Harishchandragad is definitely the most sought-after trek in Maharashtra. A place that makes you feel you’re in the clouds. It is one of the few treks that are perfect throughout the year and meant for everyone, be it a first-timer or an experienced trekker.
It is famous for the majestic Kokankada views, unique pre-monsoon clouds, and an extraordinary phenomenon called the Indravarjan (a circular rainbow).
Located in the Ahmednagar district, the height of the fort is 4650 feet above sea level.
The fort was built in the 6th century during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty & the caves at the fort were carved during the 11th century.
Best Season: Monsoons & Winters
Difficulty: Easy – Hard (Depending on the route)
Altitude: 4650 feet.
Ideal for: All types of trekkers
Region: Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra
There are seven different known routes to the fort. However, the three most famous routes are via Pachnai, Khireshwar & Belpada.
Via Public transport:
To reach Khireshwar & Belpada from Mumbai, you can take a train to Kalyan and then take either a bus or a shared jeep to Khubi phata and move towards Khireshwar or Belpada via Malshej Ghat.
To reach Pachnai, you must board a train to Kasara from CST/Dadar. Then take a local jeep to Rajur and take another local jeep to Pachnai. (This takes a lot of time to reach via public transport, preferable if you have your vehicle or if you are coming with a trekking group.)
Via Private vehicle:
The car park charges at Pachnai village are INR 100 & bike park charges are INR 25.
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There are seven different ways of reaching the top; however, the most famous routes are:
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