Hill Fort Located In Satara Region Of Maharashtra. One Of The Best Forts To Visit During The Winter Season
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Basic Info: Pratapgad also called as Pratapgarh is a hill fort which was build in the 16th century by the great Maratha Warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Located at around 24kms from Mahabaleshwar, this is an ideal place for travellers who'd like to explore more than just Mahabaleshwar. Besides the historical importance of this fort for the battle of Pratapgad, this fort is now a popular tourist destination.
The nature at Pratapgad is just perfect during any time of the year and hence you will find plenty of visitors to this fort, no matter what time of the year it is.
Routes: For visitors from Pune, I hope you all must be aware of the route to Mahabaleshwar.
From Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgarh is just 24 kms away. The roads are pretty good and the locals can guide you for the route from Mahabaleswar.
And these days, with GPS devices that are so handy, I think finding the route should not be a problem. Just ensure that you search for Wada village which is the base village where your vehicles can be parked.
Difficulty and other useful Tips: This is a relatively easy trek. There are just 450 steps which you would need to cover to get to the top of the fort. The trek is not at all difficult and even novice trekkers should be able to complete it with ease.
One piece of advice that I would like to give is that, everone should carry atleast 2-3 litres of water.
What to see on the fort:
Camping Info: For camping I would recommend that you take tents as there is no natural shelter on the fort. You can camp in the Mahadev temple on the fort, but if you are visiting on a weekend, you may find it full.
Take plenty of water and food along with you for a night stay. The locals can help you with firewood that you may need for a bonfire or making a quick maggi.
Here's a short summary of the history of Pratapgad fort