Get set for an adrenaline rush as you trek to the beautiful hill fort of Harishchandragad. Located in Ahmednagar area, this fort is a popular trekking destination. Enjoy the Harishchandragad trek and camping experience with your friends as you explore this ancient fort, known for its mythological and historical significance. This trek would be a good reason to take a break from your busy city life, as you escape to the land of clean air and green rolling hills.
There are several routes that lead to Harishchandragad. However, Pachnai route is the easiest. Pachnai often serves as the base village where most trekkers halt before starting with the trek. So, be ready with the checklist of must-carry items such as water bottles, towels, fresh clothes, trekking shoes, and a raincoat. As you trek towards Harishchandragad, you will come across untouched lands full of greenery, rugged terrain, tiny streams, waterfalls, and wild flowers. Make the most of this time and click a few breath-taking pictures. Although the trek is a moderate one, for a beginner, it would be advisable to follow basic safety rules. You can take the support of the railings at tricky paths.
When you reach the top, the scenery, with its lush green mountain ranges, is indeed a visual treat! If you happen to trek during the monsoon season, the thick clouds and the mist will make the place look even more stunning. The picturesque view of sunrise and sunset from Kokan Kada, a major attraction of Harishchandragad, is awe-inspiring. One of the wonders of the Sahyadris, it is a cliff that looks almost vertical and forms an overhang that looks like a cobra’s hood. You can also halt at Taramati Peak, the third highest peak in Maharashtra, from where you can spot various places like Ajoba Fort, Kulang Fort, etc. Explore the interesting Harishchandreshwar Temple, Saptatirtha Lake, Kedareshwar Cave and a lot more. Hear about interesting local legends as you enjoy a bonfire night with your dear ones.
This 2 day Harishchandragad Fort trek will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Besides being a test of physical strength, the views and the sense of achievement that you experience is unparalleled.
Day 0: Kasara
On this day, get set for Harishchandragad trek from Mumbai. Board the last local train to Kasara and enjoy a relaxing journey. You will arrive in Kasara at about 2:55 AM in the morning.
Day 1: Kasara - Harishchandragad
After arriving at Kasara station, travel to Pachnai base village in a private jeep. Stop by to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. You will reach Pachnai village in 2-3 hours. On arrival, rest for a while, freshen up, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. After this, get set for Harishchandragad Fort trekking tour. On reaching Kokan Kada, rest for some time and enjoy your lunch. Later, explore Harishchandragad and spend the day at leisure. In the evening, enjoy the beautiful sunset from Kokan Kada, followed by a hearty dinner with your companions.
Day 2: Taramati Peak-Pachnai-Kasara
On this day, get set to explore the magnificence of nature. Wake up early in the morning and climb Taramati Peak. On reaching the peak, enjoy the marvelous view and then descend to witness the beautiful sunrise at Kokan Kada. Enjoy a hearty breakfast here, amidst the natural beauty. After this, descend towards Pachnai. On arrival, enjoy a scrumptious meal. Later, head to Kasara and then to Mumbai. Enjoy your journey back home.
Maximum altitude: 4665 feet