Was built by Chatrapati Shivaji in the 16th century. This Fort could never be conquered by enemies. It was here, the famous incident of Shivaji killing Afzal Khan using ' Lions Nail' happened. Shivaji's small army also defeated the huge army of Afzal Khan, so the name Pratap Garh. It is a small fort when compared to forts of Rajasthan.
One can drive upto quite near to the Fort which is situated on a steep hill. Walking a distance of about 100 meters from parking area one reaches the steps which go inside the fort, all the way to the highest point where a majestic statute of Shivaji is there. In all about 500 steps are to be climbed. It took us around 90 minutes to complete the trip. Mid way is the 'Bhavani Mata' temple', Shivaji's 'kul devi'. Here A 'Sphatic Shiv linga' and a sword of commander of Shivaji's army is kept. It is said that using this sword the Commander killed 600 of Afzals warriors. For going inside you need to buy a pooja thali, otherwise darshan can be had from a short distance.
About 100 steps further up is 'Swambhoo Shiva temple', another similar climb thereafter takes you to the highest point of the fort. En route one can have a view of Jawali Valley, watch tower, Afzal tomb etc.
The entire area is private property owned by Sh Udayan Raje Bhosle, the 13th descendant of Shivaji. Place needs lots of repair. No parking or entry fee is there.
Advisable to take a guide available for Rs 300/-. Rate is fixed and a receipt is issued. On the back of this receipt 20 points of historical importance are given. Our guide was Sandeep Jadhav who informed us of the rich history and showed us around.
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