Discovering Kaas lake-side and Vasota Jungle Trek

It's the perfect, beautiful weather to go outdoors and make a new discovery. Well this 17th and 18th October it's time to discover the Kaas lake-side and Vasota jungle trek with Rivers and Ridges.

Trip Duration: 2 Days 1 night.
Cost: INR 2000 per person (veg) and 2300 per person (non-veg)

The base village for this trek is Bamnoli in Satara district at about 120 km from Pune and having heard the itinerary, we're sure it's going to be one memorable trip!

Hidden as a national treasure, Vasota Jungle fort offers you the most amazing experience of hiking through the thick Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and the blue-green backwaters of the Koyna backwaters. The height of the fort from sea level is 3,842 ft and on reaching this height the spectacular view from the top will leave you spellbound. You would also be walking through dense jungle patches that are replete with animals.

The Kaas Plateau season is almost over, however it is still quite serene being there in the morning hours. Although Kaas accounts for only 10% of the whole trip as the major part of the tour is yet to begin.

Here's a look at what your weekend will be like:

6:00 am – 7:00 am Pick ups in a private bus

7:30 am - Exit Pune city

10:30 pm – Reach Kaas

10:30 - 11:30 - Visit certain spots that still have flowers

1:30 pm – Lunch at Kaas (Self Sponsored)

2:30 pm – Leave for Bamnoli village

4:00 pm - Reach Bamnoli and enjoy tea and snacks followed by distribution of tents and camping gear.

Spend your time setting up the campsite, starting dinner and with the campfire pre-prep. This includes campfire singing, ghost stories and whacky travel experiences on the menu! Woah! It's all about getting immersed in the rural lifestyle leaving unnecessary comforts aside. 

Next morning the wake up call will be at 6:00 am along with tea and breakfast.

7:00 am – Pack the camping gear and tents and head towards Fort Vasota.

8:00 am – A boat will be hired for a 1 ½ hr journey through Koyna backwaters and back to the starting point at Fort Vasota.

9:30 am – Commence of the trek

1:00 pm – Eat packed lunch (veg).

4:00 pm – Return back to where the day started for the boat to take you back to Bamnoli.

5:30 pm – Return to Bamnoli and start the journey back to Pune. 

Reach Pune by 9:30 pm.

Trip facilities: 

• Travel and toll: Pick up and drop off from the selected pick up points.
• Meals covered on the trip: Dinner on day 1, breakfast and lunch on day 2.
• Camping gear – tents, sleeping bags, air pillows, tent lights. (You can also carry your own bedding, one blanket per person compulsory)
• Mineral water for drinking throughout the trip.
• Tour guides and camp leaders all along the trip.
• Medical assistance if required.

Trip excludes: 

• Personal expenses (beverages, snacks, equipment)
• Personal medication 
• Breakfast, lunch on day one and anything else besides breakfast and lunch on day 2. 
• Boat charges and forest permit (Approx INR 450 - 500 per person) Please carry this amount in cash.

Things to carry: 

Please carry good winter clothing like sweater, jackets, track pants, pullovers.
Good hiking or sports shoes.
Caps and Hats.
Sunglasses and sunscreen.
Hand Towel.
Munchies and personal snacks.
Personal medication.
Camera (optional).
Binoculars (optional).
Shawl (optional).
One liter water bottle.
Blanket or thick bed sheet.

We're sure this is the best way to spend a weekend exploring and discovering some gorgeous locations along with adventure. Make sure to not miss this one!

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