A dominant hill fortress of the Pawana Maval region of the Konkan, Tikona Fort is a loved, frequented and very popular one-day trek spot of Maharashtra. The real Marathi name of the fort is Vitandgad, but it gets its more famous name from the triangular shape it is built in. With a clouded origin and dynamic history of many takeovers and recoveries, the fort stands tall along the green hillocks of Sahyadri. It still commands awe and respect with its high fortifications, large doorways, seven water tanks with clean water and a spectacular view from its topmost bastion.
Once a pride of the sprawling Maratha Empire of Pune, the fort is now well-past its glorious history of being tossed between the Nizams, Mughals, Marathas and British. It is currently maintained and protected by a local organisation called Shivdurg Sanvardhan. The trek from the village of Tikona Peth to the top of the hill is an ideal getaway for the adventurers at heart. However, one needs to be the same in body too, because of the steep steps and edgy trail. After crossing several caves, temples and water tanks, the route brings you to the edge of the extended parapet from where you can take in the fantastic beauty of the surroundings. The trek is a fascinating one yet not very challenging, hence perfect for adventure enthusiasts. The fortress and its pride is a paradise for the photography-lovers. The spot mixes history with brilliants skyscape which lends an excellent composition for any frame.
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