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Harihar Fort, also known as Harshagad, is a historic hill fort located in Maharashtra, India. It is situated in the Nashik district, near the Trimbak region. The fort is renowned for its unique architecture, challenging trekking route, and panoramic views from its summit.

The fort's distinct feature is its triangular prism-like shape, which makes it stand out among other forts in the region. It was strategically constructed to keep an eye on the trade route that connected Maharashtra to Gujarat. The fort has a steep, nearly vertical rock-cut staircase that leads to its entrance, providing a natural defense against intruders.

Trekking to Harihar Fort is a popular activity for adventure enthusiasts. The trek involves navigating through the rugged terrain, steep ascents, and the iconic rock-cut staircase. The trek is considered moderately difficult and requires a certain level of physical fitness and determination. The views along the way, including lush landscapes and the surrounding hills, are breathtaking and add to the allure of the journey.

Reaching the summit of Harihar Fort is a rewarding experience. The panoramic views from the top offer a stunning perspective of the surrounding countryside, with rolling hills and valleys extending as far as the eye can see. It's a popular spot for photographers, nature lovers, and trekkers to take in the beauty of the region.

The historical significance, unique architecture, and adventurous trekking route make Harihar Fort a favorite destination for history enthusiasts, nature lovers, and thrill-seekers. It offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in both history and natural beauty while providing a sense of accomplishment for those who undertake the challenging trek to its summit.

Highlights

  • Rock cut 80 degree steps 
  • Triangular shape fort
  • Pushkarani 
  • Inclined staircase
  • Thiller of Sahyadri
  • Picturesque surroundings
  • Gondeshwara Temple, Sinnar

About Harihar Trek 

  • Location : Harshewadi, Nashik
  • Elevation : 3676 ft above sea level
  • Fort Type : Hill Fort 
  • Trek Distance : 4-5 km approx 
  • Trek level : Moderate
  • Trek Duration : 3-4 hrs Trek
  • Endurance : Medium

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Harihar Fort Trek From Pune

DAY - 0

  • 08:30 PM : The journey will start from Ch. Shivaji Nagar in Front of Bank of Maharashtra 
  • 09:15 PM : Followed by further pickup points; Nashik Phata, Bhosari, Chakan.

DAY - 1

  • 04:00 AM : Reach at base village & freshen up.
  • 05:00 AM : Have Morning Breakfast & then we'll start the trek.
  • 09.00 AM : Reach the fort and explore the Top.
  • 01.00 PM : Return to the base village. 
  • 01.30 PM : Enjoy the delicious Maharashtrian food. 
  • 02.00 PM : Start return Journey after Lunch. 
  • 09.00 PM : Reach back to Pune & bid farewell to all amazing souls with beautiful memories.

1-2hrs buffer time is possible depending on the speed of trekkers, traffic on the road & other unavoidable circumstances during the trip.

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Inclusions

  • Pune to Pune Travel by Non-AC bus
  • Breakfast and Tea
  • Lunch (Unlimited)
  • Basic First Aid (if required)
  • Trek leader expertise
  • Forest entry charges
  • Our Badge

Exclusions

  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the inclusion of this package.
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption. 
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather, accidents etc. 
  • Any Medical/Emergency evacuations if required. 
  • Any kind of Insurance is not included.

THINGS TO CARRY

ESSENTIALS : ID Proof, Water Bottle, Power Backup, Wallet, Backpack. 

CLOTHING : Full sleeve shirt/top & full pants for Trek, Extra pair of Clothes as per need, Raincoat /Jacket / Sweater, Trekking shoes, Quick Dry Towel, Cap.

ADDITIONALS : Energy Drinks/Supplements, Dry Snacks, Facewash, Sunscreen, Brush & Toothpaste, Sunglasses, Hankerchief, Gloves, Camera, Torch, Personal medicines if any, etc.



Policy and Terms

 

  • '75℅ Refund' of total trip cost, if cancelled before 21 days prior to the trip date.
  • '50℅ Refund' of total trip cost, if cancelled before 14 days prior to the trip date.
  • '25℅ Refund' of total trip cost, if cancelled before 7 days prior to the trip date. 
  • "No Refund" if cancelled less than 7 days before the event date.
  • "The advance booking amount paid is non refundable."
  • 'No Show, No Refund'
  • Trip Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
  • Trip Tickets can be transferred to another person of same age group, replaced by you against cancellation.
  • If Event gets cancelled by us, we will refund "Trip Amount" only.
  • "NO REFUND" will be given due to sudden closure of the destinations, natural or unexpected calamities after reaching the venue.
  • If the event is cancelled due to any natural calamity, political unrest or other such reasons beyond our control the same cancellation policy will apply.

 

Terms and Conditions

 

  • Please confirm on call about the seats availability before paying.
  • Once the payment is completed, inform our team via sharing a screenshot/copy of the payment confirmation. Make sure the date, time, and UTR number are visible in the copy and please fill the registration form to confirm your seats, names & age with the team.
  • Do note that your registration will be confirmed only after the acceptance of complete trek/tour charges.
  • Please note that the advance amount paid would not not refunded in any case, except if the trek/tour departure is cancelled by us. Do check cancellation policy in case any refunds or cancellations.
  • First two seats will always be reserved for leaders to lead & show route to the driver. 
  • Seats arrangement will be on first come first serve basis at the time of pickup and it will be same throughout journey. (Any disputes regarding seating arrangement would result in dismissal of both the parties and would not be liable for any refunds.) 
  • Please make sure you are added in the whatsapp group 6-8 hours prior to the trip as all the pickup & lead details would be shared in the group. 
  • Food and Stay arrangements are done as per the availability of the locations so kindly don't expect too luxurious. 
  • Backpacking trips are arranged for the people who are looking out for pocket friendly trips and are more about chasing experiences. 
  • Your payment implies that you have read & complied with all our terms and conditions.

 

Frequest Questions

  • Are washrooms available on the trek?

Washrooms are available at the base village only. No facility is available during the trek.  

  • Is this trek safe for girls?

This trek is completely safe for girls And have separate changing rooms.

  • What about extra baggage?

You can safely keep your extra bags in bus

  • Are changing rooms available?

Changing rooms and washrooms are available at the base village

  • What are the pickup points?

Pick up is available if your location comes in between our route for this you have to contact us before.

  • What is the type of bus?

The bus is NON/AC Tempo Traveler with decent seating comfort.

  • What is the level of difficulty for the Harihar Fort trek?

The Harihar Fort trek is rated as Easy to Moderate in difficulty. It entails steep ascents, particularly in the staircase section leading to the summit, necessitating adequate physical fitness and caution.

  • Is the Harihar Trek safe?

The Harihar Fort trek near Nashik poses a high level of difficulty, especially during and after the monsoon season when the steps can become slippery. To ensure safety during the trek, it is crucial to wear sturdy hiking shoes that provide proper grip and stability on the rocky terrain.

  • How long does it take to complete the Harihar Fort trek?

Answer: The trek to Harihar Fort typically takes about 2 to 3 hours to ascend and 1 to 2 hours to descend, depending on your pace and breaks.

  •  What is the best time to visit Harihar Fort for trekking? 

The best time for the Harihar Fort trek is from December to April, when the weather is cooler and the visibility is clearer. The monsoon season, from June to September, offers lush green landscapes but the mud path can be slippery where as rocky patch does not create any hinderance unless moss formation starts by end of monsoon.

  • Are there any water sources available on the Harihar Fort trek?

There are limited water sources along the trekking route to Harihar Fort. It's advisable to carry enough water for the duration of the trek. You can purchase bottled water from tribal villagers once you've completed 50 percent of the climb. Additionally, there are a few makeshift huts at the top of the fort where villagers sell tea and water.

  • What is the current weather conditions at Harihar Fort ?

During summer, expect temperatures ranging from 17°C at night to approximately 39°C during the day. The summit experiences strong winds and chilly conditions.

During the monsoon season, heavy rainfall is common. It's advised to double-pack your expensive phones and gadgets to prevent water damage.

In winter, temperatures range between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, accompanied by strong winds. It's advisable to carry a windproof jacket for the summit.

  •  What are the main attractions of the Harihar Fort trek?

Key attractions include the unique rock-cut steps leading to the fort, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from the top, and the small temple and cave at the summit.

  • What awaits atop Harihar Fort?

Ascending the fort leads to a narrow entrance, granting access to the summit via a slender passage. At the pinnacle, trekkers are greeted with a sight to behold—several ponds, ancient temples, and a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the Trimbakeshwar region nestled amidst the Sahyadri mountain ranges.

  • Is a guide necessary for the Harihar Fort trek?

While guides are essential for tourist locations, Harihar fort is a trekking destination where it's strongly advised to be accompanied by an expert Trek Leader to ensure safety. Avoid visiting this location on your own or with inexperienced trek organizers. Social media has made it easy for inexperienced individuals to create trek-organizing profiles without expertise in trekking. As trekking involves life risks, kindly verify the reputation and background of the organizer before booking. Beware: many amateurs use marketing tactics like low-cost offers to attract people.

  • What should I carry for the Harihar Fort trek?

Essential items include water, snacks, a good pair of trekking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a raincoat or poncho during the monsoon, and a first-aid kit. For full details, please refer to the "Things to Carry" section on this page.

  • Are there any accommodations available near Harihar Fort?

Accommodation options near the base village are limited. Most trekkers prefer to camp near the fort or stay at resorts in Igatpuri or Nashik, which offer a range of hotels and guesthouses. Camping at AquaNest Campsite in Igatpuri is recommended as it offers safety and security and is quite close to Harihar Fort.

  • What are the safety precautions to take during the Harihar Fort trek?

It's crucial to avoid going for the Harihar Fort trek alone or with inexperienced trek organizers. Choose a reputed, authentic, and experienced trek group. Always follow instructions given by experienced trek leaders, which will mitigate 99 percent of risks involved in this trek. Additionally, stay hydrated, wear appropriate footwear, exercise caution on steep rock-cut steps, and check the weather forecast before starting the trek.

  • How do I get all the details about the trek?

All the details are provided on this page itself. Simply scroll up to find all the information you need. We do not provide details verbally over the phone to avoid misunderstandings. It's crucial to read and understand all the details before booking the event for absolute clarity. If something mentioned on this page is confusing, you can clarify via chat by clicking on the "Chat with Us" button at the top. If you need to discuss matters not mentioned on this website, we can arrange a callback from one of our trek leaders.

  • How do we stay connected after reaching the meeting point?

We will create a WhatsApp group 3 hours prior to the event date and time for coordination. In this group, you will receive all necessary information regarding the contact person, exact meeting point, and other details.

  • Will we adhere to the exact return time mentioned in the itinerary?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on various factors such as weather conditions, traffic, participants' pace, and endurance.

  • Is it necessary to obtain permission for trekking at Harihar Fort?

While there is no legal requirement for permission to trek at Harihar Fort, we strongly advise against solo treks in Maharashtra or any other region. Trekking can pose numerous risks if not conducted correctly, especially in challenging terrains like those found in Maharashtra. It's safer to trek with a group or under the guidance of experienced trekkers. Safety should always be prioritized, and joining organized trekking groups ensures a more secure and enjoyable experience.

  • Can we camp at Harihar Fort?

Camping at Harihar Fort can be risky due to the presence of wild animals, including leopards, especially during the monsoon season. Therefore, we do not recommend camping in the area. Instead, you can camp at AquaNest Campsite and begin the fort trek early in the morning.

  • Is food available at Harihar Fort?

There are a few shops at the middle plateau where you can purchase water and snacks. However, it's essential to carry at least 2 liters of water and enough food to sustain your energy until you return to the base village. There are also shops in the base village where you can buy supplies before starting your trek. We recommend being prepared before reaching the base village.

  • Can beginners trek to Harihar Fort?

The trek to Harihar Fort offers more than just natural beauty—it also showcases ancient architectural marvels like the Harihareshwar temple. Essential for this journey are ample water supplies and sturdy trekking footwear. While beginners may perceive this trek as moderately challenging, with proper guidance and adherence to safety measures, it is certainly within reach.

  • What type of shoes should be worn for the Harihar Fort trek?

Ans. It's advisable to wear shoes with a good grip for the Harihar Fort trek. Proper traction is essential, especially on challenging terrains, to minimize slipping hazards and enhance stability while walking.

  • How challenging is the ascent to Harihar Fort?

Harihar Fort stands as a rocky triangular peak, presenting a unique climbing experience. While relatively small in size, its ascent is straightforward for most climbers. However, those who wish to avoid the steep and rocky ridge may find certain sections more demanding.

  • Is Harihar Fort banned?

Harihar Fort remains open throughout the year. However, local authorities may impose a ban during the monsoon season due to overcrowding, making climbing narrow stairs slippery and risky. The high footfall of tourists during weekends can also add to the risks of visiting the fort.

  • Is the Harihar Fort Trek the most challenging trek in Maharashtra?

According to trekking experts, the Harihar Fort Trek falls under the Easy-Moderate difficulty grade. While the heights may seem intimidating, it is not considered the most difficult trek in Maharashtra. Other treks in the region offer more challenging terrains and obstacles.

  • What is the nearest city to Harihar Fort?

Harihar Fort, also known as Harshagad, is situated in the Nashik district of Maharashtra, India. The closest city to Harihar Fort is Nashik City, located approximately 40 kilometers away. Additionally, it is about 48 kilometers from Igatpuri and 40 kilometers from Ghoti in the Nashik district.

  • Are children allowed to participate in the Harihar Trek?

Yes, age is no longer a barrier, especially in an era where children are accomplishing great feats at a very young age. When it comes to trekking and adventure, children have been scaling peaks of difficult-grade treks too. Trekkers are always excited to have children in the group at Kalsubai. Participants of any age with the required fitness levels can register for the event. However, children below 16 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult guardian.

 

  • Will we return at the exact time mentioned in the itinerary for Harihar?

The itinerary serves as a reference only. The timing for our return is based on the average time taken during our previous events. The actual timeline for a particular date depends on weather conditions, traffic conditions, participants' speed, and endurance.

Harihar Fort History 

The history of Harihar Fort is steeped in rich heritage and dates back to the Yadava dynasty in the 6th century. Originally known as Harshagad, the fort was strategically built to overlook the trade route that linked the Konkan coast to the Deccan Plateau. 

In the 14th century, the fort came under the control of the Bahmani Sultanate, followed by the Ahmednagar Sultanate. It was later conquered by the Mughals and subsequently by the Marathas under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century.

The fort played a significant role in the Maratha-Mughal conflicts, serving as a strategic outpost and providing a vantage point for military operations. Its unique architecture, including its rock-cut steps and fortifications, showcases the engineering prowess of its builders.

Throughout its history, Harihar Fort has witnessed various battles and changes in ownership, contributing to its historical significance. Today, it stands as a testament to the region's rich history and attracts trekkers and history enthusiasts alike, eager to explore its storied past and marvel at its architectural marvels.

Harihar Fort Blog

Embarking on an Epic Journey : Pune to Harihar Fort

Welcome to our blog where we recount the exhilarating journey from Pune to Harihar Fort, a trekking adventure that promises breathtaking landscapes, historical marvels, and unforgettable memories.

Setting the Stage, our journey begins in Pune, a bustling metropolis known for its vibrant culture and rich heritage. As we bid farewell to the city's hustle and bustle, we embark on a quest for tranquility and adventure amidst the rugged terrain of the Sahyadri mountain range.

Navigating through winding roads and verdant valleys, our journey takes us on a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside. As we leave the city behind, the verdant landscapes of rural Maharashtra unfold before us, offering a glimpse into the region's natural beauty.

After a few hours of driving, we arrive at the base village near Harihar Fort, our gateway to adventure. Nestled amidst lush greenery, the village welcomes us with open arms, offering a glimpse into rural life and hospitality.

With our backpacks packed and spirits high, we set out to conquer the mighty Harihar Fort. Equipped with sturdy footwear, ample water, and a sense of adventure, we embark on the trekking trail that leads to the summit.

The trek to Harihar Fort is not for the faint-hearted, as it involves steep climbs and rocky terrain. However, with each step, we draw closer to our goal, fueled by the anticipation of reaching the summit and witnessing the fort's majestic beauty up close.

Exploring the Fort :
As we reach the summit, we are greeted with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. Harihar Fort stands tall against the backdrop of the azure sky, its ancient walls whispering tales of a bygone era.

With cameras in hand, we capture the beauty of Harihar Fort in all its glory. From panoramic vistas to intricate architectural details, every moment is a testament to the fort's enduring legacy and timeless charm.

Reflections and Farewells:
As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to Harihar Fort, leaving behind footprints of adventure and memories that will last a lifetime. With hearts full of gratitude and minds filled with wonder, we embark on the journey back to Pune, cherishing the experiences that have enriched our souls along the way.

The journey from Pune to Harihar Fort is not just a trek; it's a voyage of discovery, a celebration of nature's beauty, and a testament to the human spirit's thirst for adventure. Join us on this epic journey as we explore the untamed wilderness and uncover the hidden treasures that await us amidst the towering heights of Harihar Fort.

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