Prabalgad Fort

(Photo: Rohit Gowaika)

Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg, is an old and now unused fort in the Western Ghats mountain range in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As you can see in this photo, the summit is small. But if properly supplied and fortified, any encampment there would be almost impossible to capture.

The origins of Prabalgad Fort are unknown, but it was occupied by at least 1458 and was in active military use by as late as 1826. The only way to the top is through a long staircase carved into the mountain. Tourists sometimes brave the climb, which is risky because there are no guardrails. 


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Forts like this one are designed to protect what is valuable. It would only take a few people needing limited skills to defend against attack. Knowing that family is safe has bolstered the morale of many an army.
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This is one of those forts that looks so awesome and is in a cool spot but is totally useless against any foe with any sort of logistic supply. In the end you'll just die eating your own foot.
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