Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh

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Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper

4,665 ft above the sea level, harishchandargarh stands tall and never stops to amaze with it's beauty full of unending waterfalls, the blinding fog, the slippery rocks and monsoon is the best to explore the bliss of the place. The caves built in 11 century and the idol of Lord Shiva in these caves are something that defines this place.

Day 1

started from hyderabad to pune @8PM (mumbai express) from nampally sharing dinner and laughter together making it one of the most funnist train journey ever.

Day 2

Reached pune at 9:30 AM and started for kireshwar (base village 118 kms) @9:45 AM.
It took around 5 hours (3:30 PM) to reach the village including a breakfast stop we made on the way. It started raining and the weather was just what was needed for our trip.
We had our lunch at the village, changed to comfortable clothes, packed our bags, suited ourselves with raincoat as it was raining and started our trek @4PM.
After a continuous trekking in the hills in the rain and through the jungle filled with fog, we reached the kedareshwar caves by 8PM which was going to be our stay for coming 2 days. Everyone changed into dry clothes, had dinner and settled for sleep.

Day 3

Few wake up calls later once all the people were up @ 6AM with a nice bed tea, everyone spent some time enjoying the view, playing in the waterfall and clicking tons of pictures.
After breakfast we started for kokankada view point @10AM crossing all the tiny waterfalls on the way.The place seemed like the end of the world with the edge where one could see only fog. Next on the plan was the kedareshwar shiva temple, the snan kund and the kedareshwar tirth/linga.

The kedareshwar temple is a fine example of stone cravings of ancient india. There are entrances from all four sides. On the main entrance there are sculptures of faces. These are faces of guards of the temple.

Linga place in the cave is 5 ft tall and surrounded by waist deep water and is the origin of river mangalganga.

Reached the cave back @ 2:30 PM , had lunch and started for taramati peak which is at 4600 ft above sea level at 3PM. The hike was as beautiful as the destination and the participants enjoyed the rock climbing on the way.From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and the forts near Murbad. From this Taramati point, one can have a glimpse of forts till Siddhagad near Bhimashankar in the south and Napta twin peaks, Ghodishep (865 meters), Ajoba (1375 meters), Kulang fort (1471 meters) in the north near the Kasara region.

Reached back  @5PM  ,had the most delicious maggie and tea and moved to the cave.
Mafia, dinner, games, long conversationa were the story for that night until everyone was forced to bed.

Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Day 4

wake up call @6AM and after breakfast everyone packed their luggage and started descending down towards pachnai @7:30 and we reached the village in 2 hours.
Everyone got freshened up , had breakfast and started towards pune  (170 kms) in bus @11AM and reached the railway station by 6:55 PM.
Boarded the train (Konark express) at 7:15 PM and started for Hyderabad.

Day 5

Reached Hyderabad at 7:00 AM and waved everyone good bye. Some trips should never end, but yet it does for another one to begin.

Best monsoon trek ever....bbye until we see each other again next year same time.

Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
Photo of Monsoon break to western ghats - Harishchandargarh by Raw Whisper
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