Whenever we talk about forts, pratapgad fort stands tall in terms of historical importance and historical valor. This fort is counted as one of the top forts from the perspective of naturally secured borders as it is located at hilltops, which naturally provides security from enemies. Strategically gifted pratapgad fort always gives an edge over the enemies during war or any form of attack as it got a very stronghold on the hill
tops. Pratapgad fort cannot be defined without the mention of great warrior Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj who looked after the construction of this fort from a strategic point of view and hence building the infrastructure of the fort with the help of Peshwa Moropant Trimbak Pingle. The famous incident which took place between Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan accompanies by the name of fort Pratapgad which indicates the evil intention of the rather one. In the conquest of various Indian forts,
Afzal khan also tried to destroy many Hindu temples. Shivaji always stood against this evil act, which made Afzal khan wanting to kill Shivaji Maharaj and conquer the Maratha empire. Therefore one fine evening, he called Shivaji Maharaj for a meeting in a friendly gesture and tried to attack Shivaji Maharaj by cowardly means. But Shivaji Maharaj was well aware of his wrong ideas and took precautions accordingly and backfired his ideas to himself by killing him in the hilltops of pratapgad and creating the famous incident Pratapgad.
What to see at Pratapgad fort
- Shivaji statue
- Afzal khan Tower
- Maa Bhavani Temple
- Mount Malcolm
- Bombay point
- Shankar Temple
- Panchganga Temple
The 17 feet high Shivaji statue is something serious to see at Pratapgad, which was unveiled by prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1960, and after that, it has grabbed the eyes of the tourists.
Afzal khan Tower
This tower is built in the memory of the famous battle of Pratapgad, and it is said that it is built on the dead body of Afzal khan after his death.
Maa Bhavani Temple
This Temple accommodates a Black stone statue carved out of Goddess Bhavani, and it also has a sword of the famous Hambirao Mohite studded with diamonds. This attracts tourists a lot.
This is a lucrative mansion built during the British invasion, and it tends to show lots of interest from the tourists.
This is a sunset point and is known for its natural beauty.
This Temple holds a lot of religious importance as it has self appearing Mahalingam, which also display Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu.
This Temple is named pachanga because it is constructed at the confluence of five rivers, namely Vienna, Krishna, Savitri, Koyna, Gayatri, and has attracted a lot of tourists from all over India.
- Panchgani hill station
- Sajjangad Fort
- Vasota Fort
- Ajinkyatara Fort
- Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Panchgani hill station
It is known for its heart pleasing scenic beauty and peaceful environment.
Mahabaleshwar is a very loved tourist destination. It is known for its hill stations and various points where tourists love to enjoy.
The famous saint Ramdas swami took a rest at this fort, and after that, this place got its religious importance.
This fort is surrounded by dense green forest and rivers and thus adding to the natural beauty of the place.
This fort is known for its difficult geographical location, which made enemies next to impossible to attack the fort.
Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Koyna wildlife sanctuary is located near Pratapgad fort, which naturally boosts the tourist attraction of this place.
How to reach
There are many roadway options available to reach this place like buses, Taxis, Private vehicles, etc.
You can easily reach this place by boarding the train upto Satara station or Pune station and then taking any roadway option.