I am Harishchandragad Fort- an epitome of nature at its best. I am located in Ahmednagar in the state of Maharashtra. I was built long back in the 6th century. I saw many rulers conquering me, the Marathas captured me in 1747.
I enshrine some of the ancient and archaic caves and temples, along with the diverse flora and fauna.
I am trekker’s delight because of the challenging and arduous trek that I offer. My distinctive shape and the height at which I am located make me a popular tourist spot.
The nature lovers are spellbound by the amazing views that I offer. In monsoons, the visitors travel through the clouds in order to reach me. This experience is simply transforming for them. They feel so close to nature.
Harishchandragad has several caves dedicated to Lord Vishnu that were built in the 11th Century. Konkan Cliff is the main attraction here, it a spectacular concave waterfall at a height of 1,423m, its vertical overhang resembles the head of a cobra that provides a 180-degree panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
Other elements of surprise and attraction that I have include Kedareshwar Cave among others. I am the talk of the town because of this cave as it has a big Shiva Linga, surrounded by water. The water here is very cold and is waist deep. What makes the Shiva Linga more fascinating is the existence of four pillars around it that are considered to depict the four ‘Yugas’ of life.
The beautiful Konkan Kada, also known as the Konkan cliff, also enthralls tourists. Visitors get breathtaking panoramic views of Konkan from this cliff. The amazing sunset scene is also marvelous and stays in the memory of the visitors for a long time. I also have a lake called Saptatirtha that has a lot of temple-like constructions with idols of Lord Vishnu.
My topmost point is called Taramati peak. Tourists climb up to this peak to get clear view of Naneghat ranges and the other forts in my vicinity. Apart from these attractions, I have plenty of caves which were built way back in the 11th century and are a treasure to watch.