28th August, 2016: GayBombay Monsoon Picnic cum Trek to Lohagad

GayBombay Monsoon Picnic cum Trek to Lohagad on Sunday 28 August 2016

Come monsoon and the most awaited events on the GB calendar are the monsoon trek and monsoon picnic. We know you have been missing these for long, but now the wait is over. Both these events are back with a bang and that to 2 in 1!

If you really want to get a feel of the real earth, want to breathe pure air and see stunning landscapes of unspoiled wilderness – than come with GayBombay to Fort Lohagad.

Lohagad is one of the many hill forts of Maharashtra state in India. Situated close to the hill station Lonavala, Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 m (3,389 ft) above sea level. The fort is connected to the neighboring Visapur fort by a small range. . The range divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavana rivers. Lohagad overlooks the Pavana reservoir, located to the south of the mountain. The hill extends to the northwest to a fortified spur, called Vinchukata (Scorpion’s tail) because of its resembling shape. The four large gates of Lohagad are still in good condition and reasonably intact.

Lohagad has a long history with several dynasties occupying it at different periods of time: Satavahanas, Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Bahamanis, Nizams, Mughals and Marathas. Shivaji Maharaj captured it in 1648 CE, but he was forced to surrender it to the Mughals in 1665 CE by the Treaty of Purandar. Shivaji Maharaj recaptured the fort in 1670 CE and used it for keeping his treasury. This fort was used to keep the loot from Surat. Later in Peshwa time Nana Phadnavis used this fort for living for sometime and built several structures in the fort such as a big tank and a step-well.
The fort has been declared as a protected monument by the government.

During the monsoon, the top of the fort is covered with mist and clouds. You will never be able to soak in enough of the abundance of this beautiful painting of nature that you will see from the top, that for a moment, you will make plans to make this spot your home for the rest of your life.

The trek turns into a picnic at Lunch time. The afternoon is all for fun and games. We can paddle, swim, soak in the cool and pristine water of Pawana and go boating in the dam waters at no extra cst. Guys interested in horticulture, farming, gardening and cattle breading can hitch a free visit to the eco farms of the Maval Co-operative.

This Picnic cum Trek is strictly open to the first 35 who register and pay.

Trek a mountain, see a new place, know the history, meet new people, make new friends, and catch up with old. Sing, dance and play. A lot can happen over a trek!

Schedule:
We shall depart on a semi luxury bus parked at the main gate of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East), at sharp 5:45 am. You can board the bus at any of the pick-up locations listed below. To choose the pick-up location that entails the latest start and least travel time, consult us.
5:45 am: Main Gate, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East)
5:55 am: Oberoi Mall, Junction, Malad (West)
6:10 am: Gold Spot (Bisleri) Factory, Western Express Highway, Andheri (East).
6:20 am: Kala Nagar Junction Bandra, (At the Kala Nagar/BKC exit of the new Skywalk)
6:25 am: Main Gate, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, Near Sion Station.
6:35 am: Yogi Hotel, Diamond Gardens, Chembur (East)
6:50 am: Vashi (ST Stop at Junction of Station Road and Sion Panvel Highway)
7:00 am: Uran Phata, Nerul.
7:05 am: Flyover Junction, CBD Belapur,
7:10 am: McDonalds, Kamothe.
7:15 am: ST Stand, Panvel.
8:15 am: Lonavla Railway Station

Before we commence our accent to Fort Lohagad, we shall have breakfast at Pavana Nagar which is at the foothills. We shall be back at Pavana Nagar for Lunch. Evening tea and snacks shall be served before we commence our return journey. We shall be back in Mumbai by 9:00 pm.

Day & Date:
Sunday, 28 August 2016

Contribution to defray costs:
Rs. 1100.00 per head

The charges include:
1. Transport to Base Camp and Back
2. Veg. Breakfast
3. Veg. & Non Veg. Lunch
4. Tea and Snacks in the evening

Registration & Payments:
To join this trek you need to register your name and pay in advance. To Register send an email to Radhey at radhey.a.khatri@gmail.com or call us on the GB Info line 9870504010

To pay catch us at:
On 20 August 2016: GayBombay Saturday night party at Yo Yo – The Night Club
On 21 August 2013: GayBombay Art Meet at Bandra.

Things to do:
1. Carry the following things with you on the trek
a. Cap
b. Haversack/Knapsack/Backpack (preferable water proof),
c. Plastic Sheet/Bag to line your rucksack (if it is not waterproof)
d. Special Medication or Food if you need any,
e. Biscuits (as a light snack),
f. Water (2 litres),
g. A couple of sachets of Tang/rehydrating solution
h. Change of clothes including undergarments and socks and a Towel (must as you will need to change),
i. Walking shoes or Good Floaters (No Chappals or Formal Shoes),
j. Rain Gear like windcheaters (No Umbrellas please, they will be blown away if we encounter strong winds).
k. Binoculars and Cameras if you are interested.

2. GB, as a support group, has created this comfort/safe space for gays. Many people at the event may be newbies (those still coming to terms with their sexuality and/or those who have mustered the courage to come to such an event for the first time). We request you to be sensitive to the comfort levels of others and to behave and dress accordingly.

3. You have to be above the age of 18 to attend this event

Things not to do:
1. Wear tight fitting jeans or body hugging attire that will restrict full movement of your body (Track bottoms or light cotton trousers is better option)
2. Litter the place. The ecosystem is very fragile.
3. Indulge in hanky-panky.
4. Deface or damage any monument by writing or scribbling on them.
5. Consume intoxicating items before or during the trek