Start of the TrekI reached Bhandardara at mid noon, had my lunch and we started to drive towards Pachnai then, which was another 3 hours' drive. We reached at Pachnai around 4:00 PM, had some Maggie and prepared ourselves to start trekking. Accept rainy seasons and Dec/Jan, Sahyadris are very warm to trek, hence we decided to started in the evening.
After small break there at Mr. Bhaskar's house (refill our bottle's there), we started our trek around 6:00 P.M. We took a young guide, who help us in reaching to Kokankada. It was a thrilling and amazing trek.
Why Harishchandragad ?Because it’s beauty can inspire a 9 to 6 worker to become a regular trekker. Yes, like most of the people here I am in a full time job too and after my first trek to this place I realized that there is nothing more fascinating and powerful than the almighty “NATURE”.If you are planning for a trek and want to get into the nature and its beauty completely then this is the place for you.You will get to see lush green trails, ancient caves, temples, numerous waterfalls and the breathtaking valley view from Konkankada.Location: Ahmednagar District, Western GhatsDistance: 170 Kms From Pune (5 Hours Journey via road)215 Kms from Navi Mumbai (5.45 Hours Journey via Road)Height: 4700 feetThings to carry:When it comes to trek wear, accessories and gears DO NOT compromise on the quality of the products you are carrying. Always buy good quality and reliable products only.Mandatory:1. Good trekking shoes.
We chose the the easier route that is from Paachnai base village. We started our journey from Dombivali at 7.30. Road was clear with very less traffic. Had one pit stop to have a breakfast at Kasara Ghat for around half an hour. Recommended place is Baba Da Dhaba. They serve delicious Idli - Wada Sambar there. We continued our journey and went past Baari village which is base village for Kalsubai Peak. I climbed that peak last year during Monsoon. We skipped Bhandardara and went via Rajoor village. Last patch of 10 was very rough road it took more than 35 minutes to cover that patch. At last we reach to the base village at around 12.30 pm in hot sunny afternoon.Paachnai is kind of a colorful village. It was a month of May and school were having holidays so interacted with some of the children. We already ordered a villager to make lunch and let me tell you it was awesome. We finished our lunch by 1.30 rested for about 45 min and started our hike by 2.15 and there started our tiring and exhaustive journey...........