Name Of The Event Moonlight Trek to Harischandragad
Date 20th – 21st Nov 10 (We are leaving on 19th night)
Duration 2 Days
Fees Rs. 1200/-
What’s included in fee
Travelling by private bus, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Evening tea
Last Date of Registration Before 17th Nov. 10
You Have to Bring
* A haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has their hands free while trekking. Please do not carry Sling bags, Jholas, handbags/shoulder bags etc.
* Shoes with Good Grip for trekking. (Sports/Jungle/Trek Shoes). Please do not wear sandals, chappals or floaters, girls are requested not to wear high heel footwear.
* Floaters or Chappals for return journey
* Cap, goggle if require
* Identity proof (compulsory).
* Water bottle (min. 2 ltr.)
* Spare set of cloths
* Personal medicine if any
* Carrymat / Sleeping bag
* Shawl / Chaddar/Sweater
* Plate, glass, bowl, spoon
* Torch with cells (compulsory).
* Optional things: Camera, Binoculars.
Wrap all things (especially camera & cell phone) in polythene bags.
Please avoid bringing valuables, jewellery or expensive things. We accept no responsibility for anything that is misplaced.
After receiving the mail or SMS or call, we will block your seat on temporary basis for 48 hrs. You have to pay the advance Rs. 850/- before 17th Nov and confirm your participation. Now you can pay directly through bank transfers to our IDBI account.
Kindly get back to us for account details.
Pick up points
10.30 pm Borivali (East side New ticket Window)
11.00 pm Sion (On the bridge)
11.30 pm Thane (Teen Hat Naka)
Rules & Regulations
* Everyone has to follow the instructions of Camp In-charge & instructors
* No shortcut in trek
* Smoking & Drinking are strictly prohibited. Anyone found smoking or consuming alcohol will be expelled from trek there and then itself.
* Shorts, sleeveless T-shirts not allowed. Those violating the dress code will not be permitted to participant.
* This is not a picnic. All participants are requested to maintain timings meant for the trek by leader to avoid inconvenient to all other participants.
* Keep the campsite clean
Your seat will be confirmed only after advance payment of Rs. 850/- before 17th Nov.
10.30 pm Leave by private bus from Borivali
02.00 am Reach Khireshwar
02.30 am Get ready for trek
07.00 am Reach on top
09.00 am Sight seeing
01.30 pm Lunch
03.00 pm Visit to Taramati
05.00 pm Evening tea & visit to Kokan kada
08.30 pm Dinner
09.30 pm Camp fire
07.00 am Breakfast
08.00 am sight seeing
10.00 pm Move to base
02.00 pm Lunch
03.30 pm Leave to Mumbai
For booking & other details contact:
Vaishali G. Desai- 9820684723
History of Harishchandragad
The fort is quite ancient. Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. There are two peaks atop the caves these are Taramati and Rohidas.
Great sage Changdev, used to meditate here in 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. In 1747 Peshwa conquered this fort from Mughals and in 1818 British Col. Saix took hold of this fort.
Harishchandreshwar Mahadev Temple
This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India. It is about 16 m high from its base. Around this temple there a few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one of the tanks located close to the temple. The top of the temple resembles construction with the north-Indian temples. A similar temple is situated in Buddha-Gaya.
Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff)
The Konkan Kada is to back side of the temple. Concave ‘konkan kada’ a highest cliff. (2500 Feet)
The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks down upon the Konkan. From here, one can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding region and the setting sun. This cliff is not just vertical, it is an overhang, almost like a cobra’s hood.
It is said that a rainbow as a circle can sometimes be seen from here. One amazing phenomenon that can be observed at this place is the vertical cloud burst, in which the clouds nearing the cliff get sucked into the pit fall area below n are thrown vertically into the sky reaching more than 50 feet. It creates a magical wall that is rising straight from the edge of the cliff without entering the landmass area.
To the east of the temple is a well-built lake called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are temple-like constructions in which there are idols of Lord Vishnu. Recently these idols have been shifted in the caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar.
Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, we come across a huge cave. This is the cave of Kedareshwar, in which there is a big Shivlinga, which is totally surrounded by water. The total height from its base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. It is quite difficult to reach the Shivlinga, as the water is ice-cold. There are sculptures carved out here.
Taramati & Rohidas peak :
Taramati and Rohidas, the two peaks atop Harishchandragad, are also worth vis
iting as they offer beautiful views of the sahyadri ranges. Taramati
peak is the topmost point on the fort. It is the second highest peak in Maharashtra after kalsubai. Leopards are seen in the forests beyond this peak. From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and
the forts near Murbad.
The fort is quite ancient. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era.
Nageshwar temple near Khireshwar
This is a great antique construction, and diverse artistic works are seen on this. On the ceiling of the temple are beautiful carvings. There are caves near the temple.