Tung Fort Trek
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. Its shape and structure suggest that its main function was as a watchtower guarding the road to Pune city. The Dhamale family, one of the Deshmukh from the Maval region, was charged with ensuring the security of Tung Fort. 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.
Its sharp, conical peak makes Tung Fort a prominent landmark, even from a distance.
It has an oval shape, thick walls and numerous bastions.
A steep climb on grassy slopes leads to the ruins of a temple at the summit.
A rocky staircase leads several feet down to a water reservoir. From the top of the fort, the Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad forts are clearly visible.
How to reach :
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.
Things to carry :
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This is Part 1 of our TUNG – TIKONA trek that we did on 8th October.
Tung fort was a short and quick climb but steep steps at times. The colors and Pavana waters added to the beauty of the trek
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Location of Tung Fort: (tung fort trek) |forts near around in pune |Mumbai | Lonavala तुंग
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.
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We visited Tung Fort last week, and here is our wonderful experience. Tung for locates near Tungiwadi Village in Pune District, Maharashtra State of India. The fort has an elevation of 1075 meters above sea level, making it one of the tallest peak in this region. The fort was built before 1600 CE, and it was very small so its function was like a watch tower.
Tikona Fort Trek :
Tikona also known as Vitandgad is the dominant hill fort in Maval in western India. It is located near Kamshet around 60 km from Pune. The village nearest to the fort is called Tikona-Peth. The 3500 ft high hill is pyramidal in shape and the name Tikona means “triangle”.
The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of ‘Trimbakeshwar Mahadev’, a water tanks (seven water tanks) and some Satvahan caves. The nearby forts of Tung, Lohagad and Visapur.
Little is known about the origins of this fort. There is a vihara on the fort datable to circa seventh-eight centuries A.D. Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty conquered the fort in 1585 and annexed it to the Nizam territory. In 1657, 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, the Deshmukhs from Maval region were charged with ensuring the security of fort Tikona. Jaysingh invaded the region in 1665 and attacked the local villages 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.
Thing to carry on a trek :
We are about to start climbing. Tung Fort. One of the best place in Maval area. This fort is some how difficult to climb. If you are newbie, come with experienced people.
Very narrow road. Hardly one person can walk.
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Fort Tung( दुर्ग तुंग ) is a fort in Sahyadri ranges, Western ghats, near Lonavala. We visited that fort in the month of September just at the end of monsoon season. Various flowers and greenery was there.
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This video has been recorded on the top of Tung Fort on 7th June 2013, at 4.00PM. It was raining heavily and became difficult to climb. Rocks are very slippery. The top of Tung Fort always resides in Monsoon Clouds in rainy season. This is one of the place where I wish to go at-least one time in a month.