OVERVIEW

SAMPARC Heritage Walk, which is also, A Glory of Maharashtra publicising not only the rich heritage and cultural values of Maharashtra but also it is to attract whole world’s eye to watch and experience the vanity of colours immerged in lifestyle in different states of India as well how it is linked with a noble social cause. To know more about SAMPARC Heritage Walk 2016 click here

An opportunity to interact with participants from different walks of life and from varied corners of World; this 7.2 km walk will energise you in all the ways. This year we’re expecting more than 10000 participants to accompany you, the mass-energy that would be created is something to look forward to. Read more about the walk here

By participating in the walk you are lending your hand to help the isolated children without parents and facilitate them to reach a natural and dignified life. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about the cultural & historical heritage of Maharashtra, spend some time for diversified entertainment with your family and lend your support for a noble cause. More about it please click here

WHAT YOU'LL GET ... ALL INCLUSIVE!

A walk through history

Minimum age : 8 yrs

Maximum age : 65 yrs

Food/Health Stalls

Security personals for safety

Volunteers with walkie-talkie

Car parking space

Portable Washrooms

Dustbins

Event Photographer

Professional event videographer

Water counters

Carry home kit

Cool t-shirt

Handy water bottle

Tasty biscuits

Delicious fruits

Chocolates

Hot & healthy lunch packets

Corn counter

Fruits counter

Tea counter

Coffee counter

Roasted peanuts counter

Tents for health services

First-aid & emergency supplies

Physiotherapy aid

Doctor/Nurse on site

Vada Pav

Maharashtrian cultural events

MAP & ROUTE INFO

The walk will begin from the sprawling green foothills of Bhaje caves. Bhaje is a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to 2nd century BC located near Lonavala. Protected by the Archeological Survey of India as a National Monument, it belongs to the Hinayana Buddhist Sect. At an altitude of 200 metres one can witness a lush waterfall with water plunging into the foothills.

We will then climb to Lohgad Fort, which is 3800 feet above sea level. Lohgad was one of the prominent Hill forts of the Maratha Empire. For a short period, it was taken over by the Mughals. The hill extends to the northwest to a fortified spur, called Vinchukata (Scorpion’s tail) because of its shape, which resembles a Scorpion’s tail. The beauty of the fort comes alive during monsoon when it is covered with mist and clouds.

Visapur Fort is built on the same plateau as Lohgad Fort. Built by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of the Maratha Empire The history of both the forts are closely linked. The Fort consists of caves, a decorated arch, cisterns of water and old houses. It is most likely, that Hanuman was the patron deity of Visapur Fort. This can be gauged by the fact that there stands a huge carving of Hanuman in the Fort and there are several temples dedicated to him.

The walk will cover 3.6 km with lohgad being the highest point of the heritage walk. With the Fort to your right, you can see the gushing waters of Pavana Dam on the left. The enthralling view of archaeology tucked into natures abode will take you to another level of reality.

You will receive a warm welcome by the tribal women and children. The volunteers will serve you snacks, soft drinks and water. Physiotherapists, yoga personnel and medical staff will help you to de-stress yourself as well attend if any injuries are there. At every point, the walk the volunteers will be readily available at your service.

From Lohgad fort, you will need to take the same route downhill and the walk will conclude at the same place it started.

KEY INFORMATION

Please avail your flight for Pune (55Km) or Mumbai Airport (110Km)

Location is well connected by NH4 –Mumbai- Bangalore Highway. Use Express Way up to Lonavala exit. (8km from Lonavala Exit)

Lonavala and Malavli Railway Station are the nearest railway stations.

We would request participants to wear appropriate walking/sports shoes and gears during the walk.

Enjoy local delicacies along the walk. Enjoy undiscovered selfie points, panoramic views, cultural performance and more.

REGISTRATION FEES

GET IN TOUCH

President
Dr. Lalit Chokhani
Chairperson Heritage Walk
Mr. Anil Singhvi
Founder Director
Mr. Amit kumar Banerjee - 9890707737
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Anuj Singh - 9766343456
Heritage Walk Helpline (SMS only)
9766343685
Email
samparchw@gmail.com