Harishchandragad Trek, Maharashtra, India

Updated on January 24, 2017
Brenda Dowling profile image

I love being at places and clicking photos. Started posting as it might be of help to people crazy about travelling. Yoo :)

The trek to Harishchandragad via the Nalichi Vaat route is one of the toughest treks in the Sahyadris (a mountain range in the Western Ghat of India).

Trekking Info

Destination: Harishchandragad Fort
Range: Western Ghats
Base Village: Belpada
height: 1,426 m (4,681 ft)
Grade : Difficult

Sunrise while ascending
Sunrise while ascending
Konkan kada(cliff) view from bottom of the fort
Konkan kada(cliff) view from bottom of the fort

Location of Harishchandragad

There are different routes to get up to the fort. I chose the ascent via Nalichi Vaat which is the difficult way. The trek via this route is considered to be one of the toughest route in the Sahyadris. This peak is the third highest peak in Maharashtra with 4681 feet of elevation.

We started the trek from the base village of Belpada at 6am, and walked through stony rock patches until we reached the bottom of the gorge which is 80 degrees steep and requires a high endurance level.

Things Recommended for You to Carry

 
 
Shoes
Good action trek shoes with a good grip as the path is 80 degrees steep and requires a perfect grip shoe
Trekking Bag
Minimum 40 litres capacity
Sleeping Bag/Mat
It's preferable to carry a sleeping bag as it's too cold from November to February
Clothes
An extra pair of shorts/ track pants
Food
Dry snacks, energy drinks, 2-3 liters of water (village food is available at the top)

Attractions

This trek was indeed exciting, as there were many attractions along the way to the top.

  1. Konkan Kada (Konkan Cliff). The highest cliff of Maharashtra and appears like a cobra’s hood.
  2. Kedareshwar Cave. A cave that had a Shivling(Hindu God) surrounded by four pillars, of which three have collapsed with time.
  3. Temple of Harishchandreshwar. A beautiful temple in the center of the fort built of ancient rocks 11 centuries old.

Temple of Harishchandreshwar
Temple of Harishchandreshwar
Saptatirtha Pushkarni
Saptatirtha Pushkarni
 Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff) - first highest cliff of Maharashtra, India
Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff) - first highest cliff of Maharashtra, India
There are caves situated all over the fort, believed to be carved out in the eleventh century.
There are caves situated all over the fort, believed to be carved out in the eleventh century.
Panoramic view of Sahyadri region
Panoramic view of Sahyadri region
Nageshwar temple
Nageshwar temple
Sunset from Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff)
Sunset from Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff)
Sunset
Sunset
Sunset from Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff)
Sunset from Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff)
Camping at top of the fort
Camping at top of the fort

Was this post helpful?

See results

© 2017 Brenda Dowling

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, skyaboveus.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://skyaboveus.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)