Are you one of those people who are hardcore Adrenalin junkies? Always looking adventures and thrilling experience? Well then, you must pay a visit to the Harihar fort. This fort is located in Maharashtra and has been a popular choice for a trek in rocky terrain. Let’s take a look at what makes it such a thrilling place.
About the fort:
This fort, which is also called Hasagad fort, is located about 48 km from Igatpuri, which is in Nasik district of Maharashtra, Built centuries ago, during the period of Pankaj –Pancharia, the fort is almost in ruins and not much is there to see. It was under the rule of various invaders and finally overtaken by Britishers.
The journey to the top to the fort is what the trip is all about. One needs to climb staircase carved out of the rock on a near about straight hill, which is very narrow and really steep. Sometimes the stairs are close to 90 degrees, making the climb absolutely vertical and you will certainly feel your heart pounding with excitement as you climb on.
This ancient fort is built on a triangle shaped rock and is surrounded by beautiful green mountains.
At the top, there is a small valley which has a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. With a small pond adjacent to the temple, the 360-degree view of this place makes the hardship worthwhile. Just sit back on the top and soak in all the beautiful landscape around this fort.
How to go:
One may choose any of the two village bases available for trekking to Harihar fort, i.e. Nigudpada and Harshewadi. Trekking trails of Harshewadi are easier than that of Nigudpada. Either you may choose Kasara-Trimbakesar- Harshewadi-Harihar fort route or Kasara-Nigudpada-Harihar fort route. It takes about an hour to explore the fort.
Trimbakesar may be reached via bus or private car. Kasara may be reached via local train.
When to go:
It might be wise to avoid visiting the place during the monsoons as the rocky stairs may get slippery. Winters provide a good climatic condition to explore the area. Summers are okay too but one should start early.
It may be visited every day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
It is extremely necessary to be cautious and be fit physically to climb the hill stairs.