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How to go to #Asave fort at #Boisar?

20th July 2014, Sunday.

It was cloudy, humid and climbing up with raincoats in the rucksack is tiresome. On some stretches, we even wore our hats! The sun had managed to burn holes in the cloud cover above us and kept us thirsty, sapping water from our bodies. It was the wind that sustained us!

The gradual ascent was easy. No steep slopes or deep valleys immediately besides us. We found white arrows painted on the rocks, showing us the direction towards our destination.

On the top of the fort, there are two water cisterns, with clean clear drinking water.

↑ Water cisterns atop Asave fort ↓

There is a big rectangular deep well with steps on one side to climb down into it. The water was almost at its bottom & it was quite safe to explore it using the steps.

We had heard that there is a cave too, & so we decided to descend from the steeper route (not the same one we had taken to ascend). Though we didn’t find the cave, we reached the foothills safely & soothed our burning throats with ice cream cones at Boisar station.

Overall, an easy climb doable in 1-day & enjoyable in rains & suitable weather.

HOW TO GO?

Get down at Boisar & from Boisar west, plenty of rickshaws and tumtums go to Asave fort.

Asave Fort is located in Boisar east, near Viraj Factory situated on the highway at Warangade village.

Cost: 4 people in 1 rickshaw for 100/- & 10/- per head in tumtum.

Get down at Viraj Factory & find a tarred road that is on the same side as the factory is, on the road and enter in. This road will wind by the factories. You will see a muddy path that goes towards the Asave Fort. Take this muddy path and cross the 1st stream that lies between the tarred road and the muddy path. If you are on the right track, you will cross a cement bridge on the muddy path & reach a fork.

MAPS:

Google Map from Boisar to Viraj Factory in Warangade village: http://bit.ly/1nwDYTv 

Screenshot of route from Viraj Factory to Asave Fort’s top:

Asave fort is the tallest hill in this area and there are 2 small hillocks to Asave’s right. Climb these 2 small hillocks to reach the Asave fort. Otherwise, there is a steeper inclined path that directly goes to Asave too. Take the road going to the right at the fork for easy climb towards hillocks OR the steeper inclined road directly to Asave on the left, at the fork.

We took the easier climbing hillocks route while ascending and the steeper narrower direct route while descending.

The one-way up easier hillocks route is around 3 km from Viraj factory to Asave top.

Some lovely FLORA & FAUNA that gave us much delight enroute!

↑ Can you guess what these may be? ↑

↑ Mushroom breathing through its gills underneath its umbrella ↑

↑ Fire ants - 1 bite and you will remember them for lifetime! ↑

↑ Peek-a-boo ↑ 

↑ Cup & saucer plant’s flower ↑

Garden delights! How many insects can you spot?

Garden delights! How many insects can you spot?

Jul 9
Jul 9

How about some rest?

Jul 8
Those who brought the message in the bottle…

Those who brought the message in the bottle…

Jul 4
Bird bath

Bird bath

Jul 1

How to go to Dharavi Fort (Uttan Fort) near Bhayander?

Catch bus route number 1 on Mira-Bhayander Municipal Transport (MBMT) from Bhayander west. Get down at its last stop called CHOWK.

& you are at the top of Uttan Fort! This fort is perfect for the lazy people, who want to do easy things.

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Wikimapia map location of this fort: http://bit.ly/Tz8kr7

You can climb it down to reach the jetty & watch the local boys fishing.
The feel of the place is not of Bombay at all! You will feel you are in Alibaug, Murud-Janjira or Goa.

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Uttan fort overlooks the sea, along with Uttan lighthouse & the church by the sea.

Perfect outing if there is less sun & its breezy.

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↑ A fiddler crab on the Uttan beach ↑ 

Jul 1
Expecting monsoon…

Expecting monsoon…

Cast away

Cast away

Neela samandar hai aakaash saathi, doobe na doobe mera jahaaji, Dole re dole dole dole re…
Anybody remembers this song?

Neela samandar hai aakaash saathi, doobe na doobe mera jahaaji, Dole re dole dole dole re…

Anybody remembers this song?

around 600/-. Ideal for Sahyadris, where water is sometimes scare / dirty.

sandeepachetan replied to your photo “#Aquaguard #water #purifier - ideal for trekkers.”

Price?

Yo! looking forward to it ;) 

smile4shre replied to your photo “#CP17 #collage : #Chandrakhani #Himalayan trek…”

Great, I was thinking on similar lines, a picture story. :)

Thank you erpartha 

erpartha replied to your post: #Tung #trek near Lonavala on 1-day Sun…

I enjoy the way you write about the whole experience

#Tung #trek near Lonavala on 1-day Sunday with WanderLust Adventures:

An easy trek, well done in our usual way of TTMM (tu Tera, mein mera = All expenses & responsibilities on your own).

22nd June 2014: We have high hopes for rains & seeing the weather here in Mumbai, there were slim chances of good showers. Yet the mountain tops wore hats of clouds. So 16 of us thought, why not spend a day up there.

None of us had been to Tung earlier & it was a new trek for all of us.

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We have the habit of not repeating a trek & always visiting new spots. Pilot trek or doing a recce in unknown terrains is what excites us. Seeing the new every Sunday is now a compulsion.

6:00 am - We were in Indrayani Express. Some of us sitting, some standing. But all of us cracking jokes & enjoying Karjat vada pavs for breakfast.

8:00 am - At Lonavala & our hired cars have arrived in time to pick us up from Lonavala station to Tungi.

Tungi is the base village for Tung Fort.

8:45 am to 9:45 am - One hour drive and we are clicking group photos with Tung in the background. At 3000 feet, it looks easy and inviting. The mountain is still brown & is waiting for good monsoon showers which will turn it green.

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↑ Tung fort from a distance ↑

The climate is pleasant. The cool breeze is bringing in the white & greyish heaps of clouds. Crescent moon is spotted high up in the sky.

9:45 am to 10:45 am - We climb up in an hour, that too with lots of time pass and are at the flag on Tung’s top.

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↑ The red spot in the green valley, is where our cars are parked ↑

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10:45 am to 2 pm - We while away our time, identifying the surrounding features of topography. Tikona, considered a twin trek with Tung, is separated by the waters of Pawana lake, created by Pawana Dam.

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↑Tikona fort separated by Pawana lake & Club Mahindra Resort on the banks of  Pawana lake↓ 

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The Club Mahindra resorts at the banks of Pawana with speed boats & lots of cars is seen. A wide U-shaped curve separates the forts of Visapur & Lohagad. Opposite Visapur-Lohagad is Korigad, whose fortifications make it’s identification easy.

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↑ Visapur fort on left & Lohagad fort on the right ↑ 

There is a small Ganesh temple enroute, with another small temple atop Tung, dedicated to Goddess Tungai Mata. Fortifications (buruz in Marathi) are seen at two levels below the top of Tung. We visit them and enjoy the wind.

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The climb downhill on the dry muddy and rocky terrain is easy. But a word of caution, do not try Tung, without trekking shoes in rains & wet soil. The wind is strong up here & you may slip. The slope is steep when coming downhill, with immediate deep valley.

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↑ Deep valley by the windy mountain ↓ 

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Classified as a easy trek, respect the mountain. Wear correct trekking gear. Not sport shoes or floaters. Do not compare yourselves with the locals, who can carry a baby, wear slippers and walk with a load balanced on the head and yet be sure-footed. This review is not by a scared trekker, but a responsible one. If you respect the mountain, it will love you back. But if care least for yourself, it will teach you bitter lessons. Better learn the easier way. Follow mountaineering rules.

We collected plastic & wrappers thrown by so-called trekkers & tourists, a good cleaning initiative, inspired by our dear Captain.

How to go?

Tung fort on Google Map http://bit.ly/1nw3a8D 

Reach Lonavala station - hire a vehicle (ST buses do not go to Tungi & will drop you at Ghusalkhamb village). From here,Tungi is a good 8 km walk on cemented road, bordered by forest on both sides, but without canopy. So its a walk under the sun. Not shade.

Turning Point (landmark for Tungi): We took a left from Cloud number 9 resort. This road goes to Club Mahindra resorts on banks of Pawana Lake. There is a small board, very low on the left side of the road, pointing way to Tung Fort. Take this left. If you miss this left, you will reach Club Mahindra Resort.

From Tungi to Tung top, the route is easy and you will find it easily, once you start the climb. Guide won’t be needed, unless you are a novice.

By 4:00 pm, we were at Lonavala station & home by 8 pm.

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↑ How many people can sit happily on 1 seat? ↑ 

Expenses:

35/- home to Dadar.

90/- Indrayani reserved ticket till Lonavala.

300/- per head for car pickup from Lonavala to Tungi & drop back to Lonavala.

50/- Lonavala to Dadar by train.

45/- Dadar to home.

Total = 525/-.

Sumo had capacity of 9 passengers + 1 driver. We had hired 2 cars, each costing 2400/-.

Some lovely flora & fauna that added beauty to the mountains:

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↑ Cobra lily ↑ 

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↑ Orchid in bloom ↑ 

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↑ A battered butterfly ↑ 

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↑ Heart of the mountain! ↑ 

I don’t know why I love the #sky. You look up and keep looking… That’s the charm of beauty!

I don’t know why I love the #sky. You look up and keep looking… That’s the charm of beauty!