31st Dec. 2001
Gangotri Badrinath Trekking Expedition via Kalindi in May 2001, I had
attended this enjoyable trek to Rajmachi as a celebration of year 2001
also to welcome year 2002. One of our trekking colleague Mr. Vinay
asked me regarding my plans for 31st Dec. Since I was not having any
plans except going out for trek we mutually decided to go for Rajmachi
started from Dadar at 9:00am by ashiad to lonavala. After reaching
lonavala & having lunch we started our journey to Rajmachi at
2:00pm. Another group from pune was supposed to join us after one hr..
Initially we thought it will be very hot day but in reality the day was
cool. Almost after five years I was traveling on the same route. The
big difference I found here is construction of proper tar road.
Construction is currently going on, may be within 2 months the road
will be ready & motorable till the village Rajmachi. The route near
this village is having little forest which is while passing gives a
good natural fresh flowering fragerance. Which one can breath in the
span of almost around 200ft. The route is completely covered with the
tree. We reached the destination by 5:00pm, had two cup of tea while
resting & waiting for the other group. We were three out of our
total seven members. Rest were accompanying to the other group. They
came at around 7:00pm. Now the total members were 16. After
considerable rest. We all started enjoying by sharing our trekking
experiences latter by singing and all till the dinner. We had our
dinner at round 9:00pm. We were staying at one of the villagers hut. He
prepared a nice food for all of us. Might be because of the trek all
were enjoying the food. It was a very good day since in the night also
a bright moon light made everybody glorious. One of our member caught a
nice glimpse of the moon rising from behind the fort wall of
sreevardhan. Almost all have waited till 12:00pm to say bye for the
year 2001 & to welcome new year 2002. Everybody wished each other
& we closed the nice day for bed. Few members sleep inside the hut
& all male members were out below the hut shade. The night was not
that cold. In the morning wind started blowing too child us.
At 5:30am myself & one of our sr. member Mr. Anil
started to the Sreevardhan fort to see & catch the new year sunrise
in the camera. We reached on the top at 6:00am. We were there more than
one hr.. We returned back to the village by 7:30am. Got freshnup had
breakfast & tea & ready for the descending down to Karjat via
We left the village at 9:15am & reached Kodana caves by 11:30am. We were there for a
photography session of the caves. Then we reached Kondivade village by
12:00 noon. We had lunch & little rest in the village then marched
to Karjat station by auto. Then from Karjat to Mumbai by 5:00pm.
The journey was very enjoyfull & relaxed. I was
expecting this kind of trek which morally boosted my new year plans
towards more trekking & mountaineering this year. This I was
evaluating on the Srivardhan fort.
About this area
fort is one of the Shivaji's fort. These fort was made in those days
mainly aiming for the trade. From the base village one can see two
adjacent fort. Facing from the village towards those forts, The one
which is at right side is Sreevardhan & one at Left is Manaranjan.
While ascending to Sreevardhan from Rajmachi one can see a Temple. In
front of the temple one can find an old small canon(Tof). From the top
of Sreevardhan fort, facing to the east one can see Shirota lake,
Sangshi village at north which is a base for Dhak fort. On the south
one can see Duke Nose. On the west one can see the Lonavala Khandala
& the grate train route as well the newly build Express Highway
also Ulhas river. Descending down from Rajmachi to Karjat side one can
visit Kondana caves where you can find grate peace of architecture.
These are of 3-4 Buddha caves. In side the main cave you can find
remains of wooden art work still this date. In the rainy season this
place will be more crowded due to a prominent waterfall from the top of
the Caves. In the rainy season one can approach this place from
Kondivade a small trek.