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Ratangad and Harishchandragad are the two main forts in Kalsubai-Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary.
These two forts are located on the main range of the Sahyadri and the Katrabai pass (trade route) is the only way to connect them.
This route passes through a basin of the Mula River, and dense forest. Further, it leads to Harishchandragad via Pachnai.
Various parts of Sahyadri can be seen from Ratangad, Katrabai and Harishchandragad.
We can see high mountains, peaks, deep valleys, also, the Sahyadri which spread far and wide on the horizon with its numerous forts and other hills.
The distance from Ratangad to Harishchandragad is about 45 km; those who want to know their physical strength and those who like to wander in Sahyadri should definitely do this trek once in a lifetime.
This tough 2-days trek is always on every trekker’s wish list.
Harishchandragad fort is quite ancient, with its origin dating back to the sixth century. There are caves situated all over the fort, believed to be carved out in the eleventh century. The various temples and carvings in the caves 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 the Moguls. And by 1747, the Marathas captured it.
This hill fort can be approached from multiple routes. Khireshwar Tolar Khind route & Pachnai route is the two normally used routes. While Junnar Darwaja & Nalichi Vaat route is the route rarely used. Among these, all route Nalichi Vaat route is the toughest one.
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.
Deccan > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Sangamner > Rajur > Ratanwadi (Base)
23:30 – Deccan
23:45 – Aundh
23:59 – Nashik Phata
Very nice and beautiful lifetime memoriable Trek with SG TREKKERS; Thanks Vishal for the management!🥰🤗