Harishchandragad is a hill fort situated on the border of three districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Thane in Maharashtra. This fort is located in Harishchandragad-Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary. This is the most challenging trek in the Western Ghats. Harishchandragad fort can be visited all year round and is known for its size and spectacular ‘Kokankada’ – the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt has been a popular choice for adventure lovers and trekkers for many years.
Harishchandragad is a very ancient fort, dating back to the 6th century. There are caves all over the fort, which are believed to have been carved in the 11th century. The various temples and carvings in the caves indicate that the fort dates back to medieval times as it is associated with Shaivism, Shakti or Naath. Later this fort came under the control of the Mughals. And till 1747 the Marathas took possession of it.
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.
Considered one of the most difficult climbs, Nalichi Vaat will test your morale, stamina and endurance to the core. With rocky patches and technical climbing, you’ll reach the top.
Our expert team of SG-Trekkers will make your climb a memorable and safe one.
Needs precise management of time and water.
Please reach your pickup point and mark your attendance. We will travel by private bus to base camp or the starting point of the trek.
We arrive at the base of the Harishchandragad i.e. Walhivare village.
Today we are going to climb the Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat. It is one of the most difficult paths to the top. Popular among climbers and experienced trekkers, Nalichi Vaat involves nearly 80 degrees, involving steep rock patches.
The trail begins on a stream bed filled with large man-sized rocks and eventually leads to the foot of the gorge. We will ascend this route while enjoying natural beauty and beast.
We will witness the beautiful sunset from Konkankada. End your day with delicious local food and sleep in a tent.
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss (ft.): ⇑ 2,550 ft.; ⇓ 0 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 10 km.
• Accommodation: Stay in a Tent
• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Early in the morning, we will summit Taramati Peak for the first ray of the Sun.
We will climb Taramati Peak to see the first rays of the morning sun. After seeing the entire fort, we will go down to the base village by way of Junnar Darwaja.
Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories and non-biodegradable garbage.
Reach Pune and 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.): ⇑ 750 ft.; ⇓ 1,550 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 14 km.
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Malshej Ghat > Walhivare (Base)
23:00 – Deccan
23:15 – Aundh
23:30 – Nashik Phata
I have completed multiple treks with SG basically with Vishal. The trek experience is fabulous where security, care, time and cost. I like the handling and management of the whole trek. Thanks, SG for my trek guide. All the best!!
Woww!! Great experience with group SG!😀 Amazing arrangements done for stay and food … Must try!! ☑
It was a thrilling experience to do this trek. I am having Acrophobia but SG team really take care throughout the trek. I am pretty sure that I would’ve not dared to do this trek with any other group. Now travelling with SG is like travelling with family.
It was really very nice experience with the SG team. They really helped to explore more with information as well as not with the traditional route. The whole group was awesome 🙂