I started around 8’o clock from Pune and was at Khireshwar village at noon. It was a bright sunny day throughout the drive, but at Khireshwar it felt like a different weather altogether. Clouds were sprouting up the mountains surrounding Khireshwar in foothills. You can park your vehicles at the Local's home and buy lunch and snacks as a gratitude. These humble local villagers provide on-demand food and stay option for people coming to Harishchandragad. In the meantime, nearby Nageshwar temple dating back to medieval period can be explored. Here Lord Mahadev is worshipped as prime local deity.Soon I was ready to embark this journey, which starts from a narrow trail alongside a water stream at the end of Khireshwar. It’s recommended to go via this route accompanying someone who knows the path as the trail passes through dense forests with little or no punctuation marks. With unavailability of GPS and Mobile Networks, finding the right path might become tedious task. Especially when it’s going to dusk, you might not want to be stuck in middle of forest. After initial hiccups in identifying the right trail, I was able to figure out the way to lead towards Harishchandragad.
Khireshwar is a small, scenic village at the foothills of the mountains. After reaching there, I had tea and some snacks and asked for some guide from the shopkeeper. He told that the guide would go only the next morning. I was not interested in waiting till morning, so after asking for the way and confirming that I would be able to get something for stay at the top, I left for the trek alone. But, after some time, I realized that I was lost in the dense forest. On the top of it, darkness had started. So, I started backtracking my path and after a few trial and errors, I was able to get out of the jungle. I again came at the shopkeeper, and ordered one more tea to calm myself down. I noticed a few people standing near an Ertiga in the parking lot. Upon some inquiry I came to know that they were also going to Harischandragad. I asked them if I could join them and they were generous enough to oblige. We started our journey enjoying the path, I noticed the place from where I took wrong turn and wondered how could I were such a fool to miss in an easy path. There were a few steep climbs in the way but we were able to make it up comfortably as all of us were fit and experienced. We also met a few fellow trekkers in the way who were returning back. We stopped by and danced on Marathi songs (I only remember Shantabai)in the way. Then at around 9:30 we got lost again. There were a few experienced one in the group who had been earlier to Harischandragad, so they searched out the right path after trial and error.
Due to this, I had to take a longer path of 16 km. There were no vehicles from this point to the base village of Khireshwar. It was around 3 pm and the distance was around 16 km. So, I thought if I started walking I could make it up to 6 o'clock(mind you I was practicing for marathon, so I used to run that much distance). I started the long and exciting path enjoying the nature and small hamlets which fell in the way. I hitchhiked in whatever vehicles I got in between. They dropped me up to where they were going. The people were surprised at the sight of a solo traveler and some even cautioned me not to travel alone(I also had the same experience in my previous solo trip). I changed a total of three vehicles to reach to the base village of Khireshwar by 5 o'clock.
From Pune we drove for 2hours and 30min to reach at the base village of the fort that is, Khireshwar Village. This place is a must stop by, it provided us with more food and water and it is also a great place to charge that irksome temper. Khireshwar is not only portrayed as one of the easiest and most chosen routes but also is the most exciting and brings insight a great outlook, it led us to our next destination; Tolar Khind or Tolar Valley.