|Cover Photo: View of Tikona Fort before entering the base village |
|En route to Tikona from the base village|
The muddy road leads you to the base of the fort from where you need to start your actual trek. You can also park your vehicles at the base. Last time, I had parked my car at this point. But I would advise to park in the village so that you can enjoy your 2-3 kms walk till the base.Waddling through the mud, witnessing the farmers working in the fields along the road, spotting small flowers for practicing Macro photography, hearing the sweet chirping of the birds, spotting beautiful streams make this walk a lot of fun and immensely satisfying.
After 15-20 minutes of trek, you reach to a small plateau from where you get to see magnificent valleys on both the sides.
You need to climb few rocks to join the route which goes towards the fort.
After walking for some distance, you come across an opening in the mountain which you need to cross. There is a small cave in the left as you pass through this opening.
If you look down, you can see beautiful fields and the road that take you to the base of the fort.
|Zoomed photograph of beautiful fields and muddy road|
After further walking , you come across a beautiful stone carving of Hanuman.
|Chapetdan Maruti Carving|
After crossing the carving, you come across caves dating back to ancient Satvahan era. This cave hosts Taljai Goddess temple, Ram Dhyan Mandir and small statues of a man and a woman.
|Satvahan era caves|
Small statues inside the caves:
You need to cross two gates to enter the fort. You need to climb some steep steps to reach to the first gate. Because of the rain, these steps were wet and slippery and we needed to be cautious while ascending.
|Steps leading to First Gate|
First Gate of the Fort:
Second Gate of the fort:
You need to climb flight of stairs to visit Bale-Killa.
Once you climb the steps, you come across a small Trimbakeshwar Mahadev Temple:
You get beautiful view of the intact fortification if you look down from Bale Killa. As this was rainy season, wall tops were covered with green grass.
- This is a simple trek and you can take along kids (>5 years) and few elderly members as well.
- Carry your own lunch in case you want to have it on the fort. There are no food stalls on the fort.
- Carry 1-2 liters of water.
- Things to see - Maruti Carving, Caves, Grinding wheel, Bale Killa, view of Pavana Dam, sights of Tung, Lohagad and Visapur in case there is a good visibility.
- If you have sufficient time, you can also visit Bedse caves or Hadshi Temple which are very near to Tikona fort.
If you are looking for a nice and easy trek, go and visit Tikona.
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