KONKAN COASTAL MOUNTAIN BIKING CUM TRAINING EXPEDITION - 2017

13650.00

  • Mumbai & Goa - 2nd December, 2017 at Mumbai & 9th December, 2017 at Goa
  • 8N/9D(Fees Rs 13000/-+bkg chrg rs 650/-)
  • Food, Accommodation, Ferry Charges, Guidance & Deposit
2017 02 Dec
2017 09 Dec
Date Total Seats Seats Booked Seats left Book Now
02 Dec, 2017 5 5 0 --
09 Dec, 2017 19 6 13 Book Now

 

    * BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM:                The not-for-profit Youth Hostels Association of India has been deeply engaged in promotion of the spirit of adventure and developing the spirit for over three decades in the country. In 2011, we at the Maharashtra Branch added a new discipline altogether by starting cycle expedition from Mumbai to Goa through the picturesque coastal highway.

The initiative has blossomed and we have done many rides, including the arduous Guwahati-Tawang ride ever since the first ride on the coastal highway. The ride to Goa, however, is the flagship one.

Using our bicycles and accompanied by support vehicles which carry our baggage, a group is flagged off from Mumbai which reaches Goa after eight days of cycling, having traversed around 580 kms. Dedicated camps will be set up en-route and accommodation is on a dormitory basis and food served is fully vegetarian local cuisine. Similarly, another group reports at Panjim, Goa and cycles back on the same route in eight days.

The topography : The route passes through the coastal Konkan region. Konkan is a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Arabian Sea coast and the Sahyadri mountain range / Western Ghats to the east. The hills run perpendicular towards the coast at regular intervals, making the route very hilly. Travelling north-south, cyclists on the ride will be regularly subject to climbing the hump-like hills. Though there will not be long climbs like one in the Ghats, the steep gradients make it a challenge to look forward to. After climbing, one reaches a longish plateau, called 'sada' in local parlance, which is generally arid. Cycling is a 'zero-sum' game and you loose height very quickly after every plateau. The downhill are exhilarating, but the sharp turns and the presence of human settlements at the foot mean we have to go very safely.

The rain-fed cultivation of paddy and mango trees are a uniform feature across the region, but noticing the subtle changes in other fruits and cash crops as we travel is very interesting. There is supari or betel nut tree plantation in the north which makes way for cashew and kokam as we go south.

The region also has rivers and creeks flowing into the sea at regular intervals and it isn't always that you get a road bridge to crossover on the other side. At least six places, ferries will have to be used to cross, which also serve as a respite to the fatigued body.

The stretch is very rich in history, especially in the medieval period. Apart from the Chhatrapati Shivaji, the route has pockets ruled by the Siddiquis (near Murud), the Portugese (Korlai near Alibag and Goa). During the ride, efforts will be made to visit remnants of the rich heritage.

Aim/purpose of the ride : is to introduce participants to the wonder called 'cycle touring', which is a very immersive activity giving one a 360-degree sense of the area you are travelling in. While cycling you get sufficient time to capture the picturesque surroundings, speak to the local people and indulge in the delicacies on offer. Most of all, there is the satisfaction of reaching the destination, powered by yourself

 

.* HOW TO REACH THE BASE CAMP:            1) For Mumbai-Goa:    YHAI, 2, Nanumal Niwas / Regent Chamber, Jerbai

           Wadia Road, Near Tata Hospital, Parel, Mumbai –

          400012.

2) For Goa-Mumbai:    Sports Authority Ground, Campal, Near Miramar

Beach, Goa. The nearest railway stations are Thivim

(25 Kms.), Karmali (12 Kms.) and Margao (33 Kms.)

 
DAY WISE SCHEDULE:                                    

Group-1 – Mumbai-Goa

Day 1   -           2nd Dec                        : Reporting at Mumbai / Traini- Mumbai to Revas by Boat & Biking

  to Nandgaon

# Day 2   -           3rd Dec             : Training/Acclimatization (Biking to Harihareshwar)

# Day 3   -           4th Dec                         : Biking to Dapoli

# Day 4   -           5th Dec             : Biking to Velneshwar

# Day 5   -           6th Dec             : Biking to Adivare

# Day 6   -           7th Dec             : Biking to Munage

# Day 7   -           8th Dec             : Biking to Aravali

# Day 8   -           9th Dec             : Biking to Panaji followed by Certificate Distribution and Recreation Activity

# Day 9   -           10th Dec           : Camp concludes after Breakfast.

*Group-2 – Goa-Mumbai

 

# Day 1   -           9th Dec                         : Reporting at Base Camp, Campal, Goa.

# Day 2   -           10th Dec           : Training/Acclimatization (Biking to Aravali)

# Day 3   -           11th Dec           : Biking to Munage

# Day 4   -           12th Dec           : Biking to Adivare

# Day 5   -           13th Dec           : Biking to Velneshwar

# Day 6   -           14th Dec           : Biking to Dapoli

# Day 7   -           15th Dec           : Biking to Harihareshwar

# Day 8   -           16th Dec           : Biking to Nandgaon

# Day 9   -           17th Dec           : Biking to Revas and by boat to Mumbai, Certificate Distribution and Recreation Activity, camp concludes.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?                           

 Any member of the Association (Age 18 & above) who is physically fit can join the programme.

 

* HOW TO JOIN:                                                  Members desirous to join this programme may contact YHAI, Maharashtra State Branch TEL: 022-2412 6004 (11.00 to 18:00 on week days & 11.00 to 14.00 on Wednesday)

* CONTACT DETAILS FOR BOOKING:

 

YOUTH HOSTELS ASSOCIATION OF INDIA,

 MAHARASHTRA STATE BRANCH

                                                          2, Regent Chamber/ Nanumal Niwas,

                                                    Jerbai Wadia Road, Near Tata Hospital,

                                                            Parel, Mumbai - 400 012.

                                                            Tel. No.: 022-2412600

Fill up the Registration Form & Medical Form and send it to our YHAI Mah State Br. Office address mentioned above along with four (4) photographs and Cheque/DD.

* CANCELLATION RULES:                  In case you are unable to join this programme, you will get refund as per policy of YHAI, MSB provided your written request is received directly at YHAI, MSB office before 1st November, 2017. No refund application will be considered thereafter. Any unforeseen event / strike or natural calamity will not be considered as cause of cancellation.

* Contact Number:

.NAME OF THE PROGRAM CORRDINATOR :           Mukesh Maiseri (Co-ordinator)

CONTACT NUMBER:                                                       Mukesh Maiseri – 09869021621

EMAIL ADDRESS:                                                              yhaimsb@gmail.com

COMPLETE POSTAL ADDRESS:                                     2, Regent Chamber (Nanumal Niwas), Jerbai Wadia Road, Near Tata

                    Hospital, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012.

                    Tel. No.: 022-24126004

 

 

* ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES:                 Accommodation will be provided in Tent/Village Home stay on a dormitory basis.

* FOOD & WATER SUPPLIES:                          Simple and nutritious vegetarian food will be provided. Drinking water will be provided at each camp site

 

* EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED:

 

The bicycle : The hard tail Trek 3700 MTB bicycle, with multiple gears, will be provided for the ride. 

 

Safety equipment : Helmet will be given to every participant.

* WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:                  Rucksack, Full sleeve T-shirts, Tracksuit or full-pants, Sun cap, Bed sheet, Good quality Cycling shoes and Bathroom slippers, socks, torch, water bottle, lunch box, mug, plate, spoon, pen-knife, soap, towel, medicines (which you normally use at home)

* SAFETY & SECURITY:                      Extensive and painstaking preparations have gone into the planning of this program route for your safety. While every care has been taken to ensure safety, the Youth Hostels Association of India, Maharashtra State Branch cannot be held responsible for any accident, illness and such other unforeseen eventualities

 

*ADDITIONAL NOTES:                      A typical day on the tour involves waking up at around 5.00 am and leaving camp by 6.00 am, after tea and freshen up. Cycle around 20-25 kms to have breakfast. Have lunch at a pre-determined place (in a hotel) after which we take some rest. Post lunch, do minimum distance to reach camp by around 5.00 pm. Evening will be free for local exploration and visiting the beach if the place has one. Have a short meeting before dinner to discuss the day ahead and retire for the night by around 10.00 pm.

 

* Cycle safety & discipline

The cycles given are to be kept safe. Any damage/theft of cycles due to negligence of participant, the cost will be borne by the participant.

* Behavior during Expedition

Participants are expected to behave cordially with each other and Leaders. Any   misbehavior/harassment will result in expulsion from expedition and also being blacklisted from further YHAI Programs.

* Certificates:    Participants, who successfully complete the expedition and abide by the discipline of the expedition, will be awarded certificates.

 

* Notice for Participants:

 

1.     Smoking, use of alcohol and narcotics of any description is strictly prohibited during the course of the program.

2.     Deviation from the set route of the program is not permitted.

3.     This is an environment friendly trek. Do no litter any wrappers or spoil the trial in any way. In case you find any wrapper, plastic bag or anything left by cyclists on the way, please carry the same with you and deposit at the base camp.

 

 

 

 

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