To the lush heights of Harishchandragad

Tripoto
17th Oct 2013

Konkan koda

Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

Harishchandragad

Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi
Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

Pit overview from Konkan kada

Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi
Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

View from Khireshwar

Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

Away from the humdrum blues of Pune, a paradise paradigm is situated. This one is for those who salivate over lustful nature and seek adrenaline rush. It didn’t happen till we made our acquaintance with one of the most secluded and beautiful place in the country. We embarked on a journey to the Harishchandragad, it is a hill fort famous as one of most trekked routes in the Western Ghats. Although a destination is deemed as a journey’s end but here, the journey was what we had hoped for and the results were not so dull. A trip through the dense forests framed within the rugged dominance of nature, subtly encouraging and brutal at the same time granted a view that succumbed to tranquillity. The trekking proffers vast lush and green pastures that lend nothing but a wide grin throughout. The unspoilt beauty of the land stands out as a wonderland for those of us whose lives revolve around lethargic work schedules and mundane rules.

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.

Photo of Khireshwar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

Tolar Khind redefined for me a forgotten charm of nature that was so overwhelming; it has power to leave anyone breathless. It brought to life some of the stunning imageries of Baggins’s excursion from J. R.R. Tolkien’s The hobbit and The lord of the rings and the fact that i’m comparing this to what was framed in the movies justified the miracle of this place that is mother nature.

Photo of Tolar Khind, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

The Harishchandragad fort can be reached within 2hours of straight walk from the valley. It actually made our journey more thrilling, once we had to shelter ourselves in caves. There are numerous caves and enough to shelter almost thirty people in one. Traversing the rambled landscape and gorges was easy due to the inbuilt carved steps and the arrows engraved on stones for better directions.

Photo of Harishchandragad, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi

Just at a distance of few feet, there erects the reason for this hard-earned trekking to Harishchandragad, the Konkan kada. After much meandering through the trails, Konkan Kada is a rugged architectural mould of nature, an overhanging cliff overlooking the Konkan valley with an awe-inspiring view of the Sahyadris. Its conclave structure is about 4000ft. in height that dominates a deep pit in which the clouds are sucked in and are thrown vertically into the sky. The fog and the clouds complement each other creating a vision, which is simply idyllic.

Photo of Konkan Kada, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India by Harleen Kalsi
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Shubhada Fuge
Hey Hie, I have heard a lot about Konkan Kada and Harishchandra gad and want to visit it. The problem is, I am a bit overweight and fear about lossing stamina mid trek... Although I have started training to build up my stamina but I would still appreciate if you could tell me the difficulty level of the trek. Thanks
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Shubhada Fuge
Hey Hie, I have heard a lot about Konkan Kada and Harishchandra gad and want to visit it. The problem is, I am a bit overweight and fear about lossing stamina mid trek... Although I have started training to build up my stamina but I would still appreciate if you could tell me the difficulty level of the trek. Thanks
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Shubhada Fuge
Hey Hie, I have heard a lot about Konkan Kada and Harishchandra gad and want to visit it. The problem is, I am a bit overweight and fear about lossing stamina mid trek... Although I have started training to build up my stamina but I would still appreciate if you could tell me the difficulty level of the trek. Thanks
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