Amongst all other hill forts of Mahabaleshwar,
Pratapgad Fort is the most visited forts. This castle is situated at an
elevation of about 3500 feet above the sea level. Despite the harsh forces of
nature, the fort is still in good shape. The fort boasts of stylized
architecture and rich history of the bygone era. There are four lakes within
the fort premises and are non-perennial in nature. These lakes swell up during
the monsoons and are fit to take a plunge in the cool water.
Adjacent to the main entrance, known as
Mahadarwaza, there is a splendid watchtower. The fort also houses a grand
statue of Shivaji Maharaj, which was installed around 60 years ago. As you head
towards the upper section of the fort, you will come across an ancient temple
of Bhawani Mata. There is also a library that showcases literature on culture
and heritage of the fort. You should stop by the Handicraft Centre in the
village and shop a few beautiful decorative showpieces.
More on Pratapgad Fort
There are four lakes within the fort complex;
however, not all are perennial in nature. These were an important source of
water supply for the residents of the fort. The water might be unfit for
drinking purposes; therefore trekkers should carry enough supply of water with
There are several eateries situated around the
fort that serve mouth-watering delicacies ranging from local cuisines to
North-Indian and Continental. You can also travel to the nearby village of Wada
to savour homemade food served by the residents there.
Trekking at Pratapgad
The trek route to Pratapgad Fort is not
well-defined, however, you will have to reach Wada village and then take a
motorable which connects to the fort.