Our beautiful country India is blessed with exquisite features girded with mountains, valleys, deserts, rich flora & fauna, ocean & seas and much more. Each state of India has some unique features in itself. Likewise, the Maharashtra state is blessed with the history of lion hearted Warriors like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sambhaji Maharaj & many more. During their time, these warriors battled against the enemy and won these forts.
It is a great experience to spend some time with nature by taking valuable time out of our regular routine and visit these historically important forts. These forts have seen one of the greatest and bravest battles of India, so arranging a trek on these forts is an adventure plus enhancement in our knowledge about our great Indian Warriors.
With this very thought our enthusiastic and nature loving WebFanzine Team planned a trek for historically important Ramshej Fort which is standing very proudly in the city of Nashik. The team was working on the launch of PurposeThemes.com project from so long and that’s why the small break was necessary as well. Before starting this trek, we also got the news about Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5K 2015 happening from Oct 26 to Nov 1, as a WordPress fan there could not be a better timing.
About Ramshej- This fort lies approx 14kms North-West of Nashik City. The fort is about 3273 ft up from sea level, which is on Nashik- Peth Road, Base Village is Aashevadi. History reads that after death of Shivaji Maharaj, many forts put up strong resistance under the leadership of his son Sambhaji. This tiny fort was no exception.
Later, Ramshej fort was one of the 17 strongholds which were surrendered to the British in 1818. Also the mythological story says that it got the name Ramshej, which means Lord Ram’s Bedstead, as during his stay in exile Lord Ram has stayed in the caves on this fort.
To take a closer look of the historic fort, WebFanzine team planned a trek on weekend (Saturday: 24th Oct 2015) gathered at 7.00 am on Nimani Circle. Some of us rode on bike and some by car but our destination was one “Ramshej”. After we all gathered, we first went to a shop to have some breakfast. At breakfast each one of us had vadapav and tea. It was Yummy!
Finally, after all was set, we moved towards our destination. We were a group of 9 – Sanjeev Mishra, Tejaswini Deshpande, Tanmayee Deshpande, Sagar Katarnaware, Vrushali Gadekar, Ravindra Pawar, Mohan Sonar, Varsha Bagani and myself.
As the distance between city and Ramshej Fort is 14kms approx, we reached in the base village Aashevadi within half and hour. A little village boy welcomed us and showed us the proper parking place for our vehicles. This boy was selling “Pepsi Cola” on his cycle. We somehow controlled our self from eating those that time and decided to eat after we come back to base. We parked our vehicles near the village Library and at the very back of the library there was a route going towards the fort.
Finally we began our trek on Ramshej. It was almost 9:00 AM when we started trekking. We had lots of fun while trekking, clicking photos, chitchatting, watching the beautiful scenery as we were going up and up. We could see beautiful view of lakes, temple, trees and villages around the fort. We captured all beautiful views in our cameras and eyes as we could. There were lots of tamarind trees on the way. Everyone of us was looking at the tamarind bunches and wanted to eat them, so some of us tried some fun tricks by throwing stones, wood sticks. I was lucky, I got one raw tamarind to eat.
This way we reached the top of the fort in around one and a half hours. Up on the fort there is a temple of Lord Ram. Pujari of this temple provided us with a bucket & suggested us to get fresh washing our legs with cold water stored within a rock structure called “Haud” in Marathi language. All our exhaustion flew off after getting freshened up with this water. Then we entered the temple, Pujari explained us the importance of the temple and the fort.
We could know how great were Lord Ram and how history of our warriors still lie on the walls of these forts.
After saying goodbye to Pujari ji, we headed towards completing our trek on top. We saw, on the top of the fort there were 5 small ponds close to each other and each one of them is of different color indeed. One more pond was a bit away from these 5 ponds and was bigger than the others. All the ponds contained small crabs. From the fort we could see a RADAR on top of a mountain. All the villages and road’s view from top was speechless.
We clicked lot of snaps there and started trekking down towards the base village. It was around 11:30 AM when we started trekking down. It took only half an hour for us to reach down at the base as the route was now familiar & mother Earth’s gravity was speeding us down and most important, we all were eager to eat those Pepsi Cola which the boy was selling when we entered the village, so we rushed towards base!!
We all sat under the shade of library varandah, relaxed and had some water to fresh-n-up. Vrushali and Varsha went and bought some pepsis for us. The moment we took bite of it, we all forgot our age and remembered the days of childhood when pepsi was all what we wanted to eat in summers.
After finishing pepsi party, we turned our vehicles back to the route of Nashik. As Ravi and Tejaswini just had their birthdays few days before this plan, we decided to take party from them. And within few moments, we headed towards Gangapur Road’s famous MisalPav center “Sadhna“. Ordered Misal Pav, papad, jalebi and had awesome treat of Lassi as desert.
This way we enjoyed an entire day of our weekend. All of us said a-bye to each other and we went home with satisfaction and smiles on our face. Entire trek and the time we spent together was worthwhile for all of us. This trek gave us renewed, refreshed energy & more lively feeling. We together can say, “Friends are the most important part of our life. Treasure the tears, treasure the laughter, but most importantly, treasure the memories”. After all, difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination.