Pratapgarh, a very strong hill fort built by Shivaji in 1656-58 AD. It is 24kms west of Mahabaleshwar and about 145kms south of Pune. The fort is built on a spur which overlooks the road between the villages of Par and Kinesvar.
Before Shivaji, the hill, known as Bhorapya, was a flat-topped high round rock at the head of the densely forested Koyana basin. The construction of the fort was entrusted to Moropant Pingale, who later became Shivaji.
The fort can be divided into the lower fort and upper fort.
The upper fort was built upon the crest of the hill. It is roughly square, 180m long on each side. It has several permanent buildings, including a temple to the god Mahadev. It is located at the northwest of the fort, and is surrounded by sheer cliffs with drops of up to 250m.
The lower fort is around 320m long and 110m wide. It is located at the southeast of the fort, and is defended by towers and bastions ten to twelve metres high.
Pratapgad is usually visited as a day-trip from Mahabaleshwar, a popular tourist destination located 25 kilometres away.
One can take ST from Panvel to Poladpur at night & then stay at Poladpur ST stand for the first ST to WADA (Base village). Its around 7am. When you reach at Wada village you can hire a 4 wheeler to the base of the Fort.
But there is an alternative fantastic trekking trail surrounded by greenery, for which you have to ask the villagers. (it's a bit hidden). But if you first go walking by main road, then you can see an arrow on the road showing the exact path & after that you can see the old rock stairs. From this route you can go walking in around 1/2 hrs to the top of the fort. (total time 1.1/2hrs). This was the old route of mawlas in ancient times.
The main road was later built by the government when a bronze statue of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was placed within the fort.