One Day Trek to Kondana Caves and Waterfall on 04th July 2015

Summary:

Height: 60m above Sea Level (Approx)

Grade : Easy (1 hour ascend)

Base Village: Kondva

Max Participant : 40

kondana caves

About:

Kondana Caves situated in Karjat offers the ancient lifestyle of Buddhist followers. Ancient rock-cut caves, Kondana Caves are very famous Buddhist caves. These caves enclose sculptures, vihara, cahitya and stupa. Sculptures and stupas are specimens of the ancient period Buddhist architecture. There was a natural disaster in the form of an earth quake in early 1900 by which many stupas, front entrance and floor of the caves were damaged. These ancient caves attract lots of tourists and Buddhist devotees all through the year. Kondana Caves is around 15 KM from Karjat.

 TreksandTrails itinerary for the Trek is:

We will be starting with the Slow Train from CST to Karjat. Missing the train means missing the trek, So try to be on time

People may board the same train from the station of their convenience and meet us in the train directly. (Get into second coach from CST end).

Please buy a return ticket for yourself. Train timming for your reference.

Tikona Fort Trek

Tikona Fort Trek 

 

About Tikona Fort

Tikona also known as Vitandgad, hidden behind the twin forts of Lohagad and Visapur, is the dominant Hill Fort in Pavna, Maval region of western India. It is located near Kamshet around 60 km from Pune. The village nearest to the fort is called Tikona-Peth which is 26km from kamshet. The 3500 ft high hill is pyramidal in shape and the name Tikona means "triangular". The fort is a trekking destination noted for the large doors, the temple of 'Trimbakeshwar Mahadev', seven water tanks with clean water and Satvahana caves.

 

Best time to visit Tikona Fort 

Situated in the green hillocks of Sahyadris, Tikona fort is open throughout the year. However, people prefer to trek this fort in winter as the triangular fort is draped in fog and overhanging clouds which gives it a majestic look. During monsoons the area is blooming with vivid shades of green but one has to be careful as the path gets slippery.

Tikona Trek Summary

From Tikona Peth the fort can be reached in about 45 minutes. This straight route is quite simple and not at all tiring. After passing through the entrance door, a path leads towards left and takes us to the citadel in about 20 minutes. Turn left after passing the entrance. In a short while a cistern and cave can be seen. The path going uphill adjacent to the cave takes us to the entrance to the bastion. One can see cisterns on the right and fortification on the left after passing through the entrance. After taking a few steps ahead, a trail climbs down on our right. Then the path takes us to a stretch of broken stone-cut steps. A climb uphill brings us to a Mahadev temple. From the bastion one can have a view of adjacent fort Tung which is twin of Tikona, Lohgad, Visapur, Bhatrashi hill, Morse hill, Jambhuli hill, Pavna and Fagne Dam. The entire Mawal region is visible from fort Tikona. The spot mixes history with brilliant landscapes which lends an excellent composition for any frame.

Event Details

Event Details - Tikona Trek

Type - Hill Fort

Trek Duration - One Day

Height: 3500 Feet above Approx

Region: Lonavala - Kamshet 

Base: Tikona peth

Tikona fort trek difficulty level - Grade Easy

 

 

Event Itinerary

Event Itinerary

We Meet at: Kamshet Railway station at 08:35 am

Mumbai People:
Board Indrayani Express From CST on Sunday morning at 5.40 am from Mumbai CST and alight at Lonavala by 8:00 am. (With ticket till Kamshet)

Time table of Indrayani Express : 
05.40 Mumbai CST
05.51 Dadar
06.14 Thane
06.35 Kalyan
07.15 Karjat
08.00 Lonavala

Pune participants:
Board the Pune Lonavala local train - suggested train timings are as below
Pune Station: 06:27 am
Shivaji Nagar : 06:33 am
Kamshet Station: 07:30 am


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 Comfortable Journey, U can book reserved tickets in the train if u wish to.
- Alternatively, U can Opt for MSRTC bus service which goes through Lonavala bus depot, alight there & walk of 7-8 mins will take u @ Railway station (Suitable for Navi Mumbai participants)
- We would be returning to Mumbai by 21:00 Hrs (subjective).

Move to Kamshet by local train - 8:15am at Lonavala station platform no 3.

08:45 Move 2 Tikona Peth, the base village by Jeep.
09:45 Tikona Peth - base, have Breakfast
10:30 Ascend - start trek
11:30 Atop Tikona - Exploration rest etc. (2 hrs approx.)
13:30 Descend 
14.30 Base - have Lunch
16:00 Move 2 Kamshet Station
17:00 Reach Kamshet railway station - From there to Lonavala by local train
17:30 Travel onwards by train / bus to Mumbai.

Cost Inclusions:
The cost for the trek will be Rs 1000.00 per person of all age groups of participants which includes
Traveling from Kamshet to Kamshet by hired jeeps
1 Morning Breakfast 1 evening tea & 1 VEG lunch

Cost 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.

How to Register

For Registration and Confirmation transfer Rs. 1000.00 per person

Cancellation Policy:

50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 3 days prior to the event date.

No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days. No show No Refund.

Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.

Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.

Things to Carry

Treks and Trails recommended things to carry

  • Identity proof (must).

  • Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc.

  • A bottle of water (at least 2 Litres)

  • 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.

 

Treks and Trails - Tikona Trek 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. 

Event Rule

Treks and Trails India - Event Rules Tikona Fort Trek 


1. Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited.
2. Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
3. Treks and Trails 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.



Medical Disclosure

 

Trekking Medical Disclosure

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.

FAQ

Explore the marvels of nature this monsoon with us this weekend as you trek through the untouched wilderness and devour in the beautiful ruins of Tikona Fort.

Tikona Fort Trek Blog

How to reach Tikona Fort Trek

The main route to the fort is from the village of Tikona Peth. It is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune. To reach this village, alight at Kamshet, which is two stops ahead of Lonavala on the Mumbai- Pune rail route. From Kamshet railway station, take a bus / shared private vehicle (jeep) to Kale colony. One can also get a vehicle to reach Tikona Peth from Kale colony.

Tikona Fort History

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. This was the nerve centre of the many activities of entire Malwa Pavna regions. Malik Ahmed Nizamshah of the Nizam dynasty conquered it in 1585. In 1657 Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj conquered Tikona along with the forts of Mahuli, Lohgad, Visapur, Songad, Tala and Karnala. Thus, all areas of Konkan, which earlier belonged to the Nizam's territory, came under Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj control. This fort was strategically very important to keep a watch on the entire region of Pavna Mawal. In 1660, Deshmukhs were assigned the task of ensuring security of fort Tikona. This fort was surrendered to the Mughal warrior Kubad Khan, who had attacked the region together with Halalkhan and others. However, the Marathas later recaptured the fort. A small battle was fought with the British on Tikona in year 1818 and the fort was damaged to a great extent

 

 

 

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.

 

Overnight trek to Ratangad 27 -28 June 2015 starting 26 June night

Ratangad Fort Monsoon Trek

Summary
Height: 4255 ft.
Region: Igatpuri
Cost: Rs 1400.00
Assembly: Kasara railway station
Duration: 2 Days and 2 Nights
Minimum: 10 Participants
Maximum 25 Participants

About Ratangad :
Ratan means Jewel in Hindi. This hill fort is indeed jewel in all the hill forts here in Sahyadri. It is located in the district of Ahmednagar and is located about 4255 feet above sea level. Geographically Ratangad is At The Bank of Bhandardara Lake of Ahmednagar district. With views of lake and highest mountains in Sahyadris looks very much lost in time. At the base of this fort is ancient Lord Shiva (Amruteshwar) temple. About 1000 years old temple of Lord Shiva, the Amruteshwar Temple at Ratanwadi, is an absolute paragon of high class architecture of our ancestors. Ratangad has still the remains of fortress with bastions And Stone Walls. Caves on the top is cut from the rock face and can easily accommodate 25 people at a time. Water Cistems are usually filled with water throughout the year and trekkers use them as water source. Eastern side of the fort has some fortification left; one can see Rani mahal here. From the southern side on can see Katrabai and Ajoba Fort very close. This side has also some fortification left, but most of it is damaged. Climbing up on the northern side, one can see natural orifice (hole in rock, locally called nedhe) in the rock face, mostly made by wind. Strong winds can be experienced at this orifice. Climbing down the nedhe to the western end of the fort leads closest to the Khutta Pinnacle via Trimbak Darwaja.

 

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