Harishchandragadh ... This is my getaway place when I get bored from city life . This was my third visit too this humongous fort which is situated between pune on one side , ahmednagar on one side & thane i.e konkan on another side !!
There are almost 7 routes to scale this fort .
We started our trekking on 19th feb which happens to be chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti.
We choose to trek through the khireshwar route which is the most favored I suppose of many trekkers from Mumbai and Pune.
We woke up around 5 early morning got ready & by 6:30 we left towards Harishchandragadh from pune on our bikes. Its approximately 125km from pune.
We were 4 friends .We had our breakfast on our way & we were pretry chilled out coz either way we were planning to have a night stay along with camp fire so we reached the foothill of the fort around 11:45 & started our trek at 12 noon
It took us approximately 4 hours to reach the temple & 45 mins more to reach the iconic KOKANKADA (that location could easily get selected for an episode of game of thrones or any other mega project of a Hollywood movie)
Since it was Sunday the locals from nearby villages have there stalls of limbu sharbat & bisleri water at a very few selected spots. And you need those drinks & water to keep yourself hydrated . There is a small village at the top of the fort & since Mahashivratri was coming within a week the locals have a culture of having "saptah" i.e kirtan and haripath in the temple . It feels soothing to hear those kirtans and haripath.
Since I had visited the place before I knew beforehand that we could easily get tents on rent there which is pretty cheap (500rs for one night ) and the tent is very comfortable for 4
They also provide you with mattresses which helps you sleep better on ground.
We decided to fix our tent where in we could have our own space and even we don't disturb the locals ; little high above the small hub of houses nearby the temple.
We had collected dry woods from the nearby forests while coming from kokankada & we were all set to to have dinner , camp fire & gaze at the stars. For dinner we had the famous pithla - bhakri ( any Maharashtraians favorite delicacy) .
Note-Harishchandragadh is the highest altitude fort in Maharashtra & probably the only one wherein you can get so much pre arranged things at the top of the location itself so I believe anyone who loves to trek , should surely go for it ,the trek would exhaust you and even test your limits but once you reach the top it will be all worth.