pictures of amazing construction there like wooden & stone pillars, dome roof creation from inside. There was another temple in front of main & Shivaji Maharaj Statue was there with floor like structures beside it, few constructions are ongoing there. Back side of temple we some stone structures.
    In village at plateau there was more than 50 families are living, government electricity is reached there but for all other things they need to get down of plateau, they all have their farms on the plateau itself, now all we can imagine how much big plateau it is. There was GOMUKHA where they have 24/7 water supply during whole year.
    At 8:30 AM we started descending and then we saw railings all around the plateau for tourist security, beautiful foot way for reaching the temple. We can able to see the Kenjalgad Fort from there. An amazing staircase has been created to reach the plateau. After getting down from that stairs it took few more minutes to reach the parking place & from there we started our next journey as per the plan.


    1. Photo Credit goes to Rahul Chandure & Hemant Patil.
    2. Best fort for one day trek & in monsoon we can see beautiful surrounding covered with lush and greenery.
    3. We can plan more treks along with it as per the time we have like Rohida Fort, Kenjalgad Fort & Kamalgad Fort.
    4. Before going on trek do some research what to explore there.  

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

    Rahul Chandure

    Respect Women Around.

    Here I am going to describe the story about one fearless girl I saw in my life. It was the time when I just came to Pune in 2011 in search of job & I used to stay at Dhankawdi with my cousin brother Deepak. Those days I didn’t have my own vehicle to travel around Pune city. So like most people I used to travel through PMT buses.

    One fine day during evening time when I was in PMT bus from Dhankawdi to Pune Station, as usual bus was full of public. When we reached at Pune Station all are getting out of bus one by one, then suddenly I saw a girl who kicked a man from the same bus after getting down. In the first look itself I could figure out that the man was drunk and misbehaved with this girl. Intoxication makes a person astray & that man was totally inebriate, he ran back to the girl & at that moment I was standing beside to that girl, then with my full power I slapped that man & he fell down on the road. After that scene all public started beating him & I left the place.

    As I used to read books on SHIVAJI MAHARAJ, I like one biggest thing of him that he respected every women like his own Mother & I too follow that, a girl alone is not an opportunity it’s a responsibility. As per my view we can proudly call Mother & Sister to any women in this world at any place at any time. It doesn’t take anything to respect any women, just a feeling like they are our real mother or sister. One suggestion to women’s also don’t be afraid of anything just feel free & start objecting such behavior rather than tolerating & keeping quite.

    Happy Women’s Day.

    Keep Enjoying & Smiling.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Rahul Chandure

    Time when I need to become Parent for my Mother & Father.

    Here I want to confess for one of the incident in my life, where I behaved foolish with my mom. Now I understood my mistake & I feel sorry for that. Actually from my childhood itself, I was a stubborn kid. Always had quarrels with my mom, I used to get easily angry on her & sometimes get out of control by hurting her mentally.

    This scene happened when I was traveling with my mom from Nanded to Jalna. That was the first time when my mom was traveling through reservation boogie of train. Due to some offended things happened with me before leaving Nanded, I was already in bad mood & my mom was asking me so many questions there & that time I felt like those are silly ones. Also I feel awkward in front of other passengers, with the thought in my mind that people might think that what an old lady is she.., who doesn’t even know such things in train. Like in reservation boogie seats are only for one person, how to make that seat as lower, middle & upper berths. She was asking me where the washroom is and so many things, like a kid. Also the guys who were traveling with food in reservation boogie of train are in service uniform, and then she asked trains also have staff for food circulation. Due to the bombardment of her questions I got irritated & shouted on her and told her just keep quite.

    My mom is very talkative person she started talking with other people in compartment after that. Same day my friend Milind Dighraskar was also traveling from Nanded to Parbhani with his mother, as he’s my one the best friend. I introduced him to my mom and he introduced his to me and my mom.  Then my mom started talking with them & then she started asking very typical questions to them. That was the embarrassing moment for me & I was trying to refuse my mom from talking. But you know she was my mom, the way I was stubborn she is also.

    So I left the seat for few minutes & went near the door, there I went in my own thoughts. I took halt there for almost an hour, forgetting my mom totally. Now I understood how much incorrectly I behaved that day. I was irritated because of her questions left her alone for an hour at a place where she doesn’t know anything. By god’s sake nothing happen that day but I should be attentive towards my mom all the time. She is the one who raised me like anything, who made so many sacrifices in her life for me. I am the loveliest one to her in my all siblings.

    I promise her that now on wards she will live like queen with all luxuries. I will ensure that my parents travel in reservation compartment along with me.  I will make them live their life for themselves and not for anyone else, then it doesn’t matter if I have to work for 24 hours a day; I am ready to do that as well.

    Now one of my dreams is to take my parents to flight travel & very soon I will complete it. I busy in building an empire for them. They always used to say that only you are happy in your life that’s only thing we want. But I will make them live there life as well. I am creating wealth for them so that they can utilize their time for them only.

         Things I learned from this Incident.   
         1.     Parents are not born only for raising their children.
         2.     In this running life schedule don’t forget our parents.
         3.    Give something back to our creators, don’t postpone it.
         4.     Parents will never ask for anything to us but we should be caring towards them & give surprises to them.
    Rahul Chandure