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.
Best Season: Monsoons & Winters
Difficulty: Easy – Hard (Depending on the route)
Altitude: 4650 feet.
Ideal for: All types of trekkers
Region: Ahmednagar district
There are seven different known routes to Harishchandragad. 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.
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 routes; however, the most famous routes are:
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