Harishchandragad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. It is situated at an elevation of about 4670 feet in the district of Ahmednagar. Within the fort there are several temples dedicated to Vishnu and Ganesh. The monument dates back to the 6th century and finds home at an altitude of 1424 meters and more often than not, given its altitude finds itself marked on a number of trekking trails in and around the area.
1) Spotting leopards in the forests beyond the fort can be an exciting experience.
There are many caves at the foot of the highest peak on the fort. Only two of them are inhabitable though, and can accommodate around 70-80 people at once.
Water cisterns are available along with a pond atop the citadel. The water in them is not suitable for drinking. It is advisable to carry your own supply of water along with you.
Homemade food is made available by the local villagers at the top of the fort. Food is available in the base village of Khireshwar as well. Since the trek is long, one should eat adequately before starting.
There are a number of routes to reach the top of the fort, but the one which goes through Tolar Khind is the most panoramic, and easiest. After getting off at Khubi Phata via Malshej Ghat, we need to travel for another 7 kilometres or so before reaching the base village of Khireshwar through a diversion at Khubi Phata. We may need to ask the villagers about the diversion from Khubi Phata which leads to the base village. From the base, we proceed towards Junnar Darwaza from where the caves are spotted. This route goes straight to Tolar Khind.
Approx trek time : 5-6 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Available
Base Camp : Khireshwar
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Medium to Difficult
Height above sea level : 4670 feet
Nearest Airport : Mumbai
Nearest Railhead : Kalyan
Starting point of trek : From the base village of Khireshwar as soon as we reach Tolar Khind
Type : Hill fort
Rail: Kalyan is situated between Mumbai and Kasara rail line, and is therefore connected well with Gujarat, north and south India.The frequent availability of passenger trains provide an additional benefit in the form of hassle free conveyance.
Road: The base village of Khireshwar is easily accessible through road. Frequent state terminal buses ply from Kalyan to Khubi Phata. From there, we need to walk for go further 7 kilometres ahead before we arrive at the base village. Besides, Kalyan is well connected to Mumbai through Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai expressway.
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