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A quick trek to Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgad Fort


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Photos of A quick trek to Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgad Fort 1/4 by Bee The Musafir
My silhouette inside the Pratapgad fort.

All of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's forts a challenge to climb. These strategically located forts are mostly on cliffs. Fort 'Pratapgad' meaning 'the Fort of Valour' is true to its name.

For a resident of Pune, that I am, the fort is 115 km south in Satara district of Maharashtra. I started early in the morning. A 2-half hour drive on a beautiful rainy morning took me to Pratapgad. Luckily, it was not raining cats and dog. It was drizzling on-and-off.

Photos of A quick trek to Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgad Fort 2/4 by Bee The Musafir
Not an iPhone 6 photo; it was taken by Samsung A8 :) The precipice of Pratapgad provides an almost 270 degree view of the landscape.

The fort is located at a height of 3,500 ft above mean sea level, providing a vantage point to the soldiers stationed there. Shivaji Maharaj was an expert in guerilla warfare technique; capturing or building such forts was the need of time.

There is a way up from where you can take your vehicles, but since it was a beautiful monsoon day and greenery all over with a slight drizzle, I started climbing the fort. The fort is steep and it was slippery at places. I was imagining how difficult it would be for the soldiers of Shivaji Maharaj to climb up swiftly with sword and shield in hand and armour on their body.

Photos of A quick trek to Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgad Fort 3/4 by Bee The Musafir
In front of a gate of Pratapgad.

The Pratapgad fort today stands as a reminiscent of the glory of the time of Shivaji Maharaj.

The views from Pratapgad are spectacular. The fort is located in the western ghats region, which is well known as biodiversity hotspot. It is a unique combination of breath-taking vistas and the mighty fort.

Photos of A quick trek to Shivaji Maharaj's Pratapgad Fort 4/4 by Bee The Musafir
Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Pratapgad, Satara, Maharashtra.

Some 60 km west of Pratapgad is a famous hill station Mahabaleshwar. After completing my trek by afternoon, I started for Mahabaleshwar.

One can visit here Pratapgad in any season, but monsoons make it special.

Bharati Nadkarni is a Pune-based software professional and travel writer. She can be contacted on Facebook.

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