|Pratapgarh fort from a distance|
|The iconic burj of Pratapgarh fort with flag of Hindavi Swarajya|
|Burj overlooking Jawali-che khore|
|Statue of Shivaji inside Pratapgarh|
We left Pratapgarh and drove to Raigarh via Mahad. Mahad is a town on NH-17 Mumbai-Goa highway. Raigarh is 23 kms from Mahad and is interior in the countryside. The fort itself is not easy inaccessible. One has to either trek for four hours or there is a ropeway which takes one to top in 5 minutes. Due to this easy way most of the people take ropeway but due to limited capacity one has to wait for their turn. The charge is 200/- per person. We reached the foot of the fort by 3 PM but had to wait for 45 minutes for our turn.
|Ropeway to Raigarh. Notice the port at the top.|
|Ground station of Trolley|
|Trolley going down|
|About Raigarh fort|
The place or rock on which sat his throne is still there and now a huge statue sits there which was inaugurated by none other than Jawahar Lal Nehru. At this time, the guide became so immersed in his act that he tried to picture the scene of the day the ceremony was taken up at 5AM in the morning. Legend says that on that day hundreds of people congregated on the fort and entire fort was illuminated by mashals in pre-dawn. There are several other anecdotes which our guide told and again it was highly enjoyable. The area of the fort is huge but we could not visit that due to lack of time and we decided to return back.
|Public Durbar and Nagarkhana Darwaza|
|Statue of Shivaji|