Very true to its name, the state of Maharashtra is dotted with grandeur, magnificence, and rich cultural heritage. Its history includes some great chapters that need to be remembered and passed on to the upcoming generations. Today’s post covers some quintessential forts in Maharashtra. Many spots are great weekend gateways for adventure lovers.
- 1 Incredible Forts in Maharashtra
- 1.1 Raigad Fort
- 1.2 Sinhagad Fort
- 1.3 Murud Janjira Fort
- 1.4 Harishchandragad Fort
- 1.5 Vasota Fort
- 1.6 Shivneri Fort
- 1.7 Gorakhgad Fort
- 1.8 Purandar fort
- 1.9 Mahuli Fort
- 1.10 Sindhudurg Fort
- 1.11 Rajmachi Fort
- 1.12 Rajgad Fort
- 1.13 Samangad Fort
- 1.14 Ratangad Fort
- 1.15 Sajjangad Fort
- 1.16 Harihar Fort
- 1.17 Daulatabad Fort
- 1.18 Ajinkyatara
- 1.19 Arnala Fort
- 1.20 Tikona Fort
Incredible Forts in Maharashtra
Check out some Incredible Forts in Maharashtra below:
The Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji made the Raigad Fort in the Mahad city of Raigad district, Maharashtra. The fort was the first capital and headquarters of Shivaji then.
It is 820m tall above the sea level in the Shayadri mountain range and cannot be conquered. The fort has a famous wall known as Hirakani Buruj and Maha Darwaja which are worth exploring.
Sinhagad fort is a famous tourist attraction located 30 km from Pune. The fortress is a part of the string of forts like Torna, Purandar, and Rajgad. It was an important fort for natural protection in the Maratha regime.
Murud Janjira Fort
The Murud Janjira fort was built in the 15th century and is located on an oval-shaped island on the Arabian Sea coast. The fort is known for its marvellous architecture and is still in good shape. It’s considered as one of the strongest marine forts in India.
This fort is a famous tourist attraction in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. The fort is surrounded by temples and caves making it a beautiful spot for trekkers.
The Harishchandragad fort was built in the 6th century during the rule of Kalachuri dynasty. Other popular tourist attractions in the vicinity are Konkan Cliff, Taramati Point and Kedareshwar cave.
Vasota Fort is a picturesque Hill fort located near Bamnoli in Satara district. You will have to pass through the valley of flowers or Kas Pathar in Maharashtra to reach the fort. One can experience a spectacular view of Shivsagar lake and Nageshwar peak while on the tour of this fort.
Shivneri is a triangular shaped fort which is the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Shivaji received his basic education and training from Dadaji Konddeo. This port is located in the general district and is declared as a protected monument by the government.
Gorakhgad Fort is travel of about 3 hrs from Mumbai. You can discover ancient caves, thick forest, and hidden waterfalls as you trail up the fort.
The tall twin peaks of Machhindragad and Gorakhgad over the trail provides a surreal setting for trek lovers. The monsoons offer an exceptional experience as the lush green shades surround you.
It is the birthplace of Sambhaji Raje Bhosle son of Shivaji Maharaj. This port is located about 40km south of Pune and 1.5km west of Saswad.
It is listed under one of the highest forts in Maharashtra. Purandar Fort houses a National Cadet Corps Academy and is a favorite place for crackers and paragliders.
Mahuli fort is the highest point in Thane district, Maharashtra. Popular trekking and rock climbing destination with many small cols and pinnacles named as Vazir, Vishnu and more.
The fort has a historical arch called ‘The Kalyan Darwaja’ but its dome is broken down. The fort also has an open temple of Lord Shiva.
Sindhudurg fort is one of the top 5 sea forts in Maharashtra and it has some beautiful architectural Marvels of the ancient times.
The fort is located on the shores of Malvan town in Konkan. The fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji first strategic reasons and to watch out for the enemies entering through the sea.
Rajmachi is one of the popular weekend destinations for people of Mumbai and Pune. It is a paradise for trekkers those seek adventure.
The fortress is located near Lonavala, Maharashtra. Monsoon is the best time to visit this place as the lush green beauty is worth exploring.
Rajgad fort was the capital of Maratha Empire during the regime of Shivaji Maharaj for over 26 years. This hill fort of Pune is located 1400m above the sea level.
The picturesque landscapes of the Sahyadri mountain range, remains of ancient caves covered with green grass enhances its serenity.
Samangad fort is a wondrous historical site which was used by the Maratha’s to store ammunition and thus the name of this hill fort. Situated in the Kolhapur district is has amazing landscapes spanned across 30-40km.
Shivaji Maharaj met Swami Ramdas here and Swamiji testified Shivaji at this very place.
The Ratangad fort is situated in the Western Ghats of Ratanwadi region in Maharashtra. It is believed that the fort is around 2000 years old. The fort has 4 gates named Ganesh, Hanuman, Trimbak, and Konkan. Other places worth sightseeing near the fort are Amruteswar temple and Bhandardhara hillside gateway.
This fort is situated near Satara region of Maharashtra. The fort not only holds historical eminence and relics but is also known to be the final resting place of Sant Ramdas. Maharastra tour cannot be completed without visiting Sajjangad.
If you are visiting Nasik, plan a trek to the Harihar Kila in Igatpuri. This enthralling trek will be an exceptional and remarkable journey with family and friends.
The fort can be reached through rock carved staircase and the picturesque look is just mesmerizing. Ones on the top hear your heart triumph with success and enjoy the grand colossal view.
This fort is located 13 km from Aurangabad and was built by first Yadav King, Bhilan. The fort has a tunnel entrance, a narrow access bridge and cannon post.
The fort is also known as Devgiri fort. The notable monuments in the fort are Chini Mahal, Ellora caves and Chand Minar.
The literal meaning of ‘Ajinkyatara’ is ‘The Impregnable Fort’. Located in Satara this fort is known for its history and architecture. The place is an awesome location for trekkers who are just beginners.
The Arnala Fort is also called as Jaldurg and is a beautiful specimen of island fort. The fort is a popular destination for students who want to get a feel of ancient architecture and culture.
Here you’ll find the relics of ancient artifacts and architecture. It’s a place that resembles our heritage.
The Tikona fort is located near Lonavala in Maval of Western India. The fort is triangular in shape and the name Tikona in Marathi literally means Triangle.
The Fort is known for the beautiful Trimbakeshwar Mahadev temple, large doors, seven water tanks, and caves named Satvahan.
Unravel the history of these forts in Maharashtra this year! Visit one of them soon!!
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