Its been almost two weeks since I’ve been to Tikona (also known as Vitantgad) but I didn’t get any time to pen it down. It was one of the most great and easiest of the treks.
A day before the trek almost 7 people said that they’d come for the trek but only 3 showed up. And once we all were at the Pune Station, we decided there was no point turning back. So we went anyways.
Sushant Bhosale (Me)
Aditya Shelar and
Date : 17th July 2011
Place : Tikonawadi, Kamshet, Pune
Route : Pune Station (via Lonavala Local) -> Kamshet -> Pavananagar (via Taxi) -> Tikonawadi (Base Village) (via Taxi)
Time from base village : 45 mins to 1 hour
Difficulty : Easy
Very little is known about the origin of the fort. Malik Ahmed Nizamshah of the Nizam dynasty conquered the fort in 1585 and aanexed it to the Nizam territory. In 1657, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj brought the whole of Konkan, which had been Nizam territory, under his control when he conquered Tikona along with the forts of Karnala, Lohgad, Mahuli, Songad, Tala, and Visapur. This fort was a strategic nexus: the centre of control for the entire Pawana Mawal region. In 1660, Dhamale family one of the Deshmukh from Maval region was charged with ensuring the security of fort Tikona. Jaysingh invaded the region in 1665 and the local villages were by Dilerkhan but the forts held out. Tikona fort was surrendered to the Mughal warrior Kubadkhan, who had attacked the region together with Halal Khan and others, according to the Treaty of Purandar signed on 12 June 1665. Kubad Khan took over the fort on 18 June but it was later recaptured by the Marathas.
So here goes. . .
We had decided to meet at Pune Station by 7 or 7:15 in the morning. I reached station by 7 and Aditya followed. Tushar was a little late (as always). We hopped on the local to Lonavala. It was’nt raining when train left station so it was a great view and a decent train ride to Kamshet. Its the station immediately after Vadgaon.
Once we alighted the train at Kamshet, we came out of the Kamshet station and boarded a private taxi to Pavananagar. It was a Jeep actually and driver had crammed a large number of people in there. In that commotion I lost my cell(more on that later).
We had a little breakfast at Pavananagar. It wasn’t the best Misal Paav but it was good. After breakfast we boarded a PikUp to the village Tikonapeth. Its the base village for fort Tikona.
Once we got down at Tikonapeth, we saw a concrete road leading into the village. Which was our way towards Fort Tikona. We immediately started our trek as it had started raining mildly. But soon the concrete road ended and we found ourselves walking on a very muddy road. It appeared that it had rained heavily there last night or yesterday.
The way to the top is from a big banyan tree. That is where you leave the muddy road and start your ascend to capture that beautiful triangular fort. The way to the top is very easy and short. You are on the top in no time. A small gate which first appears to be a cave welcomes you into the fort. The next gate is Vetal Darwaja.
The view of the village from top is just mesmerizing. The plush green paddy fields look very beautiful.
Upon walking further you come across a big Hanuman sculpture, its known as Chapetdan Maruti. Ahead there’s a big cave where there’s a temple. We went on a Sunday so there was a lot of commotion there and large number of people were in there sheltering themselves from the rains.
After climbing for another 5 minutes we came across another gate which led us into the Bale Killa. This gate was accessible through steep stairs which were slippery.
On the Bale Killa there’s a temple of Lord Shiva and obviously Bhagava(Flag of swarajya).
We didn’t stay long on the fort and started our descend. Once we were in Tikonapeth we followed the same way back to Kamshet and back home.
Tikona was our second monsoon trek and we had a blast. Its small and beautiful.