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PARVAT BUDDIES: Trek to Twin Forts of ANKAI & TANKAI on 20-21st Sept 2019

September 20 @ 11:30 pm - September 21 @ 10:00 pm UTC+5.5


PARVAT BUDDIES: Trek to Twin Forts of ANKAI & TANKAI on 20-21st Sept 2019 1
Trek To Twin Forts of ANKAI+TANKAI on 20-21st Sept 2019 (Saturday).

Brief Info about the place:
ANKAI (900m/2953ft) and TANKAI (830m/2723ft) are twin hills forming part of the Ajanta-Satmala range, situated at a distance of 10kms from the town of Manmad. These twin forts were built to keep surveillance on the Surat-Aurangabad trade route. The perpendicular rock structure provides a natural defence to these forts. Historically, these were said to be the strongest hill-forts captured by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1635 AD. The forts command a grand view of the Khandesh and Godavari valleys.

It is enjoyable to view the trains running to and fro Manmad from the summit of Ankai Fort. One is greeted by excellent views of Manmad town, Hadbi-chi-Shendi (a prominent pinnacle in the region), Gorakhnath hill, Manmad-Shirdi highway and the distant peaks of the Chandwad range to the north-west.

While, Ankai Fort is famous for its numerous doorways, rock steps, bastions, pond and the temple of Agastya Rishi, a revered Hindu sage, Tankai Fort boasts of a vast grassy plateau adorned with a pond and a temple of Lord Shankar. Apart from this, one also finds ancient Jain and Bramhani caves at the foothills of the forts.

Grade: Easy
Endurance: Low.
Approx Trek Distance: 7 kms.
Approx Climb: ~300m/984ft.
Special Features: Rock Staircase, Ancient Caves, Doorways, Temples, Ponds

Suitability: This trek is ideal for beginners and kids as well as experienced trekkers having interest in history, photography and architecture. Kids above 6 years can join if accompanied by parent.

Travel, Meals, First Aid, Route & Trek Guidance
Cost: Rs.1200/-

YouTube HD Video:
Contact: 9869173138

Extensive painstaking preparations have been carried out by our team of experienced leaders in planning and organising this trek for you. Our leaders are well versed with the terrain and have a trekking experience of about a decade in the Sahyadri. Your safety is our prime goal so rest assured that we will take good care of you during the trek. Our USP is that we prefer to trek in small sized groups so as to have a better bonding and interaction among our participants. The average group size of our events is around 15 people making our events much more enjoyable and memorable. We maintain a reasonable Leader to Participant ratio which is about 1:10 on an average. We also have a good number of female participants joining our events. On an average around 40% of our participants in the past have been females, proving that we are a gender friendly group. Wherever feasible, we try our best to arrange private transport from Mumbai for your comfort. All your meals during this trek will be taken care of by us so you need not bother about cooking and packing anything from home. We always carry a basic first aid kit with us. We follow a ‘Leave No Trace’ Policy and try our best to leave a minimum possible impact on our ecology while conducting the treks. We respect the Mountains and follow a set of rules to ensure discipline in our outdoor activities.

Some Trek Rules:
Climbing the Mountain is definitely an enjoyable adventure, provided we all follow some discipline. Please get yourself acquainted with our trekking rules here: https://parvatbuddies.blogspot.com/p/trekking-rules.html
One must follow these basic rules strictly so that the outdoors can be enjoyed in a safe way.

Tentative Itinerary:
(These are approximate timings. Actual timings on the trek day may vary due to several factors)

Assembly Point: CSMT Railway Station, Mumbai
Assembly Timing: 2330 hrs sharp on Friday, 20th Sept 2019.

21st Sept 2019
0000 hrs: Start night journey by train to Manmad (Sleeper Class).
0500 hrs: Arrival at Manmad Junction, Freshen up.
0530 hrs: Breakfast and Tea.
0600 hrs: Start Journey to base village Ankai.
0630 hrs: Briefing and warm-up.
0700 hrs: Start the trek.
0930 hrs: Reach Summit of Ankai Fort, explore & enjoy the views.
1030 hrs: Start ascend to Tankai Fort.
1100 hrs: Visit Shankar Mandir on Tankai plateau.
1200 hrs: Start descend.
1230 hrs: Visit ancient caves
1330 hrs: Start return journey for Manmad
1400 hrs: Have lunch.
1600 hrs: Start return journey by train for Mumbai.
2200 hrs: Reach Mumbai tentatively.

** Trek Ends **

Things you should carry (COMPULSORY):
In order to have an enjoyable time in the mountains, one needs to be well equipped with the following things:


1] Identity Proof.
2] RUCKSACK (~40L) (preferably with rain-cover).
3] TREKKING SHOES. Carry extra socks and laces.
4] TORCH / HEADLAMP with extra batteries.
Food, Hydration & Utensils
5] WATER (at least 2 litres, Prefer metal bottles over plastic ones OR Carry Water bladder)
6] Light SNACKS like biscuits, energy bars, candies, dry fruits & nuts, ORS, some juicy fruits as per your liking.
Clothing & Accessories
7] Wear Full length track-pants & full sleeves Shirt (preferably dry-fit) to protect oneself from insects, thorns, cold and sunburn.
8] CAP / HAT, WINDCHEATER, Sunglasses, Sunscreen.
9] Extra pair of clothes, a lightweight towel, and flip-flops to put on after the trek is over.
10] Dry bag to store your used clothes & Shoes.
11] Small garbage bag to dump wrappers, tissues etc.

Optional (recommended):

  • Trekking pole. (Strongly recommended)
  • Light Shawl for train journey.
    • Camera, Umbrella.
  • Personal Medicines.
  • Small Knife, Whistle, Matchbox, Candle, Diary & pen.

Rs. 1200/- (non-refundable)

1 Veg. Breakfast.
1 Veg. Lunch.
1 Energy Bar.
1 Evening Tea/Coffee.
Train Travel from Mumbai to Manmad & vice versa in Sleeper Class/Second Sitting.
Travel from Manmad to Ankai village & vice versa in private non-AC vehicle.
Basic First Aid Kit.
Route & Trek Guidance.

Exclusions: Packaged drinking water, cold-drinks, any entry fee or camera fee, any sort of personal expenses, any other thing not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’

Registration Process:
No. Of Seats: Min 12 participants. (First come First Serve on Payment Basis)
[The event is subject to minimum participation.]

** Registrations are strictly by phone call & online payment only! **
Last Date for registrations & payment: 4pm, 16th Sept 2019 (Monday).

Your seat will be booked only when we receive complete participant details along with the confirmation (transaction id/screenshot) of the online payment. Please call us on the below-mentioned number to know the Bank Details for Funds Transfer.


  • Trekking is a demanding physical activity and should NOT be confused with picnic. Do not expect home like comforts and amenities in the hilly terrain.
  • It is important to be in good health and to have a basic level of physical fitness to ensure a happy time during the trek. Consult your doctor before joining the trek if you’re suffering from any ailment/injury.
  • It is important for all participants to abide by the instructions of the trek leader from time to time. Any violation of Trek Rules or misbehaviour will be dealt with strictly and the participant will be expelled from the group immediately without any refund. The time schedule for the trek has to be followed strictly by every participant so as to have a timely and safe execution of the trek.
  • Avoid Jeans/Belts/Sling bags as it is important to walk freely while trekking. Shorts, 3/4ths and Sleeveless tops are strictly NOT allowed.
  • Avoid bringing costly gadgets/devices and valuables like jewellery etc. Carry only sufficient cash.
  • Try to keep the weight of your bag as less as possible.
  • Wrap your belongings in dry bags to protect them from dust and/or rains.
  • Lastly, leave a brief note about your trekking plan at home.

We hope you don’t miss this amazing opportunity. So come, let’s enjoy nature together. Be there to experience it yourself!


For any queries, feel free to Contact us:
Parin H Shah (9869173138)
[email protected]

About Us:
PARVAT BUDDIES is a Mumbai based group of adventurers and nature lovers established in the year 2014. We organise outdoor activities like trekking, camping, cycling, tree planting, leisure trips, etc for beginners across various age groups. We have successfully conducted 129 enjoyable outdoor events and have catered to college students, youngsters, children, corporates and families.

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Disclaimer: While utmost care will be taken by the organisers, all participants shall be responsible for their own safety and belongings. Organisers will not be responsible for any injury, casualty, death or any other untoward incident. Decision of the trek leader shall be final and binding on all participants.


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