“Adrenaline Rush” = “Harihar Fort”
Yes, this Phrase can only define my experience of Harihar fort trek. This was my first Trek with the team “TheKayakers” and it was an amazing experience with the group of some known and unknown trekkers. Usually, I go with my friends only, but this time, went with the professional trekker’s group. And now I’m willing to go for more treks with this group.
Trek Date: 25th Feb 2017
Boarding Point: COEP Ground, Shivaji Nagar, Pune
We, all trekkers gathers at the boarding point at around 10 pm. There were around 30 peoples in our group, which was HUMONGOUS for me. After some registration and formalities, we started our journey towards our destination (Harihar fort’s base village). As always, I was sitting comfortably with my bunch of peoples and was very much excited for our trek.
It started at about 11 pm from COEP ground.
1st and only Stop:
Our first stop was Narayangaon around 12:30 pm. One of our friend was having her birthday on the same day, so we all celebrated her birthday in the bus. We also had “Masala Dudh” there, and it was delicious.
We reached our destination “Nirgudpada”, base village of Harihar fort early morning. We quickly got freshen up and then everybody was ready for the trek.
It is required to know each other when you are at some group exercise, so we started introducing ourselves to each other.
We got to know about the history of the fort from volunteers and got some instructions regarding trek, as it was easy but yet so difficult trek. The instructors gave us a pack of “Theplas” to eat during the trek.
At the start, we were only 8 known friends in the group, but after introduction, I got introduced to new people having similar and interesting hobbies to that of myself.
After reaching our first summit, we had bread jam and bread butter in breakfast. And that “Thepla” also.
After eating refueling our energy we did our mandatory photography session and started our further journey.
It was sunrise time and we started to ascend further summit.
Most of the forts owned by Shivaji Maharaj are difficult to climb and this was one them. There exists a Stairway, carved on the mountain, to climb upward. And this is the only way for descending as well. It was the difficult part of the trek.
When I reached there at top of the stairway, I found this wasn’t the end of our trek, we are still at halfway to the main point. There I saw one of my fellow friend Yashwant, who is scared of heights, was on the verge of giving up. It was his second time for this fort, he had already given up from the midway, and had gone back because of his Acrophobia problem. With all my efforts I tried to convince him and with the help of volunteers, he started his trek with energy, and positivity in mind to complete the trek this time. I gathered all his belongings and carried them with me so that he could go further with ease.
After reaching our second summit, I found there exists a small patch with a big orange flag having Shivaji Maharaj’s picture printed on it. It was a victory symbol, showing that this fort is owned by and belongs to Shivaji Maharaj. It was a second difficult part of the overall trek, where only a few of us was able to climb. I also climbed this patch and was feeling so amazing to complete it to the topmost point of Harihar Fort. The view from the top is really awesome.
Yes, now we were at the top of Harihar Fort. And it was mandatory to have photography session as always. I captured some beautiful views in my camera, and have tried some different photographic techniques to upgrade my passion about it. Yes, it’s my hobby, and I am really passionate about the same.
After all our photography, some rest and refreshment session, we started our journey back to the base village via that same Staircase. We took a single stop while returning back, had some refreshment and completed the trek by 11 am, We had lunch in the village itself. Then we started our journey back to Pune, reached Pune by 9:30 pm.