Tung fort trek

Location of Tung Fort: (tung fort trek) |forts near around in pune |Mumbai | Lonavala तुंग
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Tung fort is about 12 km from Malawli railway station and can also be approached from Lonavala. Tung Fort has an elevation of 1075 m (3,527 ft) above sea level.Since Pawna dam was built, it is now surrounded by water on three sides. One can ferry across in a boat from Pawna dam to its base village, Tungi.
Tung fort is also known as Kathingad (कठीनगड) fort. The word “Kathin” in Marathi means difficult. While climbing, one can experience the difficult challenge of reaching this fort. The fort is conical and has steep climbs with a very narrow route on the edge of the mountain throughout.
From Lonavala, one can reach the base village Tungwadi around 20 km via Bushy Dam-INS Shivaji-Peth Shahapur-Tungwadi. From Tungwadi village, reaching this fort requires about a 300-metre climb.Ballekilla of the fort is slightly difficult to climb.

History:Tung Fort was built before 1600 CE. It was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by Shivaji.It is small, and not able to hold more than 200 troops at a time. As such, it would not have been able to defend itself on its own for a long time. This fort was built with an intention to keep watch on transport from Bor Ghat. The Dhamale family, one of the Deshmukh from the Maval region, was charged with ensuring the security of Tung Fort. In 1665, Jaysingh invaded this region. Dilerkhan and others destroyed the villages around Tung & Tikona, but were unable to conquer these forts. Then, according to Treaty of Purandar (signed on 12th June 1665), Kubadkhan with Halalkhan and others took over fort on 18th June 1665.
During invasion, it served to provide a temporary distraction for invaders. Thus, the major forts of Visapur and Lohagad would have time to prepare themselves to meet the invading army.This fort served as a watchtower in the past because from top of the fort, a lot of area in the Maval region of the Pawana and Mulshi valleys can be seen, and thus, from the top of the fort, a watch on these areas can be kept.

What to see at Tung fort:
1. Hanuman temple at the base
2. Hanuman statue on the way to fort
3. A lake
4. Ganesh Temple
5. Tungi mata mandir at the top.
6. Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad forts are clearly visible from Top.

#information above from Wikipedia and internet

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