Let me clarify at the outset of this blog that one must not get confused this Tak Mak Fort with the other Tak Mak of Raigad.
Takmak Fort near Virar must be one of the least visited Fort,But for me anything connected to history has to be explore,So this weekend the agenda was clear that I will be paying visit to this Fort despite the onslaught of heat wave.
As usual I left my house early and reached Virar station by 6.45 am. But unfortunately the other members of my group were not as enthusiastic as me so by the time everyone gathered it was way past 8.30 am.
To start this trek Virar is the nearest rail head and the connectivity is also better, One can also reach the base village from Vasai Station but my suggestion would be that its better to start from Virar Station.Upon reaching Virar station one must move toward the east side of the Virar station. Just outside the station you see the Local Bus stand. One can either take the VVMT yellow green bus to Shirsad Naka or can take share an auto till Shirsad Naka.
|Shirsad Naka on Highway|
Buses are easily available till Shirsad Naka as this is kind of junction on western express highway where the staright highway road goes towards Palghar, Wada, Ahmedabad. while the road on the right side of this highway takes you to Bhiwandi, Varjeshwari.This junction has few shops and Food joints so one can also have breakfast here or can buy biscuits or snacks for the trek.
|Pvt Vehicles are easily available |
from Shirsad Naka to Sakwar Village.
From this Place there are pvt vehicles which ply towards Palghar side so one can ride on them to go to Sakwar Village. These Pvt vehicle may drop you on the Highway or at Rama Krishna Ashram.You are charged on per seat basis.As we had booked full Pvt vehicle from Shirsada Naka so the vehicle took us till the base village Sakwar. Just before the Sakwar village there is a flyover, the vehicle has to avoid this flyover and take a u turn underneath it and drive towards mumbai side direction for 500 mtrs and you see a mud road on left which will take you the Sakwar Village.
|Dusty road leaving the highway |
and going towards the Sakwar Village
|Our Trek starts from this village here|
Our trek starts from here , moving little into the village we come across a small school village(school will be on your left side)
|Water Hand Pump|
Here I want to make is clear please do take some guide from the village because the initial route itself is confusing as it is through the fields, sometimes even cutting across the paddy field.
|Entering the Paddy fields|
|Cutting across the fields the team kept moving|
Word of warning for the prospective trekker Please avoid doing this trek in summers or even in Oct/Nov heat, Monsoon is the best time to this trek or by the way of night trek.
|Villagers working in torrid heat|
|Entering the forest region|
|Dense Vegetation at places|
|Tall trees make the view all the more beautiful.|
Thankfully walking through this forested region provide some succor from the heat that we had to bear.
|The effect of light filtering through the tree is simply amazing|
Taking the advantage of shade we took our first break.The walk through the forest lasted around 40 minutes. The ascent at some places was steep. The trail through the forest is not very clear and we didn't find any marker arrows to guide us here.
|Welcome ..... On the Rocks !!!|
|Steep climb after the rocky section|
|The ridge and the imposing TakMak Gad behind me|
|One must walk carefully on this rocky uneven trail|
|Torturous rocky patch|
|Bird eye view of Ridges we crossed|
|Lingi or the Pinnacle that we see from the ridge|
|Ek Photo break toh banta hai bhai|
|My first sight on reaching the top|
|Thank god for giving me the shade to lie down|
It almost took 3 hours and 15 minutes for us to cover this trek . One by one swaying and dragging rest of the members came one look at them and you question was it wise to trek in this season. But we trekkers as everyone knows are incorrigible breed. For us more the pain means more the pleasure.
|Pleasure in pain|
|Two old canons|
Moving ahead from here you walking through thick vegetation we come across a series of cistern
|Series of Cistern|
but the water in them is not potable.
|Water is not potable|
|Algae covered cistern|
Moving forward from here you come across a rocky section but flat in nature
|Flat rocky section on top|
|Twin Peak behind the Tak Mak Gad|