Location : Near Mahabaleshwar | Category : Forts | Distance from Pune : 139 KMs
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The stories of Shivaji Maharaj and his heroism are part of everyone’s childhood. Pratapgad stands witness to one the most famous stories. It was here that Shivaji Maharaj cunningly killed Afzal Khan and defeated the Bijapur Adilshahi forces.
 
Situated at a distance of 163 kms, Pratapgad is about two hours and forty minutes away from Pune. The city of Mahableshwar is about 25 kms away from the fort. The fort stands tall at an elevation of 1,080 meters. A motor able road goes only partially up the fort after which the remaining climb must be completed on foot. The climb is quite steep and strenuous. On an average it takes an hour to climb the fort.
 
Like all forts around Pune strong traces of Maratha architecture can be seen all over the fort. There are several permanent structures on the fort. A temple of Lord Mahadeo is on the Northwest side of the fort. There are a lot of towers and bastions on the Southeastern side of the fort that are upto 40 feet tall. There is also a temple of goddess Bhavani on the eastern side. The top of the fort offers a spectacylar view of Rajgarh and coastal Konkan.
 
Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzal Khan at the base of this fort. To commemorate this incident  there is a “Buruj” in which the head of the slain Khan is said to have been buried. This structure has been named Afzal Buruj.
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By Sujit Joshi
23 Dec 2013

Pratapgad is an offbeat location that you can visit while in Mahabaleshwar, especially if you are on a slightly long trip. It offers a little bit of adventure and some spectacular natural beauty. The climb is not very tough and can be undertaken by the young as well as the old.

By Mr. Mahajan
23 Dec 2013

Pratapgarh has a really rich historic background. Everyone must visit it just to be able to step on the same soil that was stage to one of the most thrilling of Shivaj’s victories over the Mughal empire !

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