Saturday, March 17, 2012

Salher Salota trek

Salher(1567 meters) and its neighboring Salota(1480 meters) 

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Salher is the highest fort in Sahyadris and second highest mountain in Sahyadris  and though it is having one base village in Gujrat Dang district but technically,it is located in the Baglan taluka Nasik district(I had one satisfaction that I climbed the maximum of the Maharashtra's highest fort.From Chinchali in Gujrat state,Salher is almost 1200 meters from ground but still 50 meters less climb than the Kulang fort near Igatpuri)

History of Salher
In ancient times, Parshuram the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu stayed here at this fort and it is believed that from top of the Salher, Parshuram shot an arrow due to which the ocean receeded behind forming a narrow strip of land called Konkan(ctually Parshuram tried shooting arrow from another mountain near the Warna dam region called Chakdev parvat  located near Prachitgad but from Chakdev(Meaning of chakdev is ‘target missed by God’),Parshuram couldn’t aim properly from Chakdev hence he choosed Salher)
From 15th century,Salher was in the mughal rule and was controlled from Surat.Later on during the raid of surat carried out by Shivaji Maharaj in somewhere around year 1670, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj handed over a mission to Sardar Moropant Pingale to bring the forts in the Baglan and Nasik region into Swarajya and it started from the raid of Surat.Sardar Moropant Pingale very soon brought the whole Nasik region forts into swarajya which included forts like Salher,Mulher,Chandwad,Ahiwant,Dhodap,Avandh-Patta,Trimbakeshwar,Kavnai,Tringalwadi hence a vast area between the Bhandardara and the Satana region of Nasik was captured till year 1671 and released from the mughal rule.
Due to this,Aurangazeb decided to deploy huge forces to regain Baglan area hence there was a war between Marathas and mughals at Salher.This war was very important because till now,Shivaji Maharaj used guirella tactics against mughals but now,it was a straight challenge on open battle field.Maratha troops fought valiantly and thus the mughal army was defeated  at Salher.The defeated mughals ran away from the battlefield and after that, they never thought again of capturing Nasik region.Hence mughals were restricted till Sangamner and aurangabad in the north.But at Salher battle,Shivaji Maharaj’s childhood friend Suryaji Kakade died after fighting valiantly.His Samadhi is located in Salher village.
Later from Marathas,this fort was in control of Peshwas and further,the Peshwas gave this fort to Maharaja Sayajirao Gaikwad of Baroda dynasty .Till 1960,Salher was the part of Baroda and later on after formation of Maharashtra state,this fort is situated in Maharashtra on the Gujrat border
Base villages
Chinchali village Taluka Ahwa dist Dang Gujrat
Manur village , Taluka Baglan Nasik Dist Maharashtra(There are 3 villages named Manur nearby out of which 2 are in Gujrat state and 1 in Maharashtra)
Vaghambe village, Taluka Baglan Nasik Dist Maharashtra (North of Salher fort)
Salher  village Taluka Baglan Nasik Dist Maharashtra(Location South of Salher fort.There are regular steps having 6 entrance doors to reach the top)
Manur and Vaghambe are hardly differentiable.From Vaghambe, just after crossing the bridge ahead 200 meters approx, you are into Gujrat state and further descending down approx 300 meters,you are near Chinchali.
How to approach Salher
From Pune/Mumbai reach Satana 70 kms from Nasik(1.5 to 2 hours by bus).From Satana,reach Taharabad which is 22 kms.From Taharabad,there is a 7:30 am bus to Unai(Satana-Unai) bus which reaches Chinchali in 1 hour.Also from Satana,there are buses to Salher.8:00 am bus from Satana to Manur going by Taharabad-Mulher-Aliyabad-Haranbari- Vaghambe reaches the base village in 1 hour.

But I tell you,Satana is the most convinient place for treks in this region
From Satana,there is bus to Unai( સતનાં સે  ઉનાઈ ) Maharashtra inter state ST bus around 7:00 am going via Chinchali
From Satana,there is a  7:45 am bus going to Manur via Vaghambe
From Pune,you can reach Satana in following way(Take the 10:30 pm last bus to Trimbakeshwar,you will reach Nasik around 4:00 am.From Nasik,take first bus to Satana around 5;00 am and reach Satana around 6:30 am )

Thus if you reach Satana before 7:00 am from Pune/Mumbai,you can reach Salher in 1 hour by bus(Roads are very good here because after Taharabad-Mulher, maximum part of road is in Gujrat state.and also in Maharashtra state,development of road is going on thus very less problem of bad roads.Roads are bad only near Vaghambe village but this is for only 2 to 3 kms max )
Also there are buses to Salher village from Kalwan around morning.From Salher village,there is a regularroute by steps from the village and also a ashram of Shri Uddhav Maharaj which can be used for a overnight stay
In Vaghambe village,you can make a overnight stay in the school.
My trek
I started by the Friday night Shivajinagar to Nawapur St bus around 8:00 pm and reached Taharabad around 4:30 am.It was a lonely deserted ST bus stand and I waited there till 7:15 am when the Satana to Unai bus came there and further,I got down at Chinchali in Dang district of Gujrat around 7:45 to 8:00 am and walked 7 kms via the Telya ghat,climbed approx 300 meters and reached Vaghambe village in Nasik district of Maharashtra around 9:30 am.Thus it was a walk of around 1 hour on the Maharashtra Gujrat border
From Vaghambe,Salher is elevated at 850 meters from ground.
Further I met the teachers in the secondary school of Vaghambe Mr Chaure,Mr Mankar,Mr Khairnar,Mr Bhamare and Mr Jadhav.They wanted to start the painting of the Parshuram temple on the top hence before that,they wanted to do a survey of Salher top hence Mr Jadhav and one student from the school and myself we three headed to Salher around 10:00 am from Vaghambe
Mr Jadhav is also planning to plant around 500 to 1000 nilgiri trees in this rainy season because the top of fort is literally barren. Many times, trees were planted on salher before but almost all trees dried up.We started walking  and in 1 hour, we were below the Salota fort at the col between Salher and Salota. Jadhav sir insisted that since I have come from very far, hence we will atleast reach the door of Salota which was near and then descend down to salher.The route to Salota was tough one with narrow route, blown up steps and in few time,we reached the first entrance door of Salota.From here,you can view a pyramid like shape of Salher .Further from Salota door,the route traverses through more difficult path till the top.Now it was around 11:30 am hence we decided to descend down Salota and proceed towards Salher.Again,we came down to the col between Salher and Salota.From here,there are regular steps and 4 entrance doors .The steps are very very steep.They offer you almost a rock climbing of 80 degrees.If you are off balanced, there is no excuse and within a flash,you will reach Chinchali and further…..
After the 4th entrance door, there is a small lake called Gangasagar lake and further,there are many caves to stay.But beware of flies and honeybees. They are plenty here in the caves.
Further from the Gangasagar Talav,there is a small temple of Shri Renukamata .From this temple,the route climbs up till the top which has a temple of Parshuram.There is always a powerful and cold breeze on the top because this point is 1567 meters high above the sea level  hence in the temple, you can rest for a while.Jadhav sir was instructing Chotu guide regarding which part of temple to paint and what all things are necessary to do.The language here is completely different.It seems to be Marathi  but having Gujrati ascent and a mixture of Marathi and Gujrati.
From top of Salher,the view is finest .You can see the whole Gujrat region till Ahwa-Saputara-Vaghai and the Saptashringi  region towards west, Chandwad region towards south and Mangi Tungi Mulher to your east.     Salher is the region from where the Sahyadris start.The region between Mangi-Tungi and Salher is the origin point of Sahyadris
After that,we started to descend down and near the caves at Gangasagar,we had our lunch.It was around 1:30 pm hence we started to descend  down .At the col between Salota and Salher,we saw 3 peacocks on one tree but immediately after seeing us,they flew away to Salota(while flying,these peacocks were resembling like eagles)

वन्य जीवन :
या भागात महाराष्ट्र राज्यात येणाऱ्या विभागात  कोणताही प्राणी शिल्लक नाही आणि पलीकडच्या गुजरात राज्यात आहवा आणि वनसाडा हे  दोन अभयारण्य आहेत आणि आता  सह्याद्रीत कधी वाघ आढळत नाही पण चिंचली गावाच्या पुढे आहवा आणि वनसाडा च्या जंगलात वाघ सुद्धा आहेत  , कधी ते वाघ महाराष्ट्रात  हरणबारी च्या धारणापर्यंत येतात  आणि आपल्या महाराष्ट्रात तर वन्य जीवात  सर्वात समृद्ध समजल्या जाणार्या भीमाशंकर च्या जंगलात सुद्धा बिबटे नाहीसे झालेत(होय हि एक वस्तुस्थिती आहे कि आजच्या घडीला भीमाशंकर अभयारण्यात एक सुद्धा बिबट्या शिल्लक नाही तिथे वाघ कोठून येणार ) .साल्हेर च्या भागात तुम्हाला मोर मात्र बर्याच वेळा बघायला मिळतील आणि बिबटे आणि वाघ तुम्हाला  फक्त पावसाळ्यात हरणबारी धरणाच्या जवळ  दिसतील

We were back till 3:00 pm at Vaghambe and the 3:15 pm bus to Satana was waiting for me.Jadhav sir was telling me to go to Mangi-Tungi  but it was not possible for me to climb the 3000 steps barefooted and that too around 4:00 pm time hence I thought of coming to Mangi-Tungi somewhere in rainy season(Mangi-Tungi is the place which is believed that after Mahabharat, Lord Krishna decided to end up his avatar,he came to the jungles in this region and sat below a tree. The color of Lord krishna’s skin was resembling like a deer skin hence by mistake, one hunter due to this mirage could not understand it and shot a arrow from his bow which hit Lord Krishna and thus ended his avatar here. Further his elder brother Balram did the final rites on the Mangi-Tungi mountain )
The bus to Satana left around 3:15 pm from Vaghambe and reached Satana around 4:45 pm.There was a 5:00 pm Satana-Pune bus waiting on the St stand and thus by getting this bus,I reached Pune around 2:30 am and further around 4:30 am to reach home.
Thus after this trek, I have trekked the first 7 highest mountains in Sahyadris according to their rankings(Kalsubai 1648m-Salher 1567m-Ghanchakkar-1532m-Muda 1520m-Kirda 1516m-Salota 1480m-Kulang 1471m)

Here are the photos

Salher while climbing from Manur-Chinchali after climbing up Telya ghat.(जमिनीपासून ते वरच्या टोका पर्यंत साल्हेर कॅमेर्या च्या फ्रेम   मध्ये कसाबसा बसवला .चिन्चली वरून तर तो इतका मोठा आहे कि एका फ्रेम मध्ये फक्त अर्धा साल्हेर बसतो  )

 Near Vaghambe, after crossing Gujrat border,Salher is now visible.(The topmost point of salher from the Telyachi bari or Telya ghat).The photo shown earlier is the photo after climbing Telyachi Baari

Reached the school in Vaghambe village

From Vaghambe Salher(Right) and Salota(Left)

Close view of Salher and Salota

Our chotu guide at the col between Salota and Salher

The col between Salher and Salota

Vaghambe village left far behind.almost 50% salher done here.Can you notice a white building to the right.There is Vaghambe.
For your information,this much height from ground is Rajgad fort near Pune and this is not even half Salher climbed hence you can imagine how much huge climb is Salher the highest fort of Maharashtra

After descending Salota.I cant believe that I was able to climb here.Just notice the small streak in the rock.Those are the steps to reach the door of salota

Steps to Salher.These are carved in the rocks.(A peculiar 'S' shape route in the steps.These steps are almost 80 degrees inclined)

Entrance door to Salher

From the entrance door no 2. Be careful at this point.Offbalancing has no excuse at this point

Chotu guide at a cave near Salher

Myself at one cave at Salher.(Jadhav sir was far behind  and was busy in making a more detailed survey hence he told chotu guide to quickly reach the Salher top and he will come after doing some survey)

Entrance door to Salher.By Vaghambe route,Salher has got 4 entrance doors and from Salher village to the south,it has got 6 entrance doors.The speciality of these entrance doors is that,each door is unique in design.No two doors look the same

Gangasagar Talav on Salher top

Shri Renukamata temple near Gangasagar Talav

 Caves on Salher.One can stay here but beware of flies and honeybees.They are plenty here.

A view of Gujrat-Maharashtra border from Salher.To the right,on the high Plateau is Maharashtra and to the left side,down after descending the Plateau is Gujrat.This point is the starting point of Sahyadris

Top of Salher.The temple of Parshuram.Padukas of Bhagwan Parshuram are kept here at this temple

Breathtaking  view of Salota fort from Salher top.Also far away Mulher and Mangi Tungi are seen

                                         Gujrat-Maharashtra Border

Parshuran temple on the top.I have delibrately not taken photos inside the temple since it is a sacred place.Those who want to see Padukas of Bhagwan Parshuram ,he has only one option "Climb salher and see it"

To the west and south.Below is the Salher village where the famous battle of Salher was fought in 1671.Far west,is Vaghai-Saputara and Saptashringi mountains

Back to Vaghambe village.The 3:15 pm St bus to Satana was waiting for me??(Till Haranbaari and Aaliyabad,I was the only passenger in this bus )

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Anjaneri Trimbakeshwar Brahmagiri forts

I was hoping for Salher trek but from Mumbai,it was not possible because Ahmedabad train stops at stations namely Virar-Dahanu road-Valsad-Vapi-Surat-Bharuch-Baroda-Ahmedabad.
Earlier,it used to halt at Borivali also but now,its stations are reduced.
Now It does not halt at Billimora or Navsari hence it was not convinient because at the last moment,I didnt knew how to reach Salher from Valsad.
At Kalyan ST stand,I asked for Nasik bus and there was one bus at 5:30 am Dombivali-Jalgaon-Yawal which reaches Malegaon and further I will reach Satana and then Taharabad and then further to Vaghambe by changing buses
But sadly,this 5:30 am bus left Kalyan around 6:30 am and reached Nasik around 9:45 am

Now it was a decission time for me.Salher or some other destination???
I thought for a while that even if I get a 10:00 am bus to Satana,I will reach Satana around 12:30 pm amd further to Taharabad in 1 hour and further towards Waghambe was not sure because in morning around 8:00 am to 11:00 am,there are 2 buses from Satana/Malegaon to Unai going via Chinchali in Gujrat the base village for Salher

But I was not sure about the timing from Taharabad to Chinchali unless I reach Satana
The chances were that the whole trip may get spoiled because I was seeing myself reaching Salher base village around 4:00 pm and further climbing will take 3 hours
Hence I dropped it because I was supposed to reach Kalyan on same day and leave for Pune the next day.
Just 1 hour late makes too much difference.The whole plan gets disturbed.If this bus was according to time,I would have reached Slher base village around 12:00 pm which was my worst case scenario but still acceptable but reaching around 4:00 pm was definately not acceptable

Salher though very far from Pune but still very very convinient from here.
From Shivajinagar Pune,there are 3 ST buses between 7 and 9:00 pm to Satana and Nandurbar
the 8:00 pm bus to Nawapur from Shivajinagar Pune reaches Taharabad around 4:30 am in morning and thus,you can reach Salher base village by morning bus or by jeeps
From Taharabad,Salher is 21 kms
I decided that I will do approach Salher from Pune

And right from when I took the St bus to Nasik from Kalyan,I made 2 plans
If Salher plan fails,then I will make it to Anjaneri and Brahmagiri 2mighty forts in one day
It is also a tough one because though these places are well connected by buses still,you have to walk around 25 kms together and plus climbing 2 mountains having height around 1300 meters

Anjaneri the birth place of Hanuman the god of power

Anjaneri(1300 meters) is located near Trimbakeshwar around 25 kms from Nasik and 6 kms before Trimbakeshwar
There are buses from Nasik till Trimbakeshwar almost every 15 minutes and Anjaneri village is on the Nasik Trimbakeshwar road hence no problem in reaching this place
Also this place can be approached from Ghoti on Mumbai Nasik road hence you can bypass Nasik and reach Trimbakeshwar

From village Anjaneri,walk till the end of village,a motorable road goes up 4 kms till the regular steps.From here,you have to follow the steps to reach thePlateau
On Plateau,there is a temple of Anjani Mata,mother of Hanuman .From this temple,you have to walk further towards a small lake and there are two ways.
1)Through dense forests , if you take left from lake and walk approx 1 km,you reach an ashram and further caves which is supposed to be the birth place of Hanuman.Also there is a Datta mandir nearby
2) From the lake,if you follow the route of steps,the steps will lead till the top.The top is very vast and there is a small temple of Hanuman

From base village,Anjaneri is around 550 to 600 meters elevated almost equal to Torna
It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach the top and around 2 hours minimum to see this fort completely

From the top,you can view the complete Tansa Vaitarna valley and the Igatpuri region

History of Anjaneri fort
Anjaneri fort is even before Ramayana it was earlier known as "Rishi mukh Parvat" during the Ramayan time
This fort was not under Mughal or british rule but it is believed that the steps on fort was constructed by Peshwas

Further,I climbed down Anjaneri and reached village and I decided to walk on main road and take the bus if I see.Basically on this route,you can halt ST bus anywhere.I reached down to the main road and started walking towards Trimbakeshwar and 3 kms later,I met one person who is resident of Trimbakeshwar and climbed Anjaneri fort along with me Mr Chouhan.He dropped me on his bike till Trimbakeshwar.

Further I saw that there was too much rush at the Temple.Right from the ST stand,itself the queue for Temple started.It would take around 6 hours atleast hence I decided to first climb Brahmagiri and after that,if I get time,I will go to the temple

Brahmagiri(1298 meters)
It is west of Trimbakeshwar and this fort has offers commanding of the Jawhar Mokhada region of Thane district
Trimbakeshwar itself is a place of worship because it is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas

From Trimbakeshwar,through regular steps,I reached Ganga dwar and the Gorakshanath cave which was end of Trimbakeshwar
Now again while climbing down,there is a road going towards Brahmagiri towards right.
I followed this route and reached the carved steps in the rocks.The steps are very good even in recent.It was blown off by britishers in 1818 but later on, It was rebuilt somewhere before our country gained independence
From the base village,Brahmagiri is around 450 to 500 meters elevated

From base village,it takes 45 minutes to see Ganga dwar,the gorakshanath caves and 108 swayambhu Mahadev cave and in the halfway while descending,the road towards Brahmagiri takes you till the top in around 45 minutes and almost 2 hours to see the fort completely.There are 2 temples on this fort the place which is believed to be the Origin point of Godavari river.From here,the river flows till Ganga dwar and then towards Kushavart teerth in Trimbakeshwar village

I came back to Trimbakeshwar around 6:30 pm but I saw that it was not possible to make it to the temple because yet,the queue was too much.Still it would take atleast 4 hours

Hence I decided to move back again
There was a Trimbakeshwar-Mumbai Semi Luxury bus waiting on bus stand going via Nasik-Shahapur-Bhiwandi-Thane
The bus moved by around 7:15 pm and around 10:30 it reached Bhiwandi from where,I took an bus to Kalyan and reached Kalyan around 11:15 pm
Thus a long long marathon hike from Anjaneri till Trimbakeshwar commenced succesfully

Here are the photos
After getting down from Bus at Anjaneri village.The fort is not visible yet.You have to walk 2 kms on this road and after that the fort is visible

Anjaneri fort(Left side highest point) from Anjaneri village.There is 6 km motorable road till the steps

The route to Anjaneri(Actually the motorable road is 6 kms whereas by this route,your2 kms are saved)

Anjaneri fort coming in picture now

Steps to reach the top


Steep climb into a gully to reach the plateau

After reaching the Plateau

The temple of Anjani Mata,Mother of Hanuman on the Plateau(The mountain seen back is the topmost point and is the birth place of Hanuman)

Lake near the temple

The dense trees to the right of lake,there is a ashram and it is believed that during Ramayana,Sita met Anjani Mata at this place.This place is also called Sita Goofa
या  ठिकाणी जंगलातल्या आश्रमाजवळ रामरक्षा स्तोत्र म्हणून पहा तुम्हाला अगदी चालेंज वर सांगतो  वज्र हनुमान मारुती कोठेतरी इथेच असल्याचे वाटेल
इथे एक घटना अशी घडली कि तलावाच्या काठाने मी आश्रमाकडे  चाललो होतो चौफेर दाट अरण्य १.५ किलोमीटर ची जंगलातून वाट आणि असे झाले कि जंगलात  वाळलेल्या पानावरून चालतांना जो आवाज होई त्याने चरणारे १० ते १२ गाय म्हैस एकदम बिथरले आणि इकडे तिकडे पळू लागले आणि थोड्या वेळात एका ठिकाणी जमा झाले . २ ते ३ डझन माकडे त्यांना अजून बिथरवत  होती त्यामुळे १० ते १२ गाय म्हैस  २ ते ३ डझन माकडे इत्यादी सगळे एकदम माझ्यावर हल्ला करण्याचा तयारीत होते पण मनात रामाचे नाव घेत मी पुढे चाललो होतो आणि त्या आश्रमाजवळ राम रक्षा पठन करण्याचा माझा इरादा होता आणि म्हणून मी पुढे चालू लागलो आणि म्होरक्या असलेल्या  एका गाय च्या कपाळाला  हात लावला आणि मग सगळे शांत झाले .गाय म्हैस आपलाल्या काहीही धोका नाही असे समजून आपापल्या कामाला मार्गी झाल्या आणि आपले मनसुबे काही यशस्वी होणार नाहीत हे जाणून माकडांनी आपला मोर्चा इतरत्र वळवला  आणि थोड्या वेळात आश्रमाजवळ पोहोचलो
या आश्रमात काही साधू शांततेत तप करत होते . त्यांना व्यत्यय नको म्हणून मी फोटो सुद्धा काढला नाही कारण कॅमेरा ची क्लिक सुद्धा शांतता भंग करत होती त्यामुळे तप मध्ये बाधा नको म्हणून मी आश्रमाबाहेर आलो, bag मधून राम रक्षा चे पुस्तक काढले bag आश्रमाबाहेर ठेवली आणि एका झाडाखाली रामरक्षा वाचू लागलो (पाच वेळा)
खाली तलावाच्या उजव्या बाजूला जे दिसते ते दाट जंगलात हा आश्रम आहे आणि तप करणारे साधू येथे राहतात

                                            While climbing Anjaneri top

                                               View of Sita Goofa while climbing Anjaneri
येथे दाट झाडीतून ऋषीमुख पर्वताकडे रस्ता जातो असे मानले जाते कि सीता माता आणि अंजनी माता यांची भेट रामायण काळात येथे झाली होती

                                      Temple of Hanuman on top of Anjaneri

                                         A small cave on Anjaneri


                                       Brahmagiri fort seen from Trimbakeshwar(You have to go to extreme right of this mountain for Gorakshanath guha and then after coming down,in halfway,you have to take right and climb the top of Brahmagiri hence it is also an exhausting climb)

                                          Ganga Dwar while climbing Brahmagiri

               108 Swayambhu Mahadev caves.Gautam rishi did his tapasya here to bring Godavari on earth)

                                   Way to Brahmagiri all along the steps carved in rocks

                                         I Reached the entrance door

                                          After first entrance dor,steps are more and more steep

                                       Second and final door of Brahmagiri

                                      After climbing from the second door

                                        Scene from Brahmagiri top.Harihar fort and Fani dongar near Jawhar Mokhada

                            A view of Vaitarna dam the  major water supplier to Mumbai

                                          Trimbakeshwar from the top of Brahmagiri

                                       Brahmagiri and Anjaneri (seen far away)

While coming towards Pune from Murbad-Karjat road

For trek Enthusiasts,here are some snaps of Siddhagad-Bhimashankar area on Karjat-Murbad road.I am just showing snaps of how this area looks,well if any plan to go to Bhimashankar,let me know.I have a plan from Karjat route.But before that,see the photos and decide whoever wants to come.

 From Left to right View of Ahupe ghat-> Damdamia-Siddhagad(The front high projection) and Bhimashankar(Extreme right)

A broader view of Bhimashankar from Kashele near Karjat on Murbad road.The lrightmost part is Bhimashankar and the long plateau is Ghonemal which is extended till Ahupe ghat