Trek to Malanggad - DOC

Document Sample
Trek to Malanggad - DOC Powered By Docstoc
					                                           Trek to Malanggad


1      Account by Harish Shanbag.......................................................................... 2
    1.1    Plan .......................................................................................................... 2
    1.2    The Climb ................................................................................................. 2
    1.3    Monkeys!!! ................................................................................................ 2
    1.4    Haji Malang .............................................................................................. 3
    1.5    The climb to the fort................................................................................ 3
    1.6    Balle Killa ................................................................................................. 3
    1.7    The Iron Road .......................................................................................... 3
    1.8    The top of the fort ................................................................................... 4
    1.9    On the way back ...................................................................................... 4
    1.10 The climb down ....................................................................................... 4
2      Addendum by Sanket Sangwikar................................................................... 4
    2.1    Fort Medium or tough??........................................................................... 4
    2.2    Zips of the bags! ...................................................................................... 5
    2.3    Zip of the jeans too??? ............................................................................. 5
    2.4    Balekilla.................................................................................................... 5
    2.5    Hard journey down .................................................................................. 5
1     ACCOUNT BY HARISH SHANBAG

Participants (4):
Sanket Sangwikar, Manoj Pawar, Harish Shanbag, Tanmay
Destination: Malanggad
Base Village: Malanggad
Journey: Kayan – Malanggad (16 KM – Good connectivity by KDMT/6 seater
autos)

1.1    Plan
      With no new treks being planned and no good participation numbers in the
previous month treks, we decided for a trek in the month of October. Manoj
suggested Malanggad.
      After sending out the invites as usual, 3 people decided to go ahead.
Tanmay joined us to make up the 4th partner. Harish was in favor of starting as
early as possible since the sun would be a drain on our energies.
      Everybody met at Kalyan station at 6:30, had a quick snack and caught the
six-seater auto to Malanggad.
       There is very good connectivity to Malanggad owing to the fact that this
is the site of the famous Haji Malang dargah. Muslims and Hindus alike visit the
dargah to pay respects.

1.2    The Climb
      After an uneventful ½ hour ride we reached the base of the mountain from
where the steps will take you to the Haji Malang dargah. The climb is lined with
small and big shops, houses on both sides with shopkeepers trying to sell you
stuff from chadder, sticks, sweets, audios, soft drinks to chanas for the huge
number of monkeys that are found at the top.
      The steps till the top are very old in some places dating back to the time
the fort would have been built. You will also find new steps of kaddapa, marble,
granite etc. that are donated by devotees as an offering. Due to the steps the
climb to the top is a tiring one and one requires frequent breaks to reach the
top.
        After buying 2 sticks (Rs 2 each) which are very useful for climbing, we
started climbing the steps.

1.3    Monkeys!!!
      As we were already warned by the locals about the monkeys, we were on
our guard and we were not surprised to encounter them after ½ hr of climbing
the steps. On the way a lot of beggars, shopkeepers pester you and it is best to
ignore them as with the monkeys.
      The monkeys are more resourceful than human beings and they might
reach into your bags and pockets to relieve you of your food items!
1.4   Haji Malang
About 1 hour of climbing will bring you to the 1st dargah (Pahli Salaami).
Another 15 mins of climb should bring one to another small dargah on your right
(2nd Salaami).
At the summit is the Haji Malang dargah. After visiting the dargah, we continued
further on and found that the way did not run upwards but downwards!
So we asked some locals who told us to retrace our steps back to the Haji
Malang dargah, close to which is a paanwala. A small path here leads one to the
fort.

1.5   The climb to the fort
Our real adventure started here! This way is impossible to climb during the
monsoons since this is where the water flows down the mountain! We climbed
through the rugged rocks to reach the base of the fort from where the steps
begin to take us to the top.
The steps leading upwards are very steep and we were thinking of going back
from here. A path to the right of this leads to another dargah.
Here we met Farid bhai, a Muslim who was on fast but who had come till here.
He informed us that he had taken the path to the right till the dargah. Since our
objective was the Balle Killa, we started climbing the steps. Farid bhai also
started following us.

1.6   Balle Killa
The steep climb brought us to the entrance of the fort. On the top is a small
expanse with a hidden passage. This chor darwaza is steep to get down into and
opens out straight on the other side of the mountain. The view from here is
majestic. After a photo session here we started further.
There are 2 more peaks after this to climb. The climb up the 1st peak was steep
and narrow with steps cut into the rock face. This brought us again to another
flat surface where the rock face connecting the 2 peaks is broken.

1.7   The Iron Road
To climb to the next face, 2 long iron rods have been placed from one cliff to
the other. 2 local guys tie ropes over these iron rods and using the rope
harness and the rods for placing one’s foot help people get to the top. For this
dangerous stunt the guys charge Rs 15 per head.
Sanket and Harish decided to turn back seeing the iron rods from below, but
seeing the people tying the rope above the rods helped boost their confidence
and they decided to give it a try. Manoj and Tanmay opted out, so all luggages
were dropped here since it was difficult to carry them up
Once the rope was tied, Harish was the first to go across. Once he was across,
Sanket made the trip.
On the other side, Harish and Sanket were so excited with what they just did
that they asked Manoj to come up as well. Manoj was in two minds and kept
giving mixed answers of Yes and No. Harish and Sanket were about to leave
him behind and go ahead when he decided to come.
Manoj made across the rods and he was glad that he made the effort. This patch
was very dangerous but the most exciting part of this trek. Farid bhai had also
joined us till here.

1.8     The top of the fort
Another flight of steep steps and you are at the top of the cliff. At the top are
the remnants of the Daru kotha – ammunition storage room. Behind this are 7
huge cisterns of water, beyond which is a steep fall. Across this is the cliff of
Devni. A custom here is to throw stones such that it hits the Devni cliff. It
seems that a wish made is fulfilled if the stone hits the top.
Everybody spent a good 15 mins trying to hit the Devni!!. A lot of wishes still
remained unfulfilled after the tries though!

1.9     On the way back
The climb back down was uneventful and the crossing over the iron rods was
also successfully completed. At this point we came across many other people
who were coming the opposite way.
At this point, we reached back to the flat terrain where Tanmay was waiting for
us. Sanket had sprained his ankle at this point.
We learnt that the monkeys had robbed us of 2 packets of Lays by opening the
zip of Manoj’s backup! Some monkey business they had going up there!!!!

1.10 The climb down
By the time we reached the Haji Malang dargah again, Sanket’s foot had gone
from bad to worse.
Taking a lot of frequent breaks to rest his foot and with the help of the sticks,
Sanket made a heroic effort to climb back to the base.
The climb back took us about 3 hours because of the frequent breaks. We
caught the 6 seater rickshaw back to Kalyan reaching at around 4:00 pm.


2     ADDENDUM BY SANKET SANGWIKAR

2.1     Fort Medium or tough??

Malang-gad fort had different parts -

      1. Peer Machi where haji malang dargah is situated. this is at the base of actual fort.
      2. Malang machi - 700 years old stone carved steps (whioch are merely 6 inches in
         width, 2 feet in length but huge 1 and 1/2 ft tall) lead th this entrance of the fort.
         Here you can see chor darwaja.
      3. Bale Killa - made up of 3 mountains which look almost vertical, created by huge
         volcano and seems like they cannot have any route.
      4. Devni mountain - we don't know how to go there. a steep rock mountain in front
         of Balekilla where devotees of Durga devi throw stones. if it reached, your wish
         come true.

--- Kshitiz group had categorized this fort as medium. But when we actually saw the
steps that led to Malang machi we almost fainted. How can this be medium category.
this was even tougher than harishchandragad and Rajgad peaks. I will surely categorize
this fort in "slightly tough"

2.2     Zips of the bags!

---The monkeys all over Peer Machi and Malang machi were horrible and extra active.
they opened our bags' zips and stole two packets of Lays. Tanmay couldn't do anything
but watch. when I ran after them, i thought that small m,onkey would leave one packet
beside, but NO. It took both of them and went down the vertcal edge of the fort with
just one hand.

2.3     Zip of the jeans too???

---A guy form other trek group experianced more horrible thing. One monkey just
opened zip of his jeans and tried to ... That hunk was abusing that monkey like anything
till we reach down the fort.

---The monkeys were specially obsessed with that guy and Farid bhai who was with us.
May be they recognized their genes. :)

2.4     Balekilla

--- You will get really astonished to see how much area thsi covers. From the top you
can see Kalyan, Dombivli, Ambarnath, Ulhasnagar, Mumbra, Taloje, Panvel, Karnala
fort, Prabalgad, Tahuli mountains, matheran, Malshej and bhimashankar mountains.
This is why the fort wsa so important place in history.

2.5     Hard journey down

--- I had never experianced any pain or accedents during the treks but the ankle sprint
this time was driving me mad. On every step I took, a sheer painful wave rushed into
my head. I just experianced what had happened to Abhijit during Mahuligad trek. Just
that mine was much more worse and the fort was much more difficult.

--- Heartiest Thanks to Manoj, Harish and Tanmay who gave me shoulder and helped to
get down the way carefully. It was quite boring for them to be that slow. But they tried
to keep morale up.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:23
posted:10/5/2012
language:Tagalog
pages:5