6 Easy Forts Treks

Fort Tikona

Situated in the Maval region near Pavana Dam, around 50 km from Pune, Fort Tikona gets its name due to its triangular structure. At around 3,500 feet above sea level, this hill fort makes for an easy trek. The well-marked trail goes past caves, temples and large doors cut into the rock surface. On the top, there are a few ruins of the fort and a temple dedicated to Trimbakeshwar Mahadev. Once atop, the fort offers stunning views of the Pavana Lake and the surrounding Sahyadri ranges. The base village is Tikona peth, from where the trek starts. At Tikona Peth, gorge on some chai, vada pav and other snacks from the local tapris.
Distance from Pune: 50 km
Route map here


Fort Tung

Tung Fort is located near Pavana Dam around 60 km from Pune. The fort was built during the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by the Marathas. It is a small fort and its shape and structure suggest that it functioned as a watchtower. The fort promises an uncompromising view of the entire Maval region of the Pawana and Mulshi valley. It’s sharp, conical peak makes Tung Fort a prominent landmark, even from a distance. The base village of the fort is Tung Wadi from where the trek starts and the climb from the base to the entrance of the fort takes around 45 minutes. The climb from the entrance to the summit is a bit difficult, probably the reason Tung is also known as Kathingad (kathin in Marathi means difficult). Make sure this last patch is covered slowly, with caution and accompanied by experienced trekkers, particularly during the monsoons.
Distance from Pune: 60 km
Route map here


Fort Rohida

Fort Rohida or Vichitragad, situated around Bhor village, was among the 23 forts that Shivaji handed over to Mughals during the Treaty of Purandar in 1665. The base village of the fort is Bajarwadi and the trekking path starts from a  school and the route is safe and wide. It takes about an hour to reach the first entrance of the fort from where the fortification starts. Atop the fort is the temple of Rohideshwar or Rohidamalla, from where the fort gets its name. The trek to the fort is famous for torrent winds and experiencing the winds during monsoon. Reaching the top through challenging winds, rewards you with a feeling of accomplishment and astounding views.
Distance from Pune: 65 km
Route map here


Korigad

Korigad is a hill fort near Lonavala, close to Aamby Valley. Korigad is one of the easiest treks around Pune. The base village is Peth Shahpur from where the fort is accessible through a combination of a jungle trail and steps, which takes around 45-50 mins. The fortification and some of the bastions are in good condition which makes it perfect to walk around the entire perimeter of the fort. During monsoons, there are many waterfalls which fall into the valley from the top of Korigad.
Distance from Pune: 90 km
Route map here


Fort Ghangad

Ghangad is situated in the heart of Tamhini Ghat, but is much easily accessible from Lonavala. Surrounded by other forts like Korigad, Tailbaila and Sudhagad, the trek to Ghangad is deceptively easy. En-route, there is a beautiful cave which is around 45 minutes inland from the base village of Ekole. From here the climb can become a bit tricky and difficult. A group of fort lovers called Shivaji Trail have installed a strong metal ladder on a rock patch which was almost impossible to climb earlier without trekking gear. The climb after the ladder is steep and it is advisable to cover this patch in a group with an experienced guide. The summit offers some of the best views of the majestic Konkan Valley.
Distance from Pune:
100 km
Route map here


Raireshwar

Raireshwar is famous because of our history books! The Raireshwar temple is where  16-year old Shivaji took the oath of Swarajya. The Raireshwar plateau and the temple are located near Bhor village. The base village for the trek is Korle. From Korle after a 45 min trek, there is a ladder route which will take you to the top of the plateau. The roads, though motorable, have some very difficult hairpin turns. Post monsoon, in September, the plateau changes appearance as different flowers bloom here, similar to the more popular Kaas plateau. The adjoining Kenjalgad Fort makes for a perfect additional trek after Raireshwar.
Distance from Pune: 110 km
Route map here


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