Prachitgad is a fort in the Sahyadri western mountain range in Maharashtra state, India and covers an area of 5 acres.
Prachitgad Trek Route
The original approach to the Prachitgad fort was through a forest, close to Koynanagar but now this forest is part of Sahyadri tiger Reserve. So now only way to reach is from Ratnagiri district at Shringarpur. The closest city is Sangameshwar which is approximately 22 km away. The place is accessible only by foot from Shringarpur which approx 4 to 5 hours climbing.
Prachitgad trek is one of the most interesting treks in western ghats and perfect for adventurous and enthusiasts trekkers.
The history about when and who constructed the Prachitgad fort is not known. The Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj captured the fort in 1660s from its local ruler named Suryarao Surve and repaired it.
When Shivaji Maharaj went south,he appointed Sambhaji Maharaj as Shringarpur Subhedar. Sambhaji maharaj was married to Yesubai. Yesubai was the daughter of Pilajirao Shirke. Sambhaji Maharaj lived in shringarpur village for a few months.
The battle between the Britishers and Marathas was held here in 1818. Marathas had a defeat with the British and have to leave this fort.
How to Reach Prachitgad
Private Cars/Auto : You can easily go by car to the base village Shringarpur. Also Auto/Taxis are a good option to get around as they are comfortable and safe.
BUS : Private and MSRTC city bus services are available from many cities in Maharashtra to Ratnagiri. From Mumbai/ Pune, take a bus Sangameshwar (Taluka Place) and take a local bus to Shringarpur.
Note : Limited buses from Sangameshwar to Shringarpur.
Timings from Sangameshwar : 7.45,10.45,12.45,15.45, 17.15
Timings from Shringarpur : 7.00,9.00,11.45,13.45,16.45
Train : The nearest railway station Chiplun. You can hire taxis or auto rickshaws from the railway station to the Sangameshwar.
You would see horse stables, an old temple and caves which have a small water pond.
There are home stays to stay the night at the village Shringarpur. (No Hotels)
Best time to visit : Oct to Feb (Avoid the monsoon)
Local Guide: Vinayak Mhaske
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