Harish chandra gad Trek: An Amazing Trek In Sahyadri

Harishchandragad Trek is considered as one of the most challenging treks of Maharashtra in Western Ghats. It is a very popular trek that offers all types of trekkers a variety of different adventures.

A complete guide

It is actually a hill fort situated in the district of Ahmednagar in Malshej Ghat. It has an altitude of 4670 feet. Harishchandragad is a very old fort which has its origin from the 6th century. It was during the rule of the dynasty of Kalchuri. But the caves that are seen on the top, most probably are carved out in the 11th century.

The various constructions in the surrounding region as well as on the fort indicate the existence of different types of cultures. Kedareshwar cave, Saptatheertha Pushkarni, Harishchandra temple and numerous other caves stand as examples for that.

The Harishchandragad trek has many routers. Each of them offers surprise to trekkers. It is a complete package with mesmerizing views as you reach on top.

What to look out for?

Harishchandragad Trek

The Harishchandragad Trek has Pushkarni, a few temples and caves on top. They all represent various cultures that go back to the 6th century.

The Harishchandreshwar temple is a glorious example of art of sculptures that are carved out of stones which prevailed in old India. This particular temple is carved out from a huge rock.

Kedareshwar cave is situated at the right of Harishchandra temple. A big Linga of Shiva can be found here surrounded by water. As the water inside remains cold always, it is very tough to reach the central part.

Saptateertha Pushkarini is a well made Lake situated at the eastern part of the temple. Previously, inside the temple-like structure on the bank of the lake, there were idols of the lord Vishnu. Presently they are moved to caves. Many caves are spread across in the fort. Some of them are even used for accommodation and others are maintained well still.

Trail information

The trek has many routes. You can approach it from three different villages. They are from Pachnai, Belpada/Walhivale and Khireshwar village. The trails from Belpada village seem very challenging. 3 separate trails are there from Belpada. They are via Sadhle Ghat, Nalichi Vaat and Makad Naal. You can also go for the combination of Bhailghat and Sadhle Ghat. Attempt these routes if you are experienced in trekking. Climbing equipment like carabineer and rope are needed here.

The trail of Khireshwar is suitable for people who have knowledge of trekking. However, many trekkers like this route for its package of adventures and views.

Difficulty Level

The trek is not too difficult. It can be justly given an eight on the scale of one to ten. It is 4710 feet high from the sea level and it takes approximately six hours to reach there.

Things to carry

The basic amenities that you need to carry in this trek include a torch with multiple extra batteries, at least 3 l of water, good trekking shoes, readymade food, warm jackets, extra pairs of clothing etc. 

Best time

The perfect time for experiencing this trekking is from the month of August to February. The temperature at that time ranges from 29 to 31 degrees Celsius and you can have a pleasant view in this comfortable weather, sipping a cup of warm coffee!