About Prabalgad Fort
Prabalgad is located between Matheran and Panvel. It’s also known as Muranjan and Pradhangad. This fort is built on a plateau. This fort has a very less access to water unlike Matheran. It was renamed by the Maratha forces under Shivaji’s rein and was finally done to Prabalgad. Next to Prabalgad is Kalavantin Durg. Kalavantin Durg is often confused with this fort, but both are different. To the south of the fort is Patalganga River and to the north is the Karnala Fort.
History of Prabalgad Fort
The fort was built during the Bahamani sultanate. It was mainly to keep an eye on the Panvel fort and Kalyan Fort.
In 1657, Shivaji Maharaj captured Prabalgad from the Mughals during the establishment of Kalyan – Bhivandi area in 1657. Kesarsingh a Mughal sardar was the governor of the fort during the attack of Shivaji. He was the only Mughal Sardar who could strongly challenge Shivaji Maharaj. Seeing the defeat, the women started performing Jauhar (a tradition of self-sacrifice to ensure an honorable and respectful death). Shivaji in an act of respect let the ladies move out safely of the fort.
How to reach Prabalgad Fort?
Travel to Panvel and from there you can take 6-seater auto rickshaws which are available from Gandhi Hospital and Old Panvel. State Transport buses are available at Panvel Bus Depot that takes to Thakurwadi and from Thakurwadi onwards you can complete your journey to the fort on foot.
Difficulty level: Easy
Distance: 120 kms from Pune
Things to do Prabalgad Fort:
The Bhavani temple is worth visiting. The Karnala bird sanctuary is nearby this fort. Apart from this, Gadeshwara dam, Manikgad are famous spots. This is a good fort for trekking. Monsoon and winter is the perfect time to visit.
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