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Harishchandragad – Easy One Day Trek via Pachnai

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  • 1 Day/1 NightDuration
  • Thu, 30 Nov’23travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size

Highlights of Trek

  • 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

Key Info

  • Rajur, AkoleLocation
  • PachnaiBase Village
  • Winter, SummerBest Season
  • Easy+Grade
  • 4,030 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 8 hrs., 6 km.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 6/10

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.

History ofHarishchandragad

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

Detailed Itinerary

Day-wise Schedule

Day 0Overnight Travelling

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 1Harishchandragad Trek > 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.): 8 hrs., 6 km.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch



What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai - Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • A Breakfast, LunchServed Veg. Meals as Per Itinerary Only
  • An Experienced Trek LeadsTeam of Certified Mountaineers & Outdoor Experts
  • First Aid KitWell Stocked Medicines with Team SG-Trekkers
  • GST 18%Goods & Service Tax


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