TREK ROUTE: ASCEND AND DESCEND VIA KHIRESHWAR.
ENDURANCE LEVEL: MEDIUM
TIME TO REACH THE TOP FROM BASE VILLAGE: 3 TO 4 HRS
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.
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.
– Safety equipments.
– First Aid Kit.
– Stay charges.
Shimla Office near Shivajinagar Station at 7:00 a.m. Sharp.
– 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)
– Have dinner and go to sleep.
– Have breakfast.
– Have Lunch.
– 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.
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