Night Trek to Harishchandragad

Night Trek to Harishchandragad via Pachnai and Camping at Konkan Kada.


Night Trek to Harishchandragad; Konkan Kada Camping; Exploring Temple and Cave Complex at Harishchandragad 

Date: March 26, 2016.

Grade: Easy to Moderate.

There are 7 popular routes to reach Harishchandragad trekking and Pachnai trek route is one of the most approachable routes to Harishchandragad and Konkan Kada. 

Day 1

2:30 pm Arrival at Kasara Railway Station.

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm Jeep Safari from Kasara Station to Pachnai.
6:00 pm Trek from Pachnai to Konkan Kada
8:30 pm Arrival at Campsite; Freshen up
Dinner with Campfire

Explore Night Life at Konkan Kada

Day 2

8:00 am - Breakfast
8:30 am - Explore Konkan Kada
12:00 pm - Lunch
01:00 pm - Return trek to Pachnai; exploring Harishchandragad Temple and Cave Complex on the way.
03:30 pm - Arrival at Village Pachnai; Tea at Village
Start back for Kasara Station
06:30 pm - End of Event at Kasara Station.

Camp Cost:
Rs.2500/- per head.

Trek Capacity: Minimum 8 and Maximum 24 participants.

Payment Terms: 100% Advance.

Stay in tents 
Meals - 1 Dinner; 1 Lunch; 1 Breakfast; 2 Evening Tea with Snack
Share Jeeps from Kasara to Pachnai and Back


Food during transit
Sleeping Bags or Bed Sheets or Tent Mats

Dep Time
Dep Time



cancellation policy with respect to your date of booking:
25% deduction of total camp fee booking amount for cancellation done before 21 days
50% deduction of total camp fee booking amount for cancellation done before 5 days 
No refund for an cancellation done in last 4 days before your event.

More about the Place

Harishchandragad is one of the most interesting  and popular treks in Maharastra and has several approaches to reach the summit right from Medium Grade to Really Very Tough Approaches. The Largest Kada in Maharashtra is located here having one of the most magnificent and unbelievable views of Konkan. It is said on a windy day if you throw an object into the Kada it would fly right back at you. 
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.

Places of Interest

Konkan Kada

      The most interesting point on this fort is this cliff, which has always fascinated many people from many years. From here, one can have a breathtaking view of the surrounding region and; the setting sun. This cliff is not straight, but concave in its topmost approach. This feature renders it distinct. It has been accessed by rock-climbers only twice till now.


Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, we come across a huge cave. This is the cave of Kedareshwar, in which 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. It is quite difficult to reach the Shivlinga, as the water is ice-cold. There are sculptures carved out here. In monsoon it is not possible to reach this cave, as a huge stream flows across the way.


To 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 beautiful 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.

Taramati peak

This is the topmost point on the fort. Leopards are seen in the forests beyond this peak. From here we can have a glimpse of the whole range of Naneghat and the forts near Murbad

Caves on Harishchandragad

Caves are situated all over the fort and most them concentrated near foot of Taramati peak. The caves near foot of Taramati are used as accommodation by most trekkers. A few are near the temple, whereas some are near the citadel and some far away in the forests. A natural cave is on the northwestern side of the fort, to the right of Kokan Kada. It is about 30 feet deep. The folks must know many such caves. Many of these may be remaining undiscovered.

Nageshwar temple near Khireshwar

This is a great antique construction, and diverse artistic works are seen on this. On the ceiling of the temple are beautiful carvings. There are caves near the temple.

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 16m high from its base. Around this temple there a few caves & ancient water tanks. Near the temple, the river Mangal Ganga originates. The top of the temple resembles construction with the north-Indian temples. A similar temple is situated in Buddha-Gaya. Here we can see many tombs, in which a typical construction is seen. These are built by arranging stones one over the other. The stones are well finished. There are three caves near the temple. The cisterns near the temple provide drinking water. Here another temple called Kashitirtha is located.
The fascinating thing about this temple is that it has been carved out from a single huge rock. There are entrances from all four sides. On the main entrance there are sculptures of faces. These are faces of guards of the temple. On the left side of the entrance is a Devnagri inscription, which is about saint Changdev.

How to Reach there?

 Harishchandragad lies where the boundaries of Thane,  Pune & Ahmednagar districts converge. There are 4 - 5 known ways to this fort, the most usual being the following ones:

From Thane District

One has to board the bus for Nagar from Kalyan & alight at ‘Khubi Phata’. From there we reach the village of Khireshwar by bus or private vehicle. This village is at 4km from the foothills of the fort.

Way from Khireshwar

The way beside the caves, where water tanks are seen, proceeds further to Junnar Darwaaja (Entrance From Junnar). From here, the route goes straight to Tolar Khind. Walking a few minutes from Tolar Khind, we come across a rock-patch on which railings are fixed. After ascending the railings, we come to the plateau region on which less dense forests are seen. From here, we have to cross 7 hills & after a walk of 2-3 hours, we reach the temple of Harishchandreshwar, the temple of Lord Shiva.
Note: On this way, many arrows help in indicating the way.

Way from Belpada

The third way is specially meant for hikers, which is via Sadhleghat. One should board the bus for Malshej Ghat and go to the village of Belpada. From here, the route goes through Sadhleghat. Here one has to climb a straight rock patch on which grips are provided. The temple is situated at a height of about 1km from Belpada. The total distance is about 19km.

From Ahmednagar District

 One has to board the bus for Nasik or Mumbai & alight at Ghoti village. From Ghoti, we have to board another bus to Sangamner via Malegaon & alight at Rajur village. From here, 2 ways diverge to the fort.
1) From Rajur, one has to board the bus or a private vehicle to the village of Pachanai. From here, the way is straight to the topmost point.
2) Recently, the way from Rajur to Tolar Khind has been made available. From Tolar Khind (Tolar valley), the temple is about 2-3 hours by walking.

Accommodation Facility

Ganesh caves & caves near the temple of Harishchandreshwar or Carry your own tents.

Accommodation in Khireshwar

In Khireshwar, local school is the best for a night’s stay. In this village, we can see the beautiful temple of Nageshwar as well as ancient caves of the Yadav era.

Driving Map from Kasara to Pachnai

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