Looking for a hill fort that will leave you awestruck and entertained at the same time? Look no further than Pratapgad, the mighty citadel in Maharashtra!
Built by the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Pratapgad rises up to 3,500 feet and offers a commanding view of the Konkan coastline. But that’s not all – there’s also the Bhavani Temple, Afzal Khan’s tomb, and even a cultural library showcasing the fort’s heritage.
Pratapgad is also famous for the historic battle between Shivaji and Afzal Khan, which took place right here. And if that’s not enough to pique your interest, there are also four lakes within the fort, and no shortage of good food and handicrafts to be found in the surrounding area.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – how do I get there? If you’re coming from Pune, just head to Mahabaleshwar and then follow the locals’ directions to Wada village, where you can park your vehicle and begin your ascent.
And if you’re worried about getting lost, don’t be! With GPS devices so readily available these days, even a directionally challenged person like myself can find their way to Pratapgad with ease.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to channel your inner warrior and conquer Pratapgad, the hill fort that’s equal parts history, beauty, and adventure!