Time Required : 1 day
Built By : Chhatrapati Shivaji
Height : 3543 feet
Built In : 1657
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Pratapgad is a hill fort in Maharashtra. Situated close to the famous hill station of Mahabaleshwar in the district of Satara, the citadel rises to an elevation of about 3500 feet from the ground.
Much of the fortifications are still intact, and the fort is a popular tourist destination. There are four lakes within the fort, many of which overflow during the monsoons. There is a watchtower just beside the Mahadarwaza, or the main entrance, at the end of the motorable road. There is a statue of Shivaji Maharaj in his full glory, which was installed about 60 years ago. There is a Bhawani temple at the top of the fort, and a cultural library showcasing the heritage of the fort. There is a handicrafts centre en route to Pratapgad from the base village, which draws a lot of tourists.
Rail: The nearest railhead is the Pune railway station. Local trains are available from Mumbai and Kalyan railway stations to this place. Besides, Pune is well connected with the major cities of India through a robust rail network.
Road: State transport buses are available from Mumbai to the base of the fort via Poladpur. There is a village near Poladpur by the name of Wada Kumbroshi. A tarmac road originates from the village which terminates just before the famous watchtower at the fort. Besides, Pratapgad Darshan buses are available from Mahabaleshwar.
Approx trek time : 4-5 hours
Availability of Night Trek : Available
Base Camp :
Days required for the trek : 1 day
Difficulty level : Easy to Medium
Height above sea level : 3534 feet
Nearest Airport : Pune and Nanded
Nearest Railhead : Pune
Starting point of trek : From the village of Ambenali, which can be considered as the base for the trek.
Type : Hill Fort