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A challenging trek in the Western Ghats : Harishchandragad

About Harishchandragad Fort is famous for its height, its toughness and the famous 'Konkan Kada'. Harishchandra Temple is known to be the pride of the fort. Sant Changdev stayed here for some time and completed his manuscript - 'Tatwasaar'. The Nandi and Shivling in the temple are breathtaking. A cave nearby is always full of very cold water. Harishchandragad Fort is situated in Junnar region near Malshej Ghat. 

The fort is very popular to trekkers and nature lovers as it is one of the best forts to trek. Konkan Kada is a challenge for trekkers as it is at a height of 3,500 feet. Rohidas, Taramati and Harishchandra are the three peaks in Harishchandragad. Taramati peak is the highest one in the fort. Many peaks, fort and other beautiful places such as Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane Ghat, Ratangad, Kalsubai, etc. can also be seen from here. 

Lucky tourists can sometimes see like tigers, cheetah, snakes, swallow and flamingos, etc. Harishchandragad is must to visit to enjoy the beauty of forest, especially for the Konkan Kada. Nearest airport is in Mumbai (154 km), while nearest railway station is Kalyan. Hotels are available at Mumbai and Pune

Kedareshwar Cave Temple

Kedareshwar Cave Temple is located at Harishchandragad, a hill fort in Ahmednagar district. The fort is a popular trekking location. Kedareshwar Cave Temple is much different from other temples. It is situated in a cave and also presence of water all year round makes the temple one of the unique temples not just in Maharashtra but in India as well.

A Shiva Linga of about five feet is situated at the centre of the cave. One has to wade through waist deep and ice cold water to reach the Shiva Linga. Though there were four pillars surrounding the Linga, now there is only one pillar intact. Some believe the pillars to be symbols of yuga or time, namely, Satya, Tretha, Dwapara and the Kali Yuga. The present pillar is said to symbolise the last and final yuga, which is the present one, the Kali Yug. Thus a belief exists that when this last and remaining pillar breaks off, the world will come to an end. The walls of the cave are replete with sculptures and carvings. Kedareshwar Cave Temple is a must-visit for its unique built and the beliefs surrounding it. Trekkers too can enjoy a visit to the temple in a fort.

How to Reach Harishchandragad 

By Car: It is about 201 kilometres away from Mumbai and it takes 4hours and 30 minutes to reach this place on a day with normal traffic. Follow NH 3 to Ghoti-Shukl Tirth Road/Nagpur-Aurnagabad-Mumbai Highway in Khambale. Continue on Ghoti-Shukl Tirth Rd/Nagpur-Aurnagabad-Mumbai Highway to your destination.

By Cab: Standard rate of cab is about INR 9 to 11 per kilometre from Mumbai to Harishchandragad for a single trip.

By Bus : Best route by bus is: Mumbai – Kalyan – Khubi phata- Khireshwar

A. A ST bus from Kalyan to Alephata via Malshej Ghat

2: Get down at Khubi Phata.

3. Base village of Khireshwar is just 6 kilometres away from Khubi Phata. Walk it down for ask for a lift.

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