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Pratapgad, Mahabaleshwar

Features

Pratapgad is famous for the adventurous victory of Shivaji Maharaj over of Bijapuri Sardar Afzal khan. The important attractions on the fort are Tehalni Buruj (Watch Tower), Mahadarwaja, Rahat Lake, Bhavani Mandir, Cultural Library, Hanuman temple, Shivaji Maharaj statue, Tomb of Afzalkhan and Hastakala Kendra.

The fort complex is divided into two parts - the lower fort and upper fort. The upper fort was built upon the crest of roughly square, 180 m long on each side. It has several structures including a temple dedicated to Lord Mahadev at the northwest of the fort. The lower part is located at the southeast of the fort, and is defended by towers and bastions ten to twelve metres high. Bhavani Mandir is on the eastern side of the lower fort. Afzal tower is said to have been constructed after the Battle of Pratapgad, and Afzal Khan's head is said to be buried under the tower.

Cultural Library displays olden coins, dresses of people of those days and vintage paintings of Marathi-style. Hastakala Kendra is located on the way from Wada village to Pratapgad and it exhibits local handicraft for display and sale.

MTDC arranges bus trip from Mahabaleshwar for Pratapgad sightseeing.

Pratapgad fort Mahabaleshwar

How to reach

Nearest Railway Station is Satara. Nearest Airport is Pune. Local buses, autorikshaws are available from Mahabaleshwar/Satara.

Distance

20 km from Mahabaleshwar, 55km from Satara, Nearest Airport with 120 km from Pune, 285 km from Mumbai.


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