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Mountain Walk : trek to harishchandragad


Jul 21, 2022


Harishchandragad is a mountain fortress in the state of Ahmednagar, India. Its history is linked to that of Malshej Ghat, a catholic village, and has played a significant role in monitoring and managing the surrounding region.

Harishchandragad Fort is very old and considered medieval. The Great Sage Changdev (who wrote the epic Tatvasaar), used to meditate in Harishchandragad in the 14th century. The caves in Harishchandragad also appear at the same time. During the Mogul invasion of 1747, the Marathas captured Harishchandragad. 


This is the highest point at Harishchandragad Fort. It is the second-highest mountain in Maharashtra after kalsubai. Leopards are seen in the wild beyond the summit. From here we can get a glimpse of the whole Naneghat range and castles near Murbad (This will only be visited if time allows.)

Konkan Kada:

The most interesting point in Harishchandragad Fort is this rock, which has always fascinated many people for many years. The cliff faces west and faces down Konkan with a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape and sunset. The rock is not upright; it hangs high, almost like a cobra’s hat.


The Kedareshwar Cave has a large Shivlinga, completely surrounded by water.

  • Genre: Hill Castles, Pilgrim Temple
  • Harishchandragad Fort Range: Malshej
  • Harishchandragad Trek Grade: Medium (Hard in Monsoon)
  • Harishchandragad Fort’s Maximum Height: 4500ft
  • Base Village: Belpada Village

How to get to Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad Route Information: There are 3 popular ways to get to Harishchandragad Fort. One by Khireshwar Village, by Nalichi Vaat is extremely difficult and very convenient for Pachnai Village.

The Khireshwar valley route to Harishchandragad is the most popular as it offers a lot of natural beauty while traveling. But this route is also time-consuming.

How to Get to Harishchandragad By Bus From Pune:

Harishchandragad Distance From Pune: 170 Kms

Harishchandragad Distance From Mumbai: 210 km

From Pune : There is a daily bus from Shivajinagar ST stand to Khireswar village.

From Ahmednagar District: One has to take a bus to Nasik or Mumbai and get off at Ghoti village. From Ghoti, we must catch another bus to Sangamner via Malegaon and get off at Rajur village. From here, 2 routes separate to the castle. Taking a bus or a private car from Rajur to Pachanai is the only way to get there. The trail leads straight up to the highest point from here. 2 Recently, the road from Rajur to kothale (Tolar Khind) was made available. From Tolar Khind (Tolar valley), the temple is about 2-3 hours by walk from Kotul to Kothale buses are available for the tolar khind every hour bus to kothale, private cars are also available on this route.

Pune to Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad Routes with the best roads

A route running from Pune to Khireshwar via Nasik Phata, Narayangaon, Junnar, Khubi Phata, and Junnar Phata

Route 2 for Harishchandragad Trek:

The Pachnai tour trail as a base is an easy way up

The  road to Pachnai

  • The journey starts from Pune, the major stoppages in between are Nasik Phata – Narayangaon – Junnar – Otur – Brahmanwada – Kotul – Vihir, and then we reach the final destination which is  Pachnai.
  • Take the 4:30 am ST bus from Shivajinagar to Kalwan via Nasik
  • Get off at Ale-Phata around 6:30 p.m.
  • Take another bus to Kalyan from Ale-Phata. You will have 2 to 3 buses at 7:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at Khubi-Phata village at 7:45 am and start walking towards Khireshwar near Pimpalgaon Joge dam. You will arrive in Khireshwar, the base village in 1 hour
  • On our way to Pune, around the evening, there are several buses available at about 5:30 pm from Khubi Phata village on Malshej Road.

The road from Mumbai:

  • Kalyan -> Sawarne Village -> 2 hours drive to Walhivale village, no driveway from Sawarne.


  • Kalyan -> 20 meters before Moroshi Naka turns left to reach Walhivale village (11 Km), vehicles can reach directly to the base camp.

Harishchandragad Trek Tips

Here are the things to carry:

1. Flashlight with extra batteries 

2. Good walking shoes (should)

3. Water (at least 3 Ltrs)

4. Some are ready to eat. Plum cakes, biscuits, etc.

5. Carry more Clothes, a Warm Jacket to wear in the morning.

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Green is the main color of the earth, and what comes out of it is its beauty.

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