Mountrek India Monsoon Harishchandragad Trek 0n 25th-26th June 2016.
Some Information about the fort:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 4500 Feet above MSL (Approx)Grade: Easy (3 hrs trek)
Region: Malshej Ghats
Base Village: Pachnai, Khireshwar
Harishchandragad-The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered here. The various Puranas (ancient scriptures) like Matsyapurana, Agnipurana and Skandapurana include many references about Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. In these caves are idols of Lord Vishnu. Though the cliffs are named Taramati and Rohidas, they are not related to Ayodhya. Great sage Changdev (one who created the epic “Tatvasaar”), used to meditate here in 14th century. The caves are from the same period. The various constructions on the fort and those existing the surrounding region point to the existence of diverse cultures here. The carvings on the temples of Nageshwar (in Khireshwar village), in the Harishchandreshwar temple and in the cave of Kedareshwar indicate that the fort belongs to the medieval period, since it is related to Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.
The itinerary for the Event is as given below:
DAY 1 -
Catch fast train to Kasara from CST leaving @ 6.55am
Train Timings are as follows:
Meeting point : kasara Station @ 9.30am
10.00 am : Start towards Pachnai
12.00 pm : Reach Pachnai and Lunch
01.00 pm : Start the trek
03.00 pm : Reach th top,rest and Visit Kokankada
08.00 pm: Dinner and stay in Caves
DAY 2 -
6.00 am : Good Morning and get fresh, Breakfast
7:00 am : Explore Remaining Fort
11.00 am : Break for snacks, Lunch @ village
02.00 pm : Move to Kasara
5.30 pm : Reach Kasara
The cost for the trek is INR 1500/-
Which includes Transportation from Kasara to Kasara, 3 meals & 2 breakfast.
Max Participant : 30
One needs to deposit INR 1000/- into the following bank account to confirm his/her registration.
The amount is to be deposited in the following account.
Account No: 31993192984
Name: AMEY SANJAY NIKAM
Branch: BAZAR PETH ROAD BRANCH, KALYAN
For more details and Registration, Please contact on the nos. given below:
Amey : 99 67 837516
Ashwin : 9867250271
Limited seats, Registrations on First Come First Serve Basis.
Medical Disclaimer :
No Smoking, tobacco and alcohol
Be a group – its not a race
NO littering please…we are educated
The leader’s decision will be final and binding on all members. No Arguments will be entertained.
Note- Please understand this ain’t a picnic, all Trekking and Adventure activities demand fitness.
We request you to get a medical fitness check done before you participate in any such events. If suffering from any allergy carry proper medications and inform your
trek leaders about it. Also make sure you have a sufficient supply of medication for your trip, building in an allowance for any travel delay. Those with Active Chest
and Heart diseases that limit physical activity should not go to high altitudes.
Things to carry:
Full Sleeves round neck Tee shirt, winter wear and Full length Lowers,calf length socks( 2 pairs)Shoes either trekking or sports ( Good firm Sole ),No floaters/Slippers on track
Water – 2 liters
Torch Must with spare battery (High Quality) .
Cover your bag completely in Plastic.
Zip Lock Plastics to keep wallet , Cash, Mobile etc
Bedding with extra Papers, Extra Clothes ,Windcheaters, Poncho, Cap, Camera (Optional) etc
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.
Medicine those that you require usually.
A haversack to put in all the things to be carried.(Please do not carry sling bags or Jholas.)
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments.
Bedding for the day may be mat , bedsheet or sleeping bag.(for Overnight Treks)
Mountrek India Team