Tikona Fort, locally known as Vitandgad, this hill fortress is perched at an altitude of 3633 feet from the sea level, , it’s a treat for sore eyes!
The fort’s present-day geography resembles a triangle, hence the name Tikona, and is adorned with large fortifications, seven crystal clear water tanks, and large doorways. The icing on the cake? The stunning views of Sahyadri’s green hillocks that will leave you spellbound!
The fort is a treasure trove of history too. It was once the centre for Pauna Mawal’s primary activities and witnessed the presence of many Maratha dynasties. The entrance itself represents beauty with sophistication, and as soon as you pass through it, you’ll be transported to a world of Buddhist and Satavahana Caves. The Trimbakeshwar Mahadev temple inside will revive your spiritual beliefs, and you’ll be left in awe of the fort’s grandeur.
The fort has a rich history that dates back to the 7th-8th centuries, and it has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties. It was annexed to the Nizam territory by Malik Ahmad Nizam Shah I of the Nizam Shahi dynasty, and later conquered by Shivaji Maharaj along with other forts. The fort was surrendered to the Mughal warrior Kubadkhan, but was later recaptured by the Marathas. The fort also witnessed a small battle fought by the Maratha army with the British before it was captured by the latter.
But wait, there’s more! The panoramic view from the topmost summit of Tikona Fort is an absolute treat for nature lovers. You’ll be able to witness Tung Fort, Bhatrashi Hill, Jambhul Hill, Lohagad, Fagne dam, and Visapur from the topmost position of the fort. And if you’re planning to stay around the fort for a few more days, then you should definitely visit Morvi Dongar, Scorpion’s Sting, Lion’s Point, and Lohagad Fort, which are equally stunning and exhilarating.
So, pack your bags, put on your trekking shoes, and head to Tikona Fort for an adventure of a lifetime. Who knows, you might even witness a battle between the Marathas and the British while you’re there! Just kidding, don’t worry, it’s a peaceful place now, but it sure has some thrilling stories to tell!