Harishchandragad Fort is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra India. Its history is associated with that of Malshej Ghat, kothale village and it has played a major role in guarding and controlling the surrounding region. It is situated at an elevation of about 4670 feet in the district of Ahmednagar. Within the fort there are several temples dedicated to Vishnu and Ganesh.
This fort has a lot of temples and caves within the premises. A brilliant Saptatirtha Pushkarni temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu has been constructed by the Kalchuri dynasty. Kedareshwar cave is a unique cave here which has a big Shivlinga surrounded by water. It is probable that Shiva was the patron deity of the fort, as there are a number of Shiva lingas at the top of the fort.
Harishchandragad is all about filling your lungs with the freshest air and getting your adrenaline pumping. When you stand atop Konkan Kada, seeping in the surroundings, it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences ever! Lush green flora envelops you, with the majestic Sahyadri Ranges forming the backdrop. This trek is a feast for the eyes and your soul, a Shangri la of sorts. If you love nature in its raw, rustic, rugged, and undiluted beauty, this trek is for you!
How to Reach Harishchandragad By Road :
Located approximately 201 km from Mumbai, you can reach here within 4hrs and 30 min on a normal traffic day. You can follow the NH3 to reach Ghoti-Shukl Tirth Road or the Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Highway at Khambale. Now continue on this road to reach your destination.
Many people also use public and private buses to reach Harishchandragad. The best route to take is from Mumbai via Kalyan, Khubi Phata to Khireshwar. You can also take a daily bus from the Shivajinagar ST bus stand (Pune) to Khireswar village. Alternatively, take a bus from Kalyan to reach Alephata through Malshej Ghat.
How to Reach Harishchandragad by Train :
The nearest railway station to Harishchandragad fort is Igatpuri Train Station, at a distance of 41 km away from Harishchandragad Fort. However, to arrive here, you need to take a train from Kalyan (Mumbai). Trains from across India for this hill fort connect at Kalyan, such as Howrah, Nagpur, Allahabad, and Chennai.