Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had extended his kingdom on the banks of rivers Nira and Koyana. so as to safeguard this space of his kingdom, he felt ought to have a well-built fort. This fort is named Pratapgad. As per the records in history, Pratapgad fort was in-built the year 1657. Pratapgad is located eight kilometers west of Mahabaleshwar, in Jawali taluka of North Satara district. The fort is made on the mound named Deparya, between Par and Kineshwar cities.
On the means from Mahabaleshwar to Mahad, there's an area referred to as Kumroshi. From there, it's a journey of 0.5 an hour. it's troublesome to climb the fort. The fort is located within the space referred to as the Jawali forest. celebrated writer Govind represented the environments around fort Pratapgad in terribly lucid words.
As per historical once Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj assassinated Afzalkhan once being betrayed by him, his head was buried beneath this bastion by Sambhaji Kavaji, a masculine lieutenant of Shivaji Maharaj. once a window of Nagarkhana (A place wherever drums are placed and played) is opened one will see the face of Goddess’s idol
After rising 100-200 steps from the temple, there's a tiny low door, which is an entrance to the fort. In front, there's a quadrangular terrace. From the aerial read, Pratapgad fort resembles a butterfly. Its length of is1400 feet and the dimension is four hundred feet. it's a novel fortification. The North-western precipices are quite 800 feet tall. There are 2 water tanks on the North-eastern aspect of the fort. From here one will get a perspective of the Koyna basin. This ends the trip of the fort.
There is a pathway on the left aspect of the bottom of the fort. The plaque shows some way to Darga Sharif. this is often an area wherever the grave of Afzalkahn is located. This fort has only 1 main door. Below it there's a stream that carries rain from upstream down the slope. it's doable to achieve the door once-rising a couple of steps. There are bastions within this door that were utilized by soldiers guarding the most door. This bastion is often seen by going around in 3/4th of the circle.