Trek to Harishchandragad via Khireshwar Part01 https://youtu.be/bSgqcbsKztY
Trek to Harishchandragad via Khireshwar Part02
Watch this short video depicting our recent trek to one of the best place in Maharashtra i.e. Harishchandragarh and Kokankada. see more at https://www.facebook.com/darkgreenadventures/events
My 31st december 2007 trek with my trekking group.
Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat.
some of the team members speaking about the experience at cave before descent.
Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat
Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. It is one of the best trek in the Sahyadris of Maharashtra.
Region: Malshej ghat
Height: 4671 feet
Duration: 2 days
The main attraction of this hill fort remains the Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff), an almost 1,423 m concave fall. It is a vertical overhang, like a cobra’s hood, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and an enchanting sunset. A little further away on the mountain is the Taramti peak, the third highest peak in Maharashtra, providing a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountain ranges and an ideal setting to bask in the golden canopy of the rising sun.
Khireshwar (Tolar Khind)
Mumbai -via Local- Kalyan -via ST Bus- Khubi phata -Walk on gravel road- Khireshwar
-Catch a local for Kalyan (on Central Line).
-From Kalyan Station, go to the Kalyan ST depot is just besides the station. Catch any ST(lal daba) going towards Alephata (via Malshej Ghat)
-Get a ticket for Khubi Phata.
-Khubi Phata is just 5 mins after the ghat ends. At the ghat end, you have few shops and a check point. This will be the land mark to identify that Khubi Phata is 5 min away.
-Get down at Khubi Phata and start walking on the 5 km long dam to the base village Khireshwar.
-Once you reach the base village Khireshwar, still there is a km more to the start of the trek trail.
From Khubi phata, 5 km walk on the gravel road of dam will lead to Khireshwar village, and from here a km more will take you to the start of the trail. The trail is a prominent path is goes towards Tolar khind . After around 2.5 hours of gradual ascent you will each Tolar khind. Then there is a 100 feet rock patch with rock cut for step. Its tricky but not difficult, it does not require any technical climb as such. After one more similar patch, you will reach the plateau. Then there is after a 45 min of walk on the plateau you will reach the temple.
Note : The trail is a very prominent path, however if you don’t have confidence then hire a guide from Khireshwar village.
At top, you can stay in one of the many available cave. You can carry you own tent camp out in open. In monsoon and winter, we prefer cave for its warmth. In summer, camping out is fun.
As villagers are frequent to the temple, villager from Panchnai have there small shops where one can order locally prepared food not fancy but adequate.
Things to carry :
The SAHYADRI Mountain ranges of India, forms the backbone of the rich cultural and natural heritage of Maharashtra. They cradle more than 500 forts, which stand as befitting ‘monuments’ to the pride, Courage and chivalry of the native people of India, since ancient times, who relentlessly strove against Invading enemies to preserve their freedom and to keep alive their faith and their culture….
We strive to bring you to witness these ranges, monuments of
RESPECT AND PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL GLORY, HERITAGE AND ECOSYSTEM….
Patriotism, courage and pride…
Let’s not push our history into pictures and books, protect them and make it stand still for generations to come.
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