Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara

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17th Sep 2017
Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Fort State: In ruins, though Main gate and few bastions are good

Base village: Tikona Peth

Difficulty: Easy

Visiting hours: Open all days of week.

Things to carry: 2 liters water, Shoes with proper grip, some snacks.

Tikona fort is a hill fort near Pawana dam, Lonavala region, Pune. Tikona means triangular in Marathi. There is a temple of Vitandeshwar at the top of fort and hence it is also known as Vitandgad. Just further down the road, there is a Gurudwara that we visited.

Six of us (I, Swapnil, Bhanupratap, Akshay, Ganesh and Govind) had gone for this trip.

We started at around 10-30 in the morning from Wakad, Pune and took below route. The road is motor-able and lot better compared to Paud-Jawan route.

Route

Photo of Wakad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra, India by Gunjan Deshmukh

Just after Kamshet, we turned left.

sign board

Photo of Kamshet, Maharashtra, India by Gunjan Deshmukh

Further, once we went after Mumbai-Pune expressway bridge, on the right side, there are Bedse caves. These are very old caves similar to Karla and Bhaje.

Temple in the middle of the road

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Going ahead we saw farm of Gerbera flowers.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Later, we crossed a bridge over Pawana dam and saw majestic Tung fort across the dam.

Tung fort across Pawana dam

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

After crossing Tikona peth village, we reached the base of the fort in 2 hours.

Photo of Tikona Fort, Tikona hiking Trail, Pune, Maharashtra, India by Gunjan Deshmukh

There was a renovation work being done for the temple at the top of the fort. People at the base requested us to carry two bricks per person and we were more than happy to extend our help. I was unaware that I was also carrying a snail along with the brick. I set it free on the ground and continued.

Snail

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Came across a place which was used for initial frisking before allowing entry to the fort.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

After that we found the first cave on the fort and small gate to it.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Moving ahead, we reached to the the second gate of the fort, also knows as Vetal Darwaja.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh
Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

After walking few steps, we saw this beautiful sculpture of Lord Hanuman. It is known as Chapetdan Maruti. It shows Lord Hanuman slapping the devil and hence this name.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Just few steps ahead, there is a water tank and beyond which there is a Lord Rama temple in the cave. We spotted some fishes in the tank which meant water would be there in the tank entire year.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

After this, there are two ways, one leads to the fort and other goes to two gates of the fort.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

we took the path to fort and saw this limestone mixer.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Now, we had reached to the place where narrow steps start. This part is little tricky, especially in monsoon as the steps become wet and slippery. However there is a rope tied on both sides of the steps which aid greatly in climbing up.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Once we crossed this patch, we found this bastion on the fort. There were many monkeys around. We clicked many snaps here.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

In between the path, you can get lime juice or butter milk. If you are hungry, there is a vendor who sells snacks too.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

We reached the summit in around 1-30 hours. There is a Vitandeshwar temple. These all are made up of rock. We took the blessings here.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

There is a large pond at the top and it is advised not to enter in it as it is deep and is muddy.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

There was a drizzle once we reached the summit, mist started covering fort and we could hardly see anything around. We spent nearly an hour relaxing and enjoying the nature.

Pride of Maratha empire

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Blossom on the fort

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

View from the Tikona fort

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We got down in 45 minutes and went to Gurudwara which is just next to the fort.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

Path is muddy, so be careful while driving here.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

The interior part of the Gurudwara is carved out of the rock.

Photo of Tikona fort & Serene Gurudwara by Gunjan Deshmukh

We took blessings, listening to Gurbani. It was serene amidst the lush green mountains. We spent some time there and started our return journey.

Leave only your footprints, take back only pleasant memories.

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