Harishchandragad –
Ultimate trekking
destination!!
Date of visit: 4th Jan 2009
Route:
Kurla-Igatpuri-Ghoti-Rajur-
Pachnai-...
Harishchandragad
The fort is quite ancient. Remnants of Microlithic man have been discovered
here. The various Puranas (an...
From Kurla
To Kalyan
Bhandaradara lake
Pimpalgaon lake
Harishchandragad
2-1/2 hr Rail
Journey begins
from Kurla to
Igatpuri
Saumya, Sandesh, Amar and Hitest
Lunch of Misal-pav and Bhaji at Igatpuri
GHOTI
Bus from Igatpuri to ghoti
Ghoti to Rajur and then
to Pachnai (2-1/2 hr)
Pachnai village - at the
foothills of Harishchandragad
Dinner of Dal-Bhakri-Bhat at
Subhash Bharmal’s house
The lunch-room was shared with
Subhash’s goats due to winter
T.P.
Night outside
Subhash’s house
The ‘paar’ with
village gods
The ultimate
Catch by Saumya
Village women
carrying water
from nearby well
Morning tea
We are here
The 1-1/2 hr
trek begins
Pachnai Village
Yaad aa rahi hai, teri yaad aa rahi hai
Strong roots!
Earth vanished
below the tree
Gap inside the
mountain is a
road and also
a place where
one can spend
night
Honeycombs
Looking back after reaching the platee
Looking back after reaching the plateu
View after reaching the plateu -
Balekilla
View after reaching the plateu -
Taramati (2nd highest point after
Kalsubai) and Rohidas peaks
Harishchandeshwar temple
Where eagles dare
Temple of Harishchandreshwar
This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that
pre...
The ancient "SHIVA" temple is built up in "Hemadpanthi style" i.e. No sealing
component used between two stones on each ot...
Saptatirtha Pushkarni
To the east of the temple is a well-built water tank called “Saptatirtha”. On its bank are
temple-li...
Saptatirtha Pushkarni
‘other side’
Entrance to Shiva temple
Ganesh
Kedareshwar Cave
This is the cave of Kedareshwar, close to the temple. There is a big
Shivlinga, which is totally surround...
Caves
View of the temple and
surround area
2-3 Tents for Rs. 300 a night/tent
available.
Courtesy: www.amezingsahyadri.com
Amar desperately checking
mobile range at Konkankada
We are here
RIGHT SIDE
LEFT SIDE
Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff) RIGHT SIDE
The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated m...
We were here in the
earlier photograph
Konkan Kada - MIDDLE ARC
Konkan Kada - LEFT SIDE
Saumya
Lunch (Batatyachi bhaaji, Bhakri, Zunka
Bhakar) locally prepared (Rs. 50 per plate)
Balekilla
Dried grass being
burnt in the forest (?)
04-Jan-2009
09-Jul-2006
Lion’s statue at the Tolar Khind
junction where paths from Levali
and Khireshwar join
Rock patch with railing
Naturally formed orifice
From Khireshwar to Khubi
Phata (Malshej ghat) on tempo
Desperately checking mobile
range in Malshej Ghat while
waiting for bus for Kalyan
Bus from Khubi phata to Kalyan (2-1/2 hours)
Jai Hind
Jai Maharashtra
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  1. 1. Harishchandragad – Ultimate trekking destination!! Date of visit: 4th Jan 2009 Route: Kurla-Igatpuri-Ghoti-Rajur- Pachnai-Harishchandragad- Khireshwar-Kalyan HEIGHT : 1424 METERS
  2. 2. Harishchandragad The 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 6th century, during the rule of Kalchuri 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 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 Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.
  3. 3. From Kurla To Kalyan
  4. 4. Bhandaradara lake Pimpalgaon lake Harishchandragad
  5. 5. 2-1/2 hr Rail Journey begins from Kurla to Igatpuri
  6. 6. Saumya, Sandesh, Amar and Hitest
  7. 7. Lunch of Misal-pav and Bhaji at Igatpuri
  8. 8. GHOTI Bus from Igatpuri to ghoti
  9. 9. Ghoti to Rajur and then to Pachnai (2-1/2 hr)
  10. 10. Pachnai village - at the foothills of Harishchandragad
  11. 11. Dinner of Dal-Bhakri-Bhat at Subhash Bharmal’s house
  12. 12. The lunch-room was shared with Subhash’s goats due to winter
  13. 13. T.P.
  14. 14. Night outside Subhash’s house
  15. 15. The ‘paar’ with village gods
  16. 16. The ultimate Catch by Saumya
  17. 17. Village women carrying water from nearby well
  18. 18. Morning tea
  19. 19. We are here
  20. 20. The 1-1/2 hr trek begins
  21. 21. Pachnai Village
  22. 22. Yaad aa rahi hai, teri yaad aa rahi hai
  23. 23. Strong roots! Earth vanished below the tree
  24. 24. Gap inside the mountain is a road and also a place where one can spend night
  25. 25. Honeycombs
  26. 26. Looking back after reaching the platee
  27. 27. Looking back after reaching the plateu
  28. 28. View after reaching the plateu - Balekilla
  29. 29. View after reaching the plateu - Taramati (2nd highest point after Kalsubai) and Rohidas peaks Harishchandeshwar temple
  30. 30. Where eagles dare
  31. 31. Temple of Harishchandreshwar This temple is marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India. It is about 16 m high from its base. Around this temple there a few caves & ancient water tanks. The river Mangal Ganga is said to originate from one of the tanks located close to the temple. The top of the temple resembles construction with the north-Indian temples. A similar temple is situated in Buddha-Gaya.
  32. 32. The ancient "SHIVA" temple is built up in "Hemadpanthi style" i.e. No sealing component used between two stones on each other.
  33. 33. Saptatirtha Pushkarni To the east of the temple is a well-built water tank 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.
  34. 34. Saptatirtha Pushkarni ‘other side’
  35. 35. Entrance to Shiva temple
  36. 36. Ganesh
  37. 37. Kedareshwar Cave This is the cave of Kedareshwar, close to the temple. There is a big Shivlinga, which is totally surrounded by water. The total height from its base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. The water is ice-cold.
  38. 38. Caves
  39. 39. View of the temple and surround area 2-3 Tents for Rs. 300 a night/tent available. Courtesy: www.amezingsahyadri.com
  40. 40. Amar desperately checking mobile range at Konkankada
  41. 41. We are here RIGHT SIDE LEFT SIDE
  42. 42. Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff) RIGHT SIDE The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many people from many years. The cliff faces west and looks down upon the Konkan.
  43. 43. We were here in the earlier photograph Konkan Kada - MIDDLE ARC
  44. 44. Konkan Kada - LEFT SIDE
  45. 45. Saumya
  46. 46. Lunch (Batatyachi bhaaji, Bhakri, Zunka Bhakar) locally prepared (Rs. 50 per plate)
  47. 47. Balekilla
  48. 48. Dried grass being burnt in the forest (?)
  49. 49. 04-Jan-2009 09-Jul-2006
  50. 50. Lion’s statue at the Tolar Khind junction where paths from Levali and Khireshwar join
  51. 51. Rock patch with railing
  52. 52. Naturally formed orifice
  53. 53. From Khireshwar to Khubi Phata (Malshej ghat) on tempo
  54. 54. Desperately checking mobile range in Malshej Ghat while waiting for bus for Kalyan
  55. 55. Bus from Khubi phata to Kalyan (2-1/2 hours)
  56. 56. Jai Hind Jai Maharashtra

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