MR (Mumbai Rangers) Bike Ride to Mahabaleshwar - Pratapgad - Panchgani - Poladpur on 23th-24th May 2015. (Saturday & Sunday).

 23 May
 Satara Mahableshwar
 Satara - - Satara - India
 Amit Bhadoria
Dear Friends we invite you all for, Bike Ride to Mahabaleshwar - Pratapgad - Panchgani - Poladpur on 23th-24th May 2015. The places that we will be visiting are: Mahabaleshwar (Visit to altleast 5 to 7 famous points). Pratapgad Fort Panchgani mapro poladpur ghat mahableshwar market. Mahableshwar : It is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. With one of the few evergreen forests of the world, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. Located about 120 km (75 mi) southwest of Pune and 285 km (177 mi) from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km2 (58 sq mi), bound by valleys on all sides. It reaches a height of 1,438 m (4,718 ft) at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson/Sunrise Point. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. Mahabaleshwar is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The legendary source of the river is a spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow in the ancient temple of Mahadev in Old Mahabaleshwar. Legend has it that Krishna is Lord Vishnu himself as a result of a curse on the trimurtis by Savitri. Also, its tributaries Venna and Koyana are said to be Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma themselves. An interesting thing to notice is that 4 other rivers come out from the cow's mouth apart from Krishna and they all travel some distance before merging into Krishna. These rivers are the Koyana, Venna (Veni), Savitri, and Gayatri. Pratapgad Fort : Type: Hill Fort Height: 3556 feet Grade: Easy Endurance: Low Range: Satara Pratapgad is a large fort located in Satara district, built on a spur which overlooks the road between the villages of Par and Kinesvar. The fort can be divided into the lower fort and upper fort.The upper fort was built upon the crest of the hill. It is roughly square,180m long on each side. It has several permanent buildings, including a temple to the god Mahadev. It is located at the northwest of the fort, and is surrounded by sheer cliffs with drops of up to 250m.The lower fort is around 320m long and 110m wide. It is located at the southeast of the fort, and is defended by towers and bastions ten to twelve metres high. The Battle of Pratapgarh between Shivaji and Afzal Khan was fought below the rampants of this fort on November 10, 1659. This was the first major test of the fledgling kingdom's army, and set the stage of the establishment of the Maratha empire. Information About the ride: Its a ride. Route NH17 Distance Total 560 Kms WARNING: Riders Who Think This Is A Picnic Or A Tea-snacks Ride Please ditch this ride – you better go for 50-60kms Ride. The itinerary for the Ride will be as follows: Day1, Saturday, 23 may 2015: Meeting Point : McD at kalamboli (the one situated just before the starting of the expressway.) at 6.00am For Pune People : 8.00am at wadkal naka via Pen Start riding by 6.15am, Breakfast at Wadhkal Naka Reach Mahableshwar for Lunch. Visit to famous points in mahableashwar visit to Mapro garden campfire , Dinner Day off Total Distance covered is 280Kms Day 2: Sunday, 24 may,2015 Wakeup at 6.30 Post breakfast explore Mahableshwar market. visit pratapgad fort Lunch Start return journey. Reach Mumbai by 8.30 pm. Total Distance covered is 280 Kms. Other details will be shared at meeting point. Mumbai Rangers Bike ride is on Actual basis Which means we will pay for the expenses and the same will be divided among the member,Leaders and Coordinators too, later by the end of the ride. For Registrations call Mumbai Rangers: Amit Bhadouria: 9819299164 Registration accepted only through phone call. Expected expenses INR 2600 to 2800 for the event per person.. ( Excluding petrol, maintenance). Petrol and Maintenance cost is settled by the bike owner and the person accompanying him/her. In case, of a single rider, the petrol and maintenance charges has to be paid by rider alone. (Mumbai Rangers will provide info about a willing participant who can accompany you, and share the expenses. this depends on availability of such willing participants.) Important things to be carried : Identity proof. Legal papers of bike. Helmet Some ready to eat food biscuits or cakes Clothes Medicines, Camera (optional). Jackets as it will be cold. 1 The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained. 2 Participants or Members are responsible for his/her own safety and baggage. 3 Please do not wear any jewellry. 4 Please do not litter, we believe in the saying, “Wherever you go, leave only your footprints and take back only memories”.

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