Pratapgad Fort

Pratapgad is literally ‘Valour Fort’, a large fort located in the Satara district of the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Important as the battlefield of Pratapgad, the fort is now a popular tourist destination. Pratapgad fort is 15 km from Poladpur and 23 km west of Mahabaleshwar.  The real fort has two forts (one at the top of the hill and the other at the southern end). The fort is 1,080 meters above sea level and it overlooks neglected the roads of Par and Kineshwar villages.

The Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj commissioned Prime Minister Moropant Trimbak Pingale to construct the fort on the banks of the Nira and Koyanav rivers & to protect the Khand, it was completed in 1656. The battle of Pratapgad between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan took place on 10 November 1659 under the fort of Pratapgad fort. This was the first major test of the newly created state army and it was the stage for the establishment of the Maratha Empire. The popular attraction of the fort is the tomb of Afzal Khan and the temple dedicated to the goddess Bhavani.

Height: 3,540 feet

Visiting Time: 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Time Duration: 2 Hours

Entry Fees: No entry fees

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