About Harishchandragadh Fort
Harishchandragadh is a hill fort located in the Ahmednagar region of Maharashtra. It has played a major role in protecting the Kothale village with its huge structuring. Besides this, the fort has a lot of historical background which can be seen from all the beautiful caves and carvings that were been done here since the early stages of life.
History of Harishchandragadh
Harishchandragadh is a very ancient fort. Various miscellanies of Micro lithic man have been discovered here. The origin of this fort dates back to 6th century during the Kalachuri dynasty. The various caves that are present here are carved during the 11th Century. The great legend Changdev, the creator of the epic Tatvasaar, used to meditate here in the 14th century. The very famous Harishchandreshwar temple is also of the same period and a lot of beautiful carvings can be seen here. These carvings indicate that the fort is of the medieval period. This fort was under the control of the Mughals which was later captured by the Marathas in the year 1747.
How to reach Harishchandragad Fort?
There are various routes to reach to this fort but the route from Pune with a private vehicle is through Alephata, Sangamner, Akole, Rajur, and then Panchai.
Panchai is the base village for Harishchandragadh. There are State transport buses from Shivajinagar ST Stand that take you to Khireshwar village.
Difficulty level: Moderate/Medium.
Distance: 118kms from Pune
Things to do at Harishchandragad Fort:
The main attraction here is the Konkan Kada which offers a spectacular view of Konkan. During monsoon you would be walking in the clouds on this fort. The Tolar Khid, Malshej ghat offers a lot to the trekkers here. Taramati peak is the highest one in the fort and glimpse of Naneghat can be seen from here. Many peaks, fort and other beautiful places such as Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane Ghat, Ratangad, Kalsubai, etc. can also be seen from here.
The very famous Kedareshwar cave has a Shiva Linga which is completely surrounded by cold water. There were four pillar built around this, among which 3 are broken, but no one really knows about why these three pillars are ruined. The caves, the temples and various other attractions add a must visit to the forts near Pune.
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