Hike Mates Trek to Harishchandra Gad – 22nd and 23rd August 2015

Hike Mates Trek to Harishchandra Gad – 22nd and 23rd August 2015
FEES: RS. 1350/-

          THE MASSIVE FORT SITUATED ON THE BOUNDRY OF THANE ,PUNE ,AHMEDNAGAR DISTRICTS IS HARISHCHANDRAGAD and is a dream trek to be undertaken. Harishchandragad Fort is famous for its height, its toughness and the famous ‘Konkan Kada’. Harishchandra Temple is known to be the pride of the fort. A cave nearby is always full of very cold water. The fort is very popular to trekkers and nature lovers as it is one of the best forts to trek. Konkan Kada is a challenge for trekkers as it is at a height of 3,500feet.
            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 fascinating thing about this temple is that it has been carved out from a single huge rock. There are entrances from all four sides. On the main entrance there are sculptures of faces. These are faces of guards of the temple. On the left side of the entrance is a Devnagri inscription.
           Also known as Taramanchi. This is the topmost point on the fort (1424 meters). From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and the forts near malshej ghat. From this Taramati point,we can have a glimpse of forts till Siddhagad near Bhimashankar in the south and Napta twin peaks,Ghodishep (865 meters),Ajoba (1375 meters),Kulang fort (1471 meters)in the north near the Kasara region,kalsubai and many more.
           These caves are situated all over the fort. Many of these are situated at the foot of Taramati peak & are the place of accommodation. A few are near the temple, whereas some are near the citadel and some far away in the forests. A 30 feet (9.1 m) deep natural cave is on the northwestern side of the fort, to the right of Kokan Kada. Many other caves are still said to remain undiscovered. ganesh guha is where we will be staying.


           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 because the water is ice-cold. There are sculptures carved out here. In monsoon it is not possible to reach this cave, as a huge stream flows across the way.

KONKAN KADA (Konkan cliff):
            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 has been climbed many times. Sometimes a circular rainbow (the Brocken spectre phenomenon) can be seen from this point. It can be seen only when there is a bit of mist in the valley, and the sun is right behind the person facing the valley. 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 are thrown vertically into the sky reaching more than 50 feet (15 m). It creates a magical wall that is rising straight from the edge of the cliff without entering the landmass area. The fog show and hovering clouds below the cliff complement the season if one visits.

Rs. 1350/- per head 

Whats Included in Fees :-Transportation by private bus from Pune to Khireshwar and back.
– Day 1: Tea, Dinner.
– Day 2: Tea, Breakfast, Lunch.
– Expertise
– Safety equipments.
– First Aid Kit.
– Stay charges.
– Jungle entry charges.
Meeting Time and Place :
Shimla Office near Shivajinagar Station at 7:00 a.m. Sharp.
Itinerary :

Day 1:
– Gather at Shimla Office at 7:00 am sharp.
– Start journey to Khireshwar village by private bus.
– Reach Khireshwar village by 11:00 am.
– Have lunch in the village.(Own Lunch)

– Start trek by 12:00-12:30 pm
– Reach the Temple and caves by 4:00-4:30 pm(after approx 4-5 Hrs of walk) 
– Visit temple and short explore the fort.
– Have dinner and go to sleep.

Day 2:

– Wake-up at 6:00 am sharp.

– Visit Kokan Kada and back.
– Have breakfast.

– Explore the rest of the fort.
– Have Lunch.

– Start return Journey to Khireshwar by 12:00-12:30 pm.
– Reach Khireshwar village.
– Visit Khireshwar temple.

– Start return Journey to Pune by private bus.
– Reach Pune by 8:00 pm.

What to Bring:
– Tiffin for Saturday Lunch
– Water bottle 2 Litre compulsary.
– Raincoat, Cap, Plastic covered bag.
– Good trekking shoes.
– Spare clothes.
– Towel.
Please book your seat on or before 21st August 2015.

Contact Details: 

Tejas Joshi: 9960890703

Payment Details:
Bank: Bank Of Maharashtra
Branch: T.M.V. Colony
Account Holder’s Name: Tejas Joshi
Account No.: 68005242101
IFSC code: MAHB0000320

Please call on given number before transferring.  



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