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Asherigad (A sunrise trek through the night)

Virar, Maharashtra

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Located in Khodkona village, Asherigad is a fort that represents a layered slice of the history of Maharashtra. The fort itself was built 800 years ago under the Shilahara kings. Since then, the fort has been ruled by the Portuguese, the Maratha Empire, and the British. 

At close to 2000 ft above sea level, the summit offers a gorgeous view of the Manor area and a birds-eye view of the busy Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. Witnessing the sunrise with such a view is always special.

 

About the trek:

Difficulty: Moderate

Base village: Khodkona

Summit height: 2000 ft

Time taken to climb/descend: 2-2.5 hrs climb / 1-1.5 hrs descent

Total distance of trek: 3 km

Duration: 1 day

Meeting point: Churchgate Station ticket counter (10:45 pm)

Departure point: Churchgate Station ticket counter (2:00 pm)

10:45 pm: We will meet at the Churchgate station ticket counter by 10:45 pm, and board the 11:23pm Virar Fast. 

1:00 am: We arrive at Virar station. You can also choose to join us here directly. We’ll board our private jeeps that will take us to the base village of Khodkona.

3:00 am: Arrive at the base village. We’ll do a quick round of introductions, some warming up and start our trek to the summit. Torches out. Let’s go!

6:00 am: After a long climb through cobblestoned trails and steep ladders, we will reach the summit. It’s hard to imagine how they must have built something like this in the first place!

6:30 am: As we await the sunrise, we will find a place to relax. You can walk around the spacious fort, imagining the rich stories that the fort holds. This fort is also home to an ancient rock-cut cave temple of the local village deity. This is contrasted with the presence of a giant canon from colonial times. 

7:00 am: As the sun rises, the details of the fort will become clearer. Look out for the Portuguese coat of arms carved into the wall. It is also time to hog on the breakfast we have arranged for you at the summit!

8:00 am: We start our descent back to the base village.

9:30 am: Just as we had arrived, we will board our jeeps and start our journey back to Virar station.

11:30 am: Reach Virar Station. It's time to bid adieu! Goodbyes are a reminder that we shall meet again. Until next time, Vagabonds!

 

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Vagabond started out as a project by four friends with a disdain for the ordinary. The idea was simple; take people out of their comfort zones. Not like Roadies, but just enough to bond them together through beautiful and authentic experiences. Happiness, as they say, is only real when shared. And share we did. The company was founded in 2014. As fresh Bachelor of Arts degree holders, companies were lining up to hire us fine gentlemen; we’re kidding. Fueled by entrepreneurial zeal, we started with small events in the city like heritage walks through Bombay’s old quarters. As musicians and travellers ourselves, we decided to marry these two loves of our lives. That is how the idea for the first Fields of Sound™ came about. Since then, it has only been onward and upwards for us. Since 2014, we’ve made friends like family through our journey. Our little ‘Vaga’-Fam. It’s safe to say, it’s been quite an adventure. One we would like you to join :)

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Inclusions

-Train transport (General compartment) from Churchgate to Virar and back

-To and fro transport from Virar station to the base village (private taxis)

-Breakfast

-Refreshments

-Trek guide charges

-Assistance by Vagabond EMs

-First Aid assistance

 

Exclusions

THINGS TO CARRY

-Snacks (non-perishable)

-Headlamp/torch (mandatory)

-Drinking water (minimum 2 ltr)

-Warm clothing (sweater/jacket)

-Sturdy shoes with grip

-Trekking pole (optional but very useful)

-Camera (optional)

 


HOW TO REACH

-Meet your Experience Manager at the Churchgate ticket counter at 10:45 pm sharp. Please DO NOT miss the 11:23 pm Virar Fast from Churchgate station. Feel free to board this train from any other station (Please check M-Indicator) but if you miss this train, you will NOT be able to join us for the trek.

-If you are joining us at Virar station directly, please note that we will gather at Virar station ticket counter by 12:55 am. Please plan accordingly.

 


Policy and Terms

-Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date will incur a 20% cancellation.

-Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 50% cancellation fee.

-Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will receive no refund.

-3.8% of all booking amounts are payment gateway charges. This amount is not refundable.

(Please refer to the further Terms and Conditions mentioned in the footer of the website)

 

Terms and Conditions

-All timings and activities are subject to weather, group size, capabilities of participants, etc.

-Vagabond holds the right to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances (for eg. unfavorable weather)

-By registering for this trip, you agree to have read through and abide by the Vagabond Terms & Conditions mentioned in the footer.

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