Overview

Harishchandragad is a hill fort located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. It is a part of the Western Ghats and is known for its historical and natural significance.

  • Location: Harishchandragad is situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, near the town of Malshej Ghat. It is part of the Western Ghats range and is known for its rugged terrain and stunning vistas.

  • Elevation: The fort stands at an elevation of approximately 1,424 meters (4,672 feet) above sea level, making it one of the higher peaks in the region.

  • Historical Significance: Harishchandragad has historical and mythological significance. It is believed to have been built during the 6th century and has been a site of various historical events and legends.

  • Trekking Routes: There are multiple trekking routes to reach Harishchandragad, each offering its own challenges and scenic views. The most common routes start from the villages of Khireshwar, Pachnai, and Belpada.

  • Points of Interest: The trek to Harishchandragad offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys, waterfalls, and the Konkan region. Key attractions include the Konkan Kada, a massive cliff offering panoramic views, the Taramati Peak, Kokankada, and the Kedareshwar Cave Temple.

  • Difficulty Level: The trek to Harishchandragad is considered to be challenging, particularly during the monsoon season when the trails become slippery and the weather conditions can be unpredictable. The terrain includes steep ascents, rocky patches, and dense forests.

  • Cultural Aspects: Harishchandragad has historical significance and is home to ancient temples and caves. Trekkers may come across local villagers during the trek, offering a glimpse into the local culture and traditions.

  • Ecological Considerations: Harishchandragad and its surrounding regions are ecologically sensitive areas with diverse flora and fauna. Trekkers are encouraged to follow responsible trekking practices, such as not littering and respecting the natural environment.

  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to trek to Harishchandragad is during the post-monsoon season (October to February) and the pre-monsoon season (March to June), when the weather is relatively stable and the landscape is lush green..

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Highlights
  • Kedareshwar Cave Temple: This ancient cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a remarkable architectural marvel. The temple is carved out of a single rock and features intricate carvings and sculptures.

  • Konkan Kada: Also known as Konkan Cliff, this is a breathtaking semi-circular cliff that offers panoramic views of the Konkan region. It's a popular spot for trekkers and nature enthusiasts.

  • Taramati Peak: The highest point on the fort, Taramati Peak provides stunning vistas of the Sahyadri mountain range and the nearby valleys.

  • Caves: Harishchandragad has a number of caves, including the Kedareshwar Cave Temple mentioned earlier, as well as the Ganesh Cave .

About Harishchandragad Trek 

  • Location : Pachnai village
  • Elevation : 4,670 ft. above sea level
  • Fort Type : Hill Fort 
  • Trek Distance : 6 km approx 
  • Trek level : Moderate
  • Trek Duration : 3 hrs one way
  • Endurance : Medium to High
Itinerary
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  • 03:00 AM : Reach at base village & freshen up.
  • 04:00 AM : Start our trek to Harishchandragad post briefing and instructions by Trek Leaders.
  • 05:00 AM : Reach at the Harihareshwar Temple and have rest for sometime.
  • 05:30 AM : Start trek Towards Taramati Peak. 
  • 06:15 AM : Reach Taramati Peak. and enjoy Beautiful sunrise view. Do photography. relax for sometime.
  • 07:30 AM : Start trek towards Konkankada.
  • 08:30 AM : Reach konkankada, get relaxed and Have Breakfast. Explore konkankada and do photography.
  • 09:30 AM : Start trek to Harihareshwar Temple.
  • 10:00 AM : Explore the Harihareshwar Temple, Shiv Linga, Pushkarni 
  • 11:30 AM : Start descending towards to the Base. 
  • 01.00 PM : Return to the base village. 
  • 01.30 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food. 
  • 02.00 PM : Start return Journey after Lunch. 
  • 09.00 PM : Reach back to Pune & bid farewell to all amazing souls with beautiful memories.

Note :- 1-2hrs buffer time is possible depending on the speed of trekkers, traffic on the road & other unavoidable circumstances during the trip.

Packages
Dates and Rates
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Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Pune to Pune Travel by Non-AC bus
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Lunch (Unlimited)
  • Basic First Aid (if required)
  • Trek leader expertise
  • Forest entry charges
  • Our Badge

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the inclusion of this package.
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption. 
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, accidents etc. 
  • Any Medical/Emergency evacuations if required. 
  • Any kind of Insurance is not included.
Things To Carry

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.

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  • Do note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup & lead details would be shared in the group.  
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability of the locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who are looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences. 
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.)
  • Please note that the advance amount paid would not not refunded in any case, except if the trek/tour departure is cancelled by us. Do check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations.
  • No compensation would be given due to sudden closure of the destinations, road accidents, unexpected circumstances, vehicle breakdown, any natural or unexpected calamities after reaching the venue.
  • If the event is cancelled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.
  • We need at least 12-14 Travellers to manage our Trip, so our team reserves all the rights to cancel the Trip if the minimum batch size is not enough.
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FAQs
  • What is the distance to Harishchandragad Trek?

The distance to Harishchandragad from Pune is approximately  161 kilometers, and it typically about 4 hours and 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

  • Are washrooms available on the trek?

Washrooms are available at the base village only. No facility is available during the trek.  

  • Is this trek safe for girls?

This trek is completely safe for girls And have separate changing rooms.

  • What about extra baggage?

You can safely keep your extra bags in bus

  • Are changing rooms available?

Changing rooms and washrooms are available at the base village

  • What are the pickup points?

Pick up is available if your location comes in between our route for this you have to contact us before.

  • What is the type of bus?

The bus is NON/AC Tempo Traveler with decent seating comfort.

  • What is the difficulty level of the Harishchandragad Trek?

The difficulty level of the Harishchandragad Pachnai Trek is moderate to challenging.

  • What is the elevation of the Harishchandragad trek?

The trek includes a significant elevation gain as trekkers ascend to the summit of Harishchandragad, which stands at an altitude of approximately 1,424 meters (4,672 feet) above sea level. The ascent involves climbing steep sections and negotiating rocky pathways.

  • Are children allowed to participate in the Harishchandragad  Trek?

Yes, age is no longer a barrier, especially in an era where children are accomplishing great feats at a very young age. When it comes to trekking and adventure, children have been scaling peaks of difficult-grade treks too. Trekkers are always excited to have children in the group at Harishchandragad . Participants of any age with the required fitness levels can register for the event. However, children below 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.

  • What is the base village for Harishchandragad Trek?

The base villages commonly used for the Harishchandragad Trek include Khireshwar, Pachnai, and Belpada. Among these, Khireshwar and Pachnai are the most popular starting points for the trek to Harishchandragad Fort.

  1. Khireshwar: Khireshwar village is frequently chosen as the base for the trek to Harishchandragad. It provides access to one of the main trekking routes leading to the fort. Trekkers usually start their journey from Khireshwar and ascend through scenic trails to reach Harishchandragad.

  2. Pachnai: Pachnai is another base village used for the Harishchandragad Trek. It offers an alternate route to the fort, providing trekkers with different perspectives of the landscape. The trail from Pachnai involves ascending through lush forests and rocky terrain to reach the summit of Harishchandragad.

  • What is the current weather conditions at Harishchandragad ?

During summer, expect temperatures ranging from 17°C at night to approximately 39°C during the day. The summit experiences strong winds and chilly conditions.

During the monsoon season, heavy rainfall is common. It's advised to double-pack your expensive phones and gadgets to prevent water damage.

In winter, temperatures range between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, accompanied by strong winds. It's advisable to carry a windproof jacket for the summit.

  • Is it possible to charge my phone?

Unfortunately, there is no electricity available. Please remember to bring a power bank if you need to charge your phone.

  • What is the Trek Duration of the Harishchandragad ?

The trek to Harishchandragad usually takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach the top, and roughly 2 hours to descend back to base village Pachnai.

  • What is the condition of the route to Harishchandragad ?

The route to Harishchandragad leads through a forested area with a gradual 40-degree incline hill walk. The entire path offers scenic and breathtaking views. While trekking, you'll encounter multiple water streams and dense tree patches. The entire trail offers mind-blowing views, and during the monsoon season, you'll also experience small waterfalls along the Harishchandragad trek.

  • Are children allowed to participate in the Harishchandragad Trek?

Yes, age is no longer a barrier, especially in an era where children are accomplishing great feats at a very young age. When it comes to trekking and adventure, children have been scaling peaks of difficult-grade treks too. Trekkers are always excited to have children in the group at Kalsubai. Participants of any age with the required fitness levels can register for the event. However, children below 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.

  • Will we return at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary for Harishchandragad ?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The timing for our return is based on the average time taken during our previous events. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on weather conditions, traffic conditions, participants' speed, and endurance.

About the Experience 

  • Embark on the renowned Harishchandragad Trek, a beloved route through the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.
  • Discover the intricately formed Kedareshwar Cave, adorned with numerous shrines, carvings, and sculptures.
  • Join this expedition led by a knowledgeable and amicable guide, ensuring a smooth and enriching journey.
  • Delight in the awe-inspiring vistas stretching across the landscape from the summit of Harishchandragad fort.
  • Opt for hassle-free transfers and be picked up from designated points in Punei the night before the trek commences.
  • Embark on your journey, traversing off-the-beaten-path trails while encountering breathtaking natural panoramas.
  • Marvel at the distinctive rock formations, caves, and ancient temples, including the revered Hindu sanctuary of Kedareshwar.
  • Witness the majestic mountains and cascading waterfalls dotting the landscape as you trek towards Harishchandragad.
  • Arrive at the summit, revel in the picturesque vistas, and venture into the surrounding areas for exploration.
  • Upon descending to the village base, indulge in a delectable thali lunch to replenish your energy.​

Harishchandragad Trek Blog

A Thrilling Journey: Trekking to Harishchandragad from Pune via Pachnai Route

Nestled in the heart of the Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra, Harishchandragad stands as a testament to nature's grandeur and historical significance. For adventure seekers in Pune, the journey to this ancient fort begins with a thrilling trek from the quaint village of Pachnai. Join us as we embark on an exhilarating expedition to Harishchandragad, tracing the scenic route from Pune to Pachnai and beyond.

As the sun rises over Pune, trekkers gather their gear and anticipation mounts for the adventure ahead. Packing essentials such as sturdy hiking boots, ample water, and energy-boosting snacks, they set out on the road towards Ahmednagar. The journey to Pachnai is an adventure in itself, as winding roads lead through picturesque landscapes and charming villages, offering glimpses of rural life along the way.

Located at the base of the Harishchandragad mountain range, Pachnai serves as the starting point for the trek. Upon arrival, trekkers are greeted by the serene beauty of the village, surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills. After a brief rest and final preparations, the group sets off on foot, following the trail that winds its way towards the summit.

Ascending to New Heights: The Trek Route from Pachnai
The trek from Pachnai to Harishchandragad is a test of endurance and determination, with the trail presenting a mix of challenging terrain and breathtaking scenery. As trekkers ascend higher, the landscape unfolds in all its glory, with verdant forests, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic views of the Sahyadri range stretching out before them.

One of the highlights of the trek is the journey through Kokankada, a towering cliff face that offers unparalleled vistas of the surrounding valleys and hills. Here, trekkers pause to catch their breath and marvel at the sheer magnitude of nature's beauty, while soaking in the tranquility of the mountain landscape.

As the trek reaches its culmination at Harishchandragad, trekkers are rewarded with more than just stunning views. The ancient fort, dating back to the 6th century, beckons with its intriguing history and architectural marvels. Exploring the ruins of temples, caves, and fortifications, trekkers gain insights into the region's rich cultural heritage and the stories of generations past.

As the sun begins to set, casting golden hues over the horizon, trekkers begin their descent from Harishchandragad, their hearts full of memories and their spirits rejuvenated by the adventure. Reflecting on the journey from Pune to Pachnai and beyond, they carry with them a sense of accomplishment and gratitude for the wonders of nature and the camaraderie forged along the way.

The trek to Harishchandragad from Pune via the Pachnai route is not just a physical journey but a soul-stirring experience that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who undertake it. As trekkers return to Pune, they carry with them memories of breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and the bonds of friendship forged amidst the mountains. And as they gaze upon the distant peaks of the Sahyadris, they know that the call of adventure will forever echo in their souls, beckoning them to new heights of exploration and discovery.