Harihar Fort Trek

The Trek With The Most Iconic Climb In The Sahyadris

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The Complete Guide to Harihar Fort Trek

Harihar fort is located in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. It lies at an altitude of 3,676 ft from sea level. 

The hill on which the fort is built looks like a rectangular shape from the base village. But it is built on the triangular prism of rock from the Yadava dynasty. The edges of the Harihar fort are almost vertical. 

The attraction of Harihar fort is the iconic steps to the top of the fort. It is almost 80 degrees vertically inclined. 

There are Lord Hanuman, Shiva and Nandi idols and a small pond at the fort. 

The view from the fort is beautiful. You can see many forts and peaks such as Bhaskargad or Basgad, Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri and Utwad fort from the top.

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Table of Contents

  • What to Watch out for

Trail Information

  • GPX File for the Harihar Fort trek
  • Best Season to do the Harihar Fort trek
  • How difficult is Harihar Fort trek
  • How to Reach the base of the Harihar Fort trek
  • Permission, Water Sources and other finer details about the Harihar Fort trek
  • Nearby Places to Visit after the Harihar Fort trek
  • Things to Take for the Harihar Fort trek

What to watch out for

1. the iconic steps that lead to the top of the fort.

The most thrilling part of Harihar fort trek is climbing the almost vertical staircase that leads to the top of the fort. 

These narrow steps are carved on the rocks. There are notches carved in that help to keep your fingers while climbing up. 

Do not look back while climbing if you are afraid of height. It is frightening to see the steps you have just climbed up. However, the view behind you is just out of the world!

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The first part of the iconic steps. Spot the Mahadarvaja at the end of it. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

2. Stunning views of the Sahyadri range from the top

Harihar fort offers a 360-degree view of the Sahyadri range. If you are trekking in the monsoon you can see the lush green forts and peaks. 

Bhaskargad/Basgad, Utwad fort, Anjaneri fort, Brahma Parvat, Navra-Navri peak, Brahmagiri and many more forts can be seen from there. 

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Brahma Parvath as seen from the Harihar fort. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Harihar fort trek can be divided into 2 sections based on the difficulty level. 

  • Nirgudpada village(Kotamwadi) to the plateau: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Plateau to the top through iconic steps: 1 hour 30 minutes

The plateau can also be reached from Harshewadi village. It is marked in purple color in the below route map. For detailed trail information, go through the explanation given below. 

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Trail Map of Harihar Fort Trek. Screenshot on Google Earth Pro

Section I: Nirgudpada village to the plateau (Before the iconic steps)

Trek Distance: 2.4 km Trek Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes GPS coordinates of the starting point at Nirgudpada village:   19°53'47.99"N 73°27'19.36"E GPS coordinates of the Plateau:   19°54'25.61"N 73°28'0.75"E

The Harihar fort trek starts from the Kotamwadi village which is 300 meters from  Nirgudpada village. The exact location where you need to get inside the village is opposite to the Harihar dhaba . It is very close to the Nirgudpada bus stop.

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Kotamwadi village from where the trek starts. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Once you start the trek from the village towards the Triambak region, the trail is pretty simple. You pass through many fields and small streams. The trail continues to be the same for another 20 minutes. 

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Starting trail from the Kotamwadi village. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Spot the Harihar fort towards your right while passing through the Kotamwadi village. 

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Harihar fort as seen from the trail just after the village. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

The trail starts gradually climbing up once you cross those fields. From here you need to pass through forest and clearings where you can see the fort. 

Protip: Wear proper trekking shoes . Carry a pair of trekking poles as well if you have one. These 2 trekking gears help you while trekking.

If you are trekking in the monsoon season, you get a small stream just after you cross those fields in the village.

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A small stream, on the way to the plateau. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

There are arrow marks painted on the rock. But during monsoon season it becomes difficult to spot them. 

Protip: Download the GPX file before starting the trek. It helps to navigate throughout the trek. 

After trekking for another 45 minutes on the same trail, you reach a plateau. The route from Harshewadi also joins here. 

From here you can see the most challenging part of the trek, which is the Iconic steps. Observe how beautifully steps are carved on the almost 80 degrees vertical rock. 

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The iconic steps, seen from the plateau. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Section 2: Plateau to the Harihar fort top via iconic steps

Trek Distance: 1 km Trek Duration:  1 hour 30 minutes GPS coordinates of the Plateau:  19°54'25.61"N 73°28'0.75"E GPS coordinates of the Harihar fort top: 19°54'16.4"N 73°28'19.8"E

There is a small stall at the end of the plateau. Take a small break here. Prepare yourself for the very exciting and challenging part of the trek that is awaiting in front of you. 

These rock-cut steps look scary but once you start climbing them, you have enough support there for your safety. So it is not scary as it looks from far.

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The iconic steps that lead you to the top of the fort. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

There are notches carved in for support. Make sure you take complete advantage of them. Place your foot carefully. During monsoon, the moss formation on these rocks make them slippery. 

Tip : Do not turn back while climbing the steps if you are afraid of heights. It looks very scary.

There are around 90 steps before you reach the Mahadarvaja. They are maintained pretty well compared to other forts in that region. 

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The iconic steps you climbed up. This is captured from Mahadarvaja. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

After the Mahadarvaja, the trail takes you to a left traverse. Here, your left is open to a valley and your right is the wall of the fort. You can see the Harshewadi village on your left. 

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This is the traverse you take after Mahadarvaja. The left side is where you see Harshewadi. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Tip: Watch out your head. You need to bend down and cross this stretch. This leg of the trek is very narrow. Only one person can proceed at a time. 

Once you cross the traverse, you encounter another set of steep steps. You have to climb up around 100 steps to reach the top.

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The rock-cut steps you encounter after the traverse. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

After climbing those steep steps, you pass through a small cave. After almost an hour of an exciting climb, you reach the fort.

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A cave-like structure you pass through before reaching the fort. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

On the fort, you can see small ponds, a temple of Lord Hanuman and Shiva. You can also see a Balekilla which means the highest point of the fort.

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Shiva and Nandi idol on the fort. There is also a pond in front of the idols. The hill which you see on the left is Brahma Parvath. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

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Hanuman temple on the fort. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

After exploring a bit on the fort, head to the highest point of the fort Balekilla.

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The highest point of the fort seen from the temple. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Another 10-15 minutes of a trek leads you to the highest point of the fort. The top is very small. Only a few people can stand there. 

Take some time to get absorbed in the 360-degree view of the Sahyadri’s Trimbakeshwar region. Enjoy the mesmerizing view of all the famous peaks and forts completely immersed in lush green colour. 

Bhaskargad or Basgad, Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri, Utwad fort, Phani Dongar hill which has a needle-like structure and many other forts are around you. It is fun to identify all of the forts and peaks if you are in a group!

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Brahma Parvat as seen from the Harihar fort. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

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Phani/Fani dongar hill has a needle-like structure. You can see this peak from the top of Harihar fort as well as from the base village. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

After spending an hour at the top, you can start to descend. It is the same route you have taken to climb up. 

You need to be very careful while descending the iconic steps. Always have the “Three point contact” while facing the mountain. Three-point contact is a safety technique where you use 2 hands and one foot. Here is a video that explains three-point contact safety.

Best Season to do the Harihar Fort Trek

The best time to do the Harihar Fort Trek is from June to February. During this period you can see the spectacular views from Harihar Fort.

Monsoon is the best season to see the lush green Sahyadris. All the fields in the villages and trails will be full of green grasses.

Post monsoon season offers a clear view of the famous forts and peaks from the Top. You can expect pleasant weather during this time.

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Harihar fort, surrounded by lush greenery. You can also see all the streams full of water. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

The weather can be extremely hot during the summer. So trekking to the Harihar fort is not recommended.

How Difficult is Harihar Fort Trek

The challenging section on the Harihar Fort is the Iconic steps that lead to the top. Both the staircases before Mahadarvaja and after can be slippery and becomes risky during monsoon season. 

The moss formation on the steps makes it more difficult to climb. You need to be very careful while keeping your foot.

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You can see the moss formation on the steps. This makes the climb difficult. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

There is also a narrow traverse that is tricky to negotiate. Be careful while crossing that section.

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Narrow traverse that has to be negotiated very carefully. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

How to reach the Harihar Fort base

Harihar fort trek has two routes. Both the trails start from villages which are accessible by public transport as well as your vehicle. 

The base villages are: 

  • Nirgudpada(Kotamwadi)

Reaching the starting point by your vehicle

Both the villages mentioned above have roads wide enough to allow cars. Use the links given below to help set up navigation in google maps. 

  • Reaching Nirgudpad: It can be accessed from both Mumbai and Nashik. You can use the link given based on the starting location. If you are travelling from Mumbai, use this link and from Nashik, use this link . 
  • Reaching Harshewadi: This village is closer to Nashik. Hence, people who are coming from Nashik prefer to start the trek from here. Here is the link to reach Harshewadi from Nashik. If you are travelling from Mumbai, use this link to reach the starting point.  You can park your vehicle in the village and start the trek. There is enough space to park vehicles. 

Reaching the Harihar Fort trek base by Public Transport System

Reaching nirgudpada/kotamwadi.

If you are travelling from Mumbai, reach Kasara. From Mumbai CST you get the local train every 15 minutes. You can refer to this chart for more route information. To know more about the timings download M indicator app . 

Once you reach Kasara, get a cab to Khodala. It is another junction which is 30 km from there. You get a shared taxi to Nirgudpada from Khodala. The entire travel costs you around Rs 100 to 120. 

Tip: If you are in a group of 6 to 7, hire a taxi for a roundtrip. They will take Rs 2,000 for the entire trip. 

Another way to reach Nirgudpada from Mumbai is to reach Igatpuri by train. From Igatpuri, get into any bus that goes to Trimbakeshwar. Alight at Nirgudpada. Inform conductor to stop you at the destination. 

If you are travelling from Nashik to Harihar Fort, reach Trimbakeshwar. From there get a cab to Nirgudpada. 

Reaching Harshewadi

If you are travelling from Mumbai, get into the local train from Mumbai CST and reach Nashik road. From here take a cab that goes to Harshewadi.

Another option from Nashik is to go to Trimbak by bus and take a cab that goes to Harshewadi. 

Tip: If you are in a group of 6 to 7, hire a taxi from Nashik for a roundtrip. They charge you around Rs 1,500. 

Return option: Return is a problem if you are depending on public transport. You need to complete the trek by 3 pm and try to follow the same route as you reached the base. There will be very few buses after 5 pm from both the villages. 

Stay options: Villagers offer you homestays in both the bases. You can also pitch a tent on the plateau which you get on the trek. 

Nearest Railway Station

Kasara Railway station - 60 km

Nashik Railway station - 56 km

Nearest International and Domestic Airport

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai - 170 km

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Harihar Fort Trek

1. do we need permission to do the harihar fort trek.

Harihar fort trek does not require permission from the forest department. You can do this trek on your own without any permission. 

2. Is camping allowed on Harihar Fort Trek?

There are no restrictions on camping on this trek. However, on top of the fort, there is not much space to pitch your tent. 

You can camp on the plateau just before the iconic stairs. There is enough space available. It is also closer to the village which makes it easier to get food and water. 

3. Are there any food and water sources available on Harihar Fort Trek?

Harihar trek starts from the villages. And these villages have many small dhabas where you get food. You can even find a small shop on the plateau. You get water and some snacks there. 

If you are trekking during monsoon season, you get many small streams on the way to the fort where you can fill your water bottle. The dhabas near the village will provide water as well. 

Make sure you carry a minimum of 2 litres of water along with you.

Tip: If you are not comfortable with having water from outside carry purification tablets or life straw bottles to purify the water.

4. Is Harihar Fort for beginners?

Harihar fort trek is not recommended for beginners. The iconic stairs can be a bit scary if you are trekking for the first time.  Any fit trekker who has prior trekking experience can attempt the Harihar fort trek. 

5. What is the ideal time to start the Harihar fort trek?

The ideal time to do the Harihar fort is to start the trek from the base before the sun starts beating down. So that you reach the top before noon and descend for your late lunch.  You need 2 and a half hours to reach the top and 1 and a half hours to descend. Make sure you come back to the starting point before 3 pm.  If you are depending on public transport for your return journey, then after 3 pm, you have only a few buses that go to Nashik or Trimbak. 

6. How long is Harihar Fort trek?

Harihar Fort trek distance is 3.5 km one way. Though the trek is not of very long distance, the steep almost vertical climb through the iconic steps can be quite challenging especially during monsoon.

7. What to expect on Harihar Fort trek?

To answer this question, we have interviewed Maharashtra trek expert on why should you do Harihar Fort trek and what can you expect on the trek. Watch the video here:

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8. Where is Harihar Fort located?

Harihar fort is located in the Nashik district that belongs to Maharashtra. The Harihar Fort trek's base village is Nirgudpad which is around 45 km from Nashik. You can also start your trek from Harshewadi.

9. How tall is Harihar Fort trek?

Harihar Fort trek stands at a height of 3,676 ft, that is 1,120 metres.

10. What is Harihar Fort famous for?

Harihar Fort is famous because of the thrilling summit experience. The narrow steep almost 80 degree vertical climb is the adventure that you get to experience on this trek.

Emergency contact for Harihar Fort Trek

Hospital:  Sub District hospital Trimbakeshwar is the nearest hospital to Harihar fort trek.

Police Station: Harsul Police station, Trimbakeshwar is the nearest police station to Nirgudpada or Harshewadi.

ERSS: For any kind of emergency help, you can contact the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number- 112

ATMs and Networks on the trek

ATMs: Nashik or Trimbakeshwar is the nearest place where you can find reliable ATMs. 

Make sure you carry a minimum of Rs 1000 from your starting location.

Mobile Networks: There are networks at the base village. But on the trek, only the Jio provider catches the very weak signal. 

Places to visit after the Harihar Fort Trek

There are many other forts and peaks you can explore near Harihar fort. Some of them are: 

Anjaneri Fort: It is the only fort where you can see a temple for Maata Anjaneri, the mother of Lord Hanuman. An easy-moderate trek that starts from Anjaneri village. 

Bhaskargad/Basgad : It is one of the forts in Trimbak hill region. You can see this from the top of the Harihar fort. 

It is an easy trek and very close to Harihar fort. One can complete both the fort in a day. 

Brahmagiri hill : It is very close to Trimbakeshwara Shiva temple. It is a source of River Godavari. 

It is an easy-moderate difficulty level. You can do this trek if you have a couple of days. 

Ashoka waterfall or Vihi waterfall : It is located very close to Kasara. You can visit this waterfall on the way to Nirgudpada if you are hiring a private vehicle. 

The drive from Kasara to Ashoka waterfall is very beautiful. You can see many small waterfalls on the way. 

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Ashoka waterfall as seen before reaching the waterfall. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

Vaitarna Dam: It is a gravity dam constructed on the Vaitarna river. It is located close to Kasara. You can visit the dam before going to Harihar fort or after the completion of the trek. 

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Crystal clear Vaitarna dam. Picture by Nitesh Kumar

What To Pack For Harihar Fort Trek

  • Basic First Aid kit*
  • Identity Card
  • Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
  • Water (Minimum two litres)
  • Lemon and salt OR Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.)
  • High-calorie snacks (Nuts & dry fruits, home-baked cake, etc.)
  • Safety Pins, Rubber bands & Whistle (Useful in emergencies.)
  • Quick Dry T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
  • Poncho, only during monsoons
  • Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices, only during monsoons
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Optional: Trekking poles

First aid kit:

  • Band-aids (Regular & Waterproof)
  • Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
  • Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine-based powders like Cipladine, Savlon, etc.)
  • Cotton roll & Bandage
  • Crepe Bandage
  • 1-inch wide medical tape (paper or cloth.)
  • Micropore tape
  • Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
  • Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)

Note: Always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.

Trek Contribution

Trek is done and documented by Saini Krishnamurthy and Nitesh Kumar

Special thanks to  Nitesh Kumar for the pictures of the trek Banner Image by Nitesh Kumar

The trek was written by Nayana Jambhe

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Harihar Fort, located in Maharashtra, India, is a testament to the region’s rich history and natural beauty.

With its steep rock-cut steps, intricate architecture, and breathtaking panoramic views, the fort entices adventure enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

In this article, we will delve into the historical significance of Harihar Fort, explore the trekking route, provide preparation tips, share the trekking experience, and highlight the fort’s architectural marvels and the stunning surroundings it offers.

  • Max Altitude:  3,676 Ft.
  • Average Trekking Fees: ₹900 – ₹1,200
  • Distance: 4 – 5 kms
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Duration: 3 – 4 hours
  • Ideal For: Experienced Trekkers Only
  • Best Season: July – September & November – February
  • Region: Maharashtra

Table of Contents

Overview of the Harihar Fort

Harihar fort staircase

The Harihar Fort trek offers an exhilarating experience for adventure enthusiasts. Located in Maharashtra, India, this trek is known for its historical significance and breathtaking views. The fort stands tall at an elevation of 3,676 feet and is surrounded by rugged terrain.

The trek starts with a moderate hike through dense vegetation and rocky patches. As you ascend, the real challenge begins with the famous “staircase to heaven,” a steep rock-cut staircase . Climbing these stairs requires concentration and careful footing. The narrow pathways and steep edges add to the thrill.

Once you reach the top of the fort, you’ll be awarded panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. On a clear day, you can witness the beauty of the Sahyadri mountain range and the Trimbakeshwar Temple. The Harihar Fort itself boasts ancient architecture, including the stunning Harihareshwar temple.

Carrying sufficient water and wearing comfortable trekking shoes for this adventure are essential. Beginners may find this trek moderately difficult, but it is achievable with proper guidance and precautions.

Overall, the Harihar Fort trek is a thrilling experience that combines history, nature, and adrenaline. It’s an opportunity to test your endurance, enjoy mesmerising views, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Maharashtra.

Historical Significance of Harihar Fort

Harihar Fort, also known as Harshagad, holds immense historical importance. Built during the Yadava dynasty and later captured by various rulers, including the Mughals and the Marathas, the fort played a crucial role in defending the region. Its strategic location atop a triangular prism-shaped rock made it an ideal stronghold. Today, it stands as a living testament to the architectural prowess of the bygone era.

How To Reach Harihar Fort?

Harihar fort steps

You have multiple transportation options to reach the start point of the Harihar Fort trek from Mumbai. The most convenient way is to take a train or bus to Igatpuri , which is approximately 130 kilometres away from Mumbai. From Igatpuri, you can hire a private vehicle or take a local bus to Nirgudpada, the base village of the trek. The distance from Igatpuri to Nirgudpada is around 40 kilometres, and it takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to reach by road.

If you prefer travelling by a local train, you can board a local train from Mumbai to Kasara, which is approximately 100 kilometres away. From Kasara, you can take a bus or hire a private vehicle to reach Nirgudpada. The distance from Kasara to Nirgudpada is around 45 kilometres , and the journey usually takes about 1.5 to 2 hours .

For those starting the trek from Pune, the best way is to take a train or bus to Igatpuri, similar to the Mumbai route. The distance between Pune and Igatpuri is approximately 240 kilometres, and it takes around 4 to 5 hours by road. From Igatpuri, follow the same route mentioned above to reach Nirgudpada.

It’s important to note that travel times can vary depending on traffic conditions and the mode of transportation chosen. It’s recommended to check the train or bus schedules in advance and plan your journey accordingly.

Additionally, starting early in the day is advisable to allow ample time for the trek and return journey.

Harihar Fort: Trekking Route & Difficulty

Main Door of the fort

The Harihar Fort trek route takes you through a challenging yet rewarding journey. Starting from the base village of Nirgudpada, the trail begins with a gradual ascent through lush greenery and scenic landscapes. The initial part of the trek is relatively easy, allowing you to warm up and get accustomed to the surroundings.

As you progress, the terrain becomes more rugged and demanding. The highlight of the trek is the famous “staircase to heaven.” These stone-cut steps are steep and narrow, requiring careful navigation. The climb up the staircase can be physically demanding and may require some scrambling and using hands for support.

After conquering the staircase, the trail continues along a narrow ridge with a sheer drop. This section demands caution and a steady footing. The route then leads to a small plateau where you can catch your breath & admire the awe-inspiring views.

The final stretch involves a steep rock patch that leads to the fort’s entrance. This part requires careful manoeuvring and may be challenging for beginners. However, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the fort makes it all worthwhile.

Overall, the Harihar Fort trek is considered moderately difficult. The steep staircase, narrow pathways, and rocky patches add to the challenge. It is advisable to have prior trekking experience and a good fitness level before attempting this trek. 

Harihar Fort: The Trekking Experience

Harihar fort view from the plateau

The journey to Harihar Fort is a thrilling adventure that unfolds in several stages. Let’s explore each step:

  • Base Village: Nirgudpada: T he trek begins from the village of Nirgudpada. Trekkers can immerse themselves in the local culture, interact with friendly villagers, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
  • Ascending the Fort: The ascent to Harihar Fort starts with rock-cut steps carved into the mountain. Trekkers are awarded stunning views of the surrounding valleys and hills as they climb higher. The trail is surrounded by lush greenery, making the journey even more enchanting.
  • Climbing the ‘Railing’: One of the most challenging sections of the trek is climbing the ‘Railing.’ This steep rock-cut staircase requires careful manoeuvring and a firm grip. While it may seem daunting, the sense of accomplishment upon reaching the top is truly exhilarating.
  • Traversing the Ladder: After conquering the ‘Railing,’ trekkers face another exciting challenge – traversing a vertical rock patch using an iron ladder. This section requires focus and balance as you climb towards the summit.
  • Reaching the Summit: As you reach the summit of Harihar Fort, a sense of awe takes over. The expansive view of the Trimbakeshwar Range, the serene landscapes, and the fresh mountain air create a magical ambience. Take a moment to absorb the beauty and reflect on the fort’s historical significance.

Exploring Harihar Fort

the 80 degree climb

Harihar Fort offers more than just a thrilling trekking experience. Once at the summit, explorers can immerse themselves in the fort’s architectural marvels and historical artefacts.

Architecture and Structures

The fort showcases impressive architecture, with its well-preserved walls and bastions. The rock-cut steps, intricate carvings, and ancient stone structures glimpse the past. It is fascinating to witness the craftsmanship that went into creating this marvel.

Temple of Lord Hanuman

At the summit of Harihar Fort, trekkers will find a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. This spiritual spot adds a serene touch to the fort’s ambience and offers a place for trekkers to seek blessings and find inner peace.

Caves and Water Cisterns

Exploring the fort’s interior reveals hidden caves and water cisterns. These structures served as living quarters and storage areas for the fort’s inhabitants. You can feel the history echoing within the walls as you navigate through the dark chambers.

Natural Beauty and Surroundings

Besides its historical significance, Harihar Fort captivates visitors with its stunning natural beauty. Here are some highlights:

Panoramic Views

Standing at the fort’s summit rewards trekkers with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The lush green valleys, meandering rivers, and distant hills create a mesmerising vista that leaves a lasting impression.

Trimbakeshwar Range

Harihar Fort is close to the famous Trimbakeshwar Range, known for its spiritual significance and scenic beauty. Trekkers can soak in the mountains’ tranquillity and enjoy nature’s serenade.

Stunning Landscapes

The trek takes you through picturesque landscapes with colourful flora and diverse fauna. The refreshing breeze, birds chirping, and leaves rustling create a harmonious symphony that complements the visual treat.

Safety Precautions and Tips

While embarking on the Harihar Fort trek, it is crucial to prioritize your safety. Here are some essential safety precautions and tips to keep in mind:

  • Trek with a certified guide who is familiar with the route and terrain.
  • Wear appropriate trekking gear and clothing to protect yourself from injuries and harsh weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking water at regular intervals.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks whenever needed to avoid exhaustion.
  • Do not litter; respect the natural environment by carrying back all your waste.
  • Follow instructions from the guide and stay on the designated path.
  • In case of any emergency or discomfort, inform the guide immediately.

Essential Things to Carry for the Trek

Packaging wisely is essential to make the most of your Kalavantin Durg trekking experience. Here are some must-have items for your backpack:

  • Sturdy trekking shoes for a comfortable and safe trek
  • Ample water and energy drinks to stay hydrated
  • Snacks and energy bars to keep you fueled
  • Sunscreen, cap, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
  • First aid kit with essential medications and bandages
  • A camera to capture the stunning vistas along the way
  • A light backpack to carry your essentials without weighing you down

In conclusion, the Harihar Fort trek is an experience that combines adventure, history, and natural beauty.

By conquering the fort’s challenging trail, trekkers can witness the architectural marvels, explore the fort’s interior, and be captivated by the stunning panoramic views.

Preparing adequately, prioritising safety, and respecting the environment while undertaking this trek is essential.

So, lace up your hiking shoes, embrace the spirit of exploration, and embark on a memorable journey to Harihar Fort.

Harihar Fort is considered a moderately difficult trek due to its steep rock-cut steps and exposed sections. Proper hiking gear and caution are recommended.

The best season to visit Harihar Fort is for a thrilling monsoon trek from July to September. The second-best season is November to February, offering a pleasant winter trek.

The time required to complete the Harihar Fort trek depends on individual fitness levels and hiking experience. On average, it takes around 2-3 hours to reach the fort’s summit from the base.

Yes, a beginner can attempt the Harihar Fort Trek, but it is considered a moderately challenging trek. The trek involves steep climbs, narrow paths, and a vertical rock-cut staircase known as the “70-degree ladder,” which can be intimidating for those with no prior trekking experience. It is advisable for beginners to go with an experienced guide or group for safety and guidance.

Harihar Fort is located in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats in India. It is not associated with a specific mountain but is situated in the Nashik district of Maharashtra.

Bhairavgad Fort Trek is often regarded as one of the toughest treks in Maharashtra. Situated in the Sahyadri mountain range, Bhairavgad Fort offers a challenging and adventurous climb, known for its rugged terrain, steep ascents, and thrilling experiences. This trek is not recommended for beginners and demands a high level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience. Please consult with experienced trekkers and local sources for the most up-to-date information and guidance before attempting this challenging trek.

Harihar Fort is historically significant as it connects to the Maratha warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is believed that Shivaji Maharaj, during his reign, captured the fort in 1636 and several other forts in the Nashik region. The fort played a strategic role in the Maratha empire, serving as a watchtower and a defence post. The association with Shivaji Maharaj adds to the cultural and historical importance of Harihar Fort.

Harihar Fort is renowned for its steep climb, particularly the famous staircase known as the ‘Harihar Kada.’ The staircase consists of approximately 117 steps carved in the rock face, leading to the top of the fort. Climbing these stairs can be a thrilling experience for adventure enthusiasts, providing panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Determining the “best” fort is subjective and depends on individual preferences. However, among the forts in the Nashik region, Harihar Fort is often considered one of the most challenging and rewarding for trekkers and history enthusiasts. Its unique rock-cut staircase and the panoramic views from the top make it a popular choice for those seeking adventure and a connection to history. Other notable forts in Nashik include Trimbak Fort and Anjaneri Fort, each with historical and scenic significance.

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Harihar Fort Trek

Harihar Fort Trek

A Harihar Fort Trek is a great way to explore the ancient fortress of the town. The fort is located on a 90-degree vertical incline and is virtually impregnable. Getting inside it is not easy; you must climb a steep rock staircase, which has 117 steps. The staircase also features niches to hold onto, allowing you to take your time and not trip.

There are two bases for this Harihar Fort Trek. The first base village is Nirug Pada, which is 40 km from Nashik city. This fort was built in the 12th century and looked over the Gonda Ghat trade route. The 60-meter-high pinnacle is a popular spot, and the rock-cut steps to make the fort easy to access and perfect for adventurers. There is plenty of fun to be had on this trespass.

On the first base, you’ll see a small shop and a dhaba. Along the way to the fort, you’ll see small streams and a few dhabas. It’s a challenging trek, so be prepared for it. During the monsoon season, it’s especially difficult to see the arrow marks. You’ll need a GPS device to help navigate the route. There are no camping restrictions, but you must have a good sense of balance.

You’ll be greeted by small villages, shops, and dhabas along the way. There are several streams on the way to the fort. Water is easy to find at the dhabas. You’ll need to bring enough water to stay hydrated. Luckily, the Harihar fort is not the only fort in the region, and you’ll need to pack plenty of water.

If you’re a novice, this is a great place to trek! There’s a lot to see and do on the way up. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even spot a leopard or two! A few other attractions of the fort include a waterfall, a museum, and statues of Lord Shiva, Hanuman, and Nandi. The fort is a great place for a picnic, and you can even catch a glimpse of the nearby forts along the way.

The Harihar fort is a rocky triangular peak that’s about 48km from Igatpuri in Maharashtra. A small mountain, it’s easy to climb, but if you don’t want to face the steep and rocky ridge, you can take the shorter route, known as Trimbak Fata, on the way to Igatpuri. From there, the route joins the ridge and passes under Scottish Kada. However, the trail is longer than the shorter routes and is not as steep.

The fort’s location is in Maharashtra’s Nashik district. It’s 40km from Nashik City and 48km from Igatpuri. It’s also 13km from Trimbakeshwar and 40 kms from Ghoti. The fort was originally constructed to watch the Gonda Ghat commerce route. It has a rock-cut staircase and a secret door.

The Harihar fort is a picturesque fort, also known as Harshagad. It is located approximately 40km from Ghoti and Igatpuri, in the district of Nashik. It was built to watch over the Gonda Ghat trade route. The fort has rock-cut steps and attracts many tourists each year. The locals call it the “Harihar gad” for its sandstone walls.

The Harihar fort is a triangular rock formation. From the base village, it looks like a rectangular shape. Its three faces are actually three angled, with two sides vertical and two horizontal. The fort is accessible via a one-meter-wide rocky staircase and has niches. While it’s not the easiest place to climb, it is definitely worth the experience! If you’re looking for an adventurous way to explore the fort, you’ve come to the right place.

The fort is located at the top of a mountain and is accessible by a steep climb. From here, you can enjoy the stunning views of the valley and the river below. You can also take a gondola to reach the fort. The fort’s ruins are on the top of a hill. It is possible to reach the fort by foot or on a bicycle.

The fort is the highest point of the Sahyadri range. This fort has a secret door that allows you to enter through it. From here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding valley and the Sahyadri mountain range. A section of the fort’s cavern has a small temple where you can worship Lord Hanuman and Shiva. There are also two rooms inside the fort that can accommodate around 10 people. It also contains five cisterns, one of which has a drinking pond.

If you’d like to experience the fort in the winter, you can hike up its steep and incline steps. On the other hand, the Sahyadri range offers a 360-degree view, which is ideal for nature lovers. The trek can last for about an hour, so plan your time accordingly. It’s best to avoid the fort on weekends, because it’s very crowded on weekends. Be aware that rain can cover the entire Sahyadri range.

Point Of Attration on Harihar Fort:

1. lord hanuman shiva and nandi idols and a small pond at the fort.

The fort is located at 3,676 feet above sea level and is a great place to take in the sights of the surrounding area. You can walk around the fort and see Lord Hanuman, Shiva, and Nandi idols. You can also visit the nearby small pond.

The Harihar fort is an impressive sight. You can walk up these steps to visit the fort’s three sacred idols. There is a small pond in front of the fort. The fort has been a sacred place since the Yadava dynasty, and it is well worth a visit.

2. River Vaitarna falls

The beautiful and scenic surroundings of the River Vaitarna fall make it an ideal destination for nature lovers. The first step in visiting the river is to get to Kasara. Local trains to Kasara depart every 15 minutes. 

From there, take a taxi to Khodala, which is about 30 km away. From there, take a bus or a taxi to the village of Nirgudpada, which is about 30 km from Kasara. It will cost about Rs 100-120 for a taxi to the waterfalls. Alternatively, you can reach Igatpuri by taking a train from Mumbai to Kasara. Just inform the conductor to stop at Nirgudpada.

3. Trimbakeshwar Shiva Jyotirlinga Temple

The Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple is an ancient Hindu temple in Trimbak, Maharashtra. The town is situated just 28 km from Nashik. You can reach Trimbak by road from Nashik. The closest station is Maharashtra-Panvel. The distance from Mumbai to Trimbak is 40 km. The trip to Trimbak is not a difficult one.

The Trimbakeshwar Shiva Jyirlinga Temple is an important Hindu shrine located in Maharashtra. This temple was built in the Nagar style of architecture in black stone by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao, also known as Nana Saheb. The main shrine has a Shivlinga, idols of Lord Rama and Goddess Ganga. There are also two small monasteries in the area. A well, known as Amritavarshini, is located in the area.

The temple was inaugurated on 16th February 1756. It was open to the public on Mahashivratri. The monument is situated in the foothills of Brahmagiri mountain, where three of the four sources of the Godavari originate. The stone’s hollowness is said to have cured many ailments, including bad periods and Naga dosha. It is also a popular pilgrimage for childless couples.

Located in Nashik, Trimbakeshwar is a sacred place for Hindus. The three-faced Jyotirlinga represents the holy triad: Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Rudra. The crown on the idol is made of jewels and is on display Monday and Thursday. In the evening, the ashram is full of chanting and dancing.

4. Sahyadri range from the top harihar fort

The Sahyadri mountain range is a natural wonderland. A visit to the fort is not only scenic but also educational, so you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view. The fort is located on a hill in the Sahyadri mountain range and can be reached in about an hour. This fort is ideal for families and a day trip to the area.

The best time to visit the fort is between November and February, although weekends can be busy. The Sahyadri mountain range is beautiful, but you’ll need to be careful on slippery steps. If it rains, the view may be clouded. In case of rain, you might want to head down and enjoy the view from the top. There are plenty of things to see in the fort and its surroundings.

The Sahyadri mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The mountains are home to a wealth of fauna and flora. Its diverse wildlife and biological diversity have made it a destination for tourists. Currently, there are 39 national parks and reserve forests located within the region. You can visit the fort on a weekend or a weekday, depending on the time of year and the weather.

The views from the top are stunning and the terrain is suitable for almost any fitness level.

5. Steps of harihar fort

If you’re looking for a challenging climb, the steps of Harihar fort in Nashik, Maharashtra, may be just the thing. Despite its imposing appearance, the fort is quite easy to conquer, thanks to its 80-degree incline and narrow stone steps. 

There’s a one-metre-wide rocky staircase that leads up to the fort’s top floor, a total of 117 steps. It’s no wonder people are enamored with Asha Ambade’s willpower and determination. ( A 68 years old women who went viral after climbing these stairs to reach the fort. )

The steep, rock-cut steps of the fort are an attraction in themselves, and you can experience the feeling of achievement and accomplishment firsthand. The steps are a great workout and provide an outstanding view of the area’s breathtaking panorama. The fort is an ideal location for outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking for a meditative retreat or a challenge, Harihar fort will provide an unforgettable experience.

This trek takes you to the highest point in the Harihar fort. It is located in Maharashtra – Harshewadi and takes about 2 hours to complete. The base village is Nirgudpada, which is about 5 KM away from Kasara. Both villages have accommodations and food stalls. The first half of the steps are curved on the outside of the pinnacle, while the other half is curved inside. The steepness of the steps increases as you go up. The hike starts from the village of Nirgudpada, which is on the Trimbak-Igatpuri road. Once you reach the village, you should be ready to begin the ascent.

The trek to the top of the fort is not a difficult one and you will need a good pair of shoes and sturdy boots. The fort is surrounded by thick woods, which make the route quite difficult. You should be physically fit to climb up the famous steps. The trek is not suitable for those with a fear of heights. However, it is recommended for those who enjoy hiking.

The route from Nirgudpada village to the top of the fort takes about two and a half hours. You can spend the night at a local dhaba and rest the next morning on the summit. There are two ways to reach the fort, one to reach it in the afternoon and the other to get back. The trail begins in Nirgudpada and ends at Harihar fort.

To reach the top of the fort, you need to take a bus from the village to the fort. The buses from the fort stop in Nirgudpada go to the fort. There are several dhabas along the way. It is important to take note of the directions and the trail map so you don’t miss a single step.

The fort is accessible throughout the year, but the best time to visit it is during the monsoon, when the climate is pleasant and the area is green. The best months to visit the fort are October and February, when temperatures are around 10 degrees and the temperature is at its lowest. Avoid visiting the fort during the summer, as the temperatures can become very hot. If you decide to stay overnight, you can also camp in the village.

The Harihar fort is accessible throughout the year. The best times to visit the fort are the monsoon, when temperatures are at their lowest and greenery is plentiful. The fort is most popular during the winter season, when the weather is dry and comfortable. It is also accessible during the summer. Camping is available in Nirgudpada village. It is possible to bring along your own tent and cook local food.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, the village of Nirgudpada is a great place to stay. You can walk from the base village to the top of the fort in about two hours. The distance from the village to the fort is approximately 20 kilometers, but the walk can be extended to two hours if you are fit. The trek can be completed in a day.

The distance from the fort to Nirgudpada is about 3km, and there are two separate sections. The first one starts at the base of the fort, while the second one starts near the temple and extends to the top of the fort. It is the most difficult section of the trek and the most scenic. There are also 2 huts at the top, which can be accessed from the nearby towns of Trambak and Nirgudpada.

Best Time to do the Harihar Fort Trek

The best time to do the Harihar fort trek is from June to February.  However, if you plan to visit during the weekends, you may find the place very crowded. In addition, the steps are steep and you may have to bend down for safety. Also, you may not get a clear view of the Sahyadri range if it is raining. Hence, it is important to make the best decision regarding the time to visit the fort.

If you plan to visit Harihar fort in the winter, you should be well prepared for the cold and the humidity. In addition, you should avoid trekking during the month of February because the climate during this time is very hot. In addition, the best time to visit the fort is from June to February. It is important to note that you should start your trip before the sun comes up. If you have enough experience in trekking, you can start early in the morning and return to your hotel in the afternoon.

This season is ideal for sightseeing as the hills and valleys are covered with lush green grass and the rainstorms are not as intense. Besides, the fort is best visited during these months. You can break the trek into two stages, one for the day and another for the night. The first day of the trek will take you around 3 hours and you can expect to return by evening.

The best time to visit the fort is during the month of June to February. This is also the best time to visit the fort during the monsoon season. You may have to climb up the iconic steps, and be prepared to spend a day or two climbing up these steep slopes. But bear in mind that it can be a bit challenging if you are not used to it.

During this time, you can see the fort from the top. It is located near the Brahmagiri hills and the famous Harihar temple. The fort is surrounded by a forest.

From Kasara, take the local train that leaves every half hour. This will take you to Igatpuri. From there, you can take a taxi that will take you about an hour and a half. Once you’ve reached the fort, you can continue on your trek and visit the Harihar fort, located on the hilltop. Then, take the bus back to Igatpuri. The trip back to Igatpuri should take approximately the same amount of time, and the cab will leave the town at 4.30 PM. You can have enough time to complete the trek, see the fort, and get down safely.

The town of Nirgudpada is located about 10 km south of Igatpuri. It can be reached via the railway station from the city center of Igatpuri. You can also reach the fort through the city from the nearby towns and villages. The fort is surrounded by forest and mountains. During the monsoon, it is best to visit in October or February.

There are two main routes to reach the fort. The first is the most challenging and requires a steep 80-degree incline. It takes about two and a half hours to reach the summit and one hour to reach the village. You can find a hotel in the village, or you can stay in the village. The walk is a great way to get the best view of the fort and the surrounding area.

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Harihar Fort trek is one of the Best Indian Treks in the Nashik District & most popular among trekkers. This Fort is also known as Harshagad because of its base village Harshewadi. It’s around 42 km away from the Nashik city and almost 50 km away from Igatpuri and Kasara, the nearest railway stations for trekkers coming from Pune and Mumbai.

Harihar fort is famous because of its rock-carved steps. Trekkers from Maharashtra and all over India give a visit to this fort to feel the adrenaline rush of this wild adventure.

This fort is one of the most important forts in Nashik district and is built during the Yadava dynasty period. They constructed Harihar fort to keep an eye on the trade route through Gonda Ghat.

Let’s see some quick facts before you go to Harihar fort trek.

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Why should you visit Harihar Fort?

How do you get to harihar fort, how much time needed to climb harihar fort, best time to visit harihar fort, staying overnight on the harihar fort, is harihar fort dangerous, harihar fort history, what to carry for the harihar fort trek, what to do after the harihar fort trek.

Iconic Rock Carved Steps of Harihar fort, Nashik

Harihar Fort Trek, Nashik – Adventurous route at the 1120m elevation

Difficulty Level: Hard Type of a trek: One day trek Best time to visit Harihar Fort: Winter Season, November to February Distance from Nashik: 42 km Base villages: Harshewadi and Nirgudpada The time needed to climb Harihar Fort: 2 hour

Harihar Fort trek is popular among the adventurous trekkers. You will get a huge crowd on the weekends. The rock-carved 80-degree steep steps attract many tourists and trekkers to this trek.

It’s a great one-day adventure trek and how can you forget the 360-degree view from the top of the fort.

Harihar Fort also has strategic importance. This fort is built to watch the trade route through Gonda Ghat.

There are few historical structures remain on the fort. You can see the Hanuman Temple, Shiva Temple, water cisterns and one storage house. There are many forts in surrounding such as Bhaskargad, Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri hill and Utwad fort.

Water cistern and the temple on Harihar Fort, Nashik

Well, it’s quite simple. There are two different routes to go to Harihar Fort.

If you are coming from Nashik then Harshewadi is going to be your starting point for the trek. It is around 42 km away from Nashik city and it’s also an easy way compared to the other route.

If you are coming from Pune or Mumbai then you can start your trek from Nirgudpada . Nirgudpada is around 50 km away from Igatpuri. I am telling the distance from Igatpuri because it is the nearest railway station for the trekkers coming from Mumbai and Pune.

There is public and private transport service available. But I will recommend you to come with your own vehicle because then you will not have any time restriction.

Both the routes meet at a certain point from where you can start the further trek. So choose either route as it doesn’t matter.

First view of Harihar Fort from Base Village

You will reach at the starting point of the Harihar Fort steps after walking for around 1 hour. There are around 117 steps so consider a half-hour climb on the 80 degree steep steps. Thanks to the holdings carved on either side of each step that will help you climb. Don’t forget the principle of Three-Point Contact.

Once you reach the main entrance there is a turn to the left side. Take great precaution going through this narrow passage. After some walking, there are another set of steps which are more steep and inclined. Only one person can use these steps at a time. And after entering through the second entrance you will reach the top of the fort.

Highly inclined steps and narrow passage

To get a 360-degree view, you need to walk further for 10 minutes. And you can get an amazing view of the mighty Sahyadri range from the top of Balekilla.

Balekilla, Highest point of the Harihar Fort

Consider an hour to see all the places on the fort and then you can descend.

The best time to visit this fort is in winter season after the rainy days are over. You can come all year long but November to February are ideal.

Avoid going on the weekend because there will be a huge crowd of the trekkers. You can visit this trek in the monsoon season but the slippery steps will make the trek dangerous. Also due to rain and clouds, you will not get a clear view of the surrounding mesmerizing Sahyadri range.

Mesmerizing view of the mighty Sahyadri Range

Start the trek as early as possible to avoid the harsh sunlight in the afternoon. If you are an experienced trekker and if you know the route very well then plan the trek so that you can capture the beautiful sunrise from the top of the Harihar fort.

You can hire a local guide from the base village at an affordable price.

There is no need to take permission to do Harihar fort trek. You can spend a night on the fort in your tents. You can also stay at the local’s house at the base village.

Take proper precaution if you are going to stay overnight on the fort. There is a very weak signal available on the fort which is not reliable at all.

Yes, Harihar fort trek is dangerous if you act carelessly. Trekking is an adventurous activity so you need to be careful no matter on which trek you are going.

Harihar fort has very steep steps almost at 80-degree angle, which makes it one of the toughest treks in Maharashtra .

Many people go on Harihar fort trek in the monsoon season because of the amazing climate and surrounding natural beauty. Also in the rainy season, the slippery steps may cause an accident at Harihar fort. So avoid going to this trek on a peak monsoon season.

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Harihar Fort is built in the Pankaj Panchariya (Yadava dynasty, Deogiri) period. As I earlier said, they built this fort to keep a watch on the Gonda Ghat trade route.

Initially, this fort was under the rule of Nizamshahi, Ahmadnagar sultanate. Then it went under the possession of Shahaji Raje Bhosale Maharaj. He surrendered the Harihar fort to Khan Zamam along with Trymbak and other Pune forts.

Moropant Pingale won this fort and brought in the Maratha Empire. After possessions by the many different local rulers, Captain Briggs captured this fort in 1818 and took it under British Rule.

People say that Captain Briggs wanted to destroy the fort’s entrance. But because of the natural beauty and amazing work of the rock-carved steps, he changed his mind.

Carry your water and snack. Even it’s a popular trek there are very fewer chances of getting any shops on the trail. You can get refreshments such as Lemon Water and cucumber. But it depends on the time and the day of your trek. Usually, there is a huge crowd on the weekend.

Please don’t through empty wrappers or plastic bottles on the trail or the fort. Remember, leave only footprints, not the trash.

Kudos to you! You have finished one of the most difficult treks in Maharashtra. Take a deep breath, mark it down on your trekking bucket list and pay attention because there are many other amazing tourist places in the area.

After finishing your Harihar fort trek you can plan to visit Bhaskargad which is nearby. Don’t forget to give a visit to Dugarwadi Waterfall. You can visit Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Trimbakeshwar. Harihar fort is around 14 km away from Trimbakeshwar, Nashik.

Anjaneri fort, Brahmagiri hill and Utwad fort are other popular places you can visit after your Harihar fort trek.

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Balekilla, the highest point of the Harihar fort, Nashik

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Harihar Fort is a popular tourist dot in Nashik. Maharashtra’s forts are famous throughout India for their history and impressive structures. These forts, which are the pride of Maharashtra, still stand proudly, bearing witness to its history. Harihar fort in Maharashtra is one of them.

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Harihar Fort

This Fort is also known as Harshagad. It is located in Nashik district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is counted in the list of most visited forts in Nashik. Harshewadi and Nirgudpada/ Kotamwadi are the two villages located at the foot of the fort. It is situated at a distance of 45 km from Nashik, 14 km from Trimbak, and 70 km from Igatpuri.

Trek details : 

  • Base Village – Harshewadi and Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi.
  • Height – 3676 ft.
  • Difficulty Level : Moderate.
  • Trek Duration : From Nirgudpada –  2:30 to 3 hr. And from Harshewadi it will take only 2 to 2:30 hr to reach at the top of the fort.
  • Nearest Bus Stand : Trimbakeshwar.
  • Nearest Railway Station : Nashik and Igatpuri.

History Of Harihar Fort:

Harihar Fort was built by the descendant of Yadava. Later in 1636, the fort was captured by Zamam Khan. The fort was built to monitor the trade going on the Gonda Ghat route. In 1818, the fort was captured by Captain Briggs. He also captured 17 other forts along with this fort. 

Harihar Fort Trek Information :

The trek to the fort starts from Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi and Harshewadi. Trek route from Harshewadi is easier and short compared to the route from Nirgudpada. If you start the trek from this route, it will take 1:30 hr. to reach the fort. And the second route starts from the village of Nirgudpada or kotamwadi. Trek from this route is a bit difficult and also full of adventure. It will take 2 to 2:30 hr. to reach the fort.

Pro Tip : You can also start trek from Kotamwadi. You will see the Kotamwadi school. From School take a right turn to start the trek.

Harihar Fort

When you reach the base of the fort, you can see steps are carved on the almost  80 degrees vertical rock. Just take a break, explore the scenic beauty and get ready to climb these amazing steps. This is the main attraction of the fort. This is what makes the fort so unique. Notches are made on these steps to make hand grips. After climbing the steps, the trail takes you to the ‘Mahadarwaja’.From here you get an extended view of the surroundings.

Harihar Fort

Afterwards, you can see the Harshewadi village on the left and the wall of the fort on your right. Once you have crossed the traverse, you will see a set of steep steps. You will have to climb up around 80 steps in order to reach the top. The steep steps lead to a small cave to reach the top. There are ponds on the fort, as well as temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Shiva.

Harihar Fort

At the back of this, you can see the highest point of the fort. The highest point of the fort also means Balekilla. It will take 15-20 min. to reach the highest point of the fort.

Harihar Fort trek

Now sit here and relax. Just enjoy the beauty of nature while eating some snacks. From here you will get to see an extended view of the Sahyadri range.

If you are afraid of heights, please do not look down into the trenches.

How To Reach Harihar Fort:

Almost all the state highways are well connected to Nashik. Harihar Fort is easily accessible by road. MSRTC buses run regularly from Trimbakeshwar to Nirgudpada and harshewadi. You will easily get no. of buses to reach Trimbakeshwar from Nashik. Then from Trimbakeshwar you have to catch the bus to Nirgudpada. The first bus departs at 8:30 Am from Trimbak to Nirgudpada.

Otherwise, you can simply take a cab from Nashik. But it will be costly. If you are a budget traveler like me, simply take a bus.

You have to catch the train to Nashik or Igatpuri. If you are coming from Mumbai you have to get off at Igatpuri railway station. Igatpuri station is located at a distance of 48 Km and Nashik station is at a distance of 40 Km from Fort.

1. From Nashik:

From Nashik railway station about 5-10 min. of a walking distance you will get Nashik bus stand. At the bus stand, you have to take the bus to Trimbak. From Trimbak, you can easily get buses to Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi.

2. From Igatpuri:

It will take you about 5 to 10 min. to walk from Igatpuri railway station to the Igatpuri bus stand. You will easily get buses to Trimbak, from where you can take a bus to Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi.

Ozar Airport, Nashik is the nearest Airport to Harihar Fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai is the nearest International Airport to Nashik. From Mumbai, you can take a train or cab to Nashik. Mumbai Airport is located at a distance of 170 Km from Nashik. And Ozar is at a distance of 21 Km from Nashik.

Also, you can take a bus to Nashik from Mumbai.

Places To Visit Near Harihar Fort:

  • Anjaneri Fort
  • Dugarwadi waterfall
  • Brahmagiri Hill
  • Trimbakeshwar Shiva Jyotirlinga Temple
  • Salher Fort

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Best Time To Visit:

Monsoon is the best time to visit this place. Along with the fort, you will get to see the supernatural beauty of the Sahyadri mountain range. Wandering in the monsoon gives next-level experience.

Harihar Fort

Also, it is very important to take care while climbing. Keep in mind that in the monsoon, the steps become slippery. But with taking  precautions we can easily climb this fort. Winter is also the best time to visit this fort.

Vertically Inclined steps Of Harihar Fort

Frequently Asked Questions About Harihar Fort:

1. where is harihar fort located .

Ans. It is located in Nashik district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Trimbakeshwar in Nashik is the nearest town to Harihar fort. From Trimbakeshwar you will easily get the number of buses to reach the fort.

2. How much time does it take to climb Harihar fort?

Ans. It depends on which route you take. If you start the trek from Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi, it will take 2:30 to 3 hours. And if you start the trek from Harshewadi, it will take only 2 to 2:30 hours to reach the top. I would like to suggest you to start the trek from Kotamwadi.

3. Is Harihar fort dangerous?

Ans. Yes. It is a bit dangerous in the monsoon. But if you take care while climbing, it is not so difficult.

4. Harihar fort trek difficulty level?

Ans. Moderate difficulty level.

5. How can I go to Harihar fort by train?

Ans. You have to catch the train to Nashik. From Station about 5 to 10 min. of a walking distance you will get the Nashik bus stand. From the bus stand, you will easily get buses to Trimbakeshwar. Now from Trimbakeshwar, you have to catch the bus to Nirgudpada. The Number of buses runs regularly to Nirgudpada from Trimbakeshwar.

  6. Which villages are at the foot of the Harihar Fort?

Ans . Harshewadi and Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi are two villages situated at the foot of the fort.

7. Which is the nearest railway station to Harihar fort?

Ans. There are three railway stations, which is nearest to Harihar fort.

1.Nashik Railway Station. It is located at a distance of 41 Km.

2.Igatpuri Railway Station: It is located at a distance of 68 Km.

3.Kasara Railway Station: It is located at a distance of 90 Km From Harihar fort.

8. Which is the nearest bus stand to Harihar fort?

Ans. Trimbakeshwar bus stand is the nearest bus stand to Harihar fort.It is placed at a distance of 13 Km from the fort.

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One person traveling coast ? Nashik station to Harihar fort bus coast

Hi Vishal, I’m providing you with some details that might help you… From Nashik Railway station about 5 to 10 minutes of the walking distance you will get Nashik bus stand. From Nashik bus stand you have to catch the bus to Trimbakeshwar. It will cost you around 80-120 Rs. And then from Trimbakeshwar you will easily get buses to Nirgudpada/Kotamwadi which will cost you 40-60 Rs. If you need more details please let me know…

Hi Rushi, May I know the bus timings from Trimbak to Nirgudpada?

Hi Alan,you will easily get no.of buses to Nirgudpada from Trimbakeshwar.As buses run regularly from Trimbak to Nirgudpada. It will be great if you go to the bus stand early in the morning. You will definitely get the buses between 7 to 9 am. I remember At 9 am, I got the bus to Nirgudpada from Trimbakeshwar.You should be at Trimbak bus stand by 7 am. If you need more details please let me know..

Can you tell me bus timings in the early morning

You will definitely get the buses between 7 to 9 am.

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Harihar Fort Trek

Harihar fort, also known as Harshagad is a fort located 48 km from Igatpuri. It is about 40 km from Ghoti in Nashik district, of Maharashtra. It was constructed to look upon the trade route through Gonda Ghat. It receives many visitors because of its peculiar rock-cut steps which offers a thrilling trek. It is referred to as Harihar gad or Harihar Killa in Marathi.

Harihar fort was built during the Pankaj panchariya period. Harish Fort was one of the forts in the possession of the Ahmadnagar Sultans. It was surrendered to Khan Zamam in 1636 along with Trymbak and other Poona forts. The fort including  Trimbakgad, Tringalwadi and few other forts were also given by Shahaji to the Mughals. The fort was won over by Captain. Briggs in 1818 along with 17 other forts. Harihar was one of the 17 strong places that  fell to the British rule on the fall of Trimbak in 1818 CE.

It lies at an altitude of 1120 mtrs on a triangular rock with all the three sides being vertical and impregnable. It has only one approach through a set of 117 steps staircase at an angle of 80 degrees. A storage house with a small entrance is the only structure left on the fort. There is a series of rock-cut water cisterns in the centre of the fort. Once on the top it takes about an hour to visit all the places on the fort.

The approach from Harshewadi is easier than from the Nirgudpada. A wide, safe trekking path starts from the hillock  to the north of  Nirgudpada. It passes through scrub forest till it reaches an open ridge which is connected to the fort. There are a few small rock patches that need to be dealt with here. It takes about an hour to reach the scarp of the hill on which the fort is situated. It is tricky to find the route in monsoons. The ascent through the 60 m rock-cut steps is a breathtaking experience. The rock cut steps are at an 80 degree angle and adds a sense of thrill to the trek. There are holds provided on either sides of the steps to ensure safety. One has to be careful of the monkeys here.

After reaching the main entrance, the paths takes a left traverse and again a helical rock cut steps are to be climbed, which are more steep 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. Accommodation is possible on the fort as well as in the local villages.

How to Reach

Harihar can be accessed from two base villages of the fort, Harshewadi and Nirgudpada. Harshewadi is about 13 km from Trymbakeshwar while Nirgudpada/Kotamvadi is 48 km from Igatpuri which itself is 48 km from Nashik and 121 km from Mumbai. Trimbakeshwar ca be reached from Kasara by bus or by private vehicle. One should take care of returning from the fort as the last bus from Trimbakeshwar is at 5:30pm to Kasara and the last train from Nashik is 6:35pm.

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Harihar fort trek ❤️ for the love of vertical stairs.

Harihar fort has become a a world famous fort because of the very scary looking viral videos of its vertical stairs. In reality the vertical stairs can be difficult for some but are not that risky as portrayed on social media. When I had first seen the photos of Harihar fort I was not only smitten by the beauty of the stairs but was just amazed by the sheer skillsets possessed by our ancestors to build this architectural marvel with just hammers and chisels. This Harihar fort Trek blog captures my trek journey and will be your Harihar fort trek guide to plan this trek yourself. Similar adventures like this one at the end of this post .

Vertical Stairs of Hairhar Fort

How long is the Harihar fort trek ?

Niraj, how much time does it take to complete this Harihar fort trek ? With good stamina it takes about 90 minutes to reach the top from Nirgudnpada base village (even lesser from Harshewadi base village) & another 50 minutes to explore the top . More time would be required if are photographer as the rock cut stairs are really beautiful !

Is Harihar fort trek difficult for beginners ?

Niraj, what is the difficulty level for Harihar fort ? Harihar is a small fort & a simple trek. Only thing you can find difficult are the steep stairs. If you dont have a fear of heights then it should be as easy as climbing the stairs of a building since the stairs also have holds cut in the rock face for a proper grip. During monsoon it becomes risky due to slippery stairs.

Vertical Stairs Hairhar Fort trek

What is the best time for Harihar Fort Trek ?

WINTER: The best time for Harihar fort trek is winter when the weather is cool & you can enjoy beautiful sunsets from top. Winter time just after monsoon also gives a clear weather where you spot many nearby forts which are mostly hidden throughout the year.

MONSOON: For adventure lovers monsoon provides such a thrilling time on stairs. Plus the view of stairs disappearing in the clouds makes it a exciting trek. However As Harihar fort has become extremely famous it is very crowded on monsoon weekends. With narrow slippery stairs as the only access route for Harihar fort & with more than 100 people waiting their turn to climb & descend from the same route makes it risky. Hence it is better to avoid on monsoon weekends. Monsoon weekdays seem to be a better option . Here are other sahyadri treks which you can choose to do otherwise.

SUMMER: Summer time is strictly for pro-trekkers who like trekking more than photos for social media. Early morning starts in summer are must if you dont want to face the wrath of the hot sun.

Food & Stay at Harihar Fort

On weekends you can find many food huts selling snacks throughout the trek route. Nirgudpada has plenty of bigger hotels. You can always camp on the fort or stay in the temple/schools at the base village.

Climbing the vertical stairs of Harihar fort trek

Harihar Fort History

Harihar, also called  Harsh Fort, is 3676 feet above sea-level. It was one of the forts in the possession of the Ahemadnagar Sultans. In 1636 Harihar, Brahmagiri, Tringalvadi and a few other Pune forts were given by the Marathas to the Mughals. Harihar fort was one of the seventeen strong places that were surrendered to the British on the fall of Trimbak in 1818. This was one of the rare forts that was not destroyed by the British because of its beauty.

Things to see on Harihar Fort

Things to look out on/from the fort

  • I know you are here mostly for the vertical stairs
  • The main entrance & the secret entrance
  • 2 lakes at top
  • About 8 rock cut water tanks
  • View of Basgad fort , Utwad, Fani Hill, Brahma Hill, Kaapdya, Brahmagiri & Bhandardurg fort & many other forts in Kasara region

How to reach Harihar Fort from Mumbai & Pune?

Where is the Harihar fort located? Harihar fort lies in Nashik district of Maharashtra , India. Harihar fort is 60kms from Kasara/Igatpuri & 40 kms from Nashik. There are two routes to Harihar fort Nashik based on the following base village

  • Nirgunpada is the most widely used base village near by Kasara/Igatpuri/Ghoti
  • Harshewadi is another base location which is easier route for Harihar trek mostly preferred from Nashik/ Trimbak side

NEAREST RAILWAY STATION: Nashik & Igatpuri are the nearest big railway stations for Harihar fort. Kasara railway is slightly far away railway station as compared to Igatpuri but has better connectivity

Ways to reach Nirgunpada (Preferred for Igatpuri/ Kasara side)

  • FROM KASARA STATION: There is no direct transport to Nirgunpada. One can share the jeep from Kasara to Khodala (Rs 50 approx.) and change vehicles to Nirgunpada ( bus or taxi). Takes around 90 minutes if you planning to travel in the morning. We had booked a complete taxi from Kasara to Nirgunpada ( jeep with Mr. Prakash – 9823986233 )
  • FROM IGATPURI: One can board in a bus for Trimbakeshwar and alight at Nirgudpada ( confirm the bus route before hand as the bus have alternate routes bypassing Nirgudpada as well)
  • FROM GHOTI: bus stand you can get bus as well as  sharing jeeps / taxi to Nirgunpada

Ways to reach Harshewadi (Preferred for Nashik/Trimbak side)

  • FROM IGATPURI : One can take the  Igatpuri – Khodala-Trimbakeshwar bus and get down at Kasurli. From Kasurli village one has to climb a small hill to reach Harshewadi. But the frequency of this is pretty low.
  • FROM NASHIK: better option is to reach Trimbakeshwar which has proper road connectivity through out the day from Nashik. From Trimbakeshwar you can bargain with an auto/ taxi to drop you to Harhsewadi (Rs 350-500 )

Harshewadi route for the Harihar fort trek is slightly easier as compared to the route from Nirgudpada and is mostly preferred if you have personal vehicle. Nirgudpada route is the most famous trail & I would be focusing on the Nirgudpada trail. The Harshewadi trail to Harihar is straight forward and well marked & meets the Nirgudpada trail at the plateau.

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What should I carry on this trek ?

First few things you must carry are qualities of a good human being - never trouble wild life, never draw on fort walls, never risk your life for selfies, never throw plastic anywhere (carry back all waste) and never play loud music. When in nature behave like animals. BE ONE WITH NATURE

On treks, first preference for food is ghar ka khana, fruits, dry fruits, lemon juice & lots of water over biscuits, breads and carbonated drinks. Also I do carry 1₹ chocolates for quick energy boosts. My normal attire includes full sleeved clothes , cap & proper trek shoes ( No flip-flops) Good goggles i.e anti-glares are must for summer treks. I also carry safety gadgets like fire starter, waterproof torch, whistle, first-aid just in case.

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Harihar trek Blog: TheFreeBird’s Story

Since the time I first saw Harihar fort stair photos I wanted to see the vertical stairs & to trek here on a rainy day. As fate it would have it I reached here on hot summer day. It was a hot after noon and we couldn’t  have chosen a more difficult time for the climb. After we completed the Basgad fort in the morning we returned to Nirgudpada (which is the base village for both Harihar & Basgad trek).

Nirgunpada-base for Harihar fort trek and Basgad fort trek

We refilled our bottles at well nearby & had lunch in the shadows of a big mango tree. Morning trek was tiring and the lunch made me drowsy. I would have dozed off, but just the idea of climbing those vertical stairs got me excited. We had two options either to walk to Kotamwadi nearby & then take the Harihar trail or take a short cut from Nirgudpada ( from a dhaba) to the meet the Kotamwadi trail midway. We decided to take the shortcut. Both the trails are almost same distance.

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At that time when we visited there was just a small trail through the paddy fields which was quite confusing. As it has become a huge tourist destination now the route is well marked. Due to the heat we had to stop frequently but with couple of ORS we were charged up

Route for harihar fort trek

Initial trail is on flat land till we reach the base of Harihar fort hill. Here we took a left turn to start a small climb to reach a plateau. On this plateau another trail from Harshewadi merges. There is a small food hut which serves snacks & more importantly cold drinks. I have a thing for lemonade on hot trek days. On that day I would have even paid 1000 Rs for that cold lemon juice. I had three full glasses. Blessed.

Harihar fort stairs

Recharged we started walking ahead. Soon Harihar fort became visible in all its glory. I have always admired these rock cut stairs on all the forts like Kothaligad , Bhairavgad , Bahulagad , kalavantin .. These Harihar stairs however would have been very risky to be build. Makes one realize that the skilled people who built this centuries ago with hammers & chisels indeed had a balls of titanium.

The beautiful stairs at Harihar fort trek

After taking lots of photos we started the climb. Every step has a notch carved for a good hand grip making it easier to climb. These stairs are much easier to climb than they appear in the picture. However If you are afraid of heights better not look back from this point

The beautiful stairs at Harihar fort trek

Few of my freinds who were new trekkers got scared with the sight of these stairs. But once they got the hang of it they quickly started climbing with ease & reached the top. Finally at the top of these Harihar stairs we heaved a sigh of relief as we got some much needed relief from the sun in the Harihar fort’s shadow..

Once pass the main entrance the route slithers to the top through the huge rock in a mesmerizing way. Harihar fort is a huge piece of rock where every route till the top is carved by hand. Such an architectural wonder.

Harihar for t trek

After this tunnel we reach two sets of stairs which zig zag to the top . These are not as famous as the main entrance but are equally beautiful.

Harihar fort trek stairs

These second set of stairs have remained relatively unbranded as compared to the huge celebrity status of the main stairs. These stairs are much more stunning as they are curved like a slithering snake & are situated at a much higher place with a green jungle backdrop. The stairs reach a tunnel carved through the huge rock which reaches the second entrance of Harihar fort. These stair structure is similar to Kothaligad where stairs are carved through huge rocks & through tunnels.

Tunnel @ Harihar Fort trek

After a brief adventurous time at the stairs we reach the second door. Going through this second door on the left side is secret door. Some say it was a prison while others say it was a chor darwaja / secret entrance.

After the detour to secret door i went ahead to reach the huge plateau at the top. Here I saw a Hanuman temple, a lake ,few water tanks, remains of palace & flag at the highest point of Harihar fort.

Secret door @ Harihar fort

We get a beautiful 360 view from here which would have been used to keep track of all the enemy movements in the neighbouring area. Brahmagiri & Bhandardurg fort are visible from here. Brahamagiri is the origin of 3 rivers including Godavari while Bhandardurg has a stairs cut through entire rocks which lead to tunnels & rock bridges. Both of these are very unique forts & I would suggest to visit those if you liked Harihar stairs.

Brahmagiri & Bhandardurga from Hairhar

On the other side of the fort near the entrance we can see Basgad , Feni & Utwad. Many other forts from the Kasara range are visible if there is clear climate ( mostly after monsoon)

Basgad, Utwad & Feni Hill from Harihar fort

The highest point of Harihar fort is a ballekilla ( small fort within a fort) which has flag mounted on top. After spending 2 hours at the top of Harihar we started our descend via the zig zag stairs. Climbing the stairs was a huge adrenaline pump. But looking down at the same stairs gave me different feeling all together. As the mountain saying goes descending is much more difficult & riskier than the climb.

stairs at Harihar fort trek

By the time I climbed down the stairs the climate had become cooler and the views had become more beautiful with the softer ambient lights. Wish i had waited at the top for the sunset.

Feni hill, Basgad, utwaad from Harihar

Since we were already late for our train from Kasara we hurried our way to Nirgudpada. We breezed through the descent in half an hour, reached our jeep and hurried off to Kasara.

Upper vaitarna

With a tired body and a mind full of memories we headed back to Mumbai. Till next time.

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Harihar Fort, Nashik with History, Location, Timings, Trek

Satnam Singh

  • Updated on August 24, 2023
  • Maharashtra

Harihar Fort Nashik Maharashtra

Have you ever come across a structure so unique that it seems to be the amalgamation of nature and man’s creativity, challenging the very boundaries of architectural genius? Nestled in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra , Harihar Fort in Nashik is one such emblematic gem that combines the beauty of nature with the grandeur of historic architecture.

In This Article:

Chapter 1: Unveiling the History

Whispers from the Past

Harihar Fort, locally known as Harshgad or Harihargad, has roots steeped deep in history. Believed to have been constructed during the Yadava dynasty in the 11th century, the fort stands as a testament to the strategic prowess and cultural richness of ancient India.

Historical documents reveal the fort’s central importance across several dynastic periods. In 1636, the formidable Maratha ruler, Shivaji Maharaj, seized control of the fort, integrating it into the heart of the Maratha Empire. Under his leadership, the fort experienced significant architectural refinements, bolstering its defenses and elevating its prominence.

Legends and More

Apart from its historical significance, legends have also added a layer of intrigue to Harihar Fort. Locals narrate tales of valiant warriors and cunning spies who used the fort’s intricate structure to their advantage, making it almost impenetrable to the enemy.

Chapter 2: Decoding the Structure

Architectural Brilliance

At an altitude of about 3,676 feet, the fort emerges from a triangular rock, giving it a distinctive shape. But what truly sets Harihar Fort apart is its vertigo-inducing stairway. Crafted into the mountain itself, 117 steep steps lead the way to the fort. The rock-cut steps look almost vertical and require both skill and courage to ascend, especially during the rain.

Within the fort, the architecture narrates tales of its rich history. Remnants of old temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva reveal the spiritual significance of the place. The fort also houses a small pond, which is believed to have provided fresh water to its inhabitants throughout the year.

Strategic Wonder

The fort’s location is not just a marvel for its beauty but also for its strategic importance. Overlooking the vast expanse of the surrounding region, the fort provided an excellent vantage point for surveillance and defense against approaching enemies.

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Chapter 3: Reaching the Pinnacle – Location & Trek

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Guiding Stars: Location Insights

Harihar Fort is located about 48 kilometers away from Nashik , making it accessible for both local and international tourists. The nearest village, Nirgudpada, acts as the base for trekkers.

The Ascent: Trekking Tales

Starting from Nirgudpada, the trek to Harihar Fort is a blend of moderate and challenging terrains. While the initial walk through lush green meadows and dense forests is relatively easy, the real challenge begins as one approaches the iconic steps.

Climbing the 60-degree inclined steps can be a daunting task, especially for novice trekkers. However, the exhilaration of conquering this stretch and the panoramic view from the top make every drop of sweat worthwhile.

For those who wish to make the trek more memorable, camping under the starlit sky near the fort is an experience to cherish.

Chapter 4: Planning Your Visit

Timings and Seasons

The ideal period to explore Harihar Fort spans the post-monsoon months, from September through February. In these months, the verdant surroundings flourish, and the climate is congenial, ensuring a delightful trekking experience.

For an optimal journey, it’s recommended to commence the trek at dawn, roughly around 6 AM. This strategy allows one to sidestep the midday heat and grants sufficient time to immerse oneself in the fort’s rich ambiance and adjacent landscapes.

Things to Remember

  • Carry enough water and snacks.
  • Wear comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Avoid trekking during heavy rains as the steps can become extremely slippery.
  • Local guides are available and can provide insights into the fort’s history and legends.

Harihar Fort and Beyond Nearby Attractions in Nashik

While Harihar Fort in itself is a magnificent destination for history buffs and trekking enthusiasts, Nashik, often referred to as the ‘Wine Capital of India’, holds numerous other gems that captivate the soul. When you’ve basked in the history and beauty of Harihar Fort, here are some other attractions you shouldn’t miss out on:

1. Sula Vineyards:

Sula Vineyards Nashik Maharashtra

Wine aficionados, take note! Sula Vineyards, cradled in the heart of Nashik, epitomizes the zenith of India’s winemaking tradition. Venture on a captivating journey across its vast vine-laden landscapes, unravel the artisanal nuances of viticulture and savor a curated selection of India’s distinguished wines.

The annual ‘Sulafest’ elevates this experience, metamorphosing the vineyard into a pulsating fusion of vinous delights, harmonious tunes, and culinary wonders.

2. Trimbakeshwar Temple:

Trimbakeshwar Temple, Nashik, Maharashtra

Situated about 28 kilometers from Nashik, this ancient temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India , making it a significant pilgrimage site for Hindus. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and boasts of an architectural style that dates back to the ancient era.

3. Ramkund:

Ramkund Nashik Maharashtra

Located in the heart of Nashik, Ramkund is a sacred bathing ghat on the banks of the Godavari River. It’s believed that Lord Ram took a dip here during his exile. The ghats come alive during the Kumbh Mela , which happens once every twelve years.

4. Pandavleni Caves:

Pandavleni Caves, Maharashtra

A group of 24 Hinayana Buddhist Caves, dating back to the 3rd century BC, these caves offer a deep dive into ancient Indian rock-cut architecture. Located on Trivashmi Hill, the caves also provide a panoramic view of the city below.

5. Muktidham Temple:

Muktidham Temple Nashik Maharashtra

This marble temple complex is located in the old part of Nashik. It is renowned for its intricate architecture and carvings that depict various scenes from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata.

6. Coin Museum:

Coin Museum Nashik Maharashtra

Dive into the history of Indian currency at the Coin Museum in Nashik. The museum showcases a wide collection of coins, molds, dyes, replicas, and photographs narrating the history of coinage and currency in India.

7. Dugarwadi Waterfall:

Dugarwadi Waterfall Nashik Maharashtra

Located around 30 km from Nashik, Dugarwadi Waterfall is nature’s hidden gem, especially during the monsoon season. The pristine water cascading down amidst lush greenery offers a tranquil setting, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.

How to Reach Harihar Fort, Nashik

The nearest airport to Harihar Fort is the Nashik Airport (Ozar). After landing, one can hire a taxi or take public transportation to reach the base village, Nirgudpada, which serves as the starting point for the trek to the fort.

Nashik Road Railway Station is the primary rail junction closest to Harihar Fort. From the station, numerous local taxis, auto-rickshaws, and buses are available to take you to Nirgudpada.

Nashik is well-connected to various cities in Maharashtra and neighboring states via national and state highways. If you’re traveling from Mumbai or Pune , you can opt for the Mumbai- Agra Highway (NH3) which will guide you to Nashik. From Nashik city, head towards Trimbak road which leads to Nirgudpada, the base village for Harihar Fort. The distance from Nashik to Nirgudpada is approximately 48 km.

Local Transport:

For those who prefer local means of transportation, regular state-run buses operate between Nashik and Nirgudpada. Alternatively, one can also hire a taxi or an auto-rickshaw from Nashik to reach the base village.

Trekking to the Fort:

Once you’ve reached Nirgudpada, the journey to the fort begins on foot. The trek to Harihar Fort is moderately challenging, taking about 2.5 to 3 hours to reach the summit. While the initial part is through lush green forests and meadows, the final ascent involves climbing steep rock-cut steps, which can be a thrilling experience.

Conclusion: An Experience Like No Other

Harihar Fort is not just a structure of bricks and stones. It’s a living memoir of India’s past, a marvel of ancient architecture, and a trekker’s paradise. Whether you’re a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or an avid trekker, Harihar Fort promises an experience that will etch memories for a lifetime.

Embarking on this journey is not just about reaching the top; it’s about embracing the stories, overcoming challenges, and witnessing the harmonious blend of nature and history.

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Harihar Fort, also known as Harshgad, is a historic fort located in Maharashtra’s Nashik district. Several trekking enthusiasts visit this fort in monsoon for a new and refreshing experience. It appears rectangular from the base village and is situated on a triangular rock. One of the fort’s vertical sides facing the Nirgudpada Village got the name ‘Scottish Kada’ because it was first climbed by Doug Scott in 1986. He was a popular Himalayan mountaineer, who took about two days to ascend to the top of the cliff, which stands at 170 m. Harihar Fort trek is one of the must-try Treks in Western Ghats and makes for a great weekend getaway.

Embark on an enthralling Harihar Trek and enjoy a unique trekking experience. Starting from Dadar station, you will travel to the base village, Nirgudpada in Trimbakeshwar. Begin walking and climbing the rocky stairs while enjoying views of greenery all around you. After reaching the top of the fort, explore the small temples, caves, and other structures standing intact till date. After an adventurous trek, return to the base village and head back home. Have you always wanted to go on an adventurous trek like this one to one of the most picturesque and distinct destinations? Then, this is the best package for you!

Day 1: Mumbai – Trimbakeshwar Finish your packing and keep the bags ready. At 11:00 PM, leave for Kotak Mahindra Bank ATM, near Dadar (E) station and join your team. By 11:15 PM, you will board the train and depart from Dadar to Thane. At 12:00 AM, you will be picked up from Thane’s Teen Hath Naka Junction for traveling further to the base village, Nirgudpada.

Day 2: Trimbakeshwar – Mumbai Arrive at the base village by 5:00 AM and get some rest. Freshen up and enjoy a hearty breakfast at 6:00 AM. At 7:00 AM, introduce yourself to the team and after breaking the ice with your group, start with your Harihar Fort Trek by 7:30 AM. Built on a triangular rock, the fort has two edges and three faces and stands vertically at 90 degrees. You will be trekking along steep, rocky stairs with scenic views around you. Though a little tough, with around 117 steps in total, it is a beautiful hike worth all the effort. On reaching the top, by 10:30 AM, have a wonderful time exploring the fort. The Fort houses a plateau in the center, a small Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman Temple, small caves, and a pond with drinkable water. As you explore further, you can find a palace with two rooms. Enjoy picturesque views of the surrounding ranges from the top. Have a filling lunch at 1:00 PM while gazing at the scenery. You will start descending at 2:30 PM and get to the base village by 4:30 PM. After resting for a while, have your evening snacks on the way back to Mumbai. Reach Mumbai by 9:00 PM and head back home.

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Hello, Trekking lover! I’m talking to you.  Are you prepared to lose yourself in the unforgettable beauty of the natural world? The Harihar Fort Trek is a beautiful suggestion I offer for you! With beautiful rock-cut steps up to its beautiful entrance, this fantastic location is a wonderful gift for all adventure lovers. Together, let’s set out on this amazing adventure and make unforgettable memories!

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Harihar Fort Trek: Quick Facts

  • Location: Nashik District, Maharashtra, India 
  • Height: 3,676 feet (1,121 meters)
  • Length: 3.5 kilometers (one way)
  • Activities: Trekking, rock climbing, rappelling, camping
  • Duration: 3–4 hours (one way)
  • Best Time: October to May. The monsoon season (June to September) can be dangerous due to landslides and flash floods.
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to challenging. The most challenging part of the trek is the climb up the 117 rock-cut steps, which are nearly vertical.
  • Facilities: Limited facilities are available at the base village, Nirgudpada. There are a few small shops selling snacks and water. Toilets are also available in the village. However, there are no facilities on the fort itself, so be sure to bring everything you need.

How Difficult is Harihar Fort Trek? 

The difficulty of Harihar Fort Trek is generally considered to be medium to difficult, depending on your fitness level and experience. Here’s a breakdown of the factors that contribute to the difficulty:

  • Moderate to Difficult: Most sources rate the trek as moderate to difficult, with the challenging sections being the steep rock-cut steps and narrow traverses.

Specific Challenges:

  • Steep Rock-Cut Steps: The most iconic and challenging part of the trek is the long flight of rock-cut steps leading to the top. These steps can be slippery, especially during the monsoon season (June to September) and the following months. A good grip is essential.
  • Narrow Traverse: There is a short, exposed section of the trail that requires careful navigation. It’s not overly difficult, but it can be unnerving for those who fear heights.

Factors to Consider:

  • Fitness Level: The trek is not overly long (4-5 km), but the steepness and uneven terrain require good fitness.
  • Experience: While not technically challenging, the exposed sections and wymagający podejście make it unsuitable for beginners. It’s recommended to have some prior trekking experience before attempting this trek.
  • Time of Year: The trek is best done during the dry season (October to May). The monsoon season makes the steps slippery and dangerous.

Additional Tips:

  • Wear proper trekking shoes with good grip.
  • Carry plenty of water and snacks.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and take your time on the challenging sections.
  • Go with a guide or experienced trekker if you’re unsure about the difficulty.

Best Time To Visit Harihar Fort Trek

The best time to visit Harihar Fort Trek depends on what you’re looking for in your experience:

  • Monsoon season (June to September): Lush greenery, waterfalls , and dramatic cloud formations. However, the trails can be slippery and there’s a risk of landslides. You might also encounter large crowds, especially on weekends.
  • Post-monsoon season (October to November): Pleasant weather, clear skies, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. This is considered the peak season for trekking in the Sahyadris.
  • Winter season (December to February): Cooler temperatures, making the trek more comfortable. However, the landscape can be dry and brown.

Here are some additional factors to consider:

  • Your fitness level: The Harihar Fort Trek is moderately challenging, with some steep sections. If you’re not in good shape, you may want to choose a different time of year when the weather is cooler.
  • Your experience level: If you’re a beginner, it’s best to avoid the monsoon season when the trails can be slippery and dangerous.
  • Crowds: The Harihar Fort Trek is a popular destination, so expect larger crowds on weekends and holidays. If you prefer a more peaceful experience, try to go during the week.

2 Days at Harihar Fort Trek

Harihar Fort, also known as Harshagad, is a beautiful hill fort in Nashik , Maharashtra, India. It is a popular trekking destination, especially for beginners, due to its well-maintained path and stunning views. Here is a possible 2-day itinerary for your Harihar Fort trek, incorporating nearby attractions:

Trimbakeshwar Temple

  • Take a cab or rickshaw from Nashik to Harshewadi village , the starting point of the trek. The journey takes about 1-1.5 hours.
  • Start your trek from Harshewadi . The trail is well-defined and easy to follow, with mostly rock-cut steps. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the top of the fort.
  • Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding Sahyadri mountains , the Vaitarna Dam , and the Trimbakeshwar Temple .
  • Explore the fort, which includes a water cistern, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, and remnants of old structures.
  • Have lunch at a local restaurant or dhaba in Harshewadi village.
  • Visit the nearby Dugarwadi Waterfall , a beautiful cascade hidden amidst the forest. The waterfall is about a 30-minute walk from Harshewadi.
  • Relax by the bonfire at your campsite or homestay.
  • Enjoy stargazing under the clear night sky.
  • Have dinner at your campsite or homestay.

Pandavleni Caves near Harihar Fort in Maharashtra

  • Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise from the top of the fort.
  • Have breakfast at your campsite or homestay.
  • Start your descent from the fort.
  • Explore the Trimbakeshwar Temple, one of India’s 12 Jyotirlingas.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located about 13 km from Harshewadi.
  • Head back to Nashik.
  • Do some souvenir shopping in Nashik.
  • Visit other attractions in Nashik , such as the Saptashrungi Caves, the Pandavleni Caves, or the Ramkund.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Nashik’ s many restaurants.
  • Relax and reflect on your amazing trek experience.

How To Reach Harihar Fort Trek

Reaching Harihar Fort, also known as Harshgad, requires a bit of an adventure depending on where you’re coming from. Here’s a breakdown of the different ways to get there:

  • From Mumbai: The most convenient route is via the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway, followed by the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar-Ghargaon Road . You can either drive down yourself or hire a taxi from Mumbai. The total distance is approximately 160 kilometers, and the journey takes about 4-5 hours.
  • From Pune: Take the Pune-Nashik Expressway, followed by the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar-Ghargaon Road. The distance is about 230 kilometers, and the travel time is approximately 5-6 hours.
  • From Nashik: The shortest route is via the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar-Ghargaon Road. The distance is about 40 kilometers, and the journey takes about 1-1.5 hours.
  • From Mumbai: Take a train to Igatpuri station, followed by a taxi or bus to Trimbakeshwar. From Trimbakeshwar , hire a local rickshaw or taxi to reach the base village. The total travel time is approximately 5-6 hours.
  • From Pune: Take a train to Kasara station, followed by a taxi or bus to Trimbakeshwar. From Trimbakeshwar, hire a local rickshaw or taxi to reach the base village. The total travel time is approximately 6-7 hours.
  • From Mumbai: Take a direct bus from Mumbai Central Bus Stand to Trimbakeshwar. From Trimbakeshwar, hire a local rickshaw or taxi to reach the base village. The journey takes about 6-7 hours.
  • From Pune: Take a bus from Pune Swargate Bus Stand to Nashik, followed by another bus to Trimbakeshwar. From Trimbakeshwar, hire a local rickshaw or taxi to reach the base village. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to complete the journey.

Things To Do At Harihar Fort Trek

  • Moderate to challenging. Ensure good physical fitness.
  • Wear proper trekking shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • Carry sufficient water and snacks, as there are no shops on the way.
  • Start early in the morning for a more pleasant experience.
  • Respect the traditions and ways of the area.
  • Pay homage to the revered deities at the temples and experience the spiritual atmosphere of the fort.
  • Take a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the base of the fort, a perfect reward after the trek.
  • Ascend the nearly 700 carved steps for a thrilling climb and a rewarding panoramic view.

Things To Avoid at Harihar Fort Trek

  • Stick to the marked trail to avoid getting lost or injuring yourself.
  • Please carry back all your waste and dispose of it responsibly.
  • Avoid disturbing the animals residing in the fort area. Stay a safe distance from them and don’t feed them.
  • Consuming alcohol or drugs: This can impair your judgment and increase the risk of accidents.
  • The fort has some unguarded edges, so be cautious and avoid standing too close to them, especially if you fear heights.
  • Don’t attempt risky stunts or poses for photos that could endanger you.
  • Consuming alcohol or drugs can impair your judgment and increase the risk of accidents.

Are there any dangerous sections on the trek? 

Yes, the iconic near-vertical steps require caution and good upper-body strength. Proceed slowly and use the handholds provided.

What are the safety precautions to take?  

Be aware of your surroundings, avoid loose rocks and slippery surfaces, don’t climb beyond your capabilities, and respect fellow trekkers.

Is food and water available on the trek? 

Limited options at the base village and a small shop on the plateau offer snacks and water. Carry enough supplies regardless.

Can I stay overnight? 

Camping is allowed on the fort but be prepared for basic amenities and responsible disposal of waste

How to reach the base village? 

The nearest town is Igatpuri, accessible by train or bus. You can then hire a local taxi or jeep to reach the base village, Nirgudpada.

Is there parking available?  

Yes, limited parking space is available near the base village.

Are there washrooms and changing facilities?  

Basic facilities are available in the village but limited to the fort itself.

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Harihar Fort Trekking​

A guide to harihar fort trek​.

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To reach any town, one needs to reach Nashik and travel almost 48 kilometers to reach the fort while covering the two villages in the midway. The trek to the fort can be completed in a day as the altitude is, 3676ft (1.12 kilometres) from sea level.

Harihar Fort-route and architecture

Nashik offers you the ideal trek, which has a moderate difficulty level. A fort that lets you sneak in the history and civilization of our ancestors, plus a pathway where you can trek and reach the ultimate fort.

The forts have beautiful architecture, and rectangular stone cutting is placed over the other. At a glance, it looks like a prism of triangle shape. Developed in the Yadava dynasty, it is a vertical fort.

While trekking, keep in mind the 80-degree inclination of the peak of the trek. It is adventurous, and one needs to be cautious enough. The hard work may seem fulfilling once you reach the top.

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Amazing facts about Harihar Trek

  • A never-felt before experience and a lifelong memory, you will never be able to forget this amazing trek which has a perfect adventurous side. The altitude is high enough, and you must mind your steps; it is titled at 80 degrees, which can easily force you to trip down. It is advisable to move upward patiently and without fear.
  • The feeling of conquering the hill is breathtaking, and you unlock the refreshing view to witness lush green lands, nearby forts, and the peak of the various hill. The ideal time to visit this place is soon after the rainy season. The view is splendid, and trekking smoothly as the environment is fresh.

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Base 1 – Nirgudpade Village

Get prepared for a trek of approx. 2.4 km, which can be covered easily in 1 hour 30 minutes, even if you take breaks through the journey.

You will enter the village circumference, which is 300 meters from the Kotamawadi village, where you can initiate the trek. Initiate your journey from the Trimbak region, you can witness the lush green fields, and there is one track, so there is no confusion about the path.

Just move ahead, and soon you will be seeing the hill that is your ultimate summit for this journey. The journey will be tiring enough, and soon you will witness a small stream.

Take a break there and get your breath back; relax! Start again on a stretch of 45 minutes, and you will reach the common point where people who initiated the journey from Base 2 will join you (if anyone is trekking at the same time).

Base 2- Harshewadi

If you have not been to Trimbak, you can first visit the iconic Lord Shiva temple Trimbakeshwar and initiate your journey to Harihar fort. As you will be initiating your journey from Nashik, please lead your way to Trimbak and, after seeking the blessing of Lord Shiva, move towards Harshewadi villages.

Your trekking journey will be 2 hours and 30 minutes from there until you reach the common route to the Harihar fort.

Common Route whether you mark your journey from Base 1 or Base 2

The most exciting part of the trek starts here. It is the place where you will be walking on the iconic steps and don’t look back. It might scare you as the height is considerable. Moving ahead is the mantra to reach the peak.

The journey will be 1 hour and 30 minutes to conquer the 1 km stretch of the plateau to the hill’s peak. Find the notches for ensuring your safety, and please avoid your trek adventure during the rainy season. It is very slippery and risky.

Maharaja is the spot where you find the steps that will lead you to the open valley. Keep a GPS map on hand (a printed copy to keep yourself on the right track). The traverse will end towards the last 100 steps, which will be the fort’s entrance. Complete the same and move inside the fort.

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  • Harihar Fort, also known as Harshgad, is a popular trekking destination located in Maharashtra, India. Situated in the Nashik district, this fort offers a thrilling trekking experience.  
  • The trek to Harihar Fort is known for its steep, rugged terrain, and a rock-cut staircase with nearly 80-degree inclines, making it a challenging yet rewarding climb for adventure enthusiasts. 
  • The fort's historical significance and picturesque surroundings, including lush greenery and scenic views, add to the allure of the trek
  • It typically takes around 2-3 hours to reach the summit, where trekkers can explore the fort's ruins and enjoy panoramic vistas.
  • Harihar Fort's historical significance, along with its challenging trek and scenic beauty, make it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. 

Basic info:

  • Trek Difficulty:  Moderate.
  • Trek Endurance:  Medium to High
  • Trek Length:  Approx. 4-5 km 
  • Trek Duration:  3 hrs one way
  • Location Address : Bari Village, Igatpuri, Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.
  • Kalsubai peak height: 5400 feet Approx 

Batches  : 

  • March:  1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • April: 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26,  27.

Important Note:

  • We insist you on taking Friday night departures to avoid the rush.
  • We need a minimum of 10 people to operate Friday batches, if not then it will be shifted to the Saturday batch.
  • Pune :1499/- 
  • Base Village : 699/- 
  • 08:00 PM:  Report at FC Colleage Main Gate FC Road ( https://goo.gl/maps/53XNsyDPwcSVReZW9  )
  • 08:30 PM:  Pickups from Nashik Phata ( https://goo.gl/maps/3Fdnzh3YdLEimfHg7  )
  • 10:00 PM:  Take a Dinner Break at Sahyadri Hotel 
  • Start the journey to the Base Village (Bari) 
  • 02:30 AM: Reach Base Village and have rest for sometime
  • 04:00 AM: Get freshen up and Have Breakfast 
  • 04:30 AM: Start trek to Harihar Fort Post Briefing and Instructions by trek leaders  
  • 06:00 AM: Reach the plateau. Start trek to the summit via 80-degree steps
  • 06:30 AM: Reach the top and Enjoy the Sunrise and Click Photos
  • 08:00 AM: Start descending via the same route
  • 12:00 PM: Reach Base Village and Have Lunch 
  • 02:00 PM: Start Return Journey for Pune

10:00 PM: Reach Pune (Arrival Time Depends on Pace of Group and Traffic)  

Inclusions:

  • Pune to Pune Private Bus Transportation
  • Breakfast & Tea
  • Lunch ( Veg Thali )
  • Trek Leader Charges.
  • Trek Expertise Charges. 
  • Forest Entry Charges.
  • First Aid Charges.

Exclusions:

  • Travel till pickup points
  • 5% GST on Booking Tickets
  • Any kind of personal expense like Mineral water/lime water/ Soft Drinks/ Extra snacks or meals that are not mentioned in the inclusions, purchased for personal consumption 
  • Any kind of cost which is not mentioned and included in the inclusion of this package.
  • All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
  • Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required

Things to carry:

(Highly Required and Mandatory Things)

  • backpack (waterproof or covered with waterproof cover) 
  • trekking shoes or any sports shoes with a Good grip
  • Trekking pants (compulsory), 2 T-Shirts (Preferably full sleeves or Half T-shirt with sleeves), Raincoat/ waterproof jacket/ windcheater, Handnapkin/Towel, etc
  • Water 2-3 liters.
  • Ready-to-eat food like plum cakes, Dry fruits, dry snacks and biscuits, Chikki, chocolate bars, etc.
  • Personal Medicines and Personal First aid 

(Required but Optional Things)

  • To change after trekking - Facewash, Extra pants/ shorts, Extra T-shirt, sleeper/ floaters, an extra bag to carry your trekking shoes, innerwear, etc
  • Sweater For bus journey
  • Electoral or Glucose D powder. 
  • Portable Phone Charger, Earphones, etc.
  • Sun protection cap, sunglasses, Sunscreen lotion, toothbrush-toothpaste, etc
  • Proper face mask or shield 
  • Extra Pair of clothes.

(Note: Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pants,  this will protect your body and skin from Sun / Thorns / Insects / Prickles, etc)

Disclaimer: 

  • The tour is weather-based and depends on the weather conditions. There may be last-minute cancellations if weather conditions deteriorate. 

1- How to reach Kasara station:

Catch Kasara local from the below Station -

  • 07:18 pm: CST-Kasara train as per the timings mentioned.
  • 07:31 pm: Dadar
  • 07:38 pm: Kurla
  • 07:58 pm: Thane
  • 08:21 pm: Kalyan
  • 09:32 pm: Kasara

2- How do I get to Harihar?

How to reach Harihar Peak -

  • Reach Kasara Railway Station.
  • Take a local Taxi to the base village Nagpada 
  • By Road Mumbai - Kasara - Igatpuri - Ghoti - Bari Village.
  • Harihar Trek from Pune By Road Pune - Sangamner - Rajur - Bhandardara - Bari.
  • The Harihar Trek route is well-marked.
  • Local guides often accompany climbers to the summit.

     2- Are washrooms available during the trek?

No washrooms are only available at the base village.

3- Can we bring our vehicle to the base village and is parking available?

Parking is available near the village, Parking fee will be applicable, Car owner parks at their own risk.

4- Is Jain food available on this trek?

Yes, we can arrange Jain food for the trek.

5- What are the compulsory things to carry on the trek?

Please carry 3 liters of water, a torch, and rainwear, wear good trekking shoes, and wear a full T-shirt, and track pants.

6- Will we reach Mumbai Pune at the time mentioned?

The itinerary is the approx time during monsoon road conditions are bad there may be delays due to bus breakdowns or bad weather in case the bus reaches late Trekhievers will not pay for Uber Ola or taxi fare.

7- What is the location of Harihar?

It is located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra

8- What is the distance from Pune to Harihar?

It is approximately 180 km away from Pune.

9- What is the distance from Mumbai to Harihar?

It is approximately 155 km away from Mumbai.

10- What is the difficulty level of the Harihar trek?

It is a moderate-level trek.

11- What is the height of the Harihar Peak?

The height is approximately 1646 meters.

12- What is the temperature in Harihar during winter?

The temperature during winter is between 10 to 20 degrees.

13- What is the Harihar trek distance?

The trek distance is 6.6 km.

14- Is the Harihar night trek safe?

Yes, the night trek at Harihar  is safe.

15- What is the best time to visit Harihar?

The best time to visit  Harihar is from November to April.

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