The trek to Tikona Fort gives you a chance to explore the Maharashtra countryside which is steeped in history and lush with monsoon-fed greenery. This trek is distinguished by a relatively easy trail up the Tikona mountain, crossing a ridge with beautiful views of valleys on both sides and climbing rock-cut steps to reach the ancient ruins of the fort Tikona.
You'll explore temples, mammoth doorways, imposing fortifications and several water tanks. The unparalleled views that you'll be treated with at the top of the fort makes it an unmissable trip and every nature lovers and photo fanatics dream.
It is an enticing trek for many trekkers from Mumbai and Pune who are looking for a quick escape into the arms of nature.
This historic fort is situated at an elevation of 3580 feet atop a pyramidal mountain and is an ideal trekking destination for every adventure enthusiast. Also known as ‘Vitandgad Fort’, the Tikona Fort has a very shrouded past. It has seen the rule of many dynasties in the Maratha region and it was a significant part of many activities of the whole of Maval Pawna regions. One of the many highlights of this hill fort is the massive entrance, a prominent mark of the Tikona Fort's architectural marvel.
The climb up from the quaint base village of Tikona peth to the Tikona Fort is gloriously scenic. You'll make your way through rocky patches, strait ridges and bright green foliage. You'll scale up a narrow stone staircase carved into the mountainside to be greeted by the enormous entrance doors of the fort beyond which you'll find its fascinating ruins.
You'll visit the Trimbakeshwar Mahadev temple, explore the Satvahan caves and spot seven water tanks holding clean water. From atop the fort, you'll get to see the stunning Pawna Lake with Tung fort looming on the horizon and even the Lohagad and Visapur Fort. Experience the gusting wind whip through your hair as you take all this in.
Reach Kamshet railway station by 09:00 hrs. Mumbaikers can board the 05:40 hrs Indrayani Express from CST and journey to Lonavala and board a local train to Kamshet. Punekars can board a local train to Kamshet. Once at Kamshet, you will meet your fellow trekkers and have breakfast with them. You'll then travel to the base village, Tikona Peth together.
Set off on a 3-hr trek uphill to reach Tikona Fort. By noon, you'll arrive at the fort and you can spend some time exploring its ancient ruins and the surrounding area. You'll then trek back down to the base village and have a delicious lunch. After lunch, you'll head back down to Kamshet. You'll arrive at Kamshet railway station by 17:00 hrs from where you can board a train back home. Your trip ends here.
Travel from Kamshet-Kamshet in jeep or similar vehicle will be arranged. Meals consisting of breakfast, lunch and the services of an experienced trek leader is included in your cost. A basic first aid kit will be made available. Your cost also includes all applicable taxes.
Your Tikona fort trek package does not include travel from base city to Kamshet and any personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc. Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc. have to be borne by you. Travel or medical insurance and anything not mentioned in inclusions is not included in your cost.
The best time to visit Tikona Fort is during the monsoon. The rain drenched greenery of the Sahyadris are a sight to see and the air is rejuvenating.
The closest railway station to Tikona fort is Kamshet railway station.
If you’re travelling from Mumbai, you can board the Indrayani Express from CST and travel to Lonavala and then board a local train to Kamshet.
If you’re travelling from Pune, you can get on a local train to Kamshet.
Wear a good pair of trekking shoes with a strong grip that’s ideal for climbing slippery routes and long distances along with comfortable, quick-dry apparel. Also be sure to wear a windcheater to save yourself from being drenched.
Carry water bottles and extra dry snacks to keep yourself energized during the whole trek. Make sure to carry your personal essentials as well as sunscreen and insect repellant.
The Tikona Fort trek requires no prior preparation but it is ideal and recommended to have a fitness regime so as to not get tired easily while trekking.
The best time to embark on a trek to Tikona Fort is during the monsoon months of June to September. Trekking through rain drenched scenery of the Sahyadri mountains while breathing in the cool, fresh air makes it a truly fulfilling adventure.
The Tikona fort sits at an altitude of 3580 feet, making it an ideal beginners trek. It’s characterized by a well marked trail and a short trekking time.
Carry a rain covered rucksack to store and protect all your belongings and a raincoat to protect yourself from the rain. Carry a water bottle and some extra food to keep your energy levels up during the journey. Also be sure to pack your basic toiletries, sunscreen and insect repellent.
The trek is graded easy for fit beginners. The trekking time is short and trail to the top of the fort is undemanding and well marked.