Harishchandragad, a mountain in Sahyadri range of western Ghats hosts many ancient caves and temples along-with remains of a hillfort. Harishchandragad peak is quite popular among trekking enthusiasts to have a spectacular experience of hiking through jaw-dropping landscapes.
How to reach Harishchandragad
Multiple trekking routes can take you to the peak with varying difficulty level. The one I chose was close to Pune and moderately difficult to climb taking nearly 4 hours to hike up. Khireshwar was the base village for this route located close to Malshej Ghats. A drive from Pune to Khireshwar takes almost 4 hours and passes through scenic landscapes and meadows. Details of other routes are provided at end of the article.
Best time for Harishchandragad Trek
Though Monsoon is best time to witness nature at its best in this journey but it makes the trekking even more difficult due to presence of numerous water streams gushing down your pathways. Hence, it's recommended to go on this trail either during beginning of Monsoon or in winters, so as you’ll be able to enjoy traversing through fog amid lush green forest without any risks. Summer will be quite hot hiking through withered forest and dry waterfalls.
Where to stay during Harishchandragad Trek
You can choose to stay either at Khireshwar or in the camps and caves at the Harishchandragad top, I chose the latter one. You can carry your own tents and pitch it anywhere on top or can simply lay your beddings in any of the natural caves. Again, I chose the latter one ;) People usually prefer to stay overnight at Harishchandragad hence you’ll find many local villagers organizing camps and preparing food.