Tikona hill fort is located in Maval around 60km from Pune. The fort is at the summit of Tikona hill which is pyramidal in shape. The fort is named as Tikona Peth and not much is known about the construction of this hill fort.
Trekking in Tikona Hill
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Historical records suggest, Tikona fort was conquered by Ahmed Nizamshah in 1585 and later it came under the rule of Marathas. Today, it is one of the popular trekking places near Pune.
Tourists can easily climb towards the summit, as it is a moderate level trek. The beautiful scenery around the hill will urge the people to reach the top. On the way to, one can come across a carved sculpture of Hanuman and a temple called Tuljadevi Mandir.
A Gate of Tikona Peth
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Tourists will feel an old world charm as they see the big Vetal Darwaza (Entrance Gate) of the fort. Triambakeshwar temple, water tanks, caves of Satavahana period and bastions are some of the attractions inside the fort.
One can get a clear view of other forts like Tung and Lohagad from the top. Pawna Dam and Jambhuli hill can also be seen from Tikona Peth.
Tung Fort is actually known as a twin fort of Tikona Peth. It is also a hill fort which was built by the rulers of Adil Shahi dynasty in 1600s. Later, it was conquered by the Maratha empire. People have to take a ferry to cross Pawna Dam to reach the base village Tungi.
Ruins of Tung Fort
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Compared to Tikona fort trek, climbing Tung fort is difficult as the path is very narrow and steep.
A view of Tikona Hill from a distance
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Usually, tourists prefer visiting Tikona Hill as it is easy to climb. Trikona Fort trek during the rainy season is the best, as the hill looks green and picturesque. It is advisable to carry food and water, as it is difficult to find good eateries around.
Tikona hill fort is one of the popular hill forts near Pune; a day's trip is enough to cover this destination.