Pratapgad Fort is known for the Battle of Pratapgad, which took place in 1659. It was a significant battle between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan, a prominent general of the Bijapur Sultanate. During the encounter, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzal Khan in single combat, leading to a decisive victory for the Marathas.
At this historical place, there is a traditional route through the thick forest which is leading to the Pratapgad Fort called “Rajmarg”. We can have a real experience of the forest of the Jaoli region. It also explains why the fort stands at such a strategic location.
The “Rajmarg” route starts from the base village i.e. Wada-Kumbhroshi Village and ends at the Pratapgad Fort main entry gate or near the present parking lot. It is almost parallel to the present Ghat road. It is not used by many and is unknown to many hikers, nature lovers, etc.
So don’t miss the chance to see this traditional route to Pratapgag Fort. Let’s climb this route and see this historic fort and experience its glory.
The Pratapgad Fort
Pratapgad Fort is a historical fort located in the Satara district of the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is situated on a hill in the Western Ghats and is known for its strategic location and architectural magnificence.
The architecture of Pratapgad Fort showcases the military engineering prowess of the Marathas. The fort consists of two main sections: the Citadel and the Machi. The Citadel contains various buildings, including the Mahadev Temple, Bhavani Temple, and a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The Machi houses granaries, water tanks, and a pathway leading to the Citadel.
The fort showcases the exquisite Maratha architecture of the 17th century. It has a unique layout with multiple levels and bastions, designed to enhance its defensive capabilities. The fort’s walls, gateways, and watchtowers are made of stone and provide a glimpse into the military prowess of that era.
Day 1Pune > Pratapgad Fort Trek > Pune
05:00 Once you reach your pick-up point, mark your presence with the SG-Trekkers representative. Then we will travel by private bus to the starting point of the trek.
07:00 – 08:00 An hour of breakfast and tea break. Resume the rest of the journey.
09:45 We arrive at the starting point of our trek i.e. Wada-Kumbhroshi village. (Washrooms are not available.) Our field experts will provide pre-trek information and instructions to all participants.
10:00 – 13:00 Begin the trek towards the Pratapgad Fort, following the trail through the dense forests; we have to climb approximately 1,050 feet.
It usually takes 2 to 3 hours to reach the Parking lot of Pratapgad Fort from the base village.
13:00 – 16:00 Visit and Explore the Pratapgad Fort. Let’s have a meal together. Served hot and tasty vegetarian food.
16:00 – 21:00 Start the journey back to Pune with very pleasant memories.
21:00 Reach Pune and it’s time to say goodbye to your travel companion. Let’s stay in touch via phone/social media and meet again for another memorable trip.
SEE YOU SOON! 🙂
Day 1: Highlights
• Altitude Gain / Loss: ⇑ 1,050 ft. / ⇓ 0 ft. • Walk (approx.): 3 hrs., 6 km. • Accommodation: N/A • Meal: Breakfast, Lunch