Harishchandragad Fort, Junnar

Harishchandragad (map) is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India. Its history is linked with that of Malshej Ghat, kothale village and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region.HistoryThe 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 the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri 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 the 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 mahadeva as a totem of tribes koli mahadev. They was controlling the fort before Moguls. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.Notable Places of InterestSaptatirtha PushkarniTo the east of the temple is a well-built lake called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are temple-like constructions in which there are idols of Lord Vishnu. Recently these idols have been shifted in the caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar. These days many trekkers have been responsible for the sad plight of this place, as they throw plastic wastes and other things in the pond. 7 years back the water was potable, and now it isn't suitable even to swim. (However, this water is so cold in summer that you can actually feel like you are standing in a refrigeration unit.)
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  • Very tough fort (Tolar Khind route) We did a night trekking here. The fort doesn't have security feature..! The railings are broken. The fort has many ancient things to see such as a cave, temple, but...  more »
  • Its a trekkers paradise and should be visited in monsoons . There are 3 routes to reach harischandraghad. 1. Pachnai (Easy trek) 2. Kheereshwar (Medium) 3.Nalichi Vaat (Tough) . Khireshwar village rou...  more »
  • One of the best treks of my life. Please take 2 days to complete this trek. The view from the top is amazing, an the wind at Konkan kada will litereally blow you away  more »
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  • A perfect place in Maharashtra if you are into trekking as well as camping. Night trek to this place from the base is the ultimate experience. This place is away from the modern world as we don't get any cell reception in the area anywhere. Also NO ELECTRICITY!!! But that's the fun of trekking in such places. Great mesmerizing views of the place during morning and evening.
  • A must go place for trekkers and fort lovers... Try to go from khireshwar and go for night trek to have amazing experience. If you want more difficult route, go via Nalichi vat.. It's hard to describe in words the scenic beauty we saw from top. One must experience it.
  • Harishchandra gad... Second highest trek for trekkers looking for trek in Maharashtra... This trek has three ways to climb.. We choose to climb from khireshwar... This has amazing scenic view with moderate difficulty. I loved the trek.. It took us approx 3 hours to reach the top, we took local village man to guide us in with the route as the Fort is quite huge and have different routes... The trek consists of plain walking, simple climbing and tough rock climbing(this was the tough part)... People with fear of heights and problem with balancing should avoid the trek cause there is a patch which comes with no support and you need all your mind and body to work in coordination... But it's fun if you love trek and want to explore more of you and nature...
  • Amazing place... there is stay facility and food at night on the fort...but poor transportation...I will suggest to travel with own vehicle
  • Awesome place for trek and camping. Thanks for R & T Trekker's for make this camping memorable.

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