Back in 2012 while doing my MBA in SIOM Nashik the hiking bug had officially bitten me, after my enthralling hike to Dugarwadi waterfalls. The stage had been set for more such adventures to follow. Fast forward 5 months and my friends Arun, Anoop, and Amit had planned for a trek to Harishchandragad, in the Ahmednagar district. I had missed out on the earlier trek to Ratangad, so this time I made sure I go with them.
This is the journey of a just-transformed-trekker who undertakes this adventure with lot of expectations. This was 6 years back. Most of the pics below are thanks to the exceptionally skilled Anoop and Arun, who introduced me to the world of trekking. Well, as for me I was carrying a Nikon PnS, so sorry for the poor picture quality and wrong (and ugly) date stamp on them.
Maharashtra has numerous forts and ruins, mainly from the rule of Maratha empire which have now doubled up as exquisite trekking spots. The history of Harishchandragad preludes 6th century, and when sages used to meditate here under the caves carved out of the rocks here. What remains at the top are the ruins of forts, Harishchandreswar temple, Kedareshwar cave, few ancient caves which are still livable. The fort proved for a strategic importance for the Marathas after they won it from the Mughals.
Our Journey to Pachanai Village
Our folks had arranged for a Tata Ace. We had to literally stuff ourselves inside, for we were 12 people! Harishchandragad could be climbed through 4-5 routes, however we would go from Pachanai village situated around 100 kms from our campus. Started off in at 10:30 am to a destination with little knowledge.