TreksandTrails is going for a One Day trek to Tung fort on Saturday 27 June 2015

 

Summary:
Type: Hill Fort
Height: 3000 ft above MSL (Approx)
Grade: Easy
Region: Lonavala
Minimum: 5 Participants
Maximum: 20 Participants

About:
About Tung Fort
Tung Fort also called Kathingad; difficult fort in Marathi is a hill fort in Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Tung Fort was built before 1600 CE. It was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. 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. In 1657, it became a part of Swarajya with all other forts situated in Maval region. In 1660, Netaji Palkar was appointed to protect this region. In 1665, Jay singh invaded this region. Diler khan 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), Kubad khan with Halal khan and others took over fort on 18 June 1665. 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.

 

TreksandTrails itinerary for the Tung fort trek is as given below:
Meeting Point shall be at Lonavala @ 08:00 am on Saturday 27 June 2015

Participants from Mumbai:
Board Indrayani Express From CST in the morning at 5.40 am and alight at Lonavala by 8.00 am. Time table of Indrayani Express:

5.40 CST
5.51 Dadar
6.14 Thane
6.35 Kalyan
7.15 Karjat
8.00 Lonavala

Participants from Pune - Board the Pune Lonavala local train, Timings are as below
Pune 06:27
Shivaji Nagar 06:33
Lonavala: 07:35


Note: 
- People may board same train from their respective stations of convenience and meet us directly at Lonavala. {Train timetable is provided above} Preferably try to get into second last general compartment as we will be boarding the same.
- For a comfortable journey, you may want to book reserved tickets.
- Alternatively, you may Opt for MSRTC bus service which goes through Lonavala bus depot, alight there & walk of 7-8 mins will take you to the railway station (option for Navi Mumbai participants)
- We would be returning to Mumbai by 21:00 hrs approx depending on rains.

08:15 Breakfast
08:45 Move to base village by Jeep.
10:30 Start trek
12:00 Summit - Exploration, Lunch rest etc
14:30 Start Descend 
16.30 Reach base
16:00 Move to Lonavala, for onward journey to Mumbai / Pune


The cost for the trek will be Rs 500.00 per person which includes
• Travelling from Lonavala to base village and back by hired shared jeeps
• 1 Morning VEG Breakfast – 1 evening Tea.

Exclusions
Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption. Food/Tea purchase while travelling to site and back. Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required. Travel cost from Mumbai to Kamshet and back. Travel from Pune to Kamshet and back. Lunch on Saturday 27 June 2015.

TreksandTrails recommended things to carry:
Identity proof (must). Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc. **** PLEASE CARRY LUCH FOR THE DAY *****
A bottle of water (at least 2 Ltrs) Compulsory. TORCH with extra batteries, Cap, etc.
Medicine those if you require usually (Optional).
Wear a good trekking shoes. A haversack to put in all the things to be carried, so that one has ones hands free while trekking.
Please avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments. 
Rains are expected, so pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet. Double pack your valuables in plastic bags.

TreksandTrails advisory note
Kindly carry 1 Identity proof at least for the trek. It’s not a PICNIC or LEISURE TOUR. We all are going for an adventurous and interesting trekking exploration. Do not destroy or dirty the archaeological, historical monuments. Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Trekking or any adventure activity is potentially risky. For all these events you are at your own risk. Organizers are not responsible for any accident or compensation in whatsoever manner. We should strictly follow the code of conduct, to avoid troubling our fellow trekkers or other people from our group or even local people. Due to the Monsoon season we recommend you to please take care at every place while walking /climbing / trekking. Rains are expected so please double pack your valuables in plastic bags to save them from getting wet. We shall travel together as a group. This is a group activity.***No plastic littering on the way or in hills/mountains. ***

TreksandTrails rules:
1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
3. TreksandTrails reserves all the right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without prior notice.
4. Telephonic confirmation is mandatory, if unable to contact send us a text message.
5. Sleeveless, low neck, figure hugging shirts/tops, short pants, hot pants not allowed.
6. Please avoid wearing Gold and other jewellery (at your own risk)
7. Please do not carry handbags or Jolas or Sling bags. Payment made is non refundable and non transferable.

 

 

Disclosures on medical conditions
It is mandatory that you visit your personal physician before enrolling for the trip if you suffer from any illness of any kind and disclose the same and your medical history to the organizers of the trip so that best possible arrangements can be carried out post approval. As organizers of the trip, we will be responsible for providing basic first aid throughout the trip. In case of unexpected mishaps or accidents, we will arrange for the injured patron to be taken to the nearest medical hospital wherever possible. The medical expenses will have to be borne by the patrons themselves. The cost mentioned above is for Indian citizens ONLY payable in Indian Rupees.

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