Rockface Adventure Camping and Expeditions is up with the most wanted trek of Maharashtra. Harishchandragad via the 'nerve wreking' Nalichi Vaat. PFB details:
Harishchandragad is a fort located in the Ahmednagar region. It holds a lion's share in controlling the surrounding areas. This fort has got an eye pleasing natural beauty, along with a diverse flora and fauna. Harishchandragad is famous for a lot of specialities such as its marvellous natural beauty, tough trek & none other than the beautiful Konkan Kada.
Harishchandragad is also known as trekker's paradise as rappelling, rock climbing & valley crossing can be done simultaneously in one trek itself. It is also famous as the best fort in Maharashtra for camping
Region: Malshej ghat
Height: 4671 feet
Grade: Moderate/Difficult (depending on the chosen route)
Duration: 2 days
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.
Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, there is the huge 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.
As can be seen from the picture, there is a huge rock above the Shiva Linga. There were four pillars built around the Shiva Linga. No one really knows the history about these pillars, but it is said that the pillars were built to depict the four 'Yugas' of Life - 'Satya Yuga', 'Tretha Yuga', 'Dwapara Yuga' and 'Kali Yuga'. When a Yuga comes to the end of its time, one of the pillars apparently breaks down. Three of the pillars have already broken down. The general belief is that the current phase is the 'Kali Yuga' and the day the fourth pillar breaks down - it will be looked to as the last day of the current era.
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.
Also known as Taramanchi. This is the topmost point on the fort (1429 meters). 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. 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
2100 hrs : Start from Pune on private vehicle
Reach base village Belpada, early morning on 21st. Freshen up after some rest
0630 hrs : Breakfast
0700 hrs : Start for trek via Nalichi Vaat
1330 hrs : Reach top
1400 hrs : Lunch, followed by exploration and tent pitching
1900 hrs : Bonfire and Dinner
0600 hrs : Wake up Call, Freshen up
0700 hrs : Breakfast
0800 hrs : Trek to Taramati peak(optional)
1100 hrs : Trek down via Khireshwar route and back to Pune
Cost : 1900 per person
Includes everything mentioned in the above plan
Does not include snacks, mineral water, 21st Lunch and anything that is not mentioned above.
Things to Carry
- Warm Clothing and clothing as per 2 days plan
- While trekking, one must wear proper trekking shoes and attire. Sandals not allowed
- Snacks and Water
- Personal medicine
Keep in mind
- Do not litter. We are strict about this
- Respect the place and culture
- No smoking/drinking
- Be a group. Trek leads instruction to be followed at all times.
- This is an adventure activity, plan/schedule can be modified depending on the situation/weather.
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