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Harishchandragad Fort – Easy 1-Day Trek via Pachnai Route

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Sun, 28 Jul, 2024
Ex. Pune
  • Ex. PuneWith Transport
  • Ex. PachnaiWithout Transport
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  • 1 Night / 1 DayDuration
  • Sun, 28 Jul’24travel dates
  • 07-60 yrs.Age Limit
  • 10-30 max.Group Size


  • Easiest route to HarishchandragadThe trail from Pachnai is relatively gentle and well-marked, making it suitable for beginners and families
  • Explore the HarishchandragadHarishchandreshwar Temple, Kedareshwar & Ganesh Caves, Saptatirtha Pushkarni and other ancient ramparts
  • The KokankadaA stunning concave cliff offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. It’s a perfect spot for photography and experiencing the thrill of height
  • During the monsoon and post-monsoon seasonsSmall waterfalls & streams add to the scenic beauty of the trek
  • Considered an easy to moderate trekRecommended for beginners with good fitness

Overall, the “Harishchandragad trek via Pachnai” offers natural beauty, historical significance, and cultural experience, making it an enriching & enjoyable trekking adventure!

Key Info

  • Rajur, Akolelocation
  • Pachnaibase village
  • Anytimebest season
  • Easy+grade
  • 4,030 ft.max. altitude
  • 10 km, 6-7 hrs.trek (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
Pune » Pachnai Village

Depart from Pune by 23:00 hrs.
Meet our representative at your pick-up point. We will then proceed by private vehicle to the starting point of our trek.

Day 0: Highlights
• Drive (approx.): 170 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 1
Harishchandragad Fort Trek » Pachnai » Pune

Early in the morning, we reach the base village, Pachnai and get a brief overview of the trek. Begin your trek. The initial part of the trail is easy and winds through dense forest. The trail is easy with gentle inclines and well-marked paths through lush greenery and small streams. As you gain altitude, the views become more and more impressive. You’ll also start to see some of the fort’s fortifications along the way.

Reach Harishchandragad, and explore places like Kedareshwar and Ganesh Caves, the Saptatirtha Pushkarni & the Harishchandreshwar Temple. Learn about its historical and religious significance.

Hike to Konkan Kada, a majestic cliff offering panoramic views of the Konkan region. Spend time at Konkan Kada, soaking in the breathtaking views and capturing photos.

Retrace your steps back to Pachnai village. Descend at a leisurely pace, enjoying the natural surroundings.

Freshen up and relax. Have a meal at a local home. Depart from Pachnai village and arrive back in Pune, marking the end of a refreshing and adventurous day trek to Harishchandragad via Pachnai.

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

Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude: ⇑ 1,350 ft. / ⇓ 1,350 ft.
• Trek (approx.): 10 km, 6-7 hrs.
• Accommodation: N/A
• Meals: Breakfast, Meal after the Trek, Evening Tea
• Drive (approx.): 170 km, 5-6 hrs.


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, 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


What's Not Included?
  • Any Personal ExpensesAnything specifically not mentioned in the “Inclusions” list.

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