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One of the major attractions of the city of Ahmednagar, this is an ancient fort and a favourite of adventure lovers. This is mainly famous for the Konkan Kada which is like a challenge for trekkers and also the temples inside. The Harishchandra Temple inside is a favourite of tourists and the other temples here include the Nandi and Shivline Temple. This fort covers a large area and encompasses a number of other ancient buildings and palaces. The three peaks here are the Taramati, Rohidas and Harishchanra and the Taramati peak is the higehest one. The Harishchandragad Fort is on the Malshej Ghat banks of the Junnar Region. As you reach the top of the peak and stand in front of the fort, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane ghat, Kalsubai and many other places. So if you want to make your tour a little more thrilling then this is a must visit.
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Dishita.1210
I had been longing to go on a trek for a long time. I kept coming across numerous Facebook pages of the tonnes of tour operators organizing one day treks. This fueled my desire more. I just randomly happened to RSVP one such trek - a fireflies trek to Harishchandragad, and before I knew it, my friends were on board and we had booked the trek! Fireflies trek, the name itself is so appealing, who wouldn't want to see trees decorated with fireflies!We traveled from Dadar to Kasara by local train and then from there we reached our base village Pachnai, by private cars. The road from Kasara station to Pachnai is rocky and bumpy, the 2 hour long drive wasn't pleasant, but once we reached Pachnai, we forgot all of that.We had tea and biscuits at Pachnai and started our night trek at 3 AM. Our first spotting of the fireflies was at the base village itself, an entire tree full of these marvellous creatures! We were awe struck, the tree would light up like a Christmas tree, and every few seconds all the "lights" would turn off and the tree would go back to being "normal". This got our spirits amp-ed up an we were ready for the trek.We frequently spotted fireflies in the first 45 mins of the trek. Trees, shrubs, bushes, plants, all of it coming alive by the light. It was magical. It was impossible to click any photos though, because it all happened so fast and also because the luminescence would go off as soon as we tried getting close to the source to click photos. After a couple of tries, we though it best to not disturb their habitat and to leave them at peace.Soon after, the sightings stopped, that was it, the Fireflies part of the trek. But that wasn't the only thing for which we had signed up for. Harishchandragad in itself is a beautiful place in the Western Ghats, there is much to explore. So on wards we went! Trekking in the dark, the weather a bit cold but pleasant enough, the moon our only source of light (apart from the torches we carried of course) , not many stars in the sky though, because it was cloudy for a while.The groups that organize such treks, put Harishchandragad under the 'level : easy' category. Now for an avid trekker, these treks are indeed very easy, but for people like me who go for treks once in a while, it was neither easy, nor difficult. I'd put it in the 'easy to moderate level' category. In fact a lot of people on the trek said the same. It's because the initial 1.5 2 hours of the trek involve a lot of climbing and because it was dark, we had to be really carefully of our footing. Also we didn't take many breaks. There came a particular flat, barren stretch which had small white shrubs (plants?) that looked like a miniature version of the 'Weirwood trees' from Game of Thrones. We put on the GOT music while trekking here, and also discussed the show (and books) at length. It was one of the highlights of the trek for me.At around 5:30 AM, we finally reached our first point. The Sun was still shrouded by the clouds, and by now it had started drizzling. This didn't deter us, we all holed up inside a make shift hut that also served as a shop for tea and maggi, among other things. (Hats off to the people who run this shop all the way up there, managing supplies among other things must be quite an arduous task). We ate the snacks that we had carried with us, rested for a bit, played mafia and then left for our next point. By this time, the Sun had come out in all its glory, and watching the first sun rays pierce the sky was a sight in itself.Our next stop was Konkan Kada, it was around an hour's trek from the first pit stop. Konkan kada is the most scenic spot of the Harishchandragad trek, people camp out there. The beauty of that spot cannot be put in words. When we first reached there, we were very disappointed because it was so foggy and cloudy that we couldn't see any of the sights that we had heard so much about. But slowly, as we sat there, facing the cliff down, the clouds literally lifted up. Even when it drizzled, it was like the rain was splashing at us, from below and not falling down on us. I was stupefied the first time it happened. And as the clouds parted, the sights below took my breath away. Konkan Kada is a concave cliff, which overlooks a deep gorge and across it are the Malshej Ghat. From here, one can even see the highest point of the Sahyadris, the Kalsubai peak. There is a small hole kind of observation point, from which you can bend over the very edge of the cliff and see everything below. It is brilliant, to say the least.After this, we visited the Kedareshwar caves that have the Shivling. Explored around a bit. At around 9:30 AM, we started our descent. It was a beautiful trek.(A point to note for this trek - during the descent, there comes a path which has to be tread really carefully. You've to hold the rocks, balance yourself and step downwards, so it is sort of like hanging on to the rocks and stabilizing your footing. Just thought of mentioning it in the post. Not a cause of worry, the trek leaders will be there to guide throughout and it is not a very difficult trek either)
Dipanwita Chakraborty
The trail to Naneghat would never fail to enchant you with it's most distinguished charm. Consider yourself lucky when you get to see "The Indravajra" from atop Konkankada (a rare phenomenon called Brocken Spectre) when you trek to Harishchandragad.
Yashvardhan Rathi
We took a train to Kasara station and then a local ST bus for a place called Khobi Phata. The conductor just threw us out of the bus when we reached Khobi Phata.. and there we were standing on a National Highway in the middle of no where with our 8kg backpacks. We didn't know the route to the summit so we asked the locals for help who guided us faithfully. At one point we went on the wrong path and reached this amazing place which I nicknamed 'The Fountain Of Youth'.
Kirti Pawar
So one day I just packed my back pack and registered for this two day camping and trekking to harishchandragad. I don't know how but I managed to convince one of my cousin to come along with me. Having zero knowledge about the trekking conditions and the route I just hopped onto the bus and went on the trek. So now I was with a group of unknown people about 25 to 28 people all set for the trek. I was so happy that I was doing something which I was crazy about all my life. There was a bus arranged by the trekking group for all of us till the base village. It was my first time ever going to an unknown place with a bunch of unknown people.As an introvert I had quite hesitation in speaking but I managed it well due to the group as they were such a lovely group as most of them were unknown to each other. So now let's start with the journey..There are several routes to reach harishchandragad. We took the simplest route which is the panchnai route as most of them in our group were beginners. The bus journey was frightening after crossing Igatpuri as the roads were extremely narrow and it was an essel world ride for me. This is a very stupid comparison I know:) but then who cares I was feeling so happy how the journey was going forward. We reached panchnai at around 5 am the next day. I was feeling very energetic even though not slept in the bus. There was a family in the village who arranged breakfast and tea for us. The menu was Kande pohe and tea. After the simple but delicious breakfast We started the trek. The base village was so beautiful and scenic I was awe aspired by the surroundings. We started walking towards our journey. There were so many small waterfalls on the way which we saw. It was the first time I experienced it. And there was something called as a reverse water fall. I had never heard about this term which I saw from my naked eyes. It was so beautiful. On the way there were several wild flowers which I saw and also mushroom habitations. After around 2 hours of walking we reached our first destination where we were about to stay at night and you won't believe it!!!! It was not the tents but there were several caves which could accommodate around 20 to 30 people. The caves were so clean and beautiful. We slept through the night in the chilled weather. The next day our destination was the taramati peak and the Konkankada. The early morning weather was absolutely foggy and we could not see any thing further. We were divided into two groups and special tone of speaking was being done to find out the correct route and finding each other It was so much fun. We were enjoying ourselves to the core and feeling lucky that the weather was so nice to us. It was drizzling and the feeling was awesome. The route to taramati peak is very hard and dangerous which is what I felt. But as soon as we reached the top the feeling was something different we didn't even had the time to click pictures as we were capturing the same with our naked eyes in our heart. So after this great experience our next route was the kokankada. This is the place which everyone was eagerly waiting for. Each and everyone had a picture in the back of the mind about this place. As soon as we physically experienced the place we forgot all that we had in our mind and were truly amazed by the view it had. The pressure in wind was so powerful that we were astonished and thought that we would just fly away. It's an experience that can't be put into words but can only be experienced physically. We had couple of hours just sitting on this kada and saving all the pictures in our heart. We had a great time on this trek and made so many friends on the way which is the amazing fact of travelling with unknown people and become friends for life. We started our journey back to Mumbai in the evening. No body was tired. Everyone was sad about leaving this beautiful place. I wish one day I could just quit my job and do trekking for rest of my life as I don't feel corporate world and enviornment is suited for my personality I wish I wish and i wish again!!!!!!!
Sindhu Chandra
Place located in Khereswar village, 160 KM from Pune. It carries a great history from 6th century, sources from an ancient scriptures, like, Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana. The fort is quite ancient, Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microlith), said to be that the caves and idols of god had been carved in 11th century. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate here in the 14th century and the caves are from the same period.
Yashvardhan Rathi
It can't be described. Just see the pictures and go and visit the place.
Yashvardhan Rathi
It can't be described. Just see the pictures, plan, and go there immediately.
Pravin Goykar
Hariashchandragad is beautiful place with lush green forest, scenic waterfalls, awesome view of the mountains in fog, tough & adventures rock climbing, valley passing, historical Harishchandra raja temple... An lot more......
Nikita shah
A place to visit, not when you are low, but a place to visit whenever you feel to get in touch with nature.
Harleen Kalsi
The Harishchandragad fort can be reached within 2hours of straight walk from the valley. It actually made our journey more thrilling, once we had to shelter ourselves in caves. There are numerous caves and enough to shelter almost thirty people in one. Traversing the rambled landscape and gorges was easy due to the inbuilt carved steps and the arrows engraved on stones for better directions.