Harishchandragad Trek | Mumbai | Pune

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Harishchandragad trek in Maharashtra is a prime trek on the bucket list of all trekkers, hikers, and adventure enthusiasts. And why not? It is an excellent example of a combination of natural wonders, caves, temples, with the exotic sunrise and sunset points on the top. Harishchandragad Fort is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and lies at around 140 km from Mumbai and 117 km from Pune. Beside, it is home to a famous fort that stands on top of the trek at about 4670 ft. In a word, the unique point is that it’s a night trek. Although there are many routes to reach the top—Pachnai is the easiest of all—we will trek via Khireshwar, which is moderate in difficulty. Interestingly, this trail snakes through forest sections, paddy fields, mighty mountains, small streams, big rock patches, and of course, nature in all its glory. At the top, you will scout Sapta Tirta Pushkarini Temple, Kedareshwar Cave, Konkan Kada(cliff), and Taramati Peak. Moreover, the natural wall is concave in shape; hence, if you are trekking at the right time, you will also experience some breathtaking secret phenomenon as vertical cloud bursts and circular rainbows/broken spectre. You can get this power-packed experience of incredible views, peacefulness and spiritual connectivity in just two days. So, here is a brief itinerary of the Harishchandragad trek with Plan the Unplanned.


Trip Highlights Initially, meet fellow travellers and kick off your journey to Khireshwar. Secondly, cross mighty rock patches, walk beside the paddy fields and forest sections. Thirdly, explore the ancient fort; remnants of Microlithic man were discovered here. Key spots to visit – Harishchandrashwar Temple, Saptatirtha Pushkarni, Kashitirtha temple, Nageshwar temple, Kedareshwar cave, Taramati Peak and Konkan Kada. Finally, watch the giant Shiva linga surrounded by water and supported by one pillar (the other three have broken over time). If you get lucky, you will also witness natural phenomena like vertical cloud burst, circular rainbows.

Firstly, meeting at Railway Station and commencing the journey to Khireshwar

Next, trekking to Harishchandragad Fort and exploring Kedareshwar. Finally, retreating.

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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Transportation to and fro from Pune Breakfast and Lunch Trek Leader Expertise Camping and Bonfire ( if weather permits ) Basic First Aid


Any meals not included above Any kind of personal expenses Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc ) Any expenses arising out of unforeseen contingenices



Policy and Terms

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

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Frequest Questions

Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.

Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.

Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/

Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Q: Do I have to carry luggage during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.

Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station - Nayanadahalli Metro Station

Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

Q: What is the "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

Q: Is the Harishchandragad Trek suitable for beginners?
A: Since this is the simplest route, even inexperienced hikers shouldn't encounter any difficulties. If this is your first time, you should also hire a guide from the community. The level of difficulty is Moderate.

Q: What city is Harishchandragad in?
A: Harishchandragad is a mediaeval hill fort located in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, 8 kilometres from Khireshwar, 50 kilometres from Bhandardara, 166 kilometres from Pune, and 218 kilometres from Mumbai.

Q: Does the Harishchandragad Trek permit camping?
A: The Fort does not have any limitations on camping. You can set your camp close to the temple or remain inside the caves atop Harishchandragad's peak. However, because many of them like to camp there, it will be extremely congested in the fort.

Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail. But you can always camp on top of the peak.

Q: What time of year is best to begin the Harishchandragad trek?
A: August- September are considered the best time to visit Harishchandragad fort. Start the hike early in the morning if you intend to camp there on top. The breathtaking sunset on the Harishchandragad hike is one of its outstanding features. Before sundown, make sure you ascend to the summit and tour the entire area. If you want to finish the hike in one day, depart from Mumbai or Pune the night before from your home. Start the hike from the bottom before dusk and finish it before lunch.

Q: What about Harishchandragad ’s cellphone network and connectivity?
A: Only on the highway do you get the signal. Only a few network providers in the area can get the signal, and those that do are exceedingly unstable. You get an excellent network at the summit of the Harishchandragad and Taramati mountains. Nearly all network providers can get the signal there.

Q: How to reach Harishchandragad?
A: By Air: The closest airport to Harishchandragad is Chattrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai. The two locations are separated by 154 kilometres. You can take a road to get to your trekking location after leaving the airport. By Rail: Igatpuri Train Station, located 41 kilometres from Harishchandragad Fort, is the closest railway station to the fort. But you need to board a train from Kalyan to get here (Mumbai). Trains from all around India, including Howrah, Nagpur, Allahabad, and Chennai, connect at Kalyan for this hill fort. By Road: On a typical traffic day, you may travel 201 kilometres from Mumbai to get here in 4 hours and 30 minutes. The Ghoti-Shukl Tirth Road and the Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Highway are both accessible via the NH3 after Khambale. Now keep travelling along this route to your destination. A lot of people travel to Harishchandragad by using both public and private buses. The most efficient route is to travel from Mumbai to Khireshwar via Kalyan, Khubi Phata. You can also get to Khireswar village daily by bus from Pune's Shivajinagar ST bus stop. As an alternative, you can take a bus from Kalyan to Alephata and travel via Malshej Ghat.

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