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Harishchandragad Trek – via Nalichi Vaat, Camping, Descend via Rajmarg

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  • 2 Days / 2 NightsDuration
  • 09-10 Mar'24Availability
  • 15-55 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-20 max.Group Size


of the trip
  • Trek for all experienced trekkersShould be able to cover long distances over uneven terrain with a heavy backpack
  • Ascend via the “Nalichi Vaat” routeOne of the toughest routes of the Harishchandragad
  • Get the experience of rock climbingTwo rock patches of 40 ft. & 20 ft. respectively
  • A thrilling and exciting climb to the topThe views gained as a reward for our effort
  • Visit the mighty & attractive KokankadaExperience the sunset from the Kokankada
  • Camping at HarishchandragadStay in a tent on a shared basis
  • Taramati Peak summitOne of the highest peaks in Maharashtra
  • Mesmerizing sunrise from the Taramati peakOne of the best panoramic views of the prominent Sahyadri mountains
  • Explore the HarishchandragadHarishchandreshwar temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh caves, Saptatirtha Pushkarni and other ancient ramparts
  • Descend via Rajmarg aka Junnar Darwaja

Key Info.

  • Malshej GhatLocation
  • Walhivare & KhireshwarBase Villages
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • DifficultGrade
  • 4,695 ft. Max. Altitude: Taramati Peak
  • Daily 9 hrs.Walk (approx.): Total 25 km.
EnduranceChallenging: 08 / 10

Harishchandragad is a hill fort situated on the border of three districts of Pune, Ahmednagar and Thane in Maharashtra, India. It is a popular trekking destination and a historic site known for its natural beauty and ancient temples.

Harishchandragad is situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, approximately 90 kilometres from the city of Pune and 170 kilometres from Mumbai. The fort stands at an elevation of about 4,671 feet (1,423 meters) above sea level, making it one of the highest forts in the Western Ghats.

The best time to visit Harishchandragad is during the monsoon (June to September) and post-monsoon (October to November) seasons when the landscape is at its most beautiful. However, trekking during the winter months (December to March) is also possible, but it can be quite cold.


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.

Must visit these places on the Harishchandragad

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Harishchandragad is a beautiful hill fort in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. It is a famous trekking and camping destination for its stunning natural beauty and historical significance. Here are some notable places and features you can explore in Harishchandragad:
  • Major Attraction of the Harishchandragad
  • Sacred Water Tank
    Saptatirtha Pushkarni
  • Holy Place from 12th Century
    Harishchandreshwar Temple
  • Holy Place from 12th Century
    Harishchandreshwar Temple
  • Caves that tell you the Story of 04 Eras
    Kedareshwar Caves
  • A BIG idol of Lord Ganesha Carved in a Single Stone
    Ganesh Caves
  • A Group of Several Caves
    Other Caves
  • One of the Highest Peak of Maharashtra
    Taramati Peak: 4,695 ft.
  • Watchtower of the Harishchandragad

Trekking Routes of the Harishchandragad

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Trekking to Harishchandragad is a popular adventure activity, and it offers a unique and beautiful experience for adventure enthusiasts. The trek to Harishchandragad can be moderately challenging, it’s essential to be physically fit and prepared for steep ascents and descents. The difficulty level may vary depending on the specific route you choose.
  • Ascend via
    “Nalichi Vaat” route
  • Descend via
    Rajmarg aka Junnar Darwaja

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0, FriOvernight Travelling (5-6 hrs.)

Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.

Day 1, SatHarishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat > Sunset at Kokankada > Camping

We arrive at the base of the Harishchandragad i.e. Walhivare village.
Get a quick freshen-up at a local’s house.

Today we are going to climb the Harishchandragad via Nalichi Vaat. 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. 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.

We will witness a beautiful sunset from the Kokankada.
End your day with delicious local food and sleep in a tent.

Day 1: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 3,150 ft. / ⇓ 0 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 10 km.
• Accommodation: Camping: Stay in Tent
• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2, SunTaramati Peak > Sightseeing > Descend via Rajmarg > Khireshwar Village > Pune (4-5 hrs.)

Early in the morning, we will climb Taramati Peak to see the first rays of the morning sun.
Explore the Harishchandragad (Temples, Caves & Other Monuments)

After having a warm lunch, we will descend to Khireshwar village via the Rajmarg/Junnar Darwaja route. Once we reach Khireshwar village, we will start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.

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.


Day 2: Highlights

• Altitude: ⇑ 600 ft. / ⇓ 2,450 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 9 hrs., 15 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Safety Gears & Technical Supportwith UIAA Certified Equipment
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai - Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • 2 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 1 DinnerServed Veg. Meals as per the itinerary only
  • Camping: Stay in TentOn sharing basis of 3/4 People
    Separate tent for Women
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • GST 18%


  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything specifically not mentioned in the ‘inclusions list’.
  • Day 2: Dinner
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    Vaibhav More

    Group Traveller

    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!!

    Tue, 07 Feb, 2023

    Sayali Bhase

    Solo Traveller

    Woww!! Great experience with group SG!😀 Amazing arrangements done for stay and food … Must try!! ☑

    Mon, 29 Nov, 2021

    Prasad Joshi

    Solo Traveller

    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.

    Mon, 29 Nov, 2021

    Chetan Kucheriya

    Solo Traveller

    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 🙂

    Mon, 29 Nov, 2021