Overview

Harishchandragad: Exploring the Majestic Hill Fort and Trekking Paradise

  • Harishchandragad, nestled in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India, is a captivating hill fort that beckons adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This ancient fort, perched at an elevation of 1,424 meters, offers a breathtaking panorama of the Western Ghats and is renowned for its challenging yet rewarding trekking trails.
  • Trekking to Harishchandragad is a thrilling endeavor that attracts trekkers from all over the country. The fort presents various trekking routes, each with its own charm and difficulty level. The popular Pachnai route is favored by beginners, offering a gradual ascent and enchanting views of the surrounding valleys. On the other hand, the Nalichi Vaat route is a test of endurance and requires experienced trekkers to navigate through steep rock faces and cascading waterfalls.
  • As trekkers embark on their journey to Harishchandragad, they are greeted by lush greenery, gurgling streams, and rich biodiversity. The trek unveils an array of natural wonders, including the mesmerizing Kokankada, a colossal cliff with awe-inspiring vistas. Marvel at the golden hues of sunrise or the ethereal beauty of a sunset painting the sky with vibrant colors.
  • For history buffs, Harishchandragad holds great significance. The fort has witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties and stands as a testament to the architectural prowess of the past. Explore the ancient caves, such as Kedareshwar and Taramati, adorned with intricate carvings and mythological tales. These caves provide shelter to trekkers and add a touch of mystique to the trekking experience.
  • Harishchandragad is also known for its religious and spiritual significance. The Harishchandreshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a site of pilgrimage and attracts devotees throughout the year. Seek solace in the divine ambiance of the temple nestled amidst the mountains.
  • Safety is paramount while undertaking the Harishchandragad trek. It is advisable to trek with an experienced guide who can navigate the trails and provide valuable insights into the fort's history and local folklore. Additionally, trekkers must carry essential trekking gear, ample water, and energy-rich snacks to sustain themselves during the journey.
  • As visitors tread the path to Harishchandragad, they are treated to a symphony of nature's wonders. From the melodious chirping of birds to the whispering breeze, every moment spent on this trek is a communion with the serene beauty of the Western Ghats.
  • In conclusion, Harishchandragad offers a captivating blend of history, adventure, and natural beauty. It is a trekking paradise that challenges trekkers while rewarding them with stunning vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Immerse yourself in the mystique of Harishchandragad, and let this extraordinary hill fort leave an indelible mark on your soul.

Harishchandragad Trek Information:

  • Fort Elevation: Fort trail
  • Trek Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Trek Endurance: Medium to High
  • Trek Length: Approx. 6 km 
  • Trek Duration: 3 hrs one way
  • Location Address: Pachnai village, Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.

Who Should Attend Harishchandragad Monsoon Trek?
Best suited for groups, solo trekkers, corporates, couples, and families.

Discount Cost for Harishchandragad Monsoon Trek 2024

  • Base village to Base: Rs.699/- per person
  • Kasara to Kasara: Rs.1499/- per person

 

1 Night 1 Day 28 Jun, 29 Jun, 05 Jul, and more
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Embark on this fun trek to the Harishchandragad fort situated at an altitude of 4650 ft.
  • Visit the Konkankada cliff, the 'Saptatirtha' Lake & Harishchandreshwar Temple at the top
  • Witness & capture the sights of the mesmerizing sunrise from the Taramati sunrise point
  • Enjoy a warm bonfire session at the night while camping on the top of Konkankada
Dates and Rates
date & duration price
Offers
Use any one code to avail this offer
- Save on group of 5 and more
- Save on group of 10 and more
- Bhatakna Monday Offers & Coupons
Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary Harishchandragad Monsoon Trek (2024) 

Mumbai Itinerary:

 Day 1 (Saturday)

08:44 pm Catch the Train for Kasara Station from CSMT or Other Stations as per your convenient.

CST – Kasara Fast Local Time Table.

08:44 pm - CSMT
08:51 pm - Byculla
08:58 pm - Dadar
09:07 pm - Kurla
09:11 pm – Ghatkopar
09:26 pm – Thane
09:42 pm – Dombivali
09:52 pm – Kalyan
11:04 pm - Kasara

Day 2 (Sunday)

  • 05:30 AM: Reach base village, Get freshen up, and have breakfast
  • 07:00 AM: Get assembled, Instructions, and briefing session by Trek Leaders
  • 07:15 AM: Start trek to Harishchandragad 
  • 09:00 AM: Reach the Temple and Relax. Continue trek towards Kokankada.
  • 09:30 AM: Reach kokankada Enjoy the view, do photography, and Relax
  • 10:30 AM: Start descending towards temple explore the temple, caves, Pushkarini, etc.
  • 11:00 AM: Start descending to the base village. 
  • 02:00 PM: Reach Base Village and Have Lunch 
  • 04:00 PM: Depart for Kasara.
  • 06:00 PM: Reach Kasara Station (Arrival Time Depends on Pace of Group and Traffic)
  • (Take the next available local train to Mumbai)
  • 09:00 PM: Reach Mumbai Adios! Back to the mundane city life. Until next time, Bhatakna! (Arrival Time Depends on Pace of Group and Traffic)
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Transportation from Kasara to kasara.
  • Unlimited Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Harishchandragad Forest Entry Charges.
  • Bhatakna Expertise Representatives.
  • First-aid assistance.
  • Bhatakna Badges.
  • New Friends made, new Bonds attached.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Travel till pickup points
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not included in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption 
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned and included in the inclusion of this package.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
  • Any kind of Insurance
Things To Carry

(Highly Required and Mandatory Things)

  • ID proof
  • backpack (waterproof or covered with waterproof cover) 
  • trekking shoes or any sports shoes with a Good grip
  • Trekking pants (compulsory), 2 T-Shirts (Preferably full sleeves or Half T-shirt with sleeves), Raincoat/ waterproof jacket/ windcheater, Handnapkin/Towel, etc
  • Water 2-3 liters.
  • Ready-to-eat food like plum cakes, Dry fruits, dry snacks and biscuits, Chikki, chocolate bars, etc.
  • Torch 
  • Personal Medicines and Personal First aid 

(Required but Optional Things)

  • To change after trekking - Facewash, Extra pants/ shorts, Extra T-shirt, sleeper/ floaters, an extra bag to carry your trekking shoes, innerwear, etc
  • Sweater For bus journey
  • Electoral or Glucose D powder. 
  • Portable Phone Charger, Earphones, etc.
  • Sun protection cap, sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, toothbrush-toothpaste, etc
  • Proper face mask or shield 
  • Sanitizer 
  • Extra Pair of clothes.

(Note: Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pants,  this will protect your body and skin from Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles, etc)

Additional Information
  • There is no freshen up / washroom / Toilet facility on the Mountain only Available at the Base Village.
  • Avoid carrying heavy weight for the trek.
  • Floaters and Sandals are not allowed, please wear sports shoes or trekking shoes of good quality.

Contact details:

Sam- +918433663398 Abhi- +918433653200

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Disclaimer:

  • The tour is weather-based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last-minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate.
Safety Measures
  • Put clothes, money, camera, phone etc in polythenes while packing
  • Use repellents to keep bugs away Make note of nearest railway station, bus stop, taxi stand etc.
  • Do not stray away from your group during the trek Keep family & friends informed about your whereabouts
FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

  1. What is Harishchandragad? Harishchandragad is a hill fort located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, India. It is famous for its historical significance, scenic beauty, and challenging trekking routes.

  2. How to reach Harishchandragad? Harishchandragad can be reached by road from major cities like Mumbai and Pune. The nearest town is Ghatghar, from where a trek of approximately 4-5 hours leads to the fort.

  3. What is the best time to visit Harishchandragad? The ideal time to visit Harishchandragad is during the months of October to February when the weather is pleasant and favorable for trekking. However, the monsoon season (June to September) offers lush green landscapes and beautiful waterfalls.

  4. What are the popular trekking routes on Harishchandragad? The popular trekking routes on Harishchandragad include the Nalichi Vaat route, the Pachnai route, and the Tolar Khind route. Each route offers different levels of difficulty and scenic beauty.

  5. Are there any accommodations available on Harishchandragad? Yes, there are basic accommodations available on Harishchandragad in the form of caves and camping options. It is advisable to carry your own camping equipment and essentials.

  6. What are the famous attractions in Harishchandragad? The famous attractions on Harishchandragad include the Konkan Kada (a stunning cliff with panoramic views), Kedareshwar temple (an ancient cave temple), and Taramati Peak (the highest point on the fort).

  7. Is it safe to trek Harishchandragad? Trekking Harishchandragad can be challenging, especially during monsoon or rough weather conditions. It is recommended to go with an experienced guide, carry necessary safety gear, and be cautious while navigating tricky sections.

  8. Can beginners attempt the Harishchandragad trek? Yes, beginners can attempt the Harishchandragad trek, but it is important to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges of the trek. It is advisable to start with less difficult routes and gradually progress.

  9. Are there any wildlife or bird sightings on Harishchandragad? Harishchandragad is home to various species of flora and fauna. Visitors may spot species like langurs, monkeys, butterflies, and a variety of birds, including the rare Malabar whistling thrush.

  10. What are the precautions to take while trekking Harishchandragad? Some precautions to take while trekking Harishchandragad include carrying sufficient water, wearing proper trekking shoes, carrying necessary medications, and being aware of weather conditions and trail markings.

  11. Are there any camping facilities on Harishchandragad? There are limited camping facilities on Harishchandragad. Visitors can pitch tents at designated camping sites or choose to stay in the available caves with proper equipment.

  12. Can I visit Harishchandragad during the monsoon season? Visiting Harishchandragad during the monsoon season is possible but challenging due to heavy rainfall and slippery trails. It is recommended for experienced trekkers who are prepared for the rain and enjoy the lush green surroundings.

  13. Is there any historical or mythological significance associated with Harishchandragad? Harishchandragad has historical and mythological significance. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama performed the last rites of sage Atri's son, Ahiravan. The fort also witnessed many battles and was under the rule of different dynasties. The historical remnants on the fort, including ancient caves, temples, and fortifications, stand as a testament to its rich past.

  14. Are there any food and water facilities available on Harishchandragad? There are limited food and water facilities available on Harishchandragad. It is advisable to carry your own food, snacks, and sufficient water for the trek. There are a few local vendors near the base village where you can find basic refreshments.

  15. What are the nearby attractions or places to visit around Harishchandragad? Near Harishchandragad, you can visit the beautiful Bhandardara Lake, which offers stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere. The Randha Falls, located nearby, is a popular tourist spot known for its cascading waterfall. Additionally, the famous Kalsubai Peak, the highest peak in Maharashtra, is within reach and offers a challenging trekking experience.

Cancellation Policy:
  • 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
  • 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
  • No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date
  • No show No Refund.
  • Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Event Tickets can be transferred to another person against cancellation.

Terms and conditions

  1. Rs.500 Advance payment is Non Refundable.
  2. If you are not feeling well already then kindly do not book the tickets.
  3. Seats are on the basis on 1st come - 1st serve basis. While returning also you have to sit on your initial Seat.
  4. Please carry a valid ID proof along with you.
  5. Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged
  6. Hiking / Trekking / Rock climbing is an adventurous activity and accidents can happen in spite of taking utmost caution and care. Bhatakna Tours & Travels are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. 
  7. Participants with any medical issues /history are not allowed to opt for this event. If he/she does so that it is done at the participant's risk. The management won't be responsible for any incident.
  8. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  9. Leaders’ decisions will be final and binding.
  10. Participants or Members are responsible for his/her own safety and baggage.
  11. Team reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.