Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Akole Tourist Destination (Part-II)-Harishchandra Gad

Harishchandra Gad
  
KOKANKADA from Belpada
About Harishchandragad-
Location- Sahyadri Balaghat Mountan range - Tal. Akole, Dist. Ahemadnagar. (Eighteen miles south-west of Akelo).
Height - 1424 M

About five paths lead up to the hill two of which from Pachnai and Kotul can be regularly used by older days. The hill top, which is about three miles in diameter, is an irregular tableland.

Routs to reach to Harishchandragad
From Khireshwar- Tolarkhind
Grade - Moderate
Regular way used by trekkers is from Khubi phata next to malshej ghat. Khubi phata – Pimpalgaon joga dam wall – Khireshwar – Tolar Khind – Harishchandragad.
From khubi phata,  one has to take a 4-5 km walk on the wall of the dam called Pimpalgaon Jiga dam. The dam ends at Khireshwar village, and from here onwards a straight route trail goes towards Tolar khind. Around 1.5 hours are required to reach till Tolar khind from Khireshwar village. The end of the khind has a stone carving of a Tiger. After the khind, is a 100 feet easy rock patch, which has iron railings for the safety of trekkers. The climb on the rock patch then leads a straight way to Harishchandreshwar temple it took 1 hour, with small hills & streams in between.

From Khireshwar- Rajmarg
Grade- Difficult
Khubi phata – Pimpalgaon joga dam wall – Khireshwar – Nageshwar Temple- Balekilla – Harishchandragad
Rajmarga was the main route to ascend Harishchandragad a old age, but currently in bad condition,. This route follows the same path till Khireshwar village. From here, must go along the straight path and start ascending on the slopes of Kalshya dongar from the back side of Nageshwar Temple. The cliff that comes after the Kalshya dongar has to be ascended. The climb has rock crumbling and lot of scree with dangerous patches in between. After this tricky ascent, one joins the Tolar khind route after the rock patch.

From Pachnai
Grade- Simple
Rajur/Kotul- Pachnai– Harishchandragad
Pachnai is the simplest route to Harishchandragad and absolutely recommended for anyone of any age. From the Pachnai village, it takes around 2-2.5 hours to reach Harishchandragad. A guide is available at the Pachnai village if required.

From Kothale
Grade- Moderate
Kotul- Kothale– Bahiroba fort- Tolarkhind-Harishchandragad
Pachnai is the simplest route to Harishchandragad and absolutely recommended for anyone of any age. From the Pachnai village, it takes around 2-2.5 hours to reach Harishchandragad. A guide is available at the Pachnai village if required.
From Kotul transport facility available till Kothale. From Kothale trail strat towards Tolar khind,  one has to take walk around bhairoba fort towards Tolarkhind.  


From Nalichi Vaat
Grade- Difficult
Belpada- Left Nali of Kokankada - Way to Sadhale ghat – Harishchandragad
Nalichivaat is started from Belpada village it is base village of kokankada. Its most difficult rout to Harishchandragad. To the left of Konkan Kada are 3-4 channels that come down from the top. The channel to the extreme left is the Nalichi vaat. Here, trekking gear is required to ascend the rock patches as sometimes there is no slit available for having a grip. Hence, route is recommended strictly for the experienced trekkers.
This trek took total 10 to 15 hours. This rout will be joining to the sadle ghat way of Harishchandragad.

From Sadhle Ghat
Grade- Moderate
Belpada- Kelewadi – Sadhale Ghat – Harishchandragad

Trek is started from Belpada village to the Kelewadi village. From Kelewadi steep slope of Sadhle Ghat brings you on the top. Sadhle ghat is oldest trade route for local villagers.

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