Very beautiful place and very adventurous trek. We enjoyed our whole night there. Must carry enough water in a water bottle. Our guide was good and we ...
It was an amazing experience, we were 5 in total and booked this trek from Thrillophilia. The guide was good and briefing was nicely done. Kedareshwar ...
Trek Location: Ahmednagar
Pickup Time: 12:30 AM
Drop Time: 8:00 PM
Pickup and drop point: Kasara Railway Station
Maharashtra is a state in the western peninsular region of India. Places near Mumbai and Pune have some of the marvellous spots with green hills, lush forests, flowing springs and glinting waterfalls making for the best experience of trekking in Maharashtra. Harischandragad, situated in the Maslej region of the Western Ghats is one of the most famous hill forts in the region. Located in Ahmednagar, the fort is decorated with lush greenery a sheet of clouds.
Harishchandragad Trek starts from a base village in Ahmednagar, where you will be resting before and after the trek. The trek will give you beautiful views of the lush green valleys covered with a thick grey sheet of clouds. You will come across Saptatirtha Pushkarni Temple and the Kedareshwar Cave where resides a big Shiva Linga, which is completely surrounded by water.
You will also witness the Temple of Harishchandreshwar and Konkan Kada which provides a scenic view of the surrounding region and the setting sun. Taramati peak is the topmost point on the fort which offers great views of the surroundings.
A trek to Harishchandragad fort in the monsoons is the perfect way to spend the weekend with your friends or family.
Transportation: Pickup and drop from Kasara Railway Station.
Meals: Breakfast & Evening Snacks
Activities: Trekking and photography
Difficulty level: Medium
Child Policy: Children below 5 years are not suitable for this trek. Those above 6 can join the trek at the same cost.
Suitable for: Family, Friends and Corporate.
How to reach: The starting point of this trek is Kasara Railway Station which is 106 Km away from Mumbai and 179 Km from Pune. Traveller can board on any train departing from their respective city toward Kasara as per the pickup timings.
00:15 Meet Trek Leader at Kasara Railway Station.
00:30 Move towards the base village in by private local vehicle.
04:30 Reach at base village - Pachnai.
Freshen up and Breakfast.
06:30 Start ascending.
09:00 Reach on top and explore. Visit Harishchandreshwar temple, Kedareshwar temple, Pushkarani, Caves.
10:30 Start trek towards Kokankada.
11:00 Reach Kokankada and Enjoy your time at Kokankada.
13:30 Start descending.
16:00 Reach base village and start return journey towards Kasara.
20:00 Arrival at Kasara railway station and disperse.
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Rated : 5.0
Very beautiful place and very adventurous trek. We enjoyed our whole night there. Must carry enough water in a water bottle. Our guide was good and we have an awesome group, the guide showed us the hidden places in the way and we get goosebumps when we first saw Kedareshwar temple. We will definitely be going to visit again Highly recommended.
Rated : 5.0
It was an amazing experience, we were 5 in total and booked this trek from Thrillophilia. The guide was good and briefing was nicely done. Kedareshwar temple was very beautiful and more special in the early morning. We were on time so we get to sit there for awhile and relax. The breakfast was nice and we had a memorable trek.
Rated : 5.0
We have an amazing guide on our side, this place is very nice to visit in the early morning, the guide instructed us well about the path and also tells us the historical stories about this place. We enjoyed our time here and the breakfast was also good. Carry some glucose powder and drink that in mid will be helpful to you. Good to go.
Rated : 5.0
Well, the fort might appear spooky especially at night but what an amazing place. No honking no crowd..it was like the entire trek was exclusively designed for us. Had a great experience. The best part was camping, the sky is lit with stars at night..and that is something that made me take this trip twice. Awesome experience.
Rated : 5.0
Harishchandragad was an amazing experience. This was my first trekking experience and I must say that its was in all a fairly descent one! All the arrangements were very well taken care of - the food, transport, camping. The group members were equally supportive - it was like a family together experience for me. I'm certainly planning a trek in future.
Rated : 5.0
It was a wonderful experience with a super funny guide, he instructed us well and involve us in the various activities during the trek. The temple was beautiful and we completed our whole trip on time.
Rated : 5.0
This trek was on my list for a long time, and finally, I booked it from Thrillophilia and it turns out to be the best trekking experience I ever had. We enjoyed the way and the temple to, get some time to rest and enjoy the beauty there. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Rated : 5.0
We did this trek yesterday and was an excellent adventure. The guide was good and polite, the early morning looks very calming and the trek was thrilling. konkankada was very beautiful and the view we get from there is amazing.
Rated : 5.0
Our trekking experience was great it was my first trek from Thrillophilia and that was satisfactory good. I am a solo traveler and this was one of my best trips, everything was perfectly managed and I enjoyed a lot.
Rated : 4.0
The most feasible way of reading the Harishchandragad trek via train. The nearest railway station is Igatpuri Station which is 41km away from the fort. From there, you have to take a hired car that will take you to the starting point of the trek.
Igatpuri Railway Station is connected to a number of major railway stations including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminal in Mumbai. You can also access the trek from Kasara Railway station directly, which is a little more remote, but it is the starting point of the trek.
The duration of the Harishchandra Fort trek is one night and one day. The trekkers meet at the Kasara Railway Station at 1:20 am. It takes approximately 2.5 to reach the base from the Kasara Railway Station. The uphill climb starts at around 6:00 am.
At around 10:30 am the downhill descent starts from Konkan Kada. By 1:00 pm, the trekkers return to the base village. After lunch, the trekkers head back to the Kasara Railway Station by 4:00 pm.
The Harishchandragad trek is situated at a hill fort in Ahmednagar, in Maharashtra and the entire trek consists of a climb of 665 feet. The place is situated in Malshej in the Western Ghats, at a distance of approximately 90 km from Kalyan.
Winter is the best time to enjoy the rejuvenating Harishchandragad trek when temperatures vary from 22 degrees Celsius to 28 degrees Celsius.
Yes, the Harishchandragad fort trek is completely safe for solo travellers and for females. This is one of the most delightful treks in the Western Ghats where you can witness temples, natural landscapes and panoramic views at all points during the climb.
All the trekkers are safely guided by the professionals throughout the trek to guarantee absolute safety and security.
The Harishchandragad trek is a moderately difficult trek. It is one of the more complex treks in the Western Ghats.
However, with moderate physical fitness, you can easily conquer this trek. You will also be assisted and guided by trained professionals during the experience, which will make the trek even more enjoyable.
Yes, meals are included in the package when you book your trek.
At 5:30 am breakfast is served before the Harishchandragad trek commences. You can enjoy unlimited servings of delicious breakfast in the morning. Tea and other refreshments are served at occasional intervals during the trek and a wholesome lunch is served after the trek is successfully completed at around 1:00 pm.
Here is a list of the essential items you need to carry for the Harishchandragad trek.
A light but a strong backpack
2 bottles of water
Some instant snacks and food like biscuits, cakes and chocolates
One extra pair of light clothes
One strong pair of trekking shoes
A sun hat or a cap
Flashlight with extra batteries
A set of plates, spoons and a mug (compulsory)
Raincoat (if you are planning to trek during monsoon)
A sweater, jacket and gloves (if you are planning to trek during winter)
All essential medicines
A first aid box
An ID card
Yes, children who are old enough to walk long distances and are older than 5 years can easily be a part of the Harishchandragad trek.
This is a group trek and a professional accompanies all the trekkers to ensure safety for every individual trekker. This trek is an easy and enjoyable trek for all ages. Children will especially enjoy the thrill and excitement of climbing uphill through the rock-carved stairs.
It is always wise to wear light and comfortable clothes during the Harishchandragad trek. A light cotton T-shirt with trekking pants or a pair of comfortable jeans can make your trek very enjoyable. A sun hat and a pair of sunglasses can prevent your eyes from the glare of the sun.
A pair of strong trekking boots or sports shoes are a must, no matter what season you are trekking in, especially this trek is an upward climb over rocky terrain.
Harishchandragad Fort Trek lies at an elevation of 4,660 feet above sea level approximately. From the base of the hill to the top, you have to climb a distance of approximately 665 feet in order to reach the summit and the final point of your trek.
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