Trek to Harishchandragad

Konkan Kada, Harishchandargad

View from Konkan Kada at Harishchandragad

Harischandragadh

Harischandragad lies in Ahmednagar District of Maharashtra. It lies in the Malshej Ghat region of Maharashtra and is situated at a height of around 4700 ft from sea level. Harishchandragad is a popular trekking spot among the trekkers. The most fascinating spot in Harshchandragad not to be missed in a trek to Harishchandragad is the Konkan Kada.

The most popular base for Harishchandragad trek is the Khireshwar village. From Khireshwar, Harishchandragad trek is about 9 kms long. The trek route to Harishchandragad is via Junnar Darwaza and Tolar Khind. Enroute the Harishchandragad trek one would cross seven hills each offering magnificent views.

The most fascinating spot in Harishchandragad is the Konkan Kada. One can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding region from here. Taramati peak is another spot for panoramic view of the valleys. Taramati peak is the second highest peak in Maharashtra. View of surroundings from Taramati point is worth spending some time there. You can also see Pimpalgaon dam from here. There are a few caves and temples also in Harishchandragad.

Kedareshwar, Harishchandargad

Shivling at Kedareshwar cave in Harishchandragad

Temple of Harishchandreshwar and Kedareshwar Cave is worth a visit. Kedareshwar cave has a big shivling which is surrounded by ice chilled water through out the year. The shivling is about 6-7 fts in height and is worth seeing. Local people says that it is one of the oldest shivlings in India.This shivling is surrounded by 4 pillars. Three pillars have already fallen. Local population here believes that when the fourth pillar will come down, the whole world will come to an end.

Harishchandargad

Old Shiv Temple at top of Harishchandargad. Pic courtesy by Kuldeep Vaiti.

We have taken the trek to Harishchandragad on the new year eve. Harishchnadragad is also worth visiting during the monsoon season. Rains and small waterfalls will keep surprising you but it is full of adventure. Trek to Harishchandragad in rainy season is not for the weak hearted people. It is very difficult to trek to this place in the rainy season. So be carefull. You won’t be able to reside there in tents in the rainy season. The only options in the rainy season are the small caves in the mountains of Harishchandragad. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the beautifull scenery at Harishchandragad. This trekking place is so beautiful that I will love to go there again.

Approximate Distance from major cities :

Mumbai to Harishchandragad : 210 kms
Pune to Harishchandragad : 160 kms

References :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harishchandragad

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