Harischandragad, situated in the Maslej region of the Western Ghats is one of the most famous hill forts in Maharashtra. The various temples and carvings on the fort indicate that it belongs to the medieval period; with the charm and beauty still intact. What’s more, it also provides one of the most challenging treks in the whole of Western Ghats.Also Read - Over 39 Inmates Including 6 Kids Test positive for Coronavirus in Mumbai's Byculla Women Jail
The trek up this hill fort can be under-taken from multiple routes. One such route is via Nalichi Vaat (which translates to ‘passage through a gorge’), a channel that lies to the extreme right of the mountain. Since it is the most difficult route, it’s preferred by experienced trekkers. Nalichi Vaat starts on a stream bed filled with large man-sized rock, involves a near 80 degree climb, and steep rock patches on the way that makes it a tough climb. Also Read - KGF 2 To Shahid Kapoor's Jersey, 15 Big Ticket Films That Are Set To Bring Back Revenues To Theatres
You could choose to halt at the base village and start early at the dawn. The uphill climb is exhausting and time-consuming, therefore it’s a better idea to split it into a two-day trek. That’ll allow you to camp overnight in your own pitched-tents on the grassy plains or in the ancient caves all around the fort. Also Read - Giant Carcass of 40-ft-Long Whale Washes Ashore at Maharashtra's Mardes Beach, Locals Click Selfies With It
The main attraction of this hill fort is the Konkan Kada (Konkan cliff), a concave fall at about 1,423m. It is a vertical overhang, exactly like a cobra’s hood, from where you can witness the most enchanting sunset and also get a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. The top of Harischandragad is also home to Maharashtra’s third highest peak – the Taramati peak, the fourth highest peak in Maharashtra, that again provides breath-taking views of the surrounds.
Other attractions here are the temple of Harishchandreshwar and the cave of Kedareshwar. The latter hosts a big Shivlingam surrounded by water. The lingam has four pillars on all sides that essentially represent the four yugas of life on earth. A general belief is that the current phase is the Kali Yuga. Legend goes that the day the fourth pillar comes down, it will be considered the end of this era.