Saturday, 31 January 2015
Pratapgad fort in Maharashtra
Pratapgad is also known as pratapgadh or pratapgarh. It is a large fort in Maharashtra. Pratapgad fort is located at 24 km far from Mahabaleshwar in satara district of Maharashtra. The fort which was site of battle of pratapgad is now a famous tourist destination.
Brief History of pratapgad
To undertake the construction of pratapgad fort in order to defend the banks of nira and koyna rivers, The maratha king Shivaji commissioned Moropant trimbak pingle who was his prime minister. In1656 construction of pratapgad fort was completed. Battle of pratapgarh was fought between Maharaja Shivaji and Afzal khan in 1659. This was the first victory of maharaja shivaji.
Structure of Pratapgad fort
The fort is divided into two parts. One of them is known as upper fort while another is known as lower fort. The upper fort was built on the crest of the hill. Its roughly square and 180m long each side. Its located in north side of the fort. Upper fort includes few permanent buildings like Temple of god Mahadev. The lower fort is located in south side of the fort. It is 320m long and 110m wide and it is defended by towers and bastions.
Usually tourists plans their day trip to Pratapgad from Mahabaleshwar. If you are planning to vist mahabaleshwar then don't forget to make a plan to visit pratapgad fort which is just 24 km away. If anyone has already visited this fort then you are requested to mention your reviews about this place in comment box which can help other readers.I hope all the information about pratapgad fort which is provided here is helpful to you. Have a nice day.
Author: Raj Thakkar
Raj Thakkar is a Blogger (By Choice) from Bhuj.He has completed his B.Tech. CE from Ganpat University.