Sunday, September 30, 2012

Takmak Fort




The name Takmak has always been very curious for me and finally, I got an opportunity to visit this place. After searching over the internet, I once again confronted the unreliable nature of the information scattered around. So let me provide some clarifications right away:


  • Takmak Fort has no connection to the well known Raigad Fort ( one of the sections of Raigad is called Takmak-Tok, but the fort is still Raigad ).
  • Takmak Fort is Faar away from Manor ( almost 32 kms )
  • While travelling from Mumbai, Takmak can be approached via the base village Sakavar ( or sometimes referred to as Sakwar/sakvar etc). Sakavar is 53 Kms from Thane. A landmark near Sakavar is the Ramkrishna Mission
  • The best time to trek on this fort is during monsoon ( and also while it rains). During other seasons, a night trek is a good option
  • During all other seasons, the humidity is at its peak, unbearable heat and sweat.
  • A route guide is preferred.. Its not very easy( so far) to decipher the route through the thick forests.
  • Our Route guide charged us Rs 200.
  • Carry a minimum of 4 litres of water per person. Carrying anything less could be suicidal in the humid climate. There is no reliable source of water atop. 
  • Although there are small water tanks atop, the water is only accumulated and evaporates after Diwali. Also, the water in this tank did not appear visibly potable.


Route:

Mumbai(Mulund) - Thane - Ghodbunder Road - Fountain Junction - Sakavar ( 55 Kms from Mulund )

The fort comprises of a 2 flat tops, which although appear connected are not easy to access from one another. The first 50% of the route is thickly forested and provides a good cover from the blistering Sun. Our team comprised of 4 members and we took 2 hours 30 mins to reach the top. The top is small with various flat areas connected by thickets. The entire fort (on this side) could be covered in about 30 mins. There are 2 canons atop and also 3 water tanks. The top provides a commanding view of nearby hills and water bodies.

Attached are some pictures from our trek.

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