Harihar fort – A complete guide

  • Height: 3676 ft
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Best time to visit: July-February

Facts about the Harihar fort:

Harihar Fort is also known as Harshagad. This fort was built between the 12th – 13th centuries during the Yadava Dynasty in India. Later in the 17th century, this fort was surrendered along with some other forts of Pune to Khan Zamam, an Amir during the Mughal Empire. In the 19th century, this fort was captured by Britishers along with some other nearby forts.

Rock-cut staircases

This fort is very popular among trekkers due to its rock-cut staircases. This patch has a climb of 60 meters. And this is a very thrilling and challenging experience one can have. On the top of the fort, you’ll witness the temples of Lord Hanumana and Lord Shiva. You’ll also witness a couple of water tanks nearby on the top of the fort. From the top of the fort, one can see the Bhaskargad fort, Anjaneri fort, Brahmgiri hills, Brahma Parvat, and many more other forts.

Where to start the climbing?

  • There are 2 routes to climb the Harihar fort
    1. Harshewadi village route: The Harshewadi route is a simple route and it is also recommended for beginners. The average time to climb from Harshewadi is 1.5 to 2 hours from base to top.
    2. Nirgudpada village route: The Nirgudpada route is a bit challenging as compared to the Harshewadi route. The average time to climb from Nirgudpada is 2 to 2.5 hours from base to top.

How to reach the base villages?

  • Nearest railway station: Igatpuri or Nashik Road
  • Nearest bus station: Igatpuri or Nashik Road
  • Nearest airport: Mumbai

More places to visit near Harihar fort:

  • Trambakeshwar Jyotirlinga temple
  • Vaitarna lake camping
  • Anjaneri fort
  • Bhaskargad fort
  • Brahmagiri hills
  • Dugarwadi waterfalls
  • Resorts in Igatpuri