Harishchandragad is situated in the Malshej region in the state of Maharashtra. This is one of the fun-filled trek, loved by most of the trek lovers. This is situated at a height of 4650 ft. This fort has multiple entry routes like the Panchai, which is the easiest rote to ascend. The Khireshwar route, which is graded as the moderate and the Nalichi was, which is the most difficult route. All the beginners choose the trail that starts from Pachnai. Khireshwar route is suitable for those who already have some trek experience.
Konkankada, a cliff in Maharashtra acts as a special attraction, while you are ascending. This is at an altitude of 4665 ft from the sea level. This place have a beautiful view from the top as you can witness the glory of the nature filled with beauty, calmness and breath taking. This is a C-shaped cliff, where you can touch the flow of the water passing through your feet. Sunset from this place is eye-catching.
Here, we hike up to the highest peak called Taramathi Peak. Make this experience count as this is close to heart. From the highest peek, you can witness the joy where you are at height , enjoying the cool breeze touching your skin, which automatically brings a smile on your face.This peak is a highly graded peak and a must visit place.
After you ascend to a great height, you can see historical temples, called the Harishchandreshwar temple and the Kedareshwar temple, both of Lord shiva. In Harishchandreshwar temple you can experience the atmosphere of live poojas, whereas in Kedareshwar temple, the temple is inside the caves, where you can see lord shiva resting in the water. Here, you can swim in the water to reach the lord, the water level would be upto chest level. All this gives you immense joy and pleasure, by even knowing the history of the temple, which says the four pillars of the temple are four yogas and now currently the temple is withstanding on only a single pillar and that pillar is significantly believed as the Kaliyug.
The Aadrai trek is one of the best places to trek in India, loved by most of the trek lovers. So all the brave folks, buckle up for an amazing trek with jungle experience. The Aadrai trail is 130 kms away from Pune, which would take around 4 hours to trek. This trek is spectacular as it gives you the joy and pleasure with a forest experience, with the smell of the moist soil, cool breeze, chirping birds, great flora and fauna. One of the most exhilarating treks as the forest is dense. This gives you a thrilling experience.
The sunset and the sunrise here are splendid and gives you that warmth feeling as you sit there and relax. The rays of the sun falling on you, where you sit and close your eyes and listen to the waterfall roaring sounds, all these gives happiness to your soul. This trail can be remembered as you are walking through the canopies of large trees.
Board the train at Hyderabad (8:40 PM)/ Begumpet (8:49 PM)/ Lingampally (9:12 PM).
Reach the station on time. While you pack your bags, also pack some energy and excitement for a good trek. Also carry snacks, energy bars, and water bottles along.
Your guide will meet you at the station/ at your designated seats.
Wake up early, and have some morning talks on the train with your fellow passengers. Complete your morning routines and have your breakfast in the train itself to save time. We will reach the station by 11 AM. Then, will board a vehicle that is exclusively for GoAdventure. From there, we would head towards the Aadrai Jungle Trail. Here you can drive slow where you can enjoy the scenic views from the window, with lush green exhilarating atmosphere. On the way, we will stop for lunch, where you can have lunch of your choice, which would be filled with the Maharashtrian tastes and flavours.
From there, we would cross the Malshej region route, where you can see the panoramic views, which are a treat to your eyes. In this route we cannot stop the vehicle which would create a mess. Then you will start your actual trek from here, where you ascend the steeps hills of the Aadrai jungle. It would take around 7 hours to complete your trek as you would sometimes take breaks. The Aadrai trek is one of the best places to trek in India, loved by most of the trek lovers. So all the brave folks, buckle up for an amazing trek with jungle experience.
The Aadrai trail is 130 kms away from Pune, which would take around 4 hours to trek. This trek is spectacular as it gives you the joy and pleasure with a forest experience, with the smell of the moist soil, cool breeze, chirping birds, great flora and fauna. One of the most exhilarating treks as the forest is dense. This gives you a thrilling experience.
Then, by around 12 PM we will hire the vehicle and reach Khireshwar within a couple of hours.
On the way, we will stop for lunch, where you can have lunch of your choice, filled with tastes and flavours of Maharashtra. Then, will enjoy the route to Khireshwar with many panoramic
views. On the way, you can also enjoy the view points which are fantastic to capture with your. The best time to visit is post monsoons, where you can see the buds of the beautiful lush
Green plants and trees budding after the monsoon.
Then as the sun sets, we will reach the camping place at Khireshwar. You can fresh up and have dinner provided by GoAdventure. The dinner would include some natural and authentic tastes
of Maharashtra. The dinner would include Veg/ Non-veg thali. Then, you can all sit together and have some talks with your fellow passengers, sharing your travel experiences. Then end your day with a good sleep.
We will ascend from Pachnai side which is the easiest of the three and descend from Khireshwar. The base village from which we are going to start our trek is called Pachnai village. The route from Pachnai is well marked. At all the places of tough climbs we have railings and iron ladders built by the officials to make the climb easier. Almost after an hour trek from the starting point we will see a massive vertical rock on one side and valley on the other. We will be walking along side this rock. 20 minutes from here we will reach to a flatland or a plateau where we can take a small break and hydrate ourselves. From this point Harishchandragad temple will take another 30 minutes. This is where we will be camping for the night. We will pitch our tents at the camping site and leave our luggage here and go on to explore the fort and surrounding places.
We will be visiting Harishchandragad temple first. There is a cave called Kedareshwar cave adjacent to Harischandragad temple. In Kedareshwar cave there is a Shiva linga surrounded by water. Next we'll be visiting Saptatheertha Pushkarini which is a man-made lake. There are many caves nearby too. Incase if it rains heavily near the temple, we will be camping inside any of these caves. We will be heading to Konkan Kada for sunset. It is around a 15 minutes trek from the temple. You can witness Sahyadri's best sunset from Konkan Kada if the weather isn't cloudy. After sunset we will come back to our camping site, have dinner and retire for the night.
Wakeup early in the morning, have breakfast and start descending from Khireshwar to Pachnai
Route. This would be an easy to moderately graded trek. Then we will also get a chance to visit the historical Shiva temple, where you can see a 5 feet shiva statue. As you enter the temple you get good vibes. The temple is inside the caves, where you can see lord shiva resting in the water. Here, you can swim in the water to reach the lord, the water level would be up to chest level. All this gives you immense joy and pleasure, even knowing the temple's history.
After spending some quality time here and witnessing the beauty and architecture of the temple, we would start our return journey. On the way to Railway station, we will stop for lunch, where you can have lunch of your choice. After that, enjoy the drive with great scenaries and trees. Then, will reach the Pune Railway Station around 4 PM, board the train to Hyderabad, as the amazing trek has come to an end.