Takmak Fort – is a hidden gem of the Sahyadris in Maharashtra.
Located in Palghar taluka, this fort is a must-visit destination for all the history buffs and adventure seekers out there. But let me tell you, this trek is not just about exploring ruins and climbing up to 2000 ft from the base – it’s also about experiencing the rustic village of Sakawar, trekking inside the dense forest of Palghar region, and meeting some unexpected companions on the trail!
Let’s start with Sakawar – the base village for the Takmak fort trek. This village is like a movie set come to life! You can see the kids playing around, women washing clothes near the small streams and men ploughing the rice paddy field. It’s a perfect example of a traditional Indian village that will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Once you begin your trek, you’ll enter the dense forest of Palghar region. This forest is so thick that it’s like walking through a jungle! The tall green grass and blooming flowers create a stunning view during the monsoon season. And speaking of unexpected companions, did you know that there are freshwater crabs on this trail? Yes, you read that right! These cream and pink-colored crabs are a unique sight to see and accompany you throughout your trek. Who would have thought you’d be trekking with crabs in the middle of a forest?
Now let’s talk about the main attraction – the Takmak Fort itself. This fort has a rich history dating back to the 12th century when it was constructed by King Bheemdev as a watchtower to look out for trade routes. Shivaji Maharaj won this fort along with Kohaj and Asheri, and it was later captured by the Portuguese, Marathas, and the British. Talk about a fort that’s seen it all!
So if you’re looking for a trek that’s a perfect blend of history, adventure, and unexpected surprises, Takmak Fort trek should be on your bucket list.