Harihar fort / Harshagad is a fort located 48 km from Igatpuri, Nashik district, of Maharashtra. It is an important fort in the Nashik district and was constructed to look upon the trade route through Gonda Ghat. It receives many visitors because of its peculiar rock-cut steps.
There are two base villages of the fort, Harshewadi, and Nirgudpada. The Harshewadi is 13 km from Trymbakeshwar. The other base village of the fort is Nirgudpada/Kotamvadi which is 48 km from Igatpuri which itself is 48 km from Nashik and 121 km from Mumbai. The climb from Harshewadi is easier than from the Nirgudpada. A wide, safe trekking path starts from the hillock north of the Nirgudpada. It passes through the scrub forest until it reaches an open ridge that is connected to the fort. It takes about an hour to reach the scarp of the hill on which the fort is situated. The ascend through the 60 mtr rock-cut steps is wonderful. It is like a stone ladder placed at 60 degrees along the scarp. The steps are worn out at many places yet the holes on either side of the steps are conveniently cut for holding the hands. After reaching the main entrance, the paths take a left traverse and again helical rock-cut steps are to be climbed, which are steeper than the earlier. the steps finally end with a narrow entrance. At many places, the steps are very narrow that, only a single person can climb at a time
Day 0: Saturday
10.00 pm: Gather at Shivajinagar
10.30 pm: Bus will Start from Pune
05.30 am: Reach at base
06.00 am: Snacks & Tea
06.30 am: Trek starts
09.30 am: Reach top of Fort Pinnacle, explore fort & Group photos
11.00 am: Start descent post snacks
01.30 pm: Reach base, Lunch, Rest
03.00 pm: Start towards Pune
9.30 pm: Reach Pune
Trek cost includes:
Travel from Pune to Pune (Pune Participants)
Sun: Breakfast, lunch & evening tea
Professional Expertise charges
Trek cost excludes:
Dinner on Sunday
Bottled drinking water
Insurance of any kind
Medical hospitalization, evacuation, and related expenses
Anything not mentioned in ‘Trek cost includes’
Things to carry:
1. Two water bottles ( 2 ltr at least)
2. Rain cheater
3. Ready to eat food (Biscuits, palm cakes, thepla)
4. Polythene bag to keep wet cloths
5. Extra pair of cloths
6. Good trekking/ sports shoes
7. Torch (Must)
8. Personal medicines (if any)
9. Cap, sunglasses, sun cream or cold cream, camera (Optional)
1. The facility will not be available.
2. Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that's illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without a refund.
Other Conditions & Indemnity:
I am aware that participating in adventure sports like kayaking, cycling, trekking, climbing, and rappelling has some inherent risks of illness, injury or death. This may be a result of the negligence of others, myself, forces of nature or other agencies knew or unknown. Rescue and medical services may not be able to reach me in time.
I hereby fully assume all risk of illness, injury or death, and the Kayakers, its owners, employees, consultants, agents and associates from all actions, claims or demands from any damages resulting out of my participation in this sporting event. This obligation is binding upon me personally as well as on my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns and all members of my family.
I hereby authorize any medical treatment deemed necessary in the event of any emergency, injury or mishap. I agree to bear all costs of rescue and/or medical services that may be incurred on my behalf.
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