Tung Fort or Kathingad, which means The Difficult Fort. It is a hill fort situated in Sahyadri Mountain Range in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The base village of this hill fort is Tungwadi. This fort is situated 1075m above the sea level. Tung fort is close to Pawana dam, which is constructed across the Pavana River. It is a very nice place to visit. The backwater of this dam gives an awesome view. There are so many other forts which can be viewed from the top of Tung fort are Korigad, Visapur, Lohagad, Tikona etc.
It is a very old fort constructed before 1600 CE by Adil Shahi dynasty and later captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort is not much bigger in area, basically it was used as a watchtower at that time, because of the conical top of the fort by which one can watch over almost the total Maval region of the Pawana and Munshi valleys can also be seen.
Architecture of Tung Fort
This fort is conical in shape and has steeples. The way to the fort is very narrow, placed to the edge of the mountain throughout. The sharp conical peaks of the fort signify a prominent landmark. The monuments of this fort are oval shaped and they consist of strongly fortified walls and ramparts. It consists of several bastions. The stairs of the fort are rocky which opens to a water cistern. Ruins of an ancient temple have been discovered at the summit of the hill.
How To Reach Tung Fort
Tung fort is located in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. It ranges in the Western Ghats of India. It is 12km away from Malavali railway station. There no vehicle available to reach the peak of the fort from the summit of the hill, the only way is to climb to the peak. From Pawana dam it requires a 400 m climb to reach the fort. From Lonavla it requires about 20 km journey to reach the base village Tungwadi. From the village it requires 300 m to reach the fort.
Tung Fort Timing, Hotels and Accommodation
There is no particular visiting hours to the fort. But it takes 2-3 hours to visit the fort.
There are several hotels and resorts near Tung fort, like Florence Hotel, Eagle Executive Hotel, Ambrosia Resort etc. the details of more hotels are available in Particular websites.
Tung Fort Trek
To reach Tung fort you have to trek to the fort. At first you have to reach the village at the summit of the fort, Tungwadi. There is situated a small temple at the summit. By moving forward through the narrow paths on the edge of the mountain you’ll reach the main entrance of the fort. Bay moving forward you can see a Lord Ganesha Temple. There you can see a ruined part of Sadar, which means the meeting hall. it is located just opposite to the temple. Bastion fortification can also be seen there. Then you’ll reach Bale Killa, it is a small fort constructed above the fort. The way to Bale Killa is quiet dangerous, the path is narrow and rocky, which is exposed to valley in one side. In ancient times this fort was built to surround the fort and that’s why it is made quite difficult to climb. When finally you’ll reach the peak, you’ll see small temple of Tungi Devi. The view from the top is marvelous; you can see other forts from there. It will be a great experience to trek Tungi fort.
Places to Visit near Tung Fort
Tungi fort itself is a great visiting place but there are also so many other places to visit. Some of those are- Pawana lake; Morvi Dongar, it is a science spot for nature and wildlife; Lohagad fort; Tikona fort.
Nowadays the condition of the fort is not so good, but still it is an adventurous place to visit. The conical peak, the beautiful nature, the marvelous view from the top is the main attraction of the fort. This is one of the important historical places in India, which gives us the touch of the architecture of Adil Shahi dynasty and the Maratha Empire.
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