Tung Fort also called Kathingad; difficult fort 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 Shivaji. 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. The Dhamale family, one of the Deshmukh from the Maval region, was charged with ensuring the security of Tung Fort. During invasion, it served to provide a temporary distraction for invaders. Thus, the major forts of Visapur and Lohagad would have time to prepare themselves to meet the invading army. This fort served as a watchtower in the past because from top of the fort, a lot of area in the Maval region of the Pawana and Mulshi valleys can be seen, and thus, from the top of the fort, a watch on these areas can be kept. In 1657, it became a part of Swarajya with all other forts situated in Maval region. 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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We meet at 17:30 Hrs. (sharp) at Lonavala Railway station on Saturday.
From Mumbai you can board: Sinhagad Express 11009 - Mumbai to Pune Junction.
14:30 - CST.
14:40 - Dadar.
15:08 - Thane.
15:28 - Kalyan.
16:08 - Karjat.
17:08 - Lonavala.
17:20 - Meet at Lonavala Railway Station near Ticket Counter.
17:30 - Move towards Campsite by Jeep.
19:00 – Reach Campsite, Campfire and Relax
21:00 – Dinner
05:00 - Wake Up and Freshen Up.
05:30 - Start Tung fort trek.
06:30 – Reach on top, watch sunrise and explore fort.
07:30 – Start descend.
08:30 – Reach at base village.
09:00 – Breakfast.
09:30 - Start journey towards Lonavala station.
11:00 – Reach at Lonavala station. Trek and Camping ends here.