PODAR HIKERS' CLUB

The Podar Hikers' Club organizes TREKS for PODARITES throughout the Academic Year. It also conducts other activities like RAPPELLING, ROCK CLIMBING etc., which are generally carried out during ENIGMA & RAPPORT.
Apart from developing the spirit of adventure, the CLUB offers a good opportunity to the students to experience nature through trekking.
The Hikes are easily affordable and safe for students. The hikes play an important role in personality development too. We get to know our fellow Podarites especially Ex-Podarites. People come together and this helps build team spirit.
It is worth experiencing a hike with the CLUB especially if you are Podarite!

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Office Member for 2017-18

Faculty In-charge:

Prof. Ms. Pradnya Nadkarni

Student Secretary :

Aditya Chitale 9869281230

Student Joint Secretary :

Sarvesh Shetye Parag Salvi

Treasurer :

Pratik Jadhav

Executive Members :

Aakash Saraf, Kunal Agarwal, Netra Chonkar, Omkar Adate, Vishal Agarwal


Activities Planned for 2017-2018: -
1st Term: - Monsoon Hikes
2nd Term: - Winter Hikes, Overnight Hikes, National Expedition

Annual Report (2016-2017): - TREK: PETH FORT – 3100 ft. (26TH JUNE 2016)
On 26th June, 2016 the Podar Hikers Club organized its First Monsoon Hike to Peth also known as Kothaligad. It is situated near Karjat. We left college by 6.00 am. We took a few pit stops on our way & picked the rest of the party. By 10.30 am we started to climb to top. The climate seemed perfect, clouds were dense at the peak of the fort or the top. The walkway to the top was steep & tiring one. After reaching the top around 1.00 pm, we all were drenched in sweat instead of rains. The view from the top was inspiring. There was a small chimney like structure which took us to top, this included stairs. Light breeze soothed us. This inspired us for taking photos of the scenic view from the top and selfies too. After lunch we reached our base village by 5.30 pm. We reaching our base village we experienced little shower of rain. By 10.00 pm everyone reached home. The hike all together was a successful hike.



Trekkers at top of Peth Fort
TREK: NAKHIND – 2400 ft. (17TH JULY 2016)
Nakhind (mountain with a hole) (just like a needle), is 705 m high in the Karjat ranges. We left college by 6.00am. We took a few pits stops on our way & picked the rest of the party. It is a steep climb through forest and rough patch to another small community village called "vaghini chi wadi". vaghini chi wadi is more like a plateau, it has small set up of houses, schools. From there again the climb begins, till you reach at the top most point. All this while we were a group of 6 trekking to the top. The view from the 'nedhe' (hole of the mountain) was the best. We could manage to sit for almost 2 hours in the 'nedhe'. It felt unreal. It was breezy and relaxing. There are plains on both the sides - one side is panvel and the other side Neral, vangani, shelu & then the sahayadris start. We could see Haji Malang gad - the start of Matheran range in North west, Tavli (Tahuli) in North, Navranavri, Chanderi, Mhaismal in centre, Peb, Matheran to south , Irshal gad, Prabal gad, kalavantindurg to the south west. We thanked that we were the only ones in the 'nedhe', as the 'nedhe' was just about 8'- 10' long. We could see many other topmost ranges around. The descent was difficult even without rains. I have heard that in rains its way too hard. From our busy day to day lives, where all these little things go amiss, this little time & the closeness to nature was all we needed. Must visit Nakhind, spending hours sitting in the 'nedhe' after a steep difficult climb of hours, is truly an amazing experience. After lunch we reached our base village by 5.30 pm. By 10.00 pm everyone reached home. The hike all together was a successful hike.





Group in the needle hole atop Nakhind

TREK: VALMIKI ASHRAM – 1375 ft. (11TH SEPTEMBER 2016)
In the early morning of 11th September, the Podar Hiker’s Club organised its third monsoon trek to the Valmiki Ashram. This scenic beauty, surrounded by lovely mountains, is situated near Shahpur on Nashik Highway. With a contingent of 47 people led by Mr. Amey Ketkar, the trek was a success. After a small break at the ashram, the hikers embarked on the trek. Hiking for nearly two hours, this trek was relatively easy and a lot of fun. The trek was especially fun for the junior college students, many of whom were first timers. The secretary of the club, Mangisha Yadav, was visibly pleased. She said, “All the treks this year were awesome. The response was great from both the students and the Club members. I’m looking forward to many more treks like this one!”

TREK: TIKONA – 3500ft. (7th January-8th January 2017)
It was the first overnight trek for the club in the academic year 2016-2017. It was conducted to Tung in the original decision taken by the forum. As we reached there it came to our notice that the ferry in the lake which would have taken us to base village of Trek was closed due to some technical reason. But we diverted our plan to Tikona which is at a distance of half a kilometre from our original plan. Students had a wonderful overnight experience during the trek. Right from preparing food for the entire batch and singing songs though the night made it live. In the morning students had no regret to climb another mountain in place of original one. By around 11.00 in the morning students were able to reach top of Tikona. It was comparatively easy and successful trek.




Students at the top of Tikona Trek | Scenic View from Top
With the last trek Podar Hikers Club was happy to conclude their year with around 200 young trekkers marching towards new heights …

Office Member for 2016-17

Teacher In-charge:

Ms. Pradnya Nadkarni

Secretary :

Mangisha Yadav(9820674033)

Joint Secretary :

Mst Shubham Choramale & Mst Aditya Chitale

Treasurer :

Ms Snehal Yeola

Members :

Sagar Sawant, Sarvesh Shetye, Parag Salvi, Pratik Jadhav, Manas Gupta, Priyanka Bhandare, Neha Sonawane



Activities conducted during the year 2015-16:

TREK: - 1 MRUGAGAD – 1750 ft. (23 RD AUGUST 2015)
The first monsoon hike of the season to mrugagad jambhulpada beyond imagica. Not a drop of rain, but the clouds were perfectly covering us. The breeze was so lovely, that at some tricky places we had to be extra careful for balancing. The cheerful response from the students made us to book 2 buses for the 1 st hike. With a huge group of 100 students from college. We started from college at 6.30 am and returned to college by 8.00 pm. We completed this trek in 5 hrs. Along with us some ex-students also joined. This trek was led by Jayant Gosar, ex-secretary. It was a very beautiful hike and a very enjoyable one as the difficulty level was easy.

TREK: - 2 SAGARGAD – 1375 ft. (13 TH SEPTEMBER 2015)
Our 2 nd successful monsoon hike was to Sagargad near Alibaug, with exciting crowd of around 49 students including some of our ex podarites. The hike was indeed a memorable one with bucket full of experiences and enhancing the leading skills required for the hiker. The students here got a chance to experience beauty of nature and a pleasant climate. We started from college at morning 6am and returned back on same evening 7pm. This trek was led by our ex-chairman Rajendra Phadke sir with a group of 49 students.

TREK: - 3 MIRYA DONGAR – 1867 ft. (4 TH OCTOBER 2015)
Our 3 rd exiting trek was to Mirya Dongar located at Vyaghreshwar, which was a very lengthy hike but the level of difficulty was Medium. It was a junior college special hike conducted on 4 th October, 2015 with a small group of 28 students. It was an one day trek. We started from college at 6.00 am Had to therefore climb only about 200-300 ft.& then a flat walk of 1 hour took us straight to the Vyaghreshwar temple. A good sumptuous lunch in the temple precincts was followed by dip in the small waterfall, close to the temple, & some poodles that were formed. We then went to bigger waterfall downstream which also was a miniature of the usual awesome place we remember from the past monsoon hikes. Further cooling in the showers ensued. Another one hour walk downhill & we were back at the bus by 5 and had a repeat halt at Hotel Karnala where we had excellent Kanda Bhaji. Finally reached college by 9.30.

TREK: - 4 GHANGAD TELBAILA – 2500 ft. (7 TH -8 TH NOVEMBER 2015)
The 2 nd overnight and 1 st winter overnight trek was conducted on 7 th -8 th November to Ghangad Telbaila, located at lonavala beyond amby valley. Night Hike is one of the richest experiences one can get from the treks. 31 students from our college grabbed this opportunity. We started our journey from college on 7 th night at 10 pm and returned on the next day evening. It was a very tiring trek as it was a long way walk.

TREK 5 MANGAD KUMBHIGHAT (12 TH -13 TH DECEMBER 2015)
We had a wonderful outing on Sat 12th night 11 pm to Sun 13th 6.30 pm. Incidentally,we did Mangad in flat 1 hour, smallest / quickest hike and then a trip to Kumbhighat, which we partially climbed in trekking way, and then in a jeep. The area between Konkan& Sahyadri ghats is rich, lovely and the view from top of Kumbhighat was most breath- taking - a mini kokan kada. The group was of 12 people and we reached the base village at 3.45 am. On the beautiful flooring made of cow dung of a covered courtyard, laid down our carry mats & had a nice 3 hour sleep in our sleeping bags. After early morning chores, went to Mashidwadi, the base village of our trek. Parked our bus & went off for the trek. At the Manjurne village, we had lunch again on the lovely floor & went further up.At 1 pm, after a nice lunch, nobody had the real desire to keep walking up on the tar road, with very little patches of shade. We crossed a tunnel of a fair length to reach the other side of mountain which is has a river, said to be the origin of 'Kaal' river. In the meantime, two of our members went down with the guide boy to Mashidwadi & fetched our bus. Hence our so called hike ended at 2 pm to start our journey back home. We reached college at 6.30 pm.

TREK 6 – PEB FORT – 1554ft. (10 TH DECEMBER 2015)
The New Year started with a boom. Something very happening and sadness had no room. The trek marked something really important for the year to start. Such adventurous and determined track formed the beginning's part. We were to report sharp at 5.30 am when there was a minute glimpse of light.The route was to peb fort, departing at morning stating every reason to fight. Against the odd and the problems in life it signified.The victory later after all the efforts is much more now glorified. A bunch of 46 people started for the day with loads of energy and determination. Such a beautifuland amazing trip was turning into reality an imagination. We strike neral at half past nine. The main trek then started with all the energy and enthusiasm filled in everyone. Steps were moving ahead, through the trodden ways, but no eyes looked back, none. Though we had a hardship and therefore we got delayed by an hour because we couldn'leave anyone as everyone we saw as ours.Everyone was tired as it was around 4'o clock of the day. We then had our meal in a temple that felt so divine. Nothing could be worth watching under the sun's shine. We then took rest for a while and decided to descend down. And then through rails we came near the town. We then hired a private cab that lead to our bus from neral. And everything then came to an end when we reached by 10 at college gate.

“MEMORIES OF THESE TREKS WOULD BE CHERISHED FOREVER AS WE LEARNED WHAT IT IS TO WIN TOGETHER.”



Activities conducted during the year 2014-15:
Podar Hikers' Club organizes TREKS for PODARITES throughout the Academic Year. It also conducts other activities like RAPPELLING, ROCK CLIMBING etc., which are generally carried out during ENIGMA & RAPPORT.
Apart from developing the spirit of adventure, the CLUB offers a good opportunity to the students to experience nature through trekking.
The Hikes are easily affordable and safe for students. These hikes play an important role in developing their personalities too. We get to know our fellow Podarites especially Ex-Podarites. People come together and this helps build team spirit.
A hike with the CLUB is worth experiencing especially if you are Podarite!

The CLUB has organized six hikes so far during the year. They are as follows:

Takmak Fort (2000ft) - 22nd June, 2014 (one day):
The first monsoon hike of the season was to Takmak Fort near Vasai. Not a drop of rain, but the clouds were perfectly covering us. The breeze was so lovely, that at some tricky places we had to be extra careful for balancing. A surprise mulaakaat with Shridatta Raut, a journey through the history of the fort and a modest shramadaan added to the flavour. The cheerful response from the students made us book 2 buses for the 1st hike.

Matheran- Monkey Point to Sunset Point- 6th July, 2014 (one day):
We had an excellent hike to Matheran with an exciting and adventurous route; from Panvel side to Dodhane – Matheran; ascend from Monkey point and descend to Sunset Point. Being a little difficult route we kept the group smaller i.e. of 15 people. Excellent performance of all 15 people accompanied with a perfect weather made our 2nd monsoon hike memorable.

Tandulwadi (1900ft)-27th July, 2014 (one day):
Our 3rd successful monsoon hike was to Tandulwadi near Saphale, with exciting crowd of around 110 students and some of our ex podarite. The hike was indeed a memorable one with bucket full of experiences and enhancing the leading skills required for the hiker. The students here got a chance to experience beauty of nature and a pleasant climate.

Valmiki Ashram (4511ft) – 4th September, 2014 (one day):
Valmiki Ashram also popularly known as Seetecha Palna, Aajoba gad, Aaja Parvat. We had an enjoyable but steep route to reach the peak but it was worth for the marvelous view from the peak. Cold breezes and excellent environment made a memorable day for all 25 students.

Vasai Fort (coastal land fort) - 23rd November, 2014 (one day):
It's a sea-side fort & been mainly under Portuguese rule. In spite of an exciting and knowledgeable trek; Vasai fort being a coastal land fort, there was nothing much of climbing and adventure. So on students demand, after visiting Vasai Fort we took them to Tungareshwar fort (2140ft) to satisfy their urge of climbing and all 48 students got to experience 2 forts in a day.

Gorakhgad (2137ft) - 13th & 14th December, 2014 (night hike):
Night Hike is one of the richest experiences one can get from the treks. 17 students from our college grabbed this opportunity. Gorakhgad is placed near murbad. These students actually found their way to the peak in the moon light and gazing stars.

Apart from these hikes, the CLUB has also successfully conducted Rappelling sessions, wall climbing competition, rock-climbing competitions, photo exhibitions earlier.

WALL CLIMBING COMPETITION – 26th October, 2014:
PODAR HIKERS' CLUB jointly with Girivihar organized a competition on our very own climbing wall. This event was successfully completed with winners getting prizes and everyone others getting applauded of appreciation.






Podar Hikers' club is one of the most active forums in the college. The club arranges a number of hikes to various places. It is not just for the purpose of fun but also tries to inculcate among the college students, on a lasting basis, the basic values of respect for nature and ecology.

Committee Members for 2014-15

Faculty Incharge:

Pradnya Nadkarni

Secretary :

Poorva Pendse

Joint Secretary :

Gaurang Jadhav
Tejas Girkar

Treasurer :

Snehal Bhole



Activities conducted during the year 2013-14:

2013-14, 28th year of Podar Hikers’ Club (PHC) was a year full of adventure. This year witnessed 7 hikes and a Rappelling session in college.

GANPATIGARAD (3000 ft) -- 14th July '13 (one day):
The CLUB announced its first monsoon hike for the year to Ganpati Gadad caves, a group of 6-7 caves located near Palu / Sonavale villages beyond Murbad. The caves are spacious and clean with a seasonal waterfall providing a spectacular facade. The main central cave-temple resembles a raised altar with many Ganpati idols being kept for worship. It is said that the caves were connected to the Shivneri fort (birth place of Shivaji) by a secret underground passage which was later destroyed. Approximately 130 students participated, in 3 buses.

TAVLI (2594 ft) -- 28th July '13 (one day):
Tavli was the second hike organized specially for junior college students. It is a prominent group of three pinnacles visible from Kakuli lake or Badlapur station and is one of the northern most peaks adjacent to Haji Malang in the Matheran mountain ranges. A flat top near the pinnacles is known as Tavli which is connected to another top Badlapur hill through a saddle at a height of 600 mtr. Though we could not complete the hike, it turned out to be a little adventurous picnic with students enjoying waterfall. Approx. 35 students enjoyed it.

CHANDERI (685 mt./2250 ft.)-- 11th August '13 (one day):
Chanderi fort, a vast Mughal fort, dominates the skyline of the lovely old town of Chanderi. A good location for Trek near Badlapur. Enjoying climb through streams with rocks covered with moss & then steeper climb on slippery muddy route in thick jungle. The high speed wind combing grassy patches of slopes on opposite side mountain of "Mhasmal' was a sight to behold. This hike proved out to be day & night hike as we reached college rather late. Approx. 30 students joined.

TAVLI (2594 ft) -- 15th September '13 (one day):
After the unfinished climb of Tavli earlier, we planned to complete it. And the job was done successfully by students under guidance of some old ex-students. Approx. 30 students took up the challenge.

KALSUBAI (5400 ft) -- 19 & 20 October '13 (overnight):
Kalsubai with its towering height of 5400 ft, is recognized as the highest peak of Maharashtra. It is situated on Kalsubai mountain range which is an offshoot from main sahyadri range and runs from west to east. The name of this mountain range has been derived from the name of Kalsubai peak itself. Kalsubai, though the highest peak, is easy from trekking point of view. The peak has a temple and to visit this temple many people trek to the top. The hike was made more enjoyable as we climbed from a new, longer route and came down on traditional route. Approx. 15 students took this opportunity to climb the highest point.

HARISHCHANDRAGAD (4671 ft) -- This was a 3-day hike on 3oth Nov, 1 & 2nd Dec.'13
Harishchandragad is a fort located in the Ahmednagar district. It has one of the largest plateau and held a lion's share in controlling the surrounding areas. This fort has got an eye pleasing natural beauty, along with a diverse flora and fauna. Harishchandragad is famous for a lot of specialties such as its marvelous natural beauty, tough trek & the incomparable marvel Konkan Kada. Podar hikers' club jointly with Girivhar climbed Harishchandragad from 3 different routes like the challenging & difficult Nali-chi-vaat, moderate route from Pachnai, and an offbeat Khireshwar-Junnar Darwaza route.

The hikes to HARISHCHANDRAGAD were a truly great experience. Our group consisted of 9 participants, while Girivihar had 19.

KENJALGAD & RAIRESHWAR -- 26 & 27th December '13 (overnight):
KENJALGAD (4273 ft) is situated on the Mandhardev spur of the Mahadev range eleven miles north-west of Wai. It is a flat-topped hill of an irregular oval shape, about 250 yards long and one hundred yards wide. Khelanja fort is said to have been built by the Bhoj Rajas of Panhala who flourished in the twelfth century.

RAIRESHWAR (4589 ft), Tableland of Pachgani is very famous but higher and longer tableland is the plateau of Rayari. It is 8 km away from Bhor. It looks beautiful in monsoon. Raireshwar was considered to develop as a hill station & in real sense it is hill station. Raireshwar is historically important; Shivaji Maharaj took the Oath of Swaraj in a temple of Lord Shiva. A temple surrounded by hills, surroundings covered by natural beauties. Stone structured temple of the 16th century is the main attraction of Raireshwar. Approx. 30 students participated.

Apart from these hikes, the CLUB has also successfully conducted Rappelling sessions, wall climbing competition, and rock-climbing camps.

RAPPELLING SESSION -- 31st August '13:
After our third hike to Chanderi we had organized an adventurous session of rappelling on 31st August which was held on facade of R.A.Podar College. Under the guidance of experts like Vikas Kavle Sir, Rajendra Phadke Sir. We came across with great response and enthusiasm with participation of over 20 members. Ensuring safety on part of organizers and with complete fun n enjoyment on part of participants.

WALL CLIMBING COMPETITION -- 2nd October '13:
PODAR HIKERS' CLUB jointly with Girivhar organized a competition on our very own climbing wall. This event was successfully completed with winners getting prizes and everyone others getting applauded of appreciation.

MANALI ROCK CLIMBING CAMP -- 18th - 27th May '13:
5 students from our college had been to the camp which was situated at base village of Dhundi. Various activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river crossing and adventures treks were organized for the participants.

A Podar Hikers' Club
student rappelling at
R. A. Podar College
Podar Hikers
enjoying the trek
Sir Apa Sherpa
rock climbing

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