This weekend we ventured outside of the hustle and bustle of Mumbai to the tranquil peace of Fort Tikona. Setting off early to avoid walking in the midday sun we drove south of Mumbai in the direction of Pune. Fort Tikona is located near Kamshet around 60 km from Pune
Tikona (Marathi: तिकोना) also known as Vitandgad) is the dominant hill fort in Maval in western India. The village nearest to the fort is called Tikona-Peth.
Once you get beyond the suburbs of Mumbai the drive to Tikona becomes very rural and beautiful. We even found ourself stuck in a goat traffic jam.
You can drive to the bottom of the fort trail and park. There are no amenities, but enough foliage to protect your dignity if you do need a pre trek toilet stop! There is one obvious route to the top of the fort which gently winds round the peak until you reach a stone staircase to the top. The trek is fairly easy but you will need sensible shoes with grip as the stoney trail can be slippy. We also took lots of water and a few snacks.
Along the route there are 3 of four vantage points including a statue of a monkey and a small shrine/temple. The final climb is a very steep stone staircase we recommend using the cable rope which has been fitted to the wall by a previous explorer. Once at the top there is a shaded area where you can rest and admire the view, but watch out for Monkeys they like to steel your food.