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Harishchandragad – Easy One Day Trek via Pachnai

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  • 1 Day / 1 NightDuration
  • Sat, 01 Jun'24travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size


  • Ascend and descend via the Pachnai routeEasiest route of the Harishchandragad
  • Visit the mighty & attractive Kokankada
  • Explore the HarishchandragadHarishchandreshwar Temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh Caves, Saptatirtha Pushkarni and other ancient ramparts
  • Easy trek for allRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Bonus: during the monsoon season, the waterfalls along the way and the lush greenery add to the scenic beauty of the trek. However, knowing the increased difficulty and potential for slippery trails is important during this time.

Key Info

  • BhandardaraLocation
  • PachnaiBase Village
  • AnytimeBest Season
  • EasyGrade
  • 4,030 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 10 km., 7 hrs.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 6/10

Harishchandragad Fort is a trekker's paradise!

Enveloped in history and boasting dramatic landscapes, this ancient fort promises an unforgettable adventure for all who dare to ascend its slopes!

Harishchandragad is a hill fort located on the border of three districts of Pune, Ahilyanagar and Thane in Maharashtra. The fort is at an elevation of about 4,670 feet (1,423 m) above sea level, making it one of the highest forts in the Western Ghats.

Harishchandragad Fort is a popular destination for trekkers of all experience levels. There are multiple routes to the summit, each offering its challenges and rewards. The best time to trek to Harishchandragad Fort is from August to February when the weather is cooler and more pleasant. Having conquered the climb, trekkers are greeted by a treasure trove of historical and natural wonders. 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

Harishchandragad Fort is more than just a trek; it’s an experience that lingers long after you’ve descended. From the thrill of the climb to the historical and natural wonders that await at the summit, this majestic fort has something to offer every adventurer. So, lace up your boots, pack your bags, and get ready to conquer the Pride of Maharashtra!

A Legacy of FortificationHistory

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.

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 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.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0
Travel from Pune » Bari [5-6 hrs.]

Depart from Pune by 23:00 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 0: Highlights
• Drive (approx.): 210 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 1
Harishchandragad Trek » Travel to Pune

Early in the morning, we arrive at the base of Harishchandragad Fort i.e. Pachnai village.

04:00 – 06:00
Get a quick freshen-up at a local’s house. (Washrooms are available)
Have breakfast & tea. Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.

06:00 – 12:00
Now, we are going to climb the Harishchandragad via the Pachnai route. It is one of the easiest paths to the top. Harishchandragad is 3 km away from Pachnai.

This is the easiest route to reach Harishchandragad. It might be the most straightforward route but it’s very scenic. Since it does not take out your breath, you are more appreciative of your surroundings. Those who are photographers can get magnificent landscapes on this route.

12:00 – 13:30
Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.

13:30 – 15:30
Descend down from the Harishchandragad.

15:30 – 20:00
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 stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.


Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 1,550 ft. / ⇓ 1,550 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 10 km, 7-8 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Packed Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea


What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneNon-AC Vehicle with Toll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai - Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • A Breakfast, Lunch, Evening TeaServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GSTAll Applicable Taxes


What's Not Included?
  • Any Kind of Personal ExpensesAnything Specifically Not Mentioned in the ‘Inclusions List’.

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