I am a great fan of the Indian history and mythology. I enjoy reading stories about the different wars and conquests. Each place reveals a new story. My visit to the Prabalgad fort opened a new
chapter of the Indian history in front of me.
Prabalgad fort is also known as the Kalavantin Durg fort. It is located in Maharashtra between Matheran and Panvel. The amazing fort is located at an elevation of 2300 feet on the western ghats. It is on the pinnacle of the plateau close to Matheran. I really enjoyed the climb. It was a truly spine chilling and adventurous experience for me.
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We planned to trek up the Prabalgad fort on a fine weekend. It was a Herculean task to climb up the steep fort. The steps were too small and there were no side railings to hold on for support. It was rocky and completely vertical making the climb more difficult. A few of my friends had trouble adjusting to the height.
Prabalgad fort has a truly vast history. The fort was initially called the Muranjan fort. It was built by the Bahamani Sultanate. The main purpose of the fort was to eye the two major forts in North Konkan, the Panvel Fort and the Kalyan Fort.
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In 1498, the fort was taken over by Malik Ahmed. He was the prime minister of Ahmednagar kingdom. The fort
remained with the Ahmednagar Sultanate till the Mughals took over. Shahaji had tried to help the Ahmednagar Sultanate against the Mughals but it really didn’t help. This fort had shown strong
resistance to the Mughal conquest. The women of the kingdom even practiced self immolation to die honorably.
Finally, it came into the hands of the Marathas. They gave it the present name of Prabalgad or Kalavantin Durg. The great freedom fighter Umaji Naik also has resided here in 1826, for a brief spell of time.
Place Worth A Visit
The fort is definitely worth a visit. You may avoid the trek if you have fear of heights as the fort is truly steep and scary.