Funicular trolley all set to take pilgrims to divine hilltop from March 4
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 26-Feb-2018

Nashik, February 26: Finally the wait is over! India has got its first ever funicular trolley that hails to be launched on March 4. The trolley will function for pilgrims who horde the famed Saptashrungi Devi hilltop Temple. This move will help the pilgrims to reach the divine hilltop easily and will also reduce their time.

Maharashtra PWD Engineer Hande said that, “The Funicular Trolley which is common in several international mountain resorts and villages in Switzerland, Russia and other places will zoom up the 1,400 metres tall Saptashrungi Hills in the picturesque north end of Western Ghats to the temple atop.” The trolley has an elevation that will enable the pilgrims to reach the top hill within three minutes.
At present, it’s a difficult climb of 510 steps which can take anything between one and two hours, depending on the pilgrim’s health and stamina and therefore keeping the health of people under consideration the Maharashtra government took this decision.

A Funicular Trolley is a pair of vehicles pulled up a slope by a cable which loops over a pulley wheel at the upper end of a track. While one vehicle is ascending the other one is descending the track, and thus they are balancing each other.

The initial ticket will be Rs 80 for adults. For senior citizens above 75, physically handicapped and children below 12 the ticket would cost Rs 40. The temple attracts around four million pilgrims from all over India annually. The ride gives a view of the lush green and often misty forests on all sides, reportedly teeming with rare medicinal plants and herbs and the rugged seven hill peaks in the vicinity surrounding the Sapta (seven) Shrungi (peaks) top where Saptashrungi Devi’s imposing abode has come up.