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Pratapgad Fort

Pratapgad literally 'Fort of Valour' is a large mountain fort located in the Satara district, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The historical significance of the fort stems from the Battle of Pratapgad in 1659. The castle is now one of the popular tourist destinations.

Pratapgad Fort is located 15 km (10 miles) from Poladpur and 23 km (15 miles) west of Mahabaleshwar, a popular hill station in the area. The castle is at an altitude of 1.080 meters above sea level. It was built on a ledge overlooking the road between the villages of Par and Kinesvar.


Pratapgad can be visited on a day trip from Mahabaleshwar hill station, a popular tourist destination located 25 kilometers away. Bus services have been running day trips to places around Mahabaleshwar including Pratapgad for years. Many schools also organize educational trips to the castle. The castle is also on many trekking routes of the region.

The brilliant architecture and rich heritage of Pratapgad Fort make it one of the most iconic structures in Maharastra. The fort is a must visit place on a day trip from Mahabaleshwar.

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