The city of Nasik houses an architectural marvel, the Harihar Fort. Harihar Fort is also known as Harshagad. The aim of construction of this fort was too look upon the trade route through Gonda Ghat. This fort is one of the most important forts housed in the city of Nasik. Visitors pour in all over the year to visit this beautiful fort.
Historical Background of Harihar Fort
This ancient fort too has a history of series of being captured. The Harihar Fort was built during the Pankaj Panchariya period. Then in the year 1636 it was surrendered to Khan Zamam along with other forts including Trymbak and other Poona forts. In the year 1818 this fort along with other 17 forts were captured by Captain. Briggs. With this the glory and purpose of building a structure as huge as this went in vain.
More about Harihar Fort
Harihar Fort is situated at an altitude of 1120 m at a triangular rock with all the sides vertical. It is approachable only from one side via a 200 feet high rock cut staircase. This staircase is the most striking feature of this structure. These steps are at an angle of 80 degrees. The steps are provided with niches which makes the climb safe. The total number of steps for ascending and descending from this fort is 117. A climb up this staircase is a thrilling experience.
Things to do at Harihar Fort
After climbing the 117 steps as mentioned above one reaches the entrance of the fort. The entrance is a bit narrow and one has to climb another 100 steps in order to reach the top of the fort.
The fort houses a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and another temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple has a small pond too.
The interior of this fort is mesmerizing. It consists of a small palace with two rooms. There also exists five cisterns here in this structure and one of the cisterns has water suitable for drinking.
The view from this fort is panoramic. A saffron flag sways on top of the fort in the wind. This is indeed an endearing sight. Harihar Fort is also a perfect place for taking pictures.
This place gives a traveler to enjoy a rejuvenating trek which takes around two hours to reach the fort. One has to pass through lush green forests to reach the destination. The trek up the forest and the stairs is worth ones efforts. The beauty and exuberance of this fort is breathtaking. One must visit this fort when in Nasik.
A Tourist’s Guide
Harishar Fort remains open on all days of the week from 6 am to 5 pm.
Harihar Fort is at a distance of 40 km from Ghoti Nasik District of Maharashtra. There exists to base villages of this fort namely, Harshewadi and Nirgudpada. Harshiwadi is at a distance of 13 km from Trymbakeshwar and the other village is at a distance of 48 km from Nasik. This very village is 121 km from the capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai.
One can find public transport to reach Harihar Fort. One can avail bus facility from Kasara to Trymbakeshwar. The last bus from Trymbakeshwar is at 5:30 pm to Kasara.
The nearest railway station from Harihar Fort is Nasik Road Railway Station which is at a distance of 51 km from here. The last train from Nasik is at 6:35 pm. The nearest airport from here is Gandhinagar International Airport. The airport is at a distance of 45 km from Harihar Fort.
One can even trek from these base villages to the fort. The climb from Harshewadi is easier than that from the village of Nirgudpada.
One can find a wide array of accommodation options in the city of Nasik. Budget hotels, premium hotels as well as luxurious resorts are available in the city. One can book hotels both online and offline here.
Harihar Fort is a wonderful tourist destination. It gives the traveler a taste of nature and adventure coupled with the presence of a wonderful architectural marvel. Harihar Fort is a perfect weekend getaway. One can go out with friends and family and have a relaxed time in here. The trek up the hilltop is an energizing experience.