Harishchandragad Trek – via Pachnai, Camping

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2 Days 1 Night
Availability : On request
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 20

Highlights

  • Ascend and descend via Pachnai routeEasy Trek
  • Taramati peak summitOne of the highest peak of Maharashtra: 4,695 ft.
  • Mesmerising Sunrise from Taramati Peak
  • Visit the mighty & attractive Kokankada
  • Visit Harishchandreshwar Temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh Caves, Saptatirtha PushkarniAnd other ancient ramparts

Key Info.

Akole

Ahmednagar District

Pachnai

Base Village

4,695

Max. Altitude (Ft.)

7 hrs., 5 km.

Daily Walking (approx.)
Activity LevelEASY +

Harishchandragad is a hill fort situated on the boundaries of 3 districts of Maharashtra i.e. Pune, Ahmednagar & Thane. The fort comes under Harishchandragad-Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most challenging treks in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad fort can be visited all year long & known for its size and spectacular ‘Kokankada’- the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt has been a hot pick amongst adventure enthusiasts and trekkers for several years.

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Harishchandragad fort is quite ancient, with its origin dating back to the sixth century. There are caves situated all over the fort, believed to be carved out in the eleventh century. The various temples and carvings in the caves indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later, the fort was under the control of the Moguls. And by 1747, the Marathas captured it.

Extra infoHistory

The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references for Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in the 6th century, during the rule of the Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves, idols of Lord Vishnu were carved. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya.

Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), used to meditate here in the 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing in the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.

Easy way of the Harishchandragad

Pachnai Route

Harishchandragad is 3 km away from Pachnai. Pachnai is surrounded by mountains and in monsoon, you can get a visual of five falls from the base. This is the easiest route to reach Harishchandragad. Might be the simplest route but it’s very scenic. Since it does not take out your breath, you are more appreciative of your surroundings. While we descend in full light and clear sky, time appears to be at a standstill. Those who are photographers can get extremely beautiful landscapes on this route.

Must visit these places on the Harishchandragad

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    Major attraction of the Harishchandragad
    Kokankada
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    Caves that tell you the story of 04 eras
    Kedareshwar Caves
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    Sacred water tanks
    Saptatirtha Pushkarni
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    Holy place from 12th Century
    Harishchandreshwar Temple
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    One of the highest peak of Maharashtra: 4,695 ft.
    Taramati Peak
Day Wise

Itinerary

Day 0Night Travelling

23:30
Please reach your pickup point and meet with SG-Trekkers representatives to mark your attendance.

23:59
You will be transferred by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.

Day 1Harishchandragad –Trek via Pachnai

04:30
We arrive at the base of the Harishchandragad (Pachnai village).

04:30 – 05:45
Refresh yourself. (Toilets are available there.)
Have breakfast & tea.

05:45
Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

06:00 – 08:00
Now we start the easy trek to the Harishchandragad via the Pachnai route. We need to ascend approximately 1,250 ft. It takes about two hours to reach the Harishchandragad from the base.

You will enjoy this trek. We are going to walk along the side of the mountain which is completely safe. At some places, springs of water can be seen. With an easy climb, we reach the fort.

08:00 – 11:00
Explore the Harishchandragad

• Harishchandreshwar Temple
• Kedareshwar & other groups of caves

11:00 – 16:00
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
You will have some free time after lunch. We are going to set up a campsite under the guidance of trek leaders.

16:00 – 18:30
Visit wonder of Harishchandragad i.e. “Kokankada”
We can witness one of the beautiful sunsets from here.

18:30 – 20:00
Spend free time at the campsite.

21:30
After the meal, everyone should go to sleep in the tent assigned to them.
Day Stumps.


Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 750 /0
• Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 5 km.
• Accommodation: Tent Stay (2/3/4 person sharing)
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2Taramati Peak Summit

05:30
Wake up call. Refresh yourself.

06:30
Get ready to summit Taramati peak. We’ll catch a sunrise from the summit.

08:00 – 09:00
Return to our campsite & Have breakfast with tea.

09:00 – 11:00
Leaving Harishchandragad & starting to descend to the base village with good memories. Reach Pachnai village.

11:00 – 17:00
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.

17:00
Reach Pune and now it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s keep in touch via phone / social media and meet again on another memorable trip.

SEE YOU SOON! 😀


Day 2: Highlights

• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): 500 / 1,250
• Walk (approx.): 7 hrs., 5 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast

Ex. Pune

Travel Details

Departure

DAY 0

Travel by

Private Bus

Non AC, Highback Seats
Bus Starting From

McDonald's, J.M. Road

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04
Bus Route
Pick-up Points

Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Junnar > Pachnai (Base)

23:30 – Deccan
23:45 – Aundh
23:59 – Nashik Phata

Important Note
  • Please arrive at your pickup point 15 minutes early so as not to be late.
Arrival

DAY 2

Bus Ends At

Deccan Gymkhana, Pune-04

Important Note
  • We can arrive 1 hour early / late; According to traffic conditions.
  • Your drop point will be the same as the pick-up point.

Inclusion

  • Transport from/to PuneBy Tempo Travellers or Mini Buses or big buses depending on the respective tour group size.
  • Forest Entry TicketKalsubai-Harishchandragad WLS
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 DinnerServed veg. meals only.
  • Stay in Tent2/3/4 person sharing basis
  • Common First Aid KitWell stocked medicines
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsCertified Mountaineers

Exclusion

  • Any kind of personal expenses.Anything specifically not mentioned in the ‘tour price includes’ column
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