The Adventure Club announced a trek to Tikona , near Kamshet, above the Ghats , a few hours from Mumbai . Tikona (also known an VitanGad ) is 3500 feet above sea level, and is a fort constructed in Pyramidical form. Tikona means "of three angles" or "triangular".
Most forts in Maharashtra date back to the days of Shivaji Maharaj, and an entire population would normally reside in these forts, and today, at their base. Many facilities existed for the inhabitants of the forts in those days. In the mid 17th century, this fort was the centre of control for the entire Pawana Mawal region, 60 kms from Pune. The approach to the fort today is through the village at its base, called Tikona Peth.
It was an extremely hot day, and the villagers of Tikona Peth very hospitably allowed us to replenish our water from their cool mudpots.
The mandatory information board put up, by a private organization , giving salient features of the fort. One doesn't see any thing from the ASI. Yet.
Our group on the approach road through the Tikona Peth Village, moving towards the base of the Fort.
Somewhere up the slope another side view of the Tikona
Steps with a very high gradient close to the top, entrance to the fort. The narrow width and tall steps probably so designed, to slow down, those of doubtful origin, who might have managed to come this far....
A panoramic view from somewhere close to top of the Fort. Waters of the Pawana Lake/Dam can be seen in the distance.
A sudden view of the lake and another Fort in the distance, on our way up.
Built-in defense structures at the Tikona Fort. Could also be native civil engineering specified structures for drainage of water ?
Somewhere, a display of the rock structure in the Deccan. Visible due to erosion of the rocks over centuries, as well as human greed.
Entrance to the Fort is through a small cave (Bhuyari darwaaza), which further leads to this Hanuman, referred to as "Chapat Maruti" , shown in the process of killing the Devil "Panvati".
Signs of civilization at the Fort . A heap of cow dung cakes, commonly used as fuel in rural India. What pleases the eye is the abundance of the green.
A Close up of the developments on the banks of the Pawna lake as seen from one of the gaps in the ramparts of the Fort.
The ground view on the other side, away from the Lake.
Temples dedicated to local deities nestled amidst the hill greenery.
Looking back at the Fort. The Grand Ramparts and the flag
Trees laden with the fruit of the season.
The Earth, laden with a misused chair and a tired human.
And then there are the flags ...
And then this tree, simply trying to fly a small flag of its own ....