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“Historic and picturesque”
Review of Pratapgarh Fort

Pratapgarh Fort
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Site of Afzal Khan slaying by Shivaji, Pratapgarh is enroute from Mumbai via Mahad Poladpur route.
Although about 6 km detour from main road, the climb takes just 15 minutes by car. Great drive up the mountain at an altitude of over 1000 metres
Afzal Khan tomb is just before the parking, but it is not open to public. You can catch a glimpse from outside.
The fort is a short walk up from parking. Weather is great at that height.
Lot of points along the rampart for photos.

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

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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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Great fort constructed by shivaji. It is advisable that you take a guide along you during the visit who will explain the details, historical significance etc. of the fort. Must visit this place.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This fort is a bit commercialized inside, as full off shops and eateries. Lots of locals live inside the fort hence the charm is lost. You are flocked with guides who just rush you through the spots.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Let me begin with what I have mentioned in the title, YES, it is a must to take a guided tour if you really want to enjoy the visit.

The fort is one built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje and is the one which was unconquered because of it's structure hence the name Pratapgarh.

And never forget to try the chhas (taak) served at the temple's entrance there which is prepared in a traditional stone fountain. We gulped down atleast 4 glasses each, ofcourse you've to pay for it. Also the freshly prepared puranpoli & bhakris at the stalls there will be a delicacy if you're in for some traditional Marathi cuisines.

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