- Height of the Fort:
- 2000 Ft from MSL
- How To Reach:
- On Mumbai Ahmedabad highway (from Mumbai), Sakwar division is located on a distance of 84 km. At this division there is big board named “Waghad Gurukul”. After turning from right (500 meters) Sakwar base village is located. Behind this village, Takmak fort spreads over north -south. From Sakwar village, we can see the south part of Takmak fort (Nose), we can also see pinnacle on the right (front) side which is also referred as “Ghoda” or “Khutta” and later plateau & hill range. From hill range we can reach the plateau.
For that we need to reach farms of Sakwar village. We can observe 2 heighted Palm trees. (In whole jungle these are the only 2 Palm trees). Out of which if we walk towards left Palm tree we reach the water Canal. After crossing that Canal in 5mins, we reach the same Canal. After crossing it we reach the Compound. After crossing that compound we reach the left Palm tree. Taking this route, we reach fort hill. From Sakwar base village it takes half an hour to reach base of the fort. After stiff climbing of an hour, we reach the plateau. After descending and ascending for an hour, we reach “Ghoda” pinnacle. After turning around to “Ghoda” we enter into the fort through west fortification. From Sakwar village it takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the fort.
- The historical Takmak fort is situated in Vasai Tehsil, Thane District. The fort is naturally separated from main hill and surrounded by dense forest. It was built in the 12th century to safeguard the business route by keeping a watch on the activities which enrouted from Mahim (Mahakawati).
Takmak is surrounded by dense trees, and it poses challenge for trekkers to find out the eastern entrance, tunnel at entrance, & the way further to the top, which are mentioned in historical notes.
Since 2007, Mr. Shridatta Raut (Kille Vasai Mohim) has put in continuous efforts towards the maintenance of the fort and found out the remnant and also cleaned one of the cisterns which were used for drinking purpose. There are a total of 13 cisterns available at the fort and contributions are required to find other relic.
In 2013 Trekshitiz Sanstha used oil paint and marked arrows on trees from Sakwar village to mark the path leading to the fort. Trekkers should take advantage of this and definitely visit the fort.
- The fort was built in the 12th century by King Bheemdev, son of King Bhimdev. Later on, the fort was conquered by the Sultans. King Shivaji might have won this fort along with Kohaj & Asheri (Which remains an assumption till date). After King Shivaji, fort went under Portuguese supervision.
Takmak fort received importance after Chimaji Appa’s Vasai campaign. Maratha warrior won Takmak fort in 1732 from Portuguese. But as per the agreement between Maratha & Portuguese the fort went into Portuguese custody.
On 8th April 1737, Pantaji Moreshwar won this fort from Portuguese. For provision of funds 25 villages had been allocated amongst his men.
After Vasai Mohim, importance of Takmak fort has lessened. In 18th century the fort was used as a jail by the British government. While demolishing the hill & cisterns on fort, necessary care has been taken so that fort can’t be restructured.