Pratapgarh Fort Overview

Ranked 7 of 57 sightseeing in Mahabaleshwar

Pratapgarh Fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja in 1656, around 24 km west of Mahabaleshwar. The fort comprises two ancient forts, one is the upper fort built on the top of the hill, while the other is the lower fort on the South and the East. Within the complex of the fort, tourists can see the Bhavani Temple and the tomb of Afzal Khan.  

The upper fort comprises several buildings, including a Mahadev temple. On the other hand, the lower fort houses Bhavani temple on the eastern side. The entire lower fort is defended by 10 to 12 m high towers and bastions. The fort overlooks the road between the villages of Par and Kinesvar.

Basically, the fort was built in 1656 on the orders of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja. The fort was constructed to protect the banks of the Nira and the Koyna rivers, and the Par pass from governor Javali Basin. The fort stands as the witness of historic Battle of Pratapgarh between Shivaji and Afzal Khan on November 10, 1659.

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Pratapgarh Fort

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Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh3.2/5

96 reviews

Historic Fort, needs attention

Pratapgarh Fort is one of the major tourist destination near Mahabaleshwar. Compared to other sightseeing spots around Mahabaleshwar, the Pratapgarh Fort is little far off. It was a journey of around 45 mins to an hour from Mahabaleshwar. The most of this journey passes through a hilly terrain. There are few restaurants en route where one can take a break. There was a big gate welcoming the visitors of this Fort and just after a few minutes ride we were at the base of the Fort. The Pratapgarh Fort is historically very influential and is spread across the mountain. We had to climb up to reach the tops. The view from the top of the fort was scenic and very beautiful. The climb was bit tiring so it would be advisable to carry water bottle along. I was very curious before my entry inside the fort but the after entering what I witnessed was a Government's apathy towards the poor upkeep of the Pratapgarh Fort. At places, I also saw some maintenance work was going on. Hope the heritage is restored. We did not explore the entire premises of the Fort as it was massive for us to cover within a limited time we had. The Pratapgarh Fort being an iconic heritage, I always wanted to visit and finally I was here. With this happy feeling and a hope for better tomorrow for this Fort, we ended our visit to this Fort. It took us 4. 5 hrs to 5 hours to complete the visit and getting back to Mahabaleshwar.

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  • Historic Fort, needs attention
  • Historic Fort, needs attention
  • Historic Fort, needs attention



1 review

Amazing weather

There is nothing on the top of fort but disappointment so my advice is to not go on top. But this part that I have upload pictures of is beautiful it's very scenic from there, it's so foggy and windy anyone would love it. Do visit the fort.
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Tulsi poojari konduskar

Tulsi poojari konduskar5.0/5

1 review

Truly Inspiring fort of Maharashtra

Climbing the fort of Pratapgarh and listening to the historical story of our own great chatrapati shivaji maharaj will surely gives you goosebumps. The mesmerising view on the top will make you forget the world you are in.

Amit Jadhao

Amit Jadhao5.0/5

2 reviews


Its a fort of chatrapati Shivaji maharajas. Hi is the king of Maratha Riyasat. Its a haven for me. Its the only point of mahableshwar that I like so much I love that point. People said that Inhofe half hour to watch pratap gadh But my experience is 4 hours also not Inhofe to watch to the Pratapgarh. I take 500 photos of Pratapgarh and view

Shiva Ukali

Shiva Ukali5.0/5

84 reviews

Must visit place

The Pratapgarh fort is ruled by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as we all know the great person who he is. This is a place for history lovers and trekking lovers.The scenery around the fort is center of attraction. This fort can be visited in rainy & winter season. Everyone must visit there but please don't litter on it because it is our heritage.Happy travelling.

Jigar Dave

Jigar Dave3.6/5

52 reviews

Beautiful 360 degree view from the top

This fort is very scenic. The 360 degree view from the top gives beautiful landscape view. There are some food stalls at the bottom of the fort. It's a good idea to carry some food items and drinking water to the place. The climb is somewhat tiring and so some food items and drinking water is required to be carried.



33 reviews

Nice place to visit in monsoon

Beautiful waterfalls are on road on the way to Pratapgarh which can be seen only in monsoon. Good road to reach. Entry fee is Rs. 10 pp. 450 steps to climb after parking. Tasty butter milk and corns are available on the way. Shivaji statue & a small garden is on the top. This fort can be seen at its best in monsoon only. Very cloudy atmosphere. One hour to reach and vice verse. One hour is enough to spend over there.

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Ketan Mehta

Ketan Mehta3.6/5

32 reviews

Not that worth visiting

Consider visiting Pratapgarh only if you plan for 2 days trip at Mahabaleshwar because to and fro from Mahabaleshwar center market, it will be 40kms round trip just for Pratapgarh. There are no other places nearby to visit, so plan your trip accordingly if you are on pay-per-km basis.

Anupriya Sahu

Anupriya Sahu4.6/5

6 reviews

A must visit

Being at a very high place it gives a picturesque view of the western ghats blended with the rich Maratha culture and architecture. The best time to visit is during sunset or sunrise.
  • A must visit
  • A must visit
  • A must visit

Anshika Talwar

Anshika Talwar4.3/5

3 reviews

Nice trekking point

For history lovers this is the place to be, also those who like trekking or some adventures stuff, this place you must visit for a day during the Mahabaleshwar trip. Superb view from the peak, nice home cooked food from the locals, this place rocks and definitely recommended.

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Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar

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Abhishek Singh

Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar
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