Harishchandragad – Nalichi Vaat

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Availability : 16 June 2019
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 30

16 Jun 2019

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Fri, 14th June, 21:00 Hrs

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harishchandragad

Highlight

Harishchandragad situated on the boundaries of 3 districts namely Pune, Ahmednagar & Thane can be a trek down from the number of routes. Situated in the Malshej region of the Ghats. Khireshwar Tolar Khind route & Pachnai route is the two normally used routes. While Junnar Darwaja & Nalichi Vaat route is the route rarely used. Among these, all route NALICHI VAAT Route is the toughest one. The fort comes under Kalsubai-Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary.

Harishchandragad fort can be visited all year long & known for its size and spectacular ‘Konkan Kada’- the cliff overlooking the Konkan belt has been a hot pick amongst adventure enthusiasts and trekkers for several years.

history

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 for Harishchandragad. Its origin is said to have been in a 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 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 Shaiva, Shakta or Naath. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.

Nalichi Vaat

Most local treks are not adventurous enough for experienced trekkers. But this route to Harishchandragad is physically daunting and visually rewarding!

Which translates to ‘passage through a gorge’ also water curved valley between two mountains is a channel that lies to the extreme right of the Kokankada. It is one of the most difficult paths to the top. Popular among climbers and experienced trekkers, Nalichi Vaat involves a near 80 degrees, involving steep rock patches. The trail begins on a stream bed filled with large man-sized rocks and eventually leads to the foot of the gorge. We will ascend this route while enjoying natural beauty and beast.

View of Harishchandragad Kokankada from base village Walhivare is one of the best views in Sahyadri. From here one can easily spot Naphtha, Ghodishep, Rohidas peak, Naneghat Panorama.

what makes nalichi vaat a must conquers?

Considered as one of the most difficult climbs, Nalichi Vaat will test your morale, stamina and endurance to the core. With rocky patches and technical climbing, you’ll reach the top. Our team of trek buddies and technically sound experts will make your climb a memorable and safe one.
Needs precise management of time and water.

LocationMalshej Ghat
BaseWalhivare-Khireshwar Village
Height (Ft.)4671
Walking10 Hrs
DifficultyModerate
EnduranceHigh

places to visit

Konkankada

The major attraction of Harishchandragad is Konkan Kada, an almost 1,423 m concave fall. It is a vertical overhang, like a cobra’s hood, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and an enchanting sunset. It’s beyond description, one should actually see it to experience nature’s architecture. The view from here is awesome and unimaginable.
Also, there are colonies of vultures in the huge crevices. You need a pair of binoculars to watch them little closely.

Saptatirtha Pushkarni

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.

Kedareshwar Caves

Going rightwards of Harishchandreshwar temple, we come across a huge cave. This is the cave of Kedareshwar, in which there is a big Shivling, 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 Shivling because 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.
The Shivling is surrounded by four pillars that essentially represent the four yugas of life on earth. The general belief is that the current phase is Kaliyuga. The day the fourth pillar breaks down will be considered the end of this era.

Harishchandreshwar Temple

This temple is a marvellous 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. Here we can see many tombs, in which a typical construction is seen. These are built by well-finished arranging stones one on top of the other. There are three main caves near the temple. The cisterns near the temple provide drinking water.

travelling

Pune to Pune

departure

Bus Route
Pick-Up

Shivajinagar > Aundh > Nashik Phata > Alephata > Walhivare (Base)

23:00 – Shivajinagar
23:30 – Aundh
23:59 – Nashik Phata

  • Come 15 min. before departure time to avoid getting late.

arrival

  • Sun, 16 June 2019
  • 22:00
  • Shivajinagar, Pune-05

includes

  • From/To Pune: Private Transport
  • Safe Technical Support
  • A Breakfast & Evening Tea
  • Lunch - Veg. (unlimited.)
  • Group Medical Kit
  • An Experienced Trek Leads

excludes

  • Personal expenses & anything not mentioned in the list of includes.

itinerary

Day 0Night Travelling

22:00 – Reporting to the SG Team.
22:59 – Travel to the base village from Pune.

Day 1Harishchandragad - Nalichi Vaat

04:00 – Reach base village; Walhivare Village. Rest for 2hrs.
06:00 – Wake-up & Freshen-up. Breakfast+Tea.
06:15 – Group introduction & briefing about the trek.
06:30 – Commence trek via “Nalichi Vaat”.
12:30 – Reach Kokankada. Enjoy the surroundings.
13:00 – Lunch break.
13:35 – Explore Temples, Caves & other places.
14:30 – Descend at Khireshwar.
18:00 – Leave for Pune.
22:00 – Reach Pune with Happy Memories & Non-Degradable Waste. 🙂

things to carry

Backpacking
  • Backpack: 30-40 Ltr.
  • Water 3-4 Ltr
  • Dry Food & Snacks
  • Trekking/Sports Shoes
  • Extra Slipper
  • Full Sleeved & Collared T-shirts
  • Full Pant
  • Extra pair of cloth
  • Cap + Rain Jacket / Windcheater
  • Torch
  • Trekking Pole

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Sachin Walunj

Solo Traveller

Nice tour full of curiosity and enjoyable experience!🤗

July 1, 2019