It was Friday, the work day had ended early today and the time was half past three. Saturdays and Sundays are the weekly off. My mind started buzzling with an idea of a #trek. I called up Akshay, my trek buddy and asked him of his schedule. He too had the weekly off. The plan was decided and the destination was ‘Harishchandra Fort’. It is one of the difficult treks and one has to have good stamina to hike and climb the tall rocks.We packed our bags not to forget the tent and left for the bus stop. I didn’t take my bike as I knew that it would be hardly possible to ride it after being exhausted. I was travelling from Pune hence had to take the bus to Khireshwar village in Ahmednagar from Shivajinagar and the distance from Pune is almost 120 kilometres. It took almost four to five hours to reach the village which is at the footsteps of the fort.
The fort is primordial with the remains of microlithic age. #Microliths are the small stone tools made by the humans some three thousand years ago. I got this information after I returned from the trip and the respect for it increased for me. I always feel lucky to visit and explore these places as it makes me realize that the humans today are all the billions of years of evolution and this mere thought makes me feel happy and blessed for being human.
I could make out that the fort is ancient just by looking at an ancient temple of lord Shiva. The temple was the exquisite ‘Hemadpanti’ architecture with beautifully carved pillars in it. Other ravishing structure we saw was the cave in which a single carved pillar is standing out of four. It is said that the four pillars depicted the four ‘Yugas’ (Era). According to the Vedas, there were four yugas (Eras) of the world and after these, it would come to an end. Those are ‘Sat yug’, ‘Treta yug’, ‘Dvapar yug’ and ‘Kali yug’. So, the three pillars in this cave are fallen as these eras are bygone and the last one is going on hence the single pillar standing. Although a mythical story but interesting.
we decided on a place which was going to be Harishchandragad.
origin of fort said to during 6th century which makes it quiet ancient. Fort has been under various rule including Marathas, mughals and english rule as wellPlaces to see :Saptatirtha : There is very good lake like structure at east of the temple known as Saptatirtha. Some years back water was portable now its not idle for swim as well. I request trekkers to respect nature and do not throw plastic or garbage on beautiful spots.Kokan kada (cliff) : This is by far best spot on Harishchandragad. You get most beautiful view of the surrounding region and I bet you'll see best sunset of your life from here.