Tikona fort also known as Vitandgad, is a popular and superior fort in Maval. It is located around 60 km from Pune and around 120 km from Mumbai. The fort is famous for its pyramidal shape and situated at a height of around 3500 feet. Because of its pyramidal shape, the fort got its name “Tikona Fort”, which literally means triangular. Tikona-Peth is the nearest local village to the fort and the nearest town is Kamshet. Just like the its name with some proper background, the fort holds some big history and background. As per the records, the fort was constructed during the Silhara rule in 1585 the fort had been conquered my Malik Ahmed Nizamshah, from the Nizam family. Later, when Mughal leader Kubadkhan attacked the fort and surrounding region, the fort was surrendered to Mughals but it was later regained by the Marathas.
The fort is now famous as a trekking place and many trekkers and tourists visit the place mostly in monsoon for trekking and to cherish the beauty if lush green surroundings. Climbing up on the fort is easy, as the trek level is simple and moderate and requires hardly a single day to complete the trek. The trek to Tikona fort is small but full of thrills and a guaranteed panoramic view of the surrounding. Tourists will be welcome here by a massive Vetal Darwaza (Entrance Gate) of the fort and will take back you to all the old charm of the era. While climbing up the fort, one can find multiple water tanks, temples, sculptures, caves and a massive stone wheel.
Not only the trekking journey to the fort but the picturesque view of surroundings consisting of tall and mighty Sahyadri ranges, beautiful Pawna Dam, view of nearby forts like Tung, Lohagad and Visapur along with Kathingad and valleys is simply stunning.
While climbing up, tourists can find a holy Trimbakeshwar temple of lord Shiva, seven water tanks and Satvahan caves. This is main and amazing place to visit while you’re here.
Places to see around the fort:
Tung Fort – Tung fort is also known as twin fort of Tikona. Unlike Tikona fort, Tung fort is quite difficult to trek and mainly suitable for experts. The fort is around 3000 feet high and was built mainly as a watch tower. The base village to this fort is Tungi, which can only be reached ferries crossing the Pawna dam.
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Pawna Dam – It is best location for picnic and generally preferred by families for a one-day trip. Lohagad boat club conducts boat club in Pawna dam.
Lohagad Fort – It is popular and famous fort for trekking near Lonavala, at a height of about 1033 meters. Trekking to this fort is very easy and is congested by trekkers for trekking during monsoon. The fort is connected to its twin fort, Visapur fort by a small range and also holds a historical background.
Visapur Fort – The fort is twin fort to Lohagad fort, situated near Visapur village at a height of about 1084 meters. The fort holds a solid history, which dates back to the Pandavas from Indian mythological epic, Mahabharata. One can see multiple temples of lord Hanuaman.
Bhaje Caves – The caves are carved with the influence of Buddhists and Satvahans. This group of 22 caves, is very near to Lohagad fort. The most impressive and large monument in the cave holds shrine of lord Buddha.
Bedse Caves – The caves are carved during 1st century, located on the way to Tikona from Kamshet. The caves carved in way sun rays directly reflects on the caves, making it look even more beautiful.
How to reach to Tikona Fort –
The trekking path starts from the base village, Tikona-Peth, which is around 26 km from Kamshet town. One can easily reach to Kamshet from Lonavala by local train.
From Mumbai – One can catch train or bus from Mumbai to Lonavala. From Lonavala, there are local trains which will take you to Kamshet. From Kamshet, you can get multiple options of private and local vehicles to Tikona-Peth.
From Pune – You can catch a local train from Pune station to Lonavala and then follow same route from Lonavala to Tikona-Peth by local and then private vehicles.
The weather and surrounding is so vibrant during the monsoon and greenery everywhere surrounded by you is so refreshing and pleasing. For a good and fresh break form your daily routine, pack your bags and plan for Tikona now.
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