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SR: Harishchandragad Kokankada Monsoon Special Trek

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 11:55PM - Sun, 23 Jun 2019 5:00PM
Harishchandragad - Ghatghar Natural Reserve
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SR: Harishchandragad Kokankada Monsoon Special Trek

Event Details
Event Grade: Easy
Endurance Level: Medium
Height of fort: 4665ft approx.
Location: Ahmednagar
Total time required to reach a base: 2.30 hours from Kasara railway station
Total time required for climbing: 3 hrs of normal climb
Duration: 1 Night 1 day
Cost: Rs.1100/-

About 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 the 6th century, during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. The citadel was built during this era. The various caves probably have been carved out in the 11th century. 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 Mahadeva as a totem of tribes Koli Mahadev. they controlled the fort before the Moguls. Later the fort was under the control of Moguls. The Marathas captured it in 1747.

Major Attractions
Saptatirtha Pushkarni Temple
Kedareshwar Cave, there is a big Shiva Linga, which is completely surrounded by water. Its height from the base is five feet, and the water is waist-deep. It is quite difficult to reach the Shiva Linga because the water is ice-cold
Temple of Harishchandreshwar, which is a marvelous example of the fine art of carving sculptures out of stones that prevailed in ancient India
Konkan Kada, It provides a scenic view of the surrounding region and the setting sun
Caves on Harishchandragad, are situated at the foot of the Taramati peak, a few are near the temple, whereas some are near the citadel and some far away in the forests.
Taramati peak, this is the topmost point on the fort.

Travel Schedule
We’ll be boarding the below train from our nearest local station. Train timings are shared below for convenience.

Kasara Semi-Fast
10:50 pm CST
10:57 pm Byculla
11:05 pm Dadar
11:13 pm Kurla
11:18 pm Ghatkopar
11:34 pm Thane
11:57 pm Dombivli
12:07 am Kalyan
01:18 am Kasara

Meeting Point: Kasara Railway Station at 01:20 am


01:30 am Meet-up, freshen up, move towards the base village in a taxi
04:30 am Reach Base village, and take some rest
04:30 am Wake up call, freshen up, gear up for the trek
05:30 am Breakfast/tea to start our day
06:00 am Introduction round and brief on rules and regulations to be followed by everyone on the event
08:30 am Reach Kedareshwar temple, have some rest with refreshments
09:00 am Reach Konkan Kada, cherish the mighty scenery and enjoy the glimpse of the surrounding
09:30 am Enjoy the second round of refreshments and tea
10:30 am Start the descend from konkankada
11:00 am Reach kedareshwar temple and caves and explore the surroundings
11:15 pm Leave from kedareshwar to reach the base village
01:00 am Reach base village, have some rest followed by the Lunch
04:00 pm Reach Kasara railway station
07:00 pm Reach Mumbai and bid adieu with a promise to meet soon

Event Fee: Rs.1000/- per person. Payment once done is non-refundable, do check for availability before making a payment.

The cost per head includes the following.
Local travel from Kasara to Kasara
Unlimited breakfast at Konkan Kada and base village
Tea in the morning
Local guidance
First aid and first responder assistance in case required
MPA administration charges if any
Do read our terms and conditions before registration

Cost Excludes
All kinds of extra meals / soft drinks ordered.
Insurance, tips, porters, bottled mineral water, aerated drinks, etc.
Any kind of personal expenses.
Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above.
All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather.

Things to carry
Some ready to eat food like- plum cakes, fruits, chocolates, biscuits, etc
2 Liters of water must
Lunch for the day
Good trekking shoes
Extra pair of clothes, socks optional
Cap, Camera as Optional
1 packet of electrol, enerzal, glucon-D
Medications if required for individual
Avoid wearing precious ornaments on an event, if possible
And a haversack or backpack to put all the above things to be carried, so hands are free to help each other while trekking. Sling bags / jholas / trolley bags etc not allowed on the event. Please pack accordingly.

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Harishchandragad - Ghatghar Natural Reserve Paachnaichi Vaat Path, Maharashtra 421401, India
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