Best trekking route near Mumbai and Pune for beginners. Maharashtra is the home to a number of spectacular monsoon destinations, one amongst which is its numerous forts.
While a few of these places will treat you with amazing views without making much of an efforts, there are some places where one would need to earn their views. Tung fort trek is the perfect example of how nature will bless you with some outstanding view once you reach the top of the fort.
Tung Fort also called Kathingad; difficult in Marathi is a hill fort in Pune District, Maharashtra, India. Tung Fort was built before 1600 CE. It was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty but was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is small, and not able to hold more than 200 troops at a time.
As such, it would not have been able to defend itself on its own for a long time. Its shape and structure suggest that its main function was as a watchtower guarding the road to Pune city. In 1660, Netaji Palkar was appointed to protect this region.
In 1665, Jay Singh invaded this region. Diler khan and others destroyed the villages around Tung & Tikona, but were unable to conquer these forts. Then, according to Treaty of Purandar (signed on 12th June 1665), Kubad khan with Halal khan and others took over fort on 18 June 1665.
Its sharp, conical peak makes Tung Fort a prominent landmark, even from a distance. It has an oval shape, thick walls and numerous bastions. A steep climb on grassy slopes leads to the ruins of a temple at the summit. A rocky staircase leads several feet down to a water reservoir. From the top of the fort, the Lohagad, Visapur, Tikona and Korigad forts are clearly visible.
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