Irshalgad

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One of our first overnight trek. It was Dec 31st.

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Irshalgad

  1. 1. इ इशार्लगड ड Elevation 365 m (1213 ft) 365 m (1213 ft) Irshalgad – A pinnacle, not fort Location Chowk ‐ Karjat
  2. 2. Irshalgad Irshaalgad is a fort situated in the Karjat Region. Other forts in this region include Prabalgad and  Malanggad. While driving along the Mumbai Pune highway, the forts of Malanggad, Devni M l d Whil d i i l h M b iP hi h h f fM l d D i Pinnacle, Matheran, Peb, Mhasmal, Prabalgad, Irshal attract one’s attention. The population in  this area is quite normal. Because of the very heavy rainfall in this region, the most cultivated  crop is rice. As the fort is very near to the highway, the approach road to the base village is  available. available The name Irshaalgad itself is a misnomer; Irshal is not a fort but actually a pinnacle. This is the  reason why it hardly figures anywhere in history. Shivaji Maharaj captured the complete region  of Kalyan and Bhiwandi, up to Rairi in May 1666. This fort too, must have come under the  of Kalyan and Bhiwandi up to Rairi in May 1666 This fort too must have come under the Maratha rule at that time. Irshal is the next‐door neighbour to Prabalgad. A sad incident  occurred on this pinnacle on January 23, 1972. Kumar Prakash Durve lost his life after falling  down from this pinnacle on that day. To remember this day, all the trekkers from the Mumbai – Thane region assemble here on January 26 every year. As mentioned above, Irshal is a pinnacle. There is a water tank on the route from the Irshal plateau to the peak. From there, we reach the needle hole near the top through a simple rock‐ climbing route. Proceeding little ahead, we see a water tank to the left and a cave to the right.  This water is suitable for drinking. The route, which climbs up from near the needle hole goes to  the top of the pinnacle. To reach the top of the pinnacle, it is essential to have artificial rock  climbing equipment. From the top we can see the forts of Prabalgad, Matheran, Chanderi,  Malanggad, Karnala and Manikgad.
  3. 3. Irshalgad
  4. 4. The  School Pinnacle Irshal wadi
  5. 5. Morbe Dam
  6. 6. Irshalwadi School where we stayed at night
  7. 7. A hut in Irshalwadi where we had dinner and breakfast
  8. 8. Waiting for dinner to be ready
  9. 9. Srinath's telescope for star gazing fascinated villagers
  10. 10. Anil communicating with children of Irshalgad
  11. 11. Good morning! Anil and Yuvraj
  12. 12. Next day morning we climbed up the hill seen behind Rajeev
  13. 13. Srinath exploring the climb?
  14. 14. We are on the hillock
  15. 15. Other side of hillock
  16. 16. Pinnacle Prabalgad
  17. 17. An apple a day... Srinath and Yuvraj
  18. 18. Anil in deep thoght?
  19. 19. Anil, Srinath and Yuvraj
  20. 20. Yuvraj and a local boy as guide
  21. 21. Anil and Srinath
  22. 22. Srinath Prabalgad
  23. 23. Rajeev trying his cinematic skills on Srinath, Anil and Yuvraj
  24. 24. The Team: Srinath, Anil, Yuvraj and Rajeev
  25. 25. Un spoilt Un hurried Un touched Un confined Un expected Un conquered Un paralleled Un paralleled Un matched Un stressed Un stressed Un limited Standing as silent sentinels to history are the 350‐odd forts of Maharashtra. Beaten by  g y y the sea waves, lashed at by the torrential Deccan rains, or scorched in the blazing sun,  stand imposing ramparts and crumbling walls , the last lingering memories of  Maharashtra's martial times. Nowhere in the country would you encounter such a  profusion of forts. And such variety. Sited on an island, or guarding the seas or among  the Sahyadri hills, whose zig‐zag walls and rounded bastions sit like a scepter and  crown amidst hills turned mauve. 

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