About Pratapgad Fort
Pratapgad is a huge fort located in Satara district of Maharashtra. Pratapgad (meaning ‘Valour’) is popular due to the ‘The battle of Pratapgad’. Hill station Mahabaleshwar is quite near to this fort. Besides the history of the fort, it has become a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Mahabaleshwar.
History of Pratapgad Fort
Moropant Trimbal Pingle was commisiond by Shivaji to undertake the construction of this fort in order to defend the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers and the Par pass. The fort was completed in the year 1656. The Battle of Pratapgarh between Shivaji and Afzal Khan was fought below the widespread of this fort on November 10, 1659. In the year 1818, Pratapgad surrendered by private negotiation as part of Third Anglo Maratha war. Jawaharlal Nehru, then Prime Minister of India, on the 30th of November 1957, assembled a bronze statue of Shivaji Maharaj inside the fort. A guest house and a national park were also built in the year 1960.
How to reach Pratapgad Fort?
When travelling from Pune reach Mahabaleshwar. Pratapgad is 25kms away from here. The locals can guide you to this fort from Mahabaleshwar. The Wada village is the base for the fort where the vehicles can be parked.
Difficulty level: Easy
Distance: 140kms from Pune
Things to do Pratapgad Fort:
For camping you will have to carry tents as there is no natural shelter at the fort. Mahadev temple can be a small place for camping but usually it’s full. Apart from camping and trekking, one can see the Balle killa, Bastions of the fort, Statue of Shivaji Maharaj, Afzal Khan’s tomb, the watch towers of the fort, the Bhavani temple and much more. The Rahat Lake is the biggest lake on the fort. The beautiful Sahyadri Mountains can also be viewed from Pratapgad. The best time to visit this fort is during monsoon and winter.
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