Pratapgad (Pratapgarh) is huge fort which is located in Satara district, in Maharashtra. It is a hill fort built by Great Maratha King Shivaji in 1658-58.Pratapgad-Afzalkhan episode affords the best example of Shivaji’s generalship and his grasp of situation. The fort is invariably associated with the slaying of Afzal Khan (or Abdullah Khan), the Bijapur general by shivaji. Praatapgad on hill commanding the famous Panghat below Mahabaleshwar, happens to be one of the rare forts. There are strong watch towers and bastions, Hanuman and Bhavani devi temples, Ramnats of palace and few reservoirs. The Height of Pratapgad is 1100 mts. From sea level. It is among the highest and most picturesque forts in western India, 20 kms below Mahabaleshwar or 60 kms from Mahad which was often the residence of Shivaji.
As varied as the different part of Maharashtra Mahabaleshwar- Panchgani- Pratapgad fort experience offers secluded sanctuary. The first part of ghat road leading down from pratapgad towards Mahad shows surpassing scenery. Many visitors to Mahabaleshwar visit Pratapgad and climb the ort which has a motorable road almost to the top. On the top having passed through the fort gateway, there is magnificent view in the foreground of what is known as Abdullah’s tower and the stretching valley below. Now days various facilities available at the fort for tourists. So just visit the fort and enjoy your vacations.
- Mahabaleshwar: It is the hill station near by pratapgad (Pratapgarh).
- Sai River: Some of parts in uttar pradesh are located in bank of Sai River which is considerd as hindu community. The best time to visit the river is in October, November and December.
- Bela Bhavani Temple:It is the temple which is situated on the Sai River. It is the temple of goddess Bela.
- Baba Bhayaharan Dham: It is nothing but but temple of god Shiva. Situated in the banks of Bakulahi River.
How to Reach:
By Air: Nearest Airport is in Pune and Mumbai which is connected by flights by major cities in India. (120 km)
By Train: Railhead center is in Satara and junction is in Pune. (120km)
By Road: From Pune it around 300km.