Pratapgarh fort

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Pratapgarh fort
Observation positions at Pratapgarh Fort, Mahabaleshwar/India. Built in 1656 by Shivaji, elevation : 800m on an isolated hill with sheer drops all around. A battle was fought here between the Maratha forces of Shivaji and Afzal Khan commandin the forces of Sultan Adil Shah of Bijapur. Shivaji was outnumbered 25000 to 10000 but he defeated the Afzal Khan. Afzal Khan's body lies buried at the bottom of the hill and is marked by a monument built by Shivaji as a reminder/warning to his would be enemies that they too would suffer the same fate if they stood against him!

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