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Harishchandragad – via Bail Ghat, Descend via Pachnai

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  • 1 Day / 1 NightDuration
  • Wed, 01 May’24travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size

Highlights

  • Climbing the highest peak of Maharashtra: 5,400 ft.The feeling of accomplishment & the panoramic views from the top are truly rewarding!
  • A thrilling & exciting climb to the topGives you the distinction of conquering the highest peak in Maharashtra
  • At the peak, a temple of the goddess “Kalsubai” Visiting the temple adds a cultural & spiritual touch to your trek experience
  • Witnessing the breath-taking sunrise from the summit of Kalsubai
  • Considered an easy to moderate trekThe presence of railings, chains, and ladders in some sections helps you navigate the steeper parts of the trail

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
  • BaariBase Village
  • AnytimeBest Season
  • ChalleningGrade
  • 5,400 ft.Max. Altitude
  • 10 km., 7 hrs.Walk (approx.)
EnduranceMedium: 7/10

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
    Kokankada
  • 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
    Balekilla

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
Kalsubai Peak Trek » Travel to Pune

Early in the morning, we reach the base village, Bari. Here, you can have a light breakfast. Start the trek from Bari village. The initial part of the trail is moderate, with a gradual climb through the forest. As you ascend, the trail becomes steeper and rockier. Use caution and take your time, especially during low-light conditions.

Reach the summit of Kalsubai Peak 5,400 ft. Celebrate your achievement and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including Bhandardara Lake and other Sahyadri peaks. At the summit, take your time to rest and appreciate the scenery.

Begin your descent, following the same trail back down to Bari village. Reach Bari village, feeling accomplished and refreshed. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local home. Depart from Bari village and return to Pune; filled with memories of our Kalsubai adventure trip.

Arrive back in Pune by 21:00 hrs. (approx.).


Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 2,790 ft. / ⇓ 2,790 ft.
• Walk (approx.): 10 km, 7-8 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea

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Inclusions

What's Included?
  • Private Transport: Ex. PuneToll, Parking, Transport Permit, Driver Food & Allowance
  • Forest Entry PermitsKalsubai - Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary
  • A Breakfast, Meal after the Trek, 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
  • Safety Gears & Technical Supportwith UIAA Certified Equipment
  • Tent AccommodationOn 3/4 Person Sharing Basis
  • Ferry Boat FareRound Trip – Name Trip
  • Trek InsuranceWith Multiple Benefits

Exclusions

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